This guide on where to stay in Milos lists the best places to stay in Milos Greece. Accommodation choices to suit all budgets as well as travel tips.
Milos Island, Greece
The volcanic, picturesque island of Milos is one of the most upcoming destinations in Greece these days. With over 70 stunning beaches, lovely fishing villages, ancient sites and unique landscapes, Milos can easily become your new favourite place in Greece.A question that immediately comes to mind if you are planning a vacation on this Greek island is where to stay in Milos. These days there are plenty of options, though if you go in peak season (July – August) advance booking is definitely recommended.
Map of Milos Accommodation
If you look at a map of Milos, you will see that its shape is quite unique. There is a big, natural bay, separating the east part of the island from the west part. All the accommodation can be found in the east side of Milos, as the west side is mountainous and largely inaccessible, unless you rent a 4WD.
The areas where you can find the majority of rooms to let are the main port of Adamas, the smaller port / fishing village of Pollonia, and the picturesque village of Plaka. There are more guesthouses and a few hotels scattered outside those three areas.
Where to stay in Milos will largely depend on how many days you want to spend in Milos and how you are planning to get around the island. Although the most comfortable way would be to rent a car, you can also get around the island on a bus. In peak season there are several buses a day to and from the most popular destinations.
Where to stay in Milos – Adamas
If you are travelling from Athens to Milos by ferry, Adamas is the first place you will see in Milos. Also known as Adamantas, it’s the largest town on the island, with approximately 1,400 residents out of a population of around 5,000 people in Milos.
Adamas sits right in a big, natural bay, and it has it all – rooms to let, hotels, restaurants, bars, cafes, a few shops and a couple of beaches. The main beach in Adamas, to the east of the port, is shallow, and therefore ideal if you have children. There is also a smaller beach, Lagada, to the west of the port.
If you are only planning to stay in Milos for a couple of nights, and perhaps take a Milos boat tour, but not hire a car, Adamas is the best place to stay as this is where most boat tours and public buses depart from.
Adamas Milos – What to do in Adamas
In terms of sightseeing, Adamas has a couple of really interesting museums. Our favourite was the Mining Museum, showing the history of mining on the island.
It’s worth spending some time here, to appreciate the importance of minerals for the economy of Milos. You can also visit the Ecclesiastical Museum, and the churches of the Dormition of the Virgin and St. Haralambos.
Most sailing trips around Milos depart from Adamas, so it’s a good base if you only have a few days on the island.
Best places to stay in Adamas Milos
Here is a list of some of the best places to stay in Adamas Milos.
Budget hotels in Adamas Milos
Antonis rooms is a great budget choice if you are happy to not be right in the middle of everything, but still walking distance from Adamas. They provide free shuttle service and the property has a garden and terrace. Some rooms have a kitchenette, if you want to make your own meals.
Eleni apartments is a short stroll from the port of Adamas, and literally one minute walk from the Mining Museum. All in all, it’s a great option if you want to be close to everything. All rooms have balconies and a kitchenette, as well as free of charge access to communal washing machines.
Filippos apartments – If you are travelling with your family, Filippos apartments is a great budget option, though you need to be quick as they only have one suitable apartment. It is very close to Lagada beach, and about 100 meters from the port.
Finally, if you have a car, Sarakiniko rooms to let, between Adamas and Sarakiniko, is another budget option. This is one of the two places we stayed when we visited Milos in June 2018. It’s walking distance from Sarakiniko beach, which is very convenient. The rooms don’t have a kitchenette, but they have a fridge.
Mid-range hotels in Adamas Milos
Liogerma is in a quiet location as close as it gets to Lagada beach, and a short walk from Adamas port. They offer sun loungers and a small pool, and an excellent buffet breakfast.
Seaside apartments are literally on Adamas beach, and can accommodate up to four people. Offering a fully equipped kitchen, they are great for shorter and longer stays in Milos.
Top-end accommodation in Adamas Milos
Villa Notos is ideal if you want to be right in the middle of everything. All rooms have a kitchenette, and they offer beautiful views over the Aegean.
The most highly rated of the Milos hotels is Deluxe Studios & Suites Ageri-Milos. Ideal for couples or families, they also provide free bicycles if you want to bike around Milos!
Finally, for something different, check out the Windmill. As its name suggests, it’s an old windmill, converted to a spacious apartment with a fully equipped kitchenette and a dining area. Breakfast and local snacks are provided.
Where to stay in Milos – Pollonia
If you want something quieter and more romantic, Pollonia village is ideal. Located on the northeast coast of Milos, it has enough restaurants and tavernas to keep you happy, but is a lot more secluded than Adamas. It’s also ideal for families, as the Pollonia beach is shallow and protected.
This is perhaps the best area to base yourselves if you are planning to visit the nearby island of Kimolos, a quiet, largely unknown Greek island.
Pollonia Milos – What to do in Pollonia
Pollonia is a great place to relax, swim and eat. There isn’t much more to do at the village, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing!
You can pass by Konstantakis Cave Winery to have a taste of their unique wines, and maybe buy a bottle or two.
Make sure you walk along the promenade, past the little church of Agios Nikolaos, to enjoy the beautiful views.
Ask the locals for the chair-shaped rock – legend says that the couples who sit on the rock will stay together forever. Just make sure you sit with the right person!
