Milos is an incredible island that is starting to gain popularity as word gets out about its amazing lunar landscapes, technicoloured beaches and delicious food scene. It’s a lot quieter than Santorini but there is still quite a lot to see and do and you would not be disappointed with several days or even a month on this island. It’s not small and you will need a car but driving is easy. Working out where to stay on Milos will be your biggest challenge but this should help you find the best accommodation on Milos for you.
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There are no big chain hotels or all-inclusive hotels on Milos. Rather it has a number of small family-run hotels and some incredibly unique accommodation like converted fishing huts.
Choosing your Milos hotel largely comes down to personal preference. Some people will prefer to stay near the port in Adamas which is also very central whilst others might prefer the more upmarket boutique feel of Pollonia or one of the tiny fishing or beach villages.
Either way, you really can’t go wrong – it’s all marvellous!
Further reading : Things to do on Milos
Are you planning a last-minute trip to Milos?
Milos is certainly no longer a secret but luckily development is slow, making places to stay in Milos limited. Book early and don’t miss out, which many people do!
Top Tours in Milos
- Full daily sailing tour to Kleftiko with Lunch and Snorkeling (best-rated!)
- Geology and Volcano Half-Day tour
- Kayaking Tour to Tsigardo and Gerakas Beaches
- Half-Day Morning cruise to Kleftiko
Top Places to Stay in Milos
- Heliotropio Studios and Apartments – Pollonia
- Ostria Vento – Pollonia
- Captain Zeppos – Pollonia
- Delmar Suites – Pollonia
- Hotel Dionysis – Adamas
- Medousa – Adamas
- Arethousa – Plaka
- Psaravolada Hotel – Southern beaches
- Artemis Deluxe Rooms – Southern Beaches
The main towns of Milos
Adamas is the main town of Milos and is also the port where the ferries come in and the cruise ships dock, although it is not a substantial port.
You will find everything here that most port towns have – souvenir shops, backpacker hostels, cafes, tour desks, and more. It’s very central to everything on the island and has a good mix of cultural activities as well as some nightlife.
Being the port town Adamas is also where the majority of the boat cruises leave from especially the full day ones. There’s also an excellent kayaking tour and a Geology and Volcano tour that takes half a day.
recommended hotels in Adamas
Budget travellers will love Thalasittra Village Hotel with its lovely garden and close proximity to everything. A great mid-range hotel is The White Suites which is again centrally located and means you don’t need a car for much of your stay. Some rooms have a jacuzzi and terrace too!
If you’re after a bit of luxury then Miland Suites is in the hills behind Adamas but have gorgeous suites with amazing views over the island. They have a great pool and put on an incredible breakfast with food grown on the property.
For groups, there is a great apartment called White Rock which has 3 bedrooms, is beautifully appointed and an easy stroll to everything.
Plaka is likely named after the historic district of Athens with the same name which has fairly ambiguous heritage still unclear today. It is the oldest part of Milos and up high in the hill behind Adamas where it was once more protected from pirates and other enemies.
Today it is a quaint village with the usual paved narrow alleyways filled with cafes, tavernas, and shops some of which have excellent arts and crafts including replica/souvenir ‘Venus de Milo’ after the famous statue which now lives in the Louvre.
There are amazing views to be had from several vantage points especially the Kastro ( castle) which is worth the steep, wobbly climb. Accommodation choices are limited but here you will experience a quite authentic stay that is very Greek and very Milonean.
recommended hotels in Plaka
For a very special and completely unique experience book Drougas Windmill , which has wonderful views from the terrace, especially at sunrise.
Halara Studios are also exceptional with beautifully appointed rooms and amenities and sweeping views over the sea. Chaido Rooms are a great budget option and are simple, clean and very affordable.
Pollonia is a charming seaside town at the very north-east tip of the island. It is full of small seafood restaurants, cafes and traditional tavernas as well as a good winery, a small fishing port, and the ferry that takes you over to neighbouring Kimolos island.
There are a number of small family-run hotels spread out along the bay and a couple of high-end boutique hotels. It is quite popular with European families due to the safe, calm beach and has a lively yet family-friendly atmosphere at night in summer.
Despite it being a fair way from many of the popular sites it is an easy drive in and out each day and quite close to iconic Sarakiniko.
You will also have to drive past the incredible pastry/bakery at the edge of town and I defy you not to go back for the chocolate pie every day. We spent 5 days in Pollonia on our last visit and would choose it for our next as well. It has a lively vibe at night but is a little more upmarket than Adamas which is popular with backpackers.
One of the best things you can do from Pollonia is a day tour to the neighbouring islands of Kimolos and Poliegos. You can either catch the passenger/car ferry over and explore Kimolos yourself or join a private boat tour and explore with a local.
