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THE BEACHES AND THE NATURIST BEACHES OF THE ISLAND OF MILOS IN GREECE

The island of Milos has many beaches which are scattered throughout the island, and these beaches are generally very quiet. This is also handy in case the wind (the "Meltemi" wind would sometimes blow) because you can always find a sheltered beach. If the wind comes from the north than you go to a beach in the south (eg Firiplaka, Tsigrado, Agia Kyriaki or Paliochori), and if the wind comes from the south then you go to a beach in the north (eg Mitakas, Sarakiniko or Alogomantra) .

Milos roads are generally good, but after crossing the roads in Empourios they get worse. The beaches in the west, the area where most of the island monasteries are, are only accessible by private transport. The best beach that can be reached by public transport is the sand / pebble beach of Paliochori.

The remote beaches (especially in the west) are often used by naturists and are therefore unofficial naturist beaches. The beach of Agios Ioannis, near a monastery, is known as a naturist beach. This beach is deserted and not organized (ie, no parasols, sunbeds, drinking water etc.) and there is no taverna. It is therefore necessary that if you go to this beach or in one of the more deserted beaches on Milos you bring your own water and maybe bring something to eat as well. From Adamas you can make the trip to Agios Ioannis beach in about 1 hour. The lava flows in some of the bays look spectacular and they have something "alien", such as the foreign large rock formations in the sea at Kleftiko, where you can go an excursion boat. From Adamas you can also take a boat to take you to the quiet beach of Empourios on the other side of the bay.

Milos beaches: Firiplaka or Fyriplaka Beach
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This beautiful sandy beach in situated in the south of the island of Milos, our favorite! The last stretch to the beach you have to drive over a dirt road, but it is quite wide and not bad or scary. The last piece of the road is slightly less good but it is managable. We did not know what to expect so the last piece starting from the junction Tsigrado Beach - Firiplaka Beach we decided to do on foot. The walk is beautiful and the rocks are gorgeous: beautiful cliffs in shades of gray, white and red. The last bit from the car park you have to figure out how to get there because there are no stairs or anything like it. You must go to the cottage you will see standing at the beach and then walk over the flat rocks to the beach.

In high season apparently there is a cantina on the beach where you can get something to drink, and then there are also umbrellas for rent, but when we were there at the end of May everything was closed. So when you go to Firiplaka Beach it is wise to bring a bottle of water with you. There are no trees, but at the edges of the beach you can at times find some shade under the towering cliffs that surround the beach. The beach really looks extremely pretty and it was not crowded at all. At the end of the beach you can climb over a few rocks and end up on yet another long sandy beach just behind it. Remarkable for the beach is the big rock in the see which makes it a real postcard picture. On Firiplaka we swam in naturist style but there were also people in swimsuits on the beach. It didn't seem to matter to anybody if you were dressed or not. In Firiplaka is easy to go into the sea because it is shallow, and the water is beautifully clear. The beach was clean, really the kind of beach that you hope you will find.

Milos beaches: Tsigrado Beach
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Another magnificent beach, situated next to Firiplaka. So if you go to this beach you have to drive the final stretch over a dirt road. The beach is surrounded by beautiful rocks and caves. It seems you can get there via a bit of tricky sand path. We didn't really see such a path and therefore we never managed to get to the beach. What we saw was just too steep to try, because how do you get back? The best option would be to visit this beach with a boat. Tsigrado is a sandy beach, surrounded by high cliffs. In the turquoise sea in front of the beach there are a number of rocks in the clear water.

Milos beaches: Mitakas Beach
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Mitakas Beach is a nice and quiet sandy beach on the north side of the island of Milos. It lies just east of the better known Sarakiniko Beach and is accessible from a junction on the road that runs between Adamas and Pollonia. On one side of the beach of Mitakas there are a few former cave dwellings or caves where boats were stored, and there is a single tree where you might find some shade. In a bay next to the beach there are some small beaches with so-called "syrmata", houses on the coast that are totally or partly built into the rocks. The beach had just been cleaned before we arrived so somebody is taking care of it.

