Milos sits on the southwesternmost tip of the cyclades island group. It's just 50 miles from Santorini and Mykonos but retains a very different lifestyle concept. Just about 5,000 locals live in the island. The island is divided into a rather larger mining operation and a touristic usage. The mining operation (while large) does not take away the village charme of Plaka and the beauty of some of the beaches and cliffs.
(Image courtesy of Google Maps)
Milos island delivers sunshine, very clear water, excellent food and friendly locals to the (somewhat) adventurous visitor.
It is a good idea to rent an ATV or small car to travel around the island. Roads come in all shapes and forms. Be prepared for a wide asphalt road to turn into a tiny dirt road at any time.
Great eats on Milos island
There are a number of great eateries in Plaka - as well as great bars with a sunset view.
There are a number of eateries near the port and all across the island. Google Maps has plenty of review though some seem a little too exuberant.
Keep in mind that you'll better like Greek food (or at least fresh salads) here.
Great beaches on Milos island
As with many islands - cliffs often dominate the beachline. However a number of sandy beaches can easily be accessed on Milos. I loved the 'Paralia Plathenia' beach - very clear water, soft sand and it is sheltered by the surrounding cliffs. Life does not get much better than that!
Get to Milos island
Milos Island has a small, single runway airport which sees daily flights from Olympic (Aegean Airlines) and SkyExpress to Athens during summer.
The airport looks quite scenic indeed but it works just as you expect.
Milos island sunsets
The Western section of the island has great sunset views on a clear day (that is most of summer!).