Best places to stay in Pollonia Milos
Due to the recent boom in Milos tourism, many of the guesthouses and hotels in Pollonia are relatively new. A lot of effort has been made to keep them stylish and welcoming, and there is plenty of choice.
However, early booking is advised, as Pollonia is quite a popular choice.
Budget rooms in Pollonia Milos
Last year, we also stayed at Polyegos View, a short walk from Pollonia. We absolutely loved the rooms and the views. There was a lovely kitchen with fridge, and the shower was really good. If you are budget-minded, this is probably the best hotel in Pollonia, though it looks more like a mid-range place.
Mid-range hotels in Pollonia Milos
Ostria Vento is a great choice. Located just at the edge of the village, they offer rooms with balconies and breakfast facilities.
Top-end accommodation in Pollonia Milos
If you are looking for a spacious family apartment, one of the best options is the Traditional House Milos. There is a fully equipped kitchen, and a complimentary welcome breakfast basket is included. The apartment has large balconies and the sea views over the Aegean are stunning.
Nefeli Sunset Studios is an upmarket choice with lovely sunset views (hence the name Nefeli sunset!). The location is perfect if you want to relax and spend some quiet time. Breakfast is delivered in the room daily, and rooms have a kitchenette as well.
If you feel like splurging, Milos Breeze Boutique Hotel is possibly your best option. With its own swimming pool and bar, it offers amazing sea views over the Aegean. A great breakfast is offered, and service is exceptional. The beach and the village are only a short walk away.
Where to stay in Plaka Milos
If you want to stay in a traditional mountain village, then the best choice for you is Plaka. A short drive from Adamas and close to the popular sites of the Catacombs of Milos and Tripiti village, Plaka is an enchanting little place with many cafes and plenty of quality souvenir shops.
Plaka Milos – What to do in Plaka
Plaka has quite a lot to do in terms of sightseeing. Apart from the Archaeological Museum, you can also visit the Folk and historic museum in the village. The main attraction however is the Castle, which is an easy hike all the way up from Plaka. You can visit the top during sunset, to take in the stunning views.
Most of the sightseeing, however, is just outside Plaka. You should definitely visit the catacombs of Milos, used as a cemetery during the early Christian times.
Nearby, you can also visit the ancient theatre of Milos, dating from the 3rd century BC. The picturesque villages of Trypiti and Klima are also close, and it’s worth visiting both, to see two different sides of the island.
It is possible to drive to all these areas, but if you are feeling energetic and the weather is pleasant you could also hike around Milos.
Best places to stay in Plaka Milos
There are relatively few hotels in Plaka Milos, but you can find a few options in the wider area of Trypiti, Klima and Triovasalos.
Budget rooms in Plaka Milos
If you want to stay right in the middle of Plaka, Arethousa is your best budget option. The rooms include a fridge and small balcony overlooking the picturesque village. Note that parking inside Plaka is not easy, but public parking is offered just outside the village.
Mid-range hotels in Plaka Milos
Just off Plaka, Milos Dream Life in Triovasalos Village is a good choice if you have your own transport. They offer free private parking, and there are kitchenettes in all apartments.
Halara Studios, just behind the Folk museum in Plaka, is another popular choice for parties of up to five people. There is a shared terrace with stunning views of the Aegean, and each apartment has a kitchenette, fridge and safe.
A short walk from the village, Vivere A Plakes provides rooms with private balconies. The hotel offers a range of rooms with fully equipped kitchens, including larger apartments that are suitable for families.
Top-end accommodation in Plaka Milos
If you want to stay close to Plaka, but prefer to be based somewhere quiet, Milo Milo Suites off Triovasalos village is one of your best options. The elegantly decorated rooms and apartments have stunning views, and the apartments include a kitchenette. Breakfast is included. Tourkothalassa beach and Mandrakia village are a short walk away.
Villa de Viento in Tripiti village is a great choice for a party of up to five people. It’s a large apartment with all facilities, including a dishwasher in the kitchen. Free private parking is available at a nearby location.
Where to stay in Milos off-the-beaten-track
If you prefer to get away from everything, Milos offers quite a few options. Although Milos won’t get anywhere nearly as crowded as Santorini, you may still prefer to have more privacy than Adamas or Pollonia offers. Here are a couple of choices:
Golden Milos Beach is a high-end hotel, located on Provatas beach, the only beach in Milos awarded a blue flag. The rooms are modern and simple, and offer a fridge and kettle. There is a free buffet breakfast, and the restaurant is also open during lunch and dinner times. The property also has a beach bar, outdoor pool and loungers on the beach.
Arco Solium Suites, on the way to Empourios, offer spacious luxury suites that can accommodate up to four people. It is ideal if you want to get away from everything.
Finally, if you want to be on one of the nicest beaches in Milos, you can check out Paleochori. While there are a few budget options available, the best one is definitely Artemis Deluxe rooms, offering spacious rooms and suites just on the beach.
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Where to stay in Milos – Final thoughts
To be fair, anywhere you stay in Milos is nice, and you won’t be disappointed. If you are not planning to rent a car, it’s probably better to stay in Adamas, which has better bus connections with the other areas on the island.
Otherwise, anywhere is fine really – if you want to explore the island you will have to do a fair amount of driving (or cycling), so you can choose according to your budget and availability of your favourite hotels in Milos.
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