Milos beaches: Agia Kyriaki Beach
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Agia Kyriaki Beach is a long, wide sandy beach in the south of Milos just west of the better known Paliochori Beach. The exit to this beach lies just beyond the village Zefiria on the right hand side (if you arrive from the north). It looks asif this road ends at a church but it bends around into a kind of sandy track. The first piece is the worst part and most sandy, and after a while the road gets wider and better but it remains unpaved until you've almost reached the beach. You can also walk to the beach from the church. The walk takes about 30 to 45 minutes (slightly longer when you walk up than whan you walk down of course). When we visited the beach at the end of May there were no parasols or sun beds for hire and there was no tavern opened where you could buy a drink. However there are a number of trees on the beach under which you can sit in the shade. Agia Kyriaki Beach is a clean beach and the clear water has a beautiful turquoise color.

Milos beaches: Paliochori Beach
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According to many people this is the best beach of the island. Paliochori Beach is located in the south of the island of Milos and can be reached via the road that goes to the village of Zefiria. The road that leads to the beach is good and paved untill the end. Paliochori Beach is certainly one of the larger and perhaps the biggest beach of the island. It's a long, wide beach with facilities and behind it are two other large beaches (so three in total). In May there were some umbrellas for rent and there was a taverna opened. The beach is so large that even in peak season it will not completely be filled up with parasols and sunbeds, and there will undoubtedly be plenty of room for all visitors. At the beach of Paliochori you can also find a number of accommodations where you can rent a room.

Milos beaches: Fyropotamos Beach
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Fyropotamos Beach is a small and clean sandy beach just east of the capital Adamas. This small beach is in the first place an attraction because of its picturesque location in the bay. There is a very pretty church and a small number of beautiful and colorful houses that are built into the rocks (the socalled "syrmata"). The small beach can be reached by a paved road from for intance Adamas. The view you get when you drive to Fyropotamos is beautiful. There are facilities on the beach. There are parasols and sunbeds for rent and there is a small cantina where you can have something to eat or drink.

Milos beaches: Provatas Beach
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Provatas is a sandy family beach in the south of the island. It is positioned in the "middle" of the south on its narrowest point. The waters at Provatas Beach are shallow and so it is perfectly safe and suitable for small children. The road to the beach is good all the way to the end where there is a large parking. Provatas Beach is an organized beach where you can rent parasols and sunbeds. There are several tavernes around the beach and there are a couple of accommodations that rent out rooms.

Milos beaches: Sarakiniko Beach
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Sarakiniko Beach is situated in the northeast of the island of Milos, a little west of Mitakas Beach. It is easy accessible from both Adamas and from Pollonia. It is a very special place that you have to see, not so much for the beach itself but for its landscape. Sarakiniko beach is surrounded by an unearthly landscape of smooth white rocks on which the sun reflects in a wonderful way. There are no plants growing there at all what gives you even more the impression that you are on another planet.

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The rocks at Sarakiniko Beach have eroded in time by the sea water, the rain and the wind. The contrast between the whiteness of the rocks and the turqoise water of the sea makes it very picturesque and hence Sarakiniko Beach is the most photographed spot of the island of Milos. It is an interesting area to walk around and explore, and even though I have tried my best to make pretty pictures of Sarakiniko Beach no pictures do it justice: you have to see it for yourself. At Sarakiniko beach there are also a couple of caves, some rocks in the sea and there is a shipwreck of a cargo boat on its shores.

Milos beaches: Pollonia Beach
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The village of Pollonia in the north of the island of Milos has two sandy beaches that are surrounded by tamarisk trees. The larger of the two is situated in the middle of the village and the smaller one on the northeast side. In the west there are a couple of coves with small pebble beaches. The sandy beaches of Pollonia are shallow and perfectly safe for little children.

Milos beaches: Phylakopi Beaches
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Beaches next to the excavation of Phylakopi, between Phylakopi and the village of Pollonia (distance about 3 km). There are two beaches, one pebble beach (obviously here on the pictures) and on the other side (I think) there must be a sandy beach that we haven't visited yet.

Milos beaches: Papafragas Beach
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Beach next to the excavation of Phylakopi, between Phylakopi and the village of Pollonia (distance about 3 km). It is one of the most impressive beaches of the island of Milos. You can get there over a narrow path. From the top of the rock the beach looks like a turqoise swimming pool or canal, with high white cliffs surrounding it, and there are caves. On the day we visited the sun wasn't cooperating so the water looks a bit darker than usual.

