Although many Greek islands have succumbed to summer crowds, a few still offer a quintessential Grecian getaway off the tourist track. Chief among these is Milos, which boasts brilliant turquoise waters, white and green hilltops and some of the best beaches in the Aegean.
Who Should Stay
Couples and families seeking off-the-beaten-path getaway where days are spent boating and exploring picturesque villages.
Echoing Milos’s casual vibe, its hotels are simple, charming and very small (10 to 25 rooms). Our top picks are Melian and Salt, both of which are located in Pollonia, a charming fishing village. For more privacy and additional amenities, like a personal chef and babysitter, renting a private villa is a good option.
Milos offers some of the best food in all the Greek islands. Incredibly fresh fish can be found at even the simplest tavernas; a favorite is Astakas, in the fishing village of Klima, which has beautiful ocean views. And be sure to try the local specialty karpouzopita, watermelon pie.
Beyond its obvious attractions, Milos has some of the most interesting historical sites in the Mediterranean. Don’t miss the eerie Catacombs of Milos and the Greek Amphitheater in Plaka, which has been impressively restored and is still used for performances. Most notably, the island is where the famous Venus de Milo sculpture was discovered and from which it was later stolen before finding its present home in the Louvre.