This region, along with the neighboring islands of Kimolos and Polyaigos, presents an exceptional sailing location where you can organize a multi-day voyage or include it as a stopover in a more extended cruise throughout the Cyclades. Explore Milos Island and other by sailboat and create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.
Itinerary: Adamantas marina – Kleftiko bay– Polyaigos – Kimolos – Adamantas – Sarakiniko bay
Lenght: a week route (about 50 nm)
Milos Island, located in the Aegean Sea, is a popular destination for sailors due to its crystal-clear waters and picturesque beaches. Sailing around Milos Island provides an opportunity to explore its stunning coastline and hidden coves, such as Kleftiko, where visitors can snorkel in the turquoise waters or enjoy a beach barbecue. Other notable beaches include Sarakiniko, with its unique lunar landscape, and Firiplaka, known for its white sand and clear waters. With its calm waters and beautiful scenery, sailing around Milos Island is an unforgettable experience.
Although these are shorter routes that are easy in themselves, in the summer months you can encounter northerly winds with meltemi that can make sailing difficult. Either way, don't be discouraged!
Day 1: Adamantas Marina
Your trip begins at the main harbor of Milos Island - Adamantas. It is sometimes referred to as Adamas. You can easily anchor here, except during mid-August, which is the peak season, and it may take a while to find a spot.
It is a natural bay that was formed by a volcanic crater and provides excellent protection from all winds, making it a safe haven for boats and yachts.
From the harbor, you can embark on an exploration of the town of Plaka, which can be easily reached by taxi or bus.
Plaka is the capital town of Milos Island and is located on a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea. The town is characterized by its traditional Cycladic architecture, narrow alleys, and charming white-washed houses.
One of the most notable monuments in Plaka is the 13th-century Venetian castle, which sits at the highest point of the town and offers panoramic views of the island. You can also explore the Archaeological Museum of Milos, which houses a collection of ancient artifacts, including the famous Venus de Milo statue. Another must-see attraction is the Folklore Museum, which showcases the island's traditional way of life through a variety of exhibits and displays.
Additionally, Plaka has several beautiful churches and chapels, such as the Church of Panagia Thalassitra, which is located near the entrance of the town and offers stunning views of the sea. Overall, Plaka is a charming town full of history and culture, and it is definitely worth a visit while exploring Milos Island.
A sight of the town of Adamas, which serves as the main port on the island of Milos.
Day 2: Kleftiko Bay (14 nm)
Kleftiko Bay is one of the most popular attractions on Milos Island, located on the southwest coast of the island. It is a secluded cove accessible only by boat and is known for its crystal clear turquoise waters, rugged cliffs, and impressive rock formations.
The bay was once a hideout for pirates, and you can explore the remains of the pirates' lairs and secret passages that were carved into the rocks. It is also a popular spot for snorkeling and diving, as the underwater landscape is teeming with marine life and interesting geological formations.
In addition to Kleftiko Bay, there are several other breathtaking bays located on the southern side of Milos Island, including the stunning Tsigrado and Agia Galini.
If the wind is favourable, you can spend the night on site. Otherwise, we recommend anchoring for the night in Provatas Bay, which is about 6 nm away. Be careful of the underwater rocks when anchoring and sailing around.
Day 3: Polyaigos Island (14 nm)
The next stop on your itinerary will be the island of Polyaigos, which lies to the east. On the way from south to north you can admire the geological diversity of the island. We recommend anchoring in Mirsini Bay. Using a rope ashore where possible will offer safer shelter from the north wind.
Despite its small size, Polyaigos Island is a hidden gem that is well worth a visit for anyone interested in experiencing the natural beauty and serenity of the Aegean Sea.
The sight of Polyaigos Island is breathtaking, with its magnificent cliffs towering over the sea.
Day 4: Kimolos Island (2 nm)
From the island of Polyaigos, head southeast to the island of Kimolos. Here you will find the small and modest port of Psathi.
The island's main town, Chorio, is a charming collection of traditional Cycladic houses and narrow alleys, with several tavernas, cafes, and small shops. You can wander through the town's winding streets, exploring its numerous churches, historic buildings, and ancient ruins.
Kimolos is also home to several beautiful beaches, ranging from secluded coves to long stretches of white sand. The island's most famous beach, Prassa, is a long, sandy beach with turquoise waters and stunning views of the neighboring island of Polyaigos. Other notable beaches include the sheltered Agios Georgios beach, which is ideal for families with children, and the quiet, secluded Mavrospilia beach.
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Day 5: Adamantas Bay (14 nm)
As the fifth day of your trip comes around, it's time to make your way back to the port of Adamantas on Milos Island. Along the way, you'll pass by the charming village of Apollonia, which sits by the sea and makes for a great spot for a quick visit. However, it's important to note that the area is not protected from the strong northern winds. You'll also sail near the famous Sarakiniko Bay, which is not ideal for anchoring unless the weather conditions are calm.
Day 6: Sarakiniko Bay
Sarakiniko Bay is one of the most stunning and unique natural wonders of Milos Island. The bay is famous for its white volcanic rock formations, which have been carved into fascinating shapes and patterns by the sea and wind over time. The contrast of the white rocks against the deep blue waters of the Aegean is truly breathtaking. Ending the trip at this magical place is the cherry on top.
View of unique Sarakiniko Bay.
Reminder: The information given (distances, mooring details, etc.) is for information purposes only and cannot be relied upon completely. Please study the nautical chart before sailing to ensure a safe and enjoyable voyage.