Milos beaches: Agios Antonio Beach
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Agios Antonio Beach consists of two beaches, of which one in a beautiful bay with partially a rock hanging over the beach around (good for shade). The beach is about 4 kilometers west of Pollonia and is accessible from a junction of the road between Pollonia and Adamas. At the beach there is a small church and there are some syrma (in the rock chopped houses where originally the fishing boats were stored after the summer). Agios Antonio is a quiet sandy beach. On the large beach (without the overhanging rock) discrete naturism is permitted if it is not too crowded. On this part of the beach, however, you find little shade because there are no trees.

Milos beaches: Pahena or Pachena Beach
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Pahena or Pachena Beach is about 3 kilometers away from the village of Pollonia and can be reached via a turn on the route from Adamas to Pollonia. The beach is indicated with a sign and cannot be seen from the road. The distance to Adamas is 7 kilometer. Pahena Beach actually consists of three adjacent beaches. They are sandy beaches. Striking here are the beautiful rocks that stand in the sea in front of the beach. On some stretches of beach there are trees for those who prefer to sit in the shade. On the beach there are a few houses and there seems to be a tavern (which I have not seen myself, but I must confess that I have not looked for it). There are no other facilities at the beach of Pahena, so no sunbeds and umbrellas and also no shops. Pahena Beach is a quiet beach where if it is not too busy discrete naturism is allowed.

Milos beaches: Achivodolimni Beach
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Long and sandy beach just behind the lake of Milos and not far from the airport. It is situated on the south side of the crater. Achivodolimni is a mostly unorganized beach without facilities (only a few trees and parasols in the beginning, which is not the best part of the beach). There is some rubble floating in the water at the beginning of the beach, but walk a hundred meters and it is gone, the water is crystal clear and the beach becomes clean. It is a sandy beach with shallow waters and it is very easy to get into the water. It stays undeep for quite a while. When we were there there were eight people on the (long) beach in total and at least four of us were laying in naturist style without the textiles (including us). Two of them we could not see, because they were so far away - like I said it is a long beach. Not much shade on the beach and no taverne at the time, but lovely! A beach for naturists. Bring your own water and a good sunblock and relax. From the beach there is a view of the village of Adamas.

Milos beaches: Ammoudaraki Beach
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Ammoudaraki Beach is located in the west of the island of Milos in the Bay of Triades. In the same bay are two other beaches, but with a kind of rocky ground if you want to go into the sea. Ammoudaraki means something like "just sand". The beach can be reached by car (via the village Ralaki) but the road is very bad (a dirt track), so you really need a very good car if you want to undertake this. You can also go to the beach by boat. Some tour boats make a short stop at the beach for a swimming. Very fanatic walkers can off course also hike to the beach. At the beach there are no facilities.

Milos beaches: Agios Ioannis Beach
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Agios Ioannis Beach is a beautiful sandy beach (and naturist beach) in the southwest of the island of Milos. It is located in the bay with the same name and it is accessible with a very good car (because the way there is not really that good) or by boat. It actually consists of three beaches of which the largest can be reached by car. The two smaller beaches are more difficult to get to. Above the beach on a hill stands a very large monastery which is completely deserted. The monastery is called Monastery of Agios Ioannis Siderianos and dates from the Middle Ages. It is already mentioned in 1582. Siderianos means "iron". The monastery was once under attack by pirates, and the locals had locked themselves up in the monastery and prayed to Agios Ioannis. According to legend he chamged the wooden door into an iron one. One of the pirates tried to shoot through a hole, than paralized his arm and lost his gun. This gun is still in the monastery.

Milos beaches: Sykia Cave Beach
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Sykia Cave Beach or Sikia Cave Beach is located in the southwest of Milos. Because of the color of the water it is sometimes also called the Emerald Cave. The beach is accessible only by boat. (private or excursion boat). Sykia Cave is a cave whose roof has collapsed. You can sail into it with a small boat though an arch. It is a really beautiful place. The white pebble beach is surrounded by high white cliffs. Most tour boats make a stop here and bring the people to it in a smaller rubber boat in order be able to sail into the cave. It is perfect for swimming and the water is pretty clear.

Milos beaches: Lagada Beach in Adamas
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Lagada Beach is a small sandy beach on the north side of the boulevard of Adamas, only 100 meters from the port. On the way to the beach you'll pass a cave, a "hot spas" (hot spring, but I don't think it's in working order). At the beach of Lagada is a church and a hotel with a pool, the Lagada Beach Hotel (if you like it). The beach on the other side of Adamas is called Papakinou Beach and this one is larger. Here there are umbrellas and sunbeds for hire at a taverna.


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