Milos, Greece

Photo: Line Lasserre (This file was imported from Wikivoyage WTS.) [CC-BY-SA-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Line Lasserre (This file was imported from Wikivoyage WTS.) [CC-BY-SA-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/1.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Hey beach lover! Your perfect island has been found. Whether you prefer white sand, golden sand, red sand, or volcanic rocks, the southernmost island in the Cyclades has a beach for everyone. So jump on a high-speed ferry or join the standby line at the airport. You’re going to Milos—where you have nearly 70 beaches from which to choose.

After arriving in Adamas, make a beeline for the southern coast. The paved road will end, but keep going until you reach Tsigrado. There you slide through a tight, rocky passage. You hesitantly climb down a shaky wooden ladder. And you breathe a sigh of relief when your feet touch the snow-white sand. Go swimming in the warm water, search for hidden caves, and avoid the big boulders. With towering cliffs on one side and clear, turquoise water on the other, Tsigrado might be the most beautiful beach on an island full of stunning beaches.

When little Tsigrado starts to get crowded, drive west to Provatas. Rocky cliffs sit at either side of this beach as well, but easy access and the longer stretch of sand make this red-sand beach more popular. With calm, shallow water, Provatas is ideal for swimming. Here you can rent sun loungers and umbrellas. Then when you need a break from the sun, a little taverna at the top of the hill serves chilled wine and mezes.

Photo: N. Preseault
Photo: N. Preseault

Following a morning on the southern coast, head north in the afternoon. Sarakiniko is unlike any beach you’ve ever seen. There’s no sand or dunes or trees here. There’s just rocks. Pure-white volcanic rocks that have been shaped by the waves and the wind. The salt water has eroded the rocks over time, so be careful stepping over the hollows as you angle for the perfect picture. And when the sun bounces off the rocks and the teal water, you feel like you’re on another planet.

Eventually, you end the day in Pollonia, a fishing village on the northeastern tip of Milos. The beach sits on a small, protected bay. Colorful boats bob in the water. Shady tamarisk trees line the golden sand. Whitewashed houses stand in the distance. The ferry to Kimolos departs four times a day.  And a line of seafood restaurants are only steps away. Tomato salad, sea bream carpaccio, prawn tartare, tuna tataki, and risotto with cuttlefish ink, plus lots of ouzo, will keep you by the waterfront long after the sun sets and give you plenty of time to decide which beaches to visit tomorrow.

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