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Guide to Milos, Greece

Guide to Milos, Greece

11 Jan 2019 · Daniel Resnik

Departing Athens from the port of Pirius on a 7 am ferry gets us to the island of Milos around midday where we are greeted by a cloudless sky and a soft warm breeze. By the time we disembark, the few taxis that are available have all been taken and we’re left standing by the side of the road. Appearing suddenly is a lone empty taxi and we scramble in before the actual customer who booked it gets there first and we begin to tell the driver where we need to go in both English and the few Greek words we have managed to pick up along the way.

After convincing the driver to take us, it is only a 10-minute drive through some dirt roads where we finally reach our accommodation. Villa Mina is situated high in the hills and commands breathtaking views of the town and the sparkling Aegean Sea and is surrounded by farms where inquisitive goats stare at the new arrivals.

The owner greets us by the swimming pool like we’re long lost family and explains to us the layout. We survey what will be our home for the next five nights and we’re thrilled at our choice.

Guide to Milos, Greece

It’s only about a 20-minute walk down to the town, so once settled in we venture out on foot to decide whether to hire a scooter, quad bike or car as we want to discover more of this island.

We opt for a scooter and once we’ve arranged all the necessary documentation we ride straight to a recommended restaurant in town on the waterfront and proceed to devour a ton of delicious fresh Greek food. We eat so much that on the way back to our Villa we’re afraid that if we get pulled over by authorities we’ll be charged for exceeding the maximum local road weight limit!

The next morning after breakfast we set out with a map that has been marked out by the owner at Villa Mina with her recommended must do and see destinations that are accessible by roads, as some of the best beaches in Milos can only be accessed by boat, which we’ll book for another day.

Our first stop with a Biblical name is Pollonia, where we discover a diminutive beach located on a gorgeous little rocky cove with only a few people there that looks like something out of a picture perfect postcard. Opposite is a dramatic cliff rock face with other islands as a backdrop and just out from shore a little red-hulled boat is bobbing in the sparkling aquamarine coloured Aegean Sea.

For an hour we swim, sunbake and absorb the brilliant colours of the clear waters and enjoy the serenity until it’s time to leave due to time restraints.

Guide to Milos, Greece

We ride into the main area for lunch and gorge on a local favourite;a big fat Gyros stuffed with chips whilst admiring the stunning views and eyeball the local fish as we sit over the water on the pier.

The beach, weather, food and wine make for a perfect stop but we’ve got a map marked out with some of Milos’s best beaches and time is at a premium, so Pollonia is now embedded in our must-come-back-one-day memory bank and we push on.

Our next stop Papafragas Beach is a relatively short ride away and when we arrive there we opt to swim at a spot that is slightly more accessible. The more challenging spot to get to is also a relatively short trek but it winds along the side of a cliff and leads you into a cave that you have to swim through to get to the beach. The beach we choose is about 50 metres away and is a tricky little descent to a rocky beach and once down the bottom on the rocks we revel in the crystal clear water.

Again there are only about half a dozen people there enjoying this little oasis and I proceed to take a squillion photos as it would be impossible to describe the exquisite beauty of this spot without the proof.

Guide to Milos, Greece

Our last beach, Sarakiniko, on what has thus far been a memorable day is simply breathtaking. If you ever envisage hiking on the moon, then the walk leading to this beach would be it. Vibrant white rocks and cliffs envelop the coastline and combined with the extraordinary colour of the sea ensures our visual senses are in overload.

After a magnificent day we make our way to Plaka, the highest point in Milos to take in our first Milos Island sunset. We commandeer an area of a bar with 180-degree views out to sea and proceed to sample the local beverages and watch the sun slowly melt into the sea. I notice a two-masted clipper boat sail on by and am told by the locals that it’s one of the boats that sails around the island stopping at beaches and coves that are mostly inaccessible by motor vehicles. 

The next day we book a full day boat tour that circumnavigates the island. Our twin masted vessel named Leloudo, after the wife of the King of Milos in the 17th century, although fairly new is built to look like traditional wooden boats of Southern Aegean.

Guide to Milos, Greece

With a clear blue sky above, we depart at 9:30 am once the guests are comfortably all on board along with the skipper, chef, two crew members and the host with the wonderful Greek name of Theodoras (gift from God in Greek) Kupakakis. Incredibly passionate and with the knowledge of a Greek Wikipedia, anything and everything historical and current will be explained emphatically in detail by Theodoras.

We stop off at five magnificent locations with my favourite being Kleftiko, with its cove and rock formations and brilliant turquoise waters. Each stop is magical and we swim in places that are crystal clear and so blue that it looks like it’s been Photoshopped, such is the perfection and beauty of this island.

Onboard throughout the day we eat like kings and are fed delicious vegetarian Greek cuisine that’s probably some of the best I’ve ever tasted. Later in the afternoon, the whole watermelons that have been lying in the fishing nets at the front of the boat are cut into delicious huge wedges for us to gorge on.

Guide to Milos, Greece

As the sun slowly begins its descent we pass the quaint and gorgeous fishing village of Klima where the shoreline is dotted with a kaleidoscope of colourful boathouses. These mainly two leveled houses have multi coloured wooden doors and old boats stored below on the ground floor that give an appearance of a by goneera.

As we head to back to the port at around 7 pm we all raise a glass and make a cheerful and loud toast to this most delightful and memorable day that exceeded everyone’s expectations.

WHERE TO STAY:

Villa Mina

villaminamilos.com

+30 2287 022037

HOW TO GET THERE:

Vicky Gilden at Rose Bay Travel

(02) 9371 8166

HOW TO BOOK BOAT TRIP:.

thalassitra-sailing.com

+30 22870 23422

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