No filters are needed for Milos. No fancy clothes, no plans. Milos requires merely relaxing into it. Sure, having some fantastic suggested places to eat & visit from friends & family are always so gratefully welcome and definitely added to our unforgettable experience. I wrote this on my last night in Milos and having the time to reflect now, my best suggestion would be to allow time to get lost in the magic of this unique Island. It took us a few days to uncover this ourselves, especially after arriving from Santorini but each day, we set out with a somewhat loose plan and stumbled upon beaches and villages that we felt belonged in a storybook but here we were sharing in the wonder and rather breathtaking beauty. We spent mornings wandering cobblestoned laneways and spent afternoons relaxing and swimming in beaches with the bluest waters. Each beach and each village very unique to the other.
The history of Milos is the volcanoes that shaped it and the pirates who left their traces. There is so much to take in and enjoy….. caves, colours, flavours, aromas, the people. Milos is pure love.
We ate fresh & locally every night. We went off the recommendations of locals that we had the pleasure of meeting along the way as well as generous friends back home, willing to share their favourites. Most nights we ate in Pollonia, where we were staying. We had really lovely mezze and seafood at Gialos. Still acclimatizing and eating earlier than most, we found that we were grateful for arriving around 7 pm as there would be long ques waiting for tables a couple of hours later.
Our host from our apartments recommended we eat breakfast also at Kivotos ton Gefseon. We enjoyed our dishes in a very inviting and charming courtyard surrounded by grape vines and other lush greenery. It was a wonderfully relaxing way to start the days. I am a savoury girl, but we found ourselves trying the Greek chocolate pie, watermelon pie, baklava and other pastries. Why? Because the waiter told us to and who are we to argue, right. The selection of homemade goodness at this place is impressive, and anything we tried during our few visits was wonderful. You can also take away items to enjoy on the days that you might be beach hopping. The Ladenia with tomatoes, so full of flavour, has been something else. It is a Greek tomato pie that I cannot help but liken to Pissaldiere from my first book. It has the perfect olive oil base/crust. I loved it.
You will see a picture below of a very charismatic gentleman I struck up a lovely conversation within the town of Plaka (you must visit Plaka). He is preparing Vlita. I have enjoyed Vlita most evenings either steamed or boiled and always finished simply with lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and the right amount of sea salt & pepper.
Our last night in Milos was spent right on the water at a little family run restaurant called Rakomelo. You can eat in their small restaurant about 20 metres away (we enjoyed a lovely breakfast in here one morning) or of an evening, you can pull up a chair and eat at a table right on the water where you can also take in the sunset. A really gorgeous and hard working family. Always smiling and you could taste this in their beautiful food.
Something I can not recommend enough is to go on a boat cruise while on Milos. We went with a company called Excellent yachting, and our boat was called Mama Maria. We swam at beaches with the bluest waters, and I finally mastered snorkelling. What a place to learn snorkelling. We found baby stingrays, brightly coloured starfish and plankton and coral that lit up sea caves. Ava declares it her favourite part of our trip so far. Swimming together at a beach called Kleftiko – her favourite of all. A few of us are with her, but this trip is so contrasting with every adventure and day unique to the other. It is difficult to compare one experience to another but it is sure to be a day we will never forget.
There was so much left to uncover though……until next time Milos, and we really do hope there will be a next time.
Thank you for a family stay we will always treasure.