Recommended hotels in Pollonia
A great mid-range hotel is Delmar apartments and Suites which is located right at the end of the road into town across from the waterfront tavernas. Lovely hotel and perfect, central location.
A little further along the waterfront road is Unique Milos Suites where we stayed – their beachfront beanbags got a lot of use! or around the cove to the east is Captain Zeppos Apartments a gorgeous boutique hotel right on the water.
White Pebble Suites opened in 2021 (cover photo) and are a project launched by 3 Australian women who fell in love with Milos. Their seafront suites are stunning and are already considered some of the best on the island.
Ostria Vento is a lovely budget option in a cute little bougainvillea festooned Cycladic house just 5 minutes walk from the centre of the village.
The fishing villages of Milos – Klima, Mandrakia and Firopotomas
One of the most endearing attractions on Milos is its quaint little fishing villages with their unique ‘Syrma’ or fisherman’s huts, most of which are still in use today.
These colourful structures serve as storage for the fisherman and easy access to the sea at ground level with his sleeping quarters up above.
Some of these huts are now available for rent and are some of the most unique places to stay in Greece!
The roads down to the villages are sealed but they are narrow so drive carefully. The road to Klima is especially tricky but there is a nice Taverna and carpark at the bottom as a reward. Klima has the most huts and is fairly protected from onshore winds.
You really can’t miss these villages when visiting Milos and staying at one is a very unique way to holiday.
Accommodation recommendations in the Milos fishing villages
Blue Sea House is one of our favourite Syrma and is at the end of the row in Klima. It can sleep 6 people in 4 beds and two sofa beds and is wonderfully appointed with great attention to detail.
Vasealis and Seaf Syrma is also very cute and can sleep 4 with a King bed in the bedroom and a sofa bed in the living room. Its been recently refurbished and has lovely views from the terrace out over the sea.
In Mandrakia, SeaScape is a lovely little white house that sits above the Fishing Huts below and is right next door to the only taverna ( which is excellent), Medusa. Seashell is just a few meters away and can sleep 4. Book both and take over the village!
In Firopotamos Vilos Suites are right on the lovely, calm beach and are the most stylish in that bay. Only around 10 or 12 people stay in Firopotomas of a night, even in summer!
Vilos Suites Firopotamos
Sarakiniko Beach Hotels
One of the most extraordinary beaches in Europe is found on Milos called Sarakiniko. It’s incredible white rock formations are often describe as ‘lunar’ or ‘other-worldy’ and it’s a very unique beach to visit.
There is not much sand at this beach and it is pretty exposed to the wind but it’s that wind that has formed the amazing rocks shapes over millions of years. This is somewhere you come to take photos and explore the caves rather than swim although that is possible as well.
It is located in an isolated spot on the northern part of the island, with nothing of interest close by so most people visit by car.
The public bus also stops on the road and it’s a 10-minute walk down to the beach.
If you do want to stay close by there are only a few options but they are both very good.
Recommended hotels for Sarakiniko Beach in Milos
Sarakiniko Rooms have comfy, clean, affordable rooms and most have great sea views.
For a luxury option check out Cave Suites Milos – stunning suites with incredible views of the area and many rooms have private pools.
Milos Southern Beaches
The best beaches on Milos are on the south of the island as they are generally protected from the wind, which can be particularly strong in summer. The beaches are also very distinctive and quite colourful with all the colours of the rainbow found in the volcanic cliffs and the pebbles.
There is a natural thermal spring at Paleochora which is a well-organized beach with many sunbeds and umbrellas for hire and several good tavernas up the top. There is a big car park and it is very easy to access.
Provatas is midway along the southern coast and is where some of the day cruise boats depart for Kleftiko. It is a bit more isolated and only a few tavernas but a very pretty spot.
Unless you plan on literally flopping and dropping you will need a car if staying at the southern beaches but you may not need one every day. There is also a public bus that services the busier spots.
Recommended hotels in the southern beaches of Milos
Psaravolada Hotel is a beautiful new small resort with suites and rooms looking over the sea. It has an excellent restaurant and is good value given its amenities.
Further along at Paliochori Artemis deluxe rooms is a stunning boutique hotel with luxe suites, some with private pools. It has a pool bar and beach bar and truly rivals anything you would find on Mykonos.
Whether you stay in a hotel in Milos, a windmill, traditional house or Fisherman’s Hut I guarantee you are in for a wonderful holiday. Get in quick before the crowds from Santorini decide to detour to this magnificent Cycladic Island and don’t forget the other gems in the area such as Paros and Naxos too!
Further reading: Unique places to stay in Greece
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