Milos is a sleepy volcanic Greek island in the Aegean Sea. Less-known than its famous neighbors of Santorini and Mykonos, the island boasts its own unique charm – think traditional Cycladic architecture, stunning volcanic beaches, and all of the warmth of age-old Greek hospitality. Its party scene may not rival the likes of Kos or Skiathos, but this doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of exciting things to do in Milos at night…
In 1820, a farmer discovered the classical sculpture, Venus de Milo, on the island of Milos. Now on display in Paris’s Louvre, the marble sculpture is widely believed to depict Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. The discovery earned Milos the nickname of ‘Lover’s Island.’ But it’s not only its link to Aphrodite that gives Milos this reputation. With gorgeous natural landscapes, and an untrodden, secluded feel, Milos is the perfect setting for a romantic getaway, especially when the sun sets and night approaches!
If you’re interested in knowing more about what the island of Milos has to offer after dark, read on. We’ve pulled together a list of the most exciting things to do in Milos at night. Enjoy!
Take a sunset tour of Plaka
Plaka is the capital of Milos. A traditional Greek village built on the tallest hilltop on the island, its snaking alleyways were originally planned out to confuse marauding pirates. Nowadays, they’re a charming setting for an evening stroll. Due to its narrow streets, no cars can reach the center of the village, creating all the more room for pedestrians. From its whitewashed houses to brightly colored doorways and balconies full of flowers and greenery, it’s easy to get lost in the maze. The best time to go is at dusk, when the village’s hilltop aspect offers spectacular views of the sun setting over the Aegean sea.
The Venetian Castle of Milos is situated further up the hill from Plaka. Venetians built the fortress in the 13th century. It is one of the only remnants of the Venetians’ historic rule over the island. We’d say it’s well worth the hike to get up there – especially at the golden hour!
Once you’ve strolled Plaka’s labyrinthine streets or watched the sunset from the castle, why not grab a sundowner at one of the village bars? The cliffside terrace of Utopia Café is a popular spot for cocktails and ocean views. Open until 2am, it’s one of the only spots in Plaka for a late-night drink. Feeling hungry? There are also a number of tavernas in Plaka. We’ve enjoyed Avli-Milos Restaurant, To Diporto, and Archontoula in the past.
Sleep over in the colorful fishing village of Klima
Klima is a tiny fishing village nestled between Milos’s Eastern hills and the Aegean sea. The rugged natural landscape is punctuated by syrmata – whitewashed houses with brightly colored doors and windows carved directly into the rock. These houses are traditional accommodation for the village’s fishermen. The ground floor serves as a garage for fishing boats, while the upstairs is a living space. Today, a few of the syrmatas have been converted into holiday rentals.
With very few full-time residents, Klima has a truly secluded feel. Once a hub of seafaring activity, the tiny village is now home to just a handful of shops and tavernas. For fans of hiking, there’s a great route that takes you from the seafront at Klima to the ancient village of Tripiti. You’ll pass the catacombs, and the ancient city walls on the way. Or, for a more relaxed option, sunbathe on you symrata balcony when the sun begins to dip.
When evening arrives, head for a sunset meal at Astakas restaurant. Just a few steps away from the brightly colored fishing houses, this beachfront restaurant specializes in freshly caught seafood. We can’t think of a more picturesque place to start your night in Milos. Be sure to book if you want to secure one of the seafront tables.
Take a sunset cruise
Many of the wonders of Milos are best accessed by boat. Cruises regularly run from the port at Adamas (more on that later), providing tourists with the perfect opportunity to enjoy the rugged rock formations and unique beaches. But it doesn’t have to be during the daytime. Taking a sunset cruise is an exciting way to start your night in Milos.
Most excursions explore the natural beauty of Milos’s south west coastline. Kleftiko is a particular highlight. This famous cove on the southwest tip of the island was formerly a pirate’s hideout. It is now one of the island’s most famous sights, and not one to miss. In Kleftiko, visitors can snorkel in crystal clear waters, sunbathe on sun-bleached rocks, and explore many mysterious caves.
