Milos (& Poliegos)
Best Greek island for: A photogenic and dramatic coastline
The fact that Milos is a volcanic island is responsible for the often otherworldly natural scenery you come across there. An island of pristine beaches and authentic vibes, Milos has become the go-to destination during the past few decades.
Those in the know jealously guard their treasured island, and especially its 70 (or more) beaches — surely the most diverse and dramatic coastline of all the Greek Islands.
Little by little, though, Milos is being discovered. Instagram is saturated with no-filter shots of the undulating white cliffs at Sarakiniko, the bottle-green swimming hole at Papafragas, and colourful, rickety syrmata, tiny boat houses wedged between rock and sea. (You’ll find the best photo opportunities at Klima and Mandrakia). This painterly landscape was shaped by the minerals that have long been a source of wealth – obsidian, alum, barite and sulphur, which still bubbles up in the island’s many hot springs. As the 11,000-year-old mining industry is gradually giving way to tourism, several chic hotels have made an appearance. Go now, before the trickle of visitors turns into a tide. Read more about Milos, Greece.
Where to stay on Milos: The four simple white suites at family-run Captain Zeppos are right on the sea and the homemade breakfast is superb. For a serene retreat, check into Skinopi Lodge, three discreet villas on a hillside estate facing the horizon. At the end of a rough dirt road, the ultra-minimalist Milos Cove is even more remote – a stylish hideaway for kicking back and doing absolutely nothing. For a glimpse of life as a local, takeover Achinos By The Sea, one of the island’s famous tradition Sirma boat houses.