Greece is home to over 200 beautiful islands, but many of them are overlooked by the well-known and flashier destinations of Santorini and Mykonos.
Milos is definitely one of those, which may be one of the reasons it was crowned the best island in the world.
A travel survey of millions of readers of Travel + Leisure magazine put Milos in first place, ahead of Folegandros – also in Greece – and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
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Located in the middle of the Cycladic island, about 110 miles off the coast of mainland Greece, you will find this relatively small and unspoiled island.
Expect whitewashed villages, tiny fishing harbors with waterfront restaurants, and stunning churches.
It’s a small volcanic island, which means the landscape is unique with underwater caves, reddish cliffs, and sandy beaches.
It also has the highest concentration of beaches of any Cycladic island, including Sarakiniko Beach, which is one of the most photographed beaches in all of Europe.
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The landscape of Sarakiniko is quite unique, with many describing it as “lunar”.
About 300 meters east of the beach you will find a wreck, known as the Sarakiniko Wreck, which is a great place for diving and snorkelling when the weather is calm.
Unlike many of its sister islands, tourism is not the main industry in Milos, which means you won’t find package holidays or crowds of tourists getting off a tourist bus.
The island is also the site of the catacombs, a cemetery for around 7,000 to 8,000 Christians, making the island the third most sacred Early Christian monument, after the Holy Land and the catacombs of Rome.
Getting to Milos
The most common way to get to the island is from Santorini or Mykonos, as there are no direct flights from London.
Once you get to Santorini or Mykonos, it’s a ferry ride that takes between four and eight hours depending on what type of ferry you take.
It is also possible to fly to Athens and take a ferry from there.
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