Gerakas beach is another popular spot that’s on the itinerary of most cruises. This stunning beach, with its distinctive geological formation, is only accessible by boat. At sunset, most trips will pass by the traditional fishing villages of Skinopi, Klima, Areti and Fourkovouni, which all look wonderful in the pinkish-orange light.
Spend an evening in the harbor town of Adamas
Adamas (also known as Adamantas) is a harbor town in Milos. As the first place you encounter as you step off the ferry, so it’s hard to miss. This small town is now the cultural center of the island, but it wasn’t always this way. Refugees from Sfakia in Crete founded the town in 1835, after fleeing during a rebellion against the Turks. Nowadays, the port is home to the island’s largest array of shops, restaurants, and museums.
There’s not a great deal of nightlife on the island of Milos, but Adamas is the place to go if you’re after some late-night entertainment. Akri Bar is one of the best nightlife spots in Milos. The terrace there overlooks the port, with views of the shimmering sea beyond. Head in for a great selection of cocktails, along with Greek DJs playing into the night. Plori, the only club on the island, is also in Adamas. Positioned higher up the hill with views over the rest of Adamas, that’s the perfect place to dance the night away.
Milos is a Greek island full of fresh flavors, and there are plenty of restaurants to choose from in Adamas. Family taverna Oh Hamos is a favorite of tourists and locals alike. Set in a cute courtyard, with walls decorated in climbing greenery, this rustic taverna serves up traditional Greek food. For a sweet treat following dinner, there’s also Aggelikki. This pastel-colored café serves all things sweet, from homemade ice cream to baklava. Open until 2am, grabbing something delicious here is the perfect end to a night in Milos.
Take a sunset stroll in Pollonia
The picturesque fishing village of Pollonia is in the northeastern corner of Milos. Head here for one of Milos’ best beaches, a great array of eateries, and a general laid back vibe. Pollonia is also a very family-friendly part of Milos. With shallow water, and plenty of trees providing much needed respite from the midday sun, the beaches are suitable for small kids. Taking a stroll down Pollonia’s beach at sunset is a great thing to do at night in Milos.
There are plenty of restaurants, cafés and bars to choose from on the seaside lane that stretches along Pollonia’s main beach. Enalion is a favorite with visitors to Polonia. This beachside restaurant serves traditional dishes accompanied with local wine. Fans of seafood should head to Armira. The restaurant’s roof garden is a glorious location to sample some freshly-caught fish, and at around €15 a head, expect good quality food at a reasonable price. People with a sweet tooth should head to the café Kivotos ton Gefseon. The watermelon pie comes well recommended.
For a late night drink, Opidianos has great sea views and comfy seating. It’s also a great place to meet locals, who congregate here for well-mixed cocktails. Paleochori beach is not far away from Pollonia. It’s known for its colorful rock and hot springs. DeepBlue beach bar has a relaxing ambience, mellow music and high quality drinks. It’s a lovely place to watch the sunset.
Go for a wine tasting
For fans of wine, Kostantakis Cave Winery in Pollonia is a must-visit while in Milos. With stunning views over the Aegean sea and the surrounding vineyards, Kostantakis Cave Winery is the perfect setting to learn more about local winemaking culture.
Winemaker Kostas Mallis received an official license for his winery in 2012, continuing a long family tradition of winemaking in Pollonia. The volcanic, porous soil of Milos, as well as the warm, dry climate lends the wine its distinct flavour. Visitors to the winery can take a tour of the vineyards and descend into the spilia – an underground labyrinths of caves where the wines are stored in cool temperatures. The best bit? Getting to sample the variety of 6 “Kostantakis” wines yourself!
If you’re wondering where to stay in Pollonia, Kostantakis Cave Winery also hosts guests in luxury accommodation. Just a stone’s throw from the beach and Pollonia town center, Kostantakis Cave Winery Residence offers bed and breakfast, set in amid the luscious greenery of their expansive garden.