Sarakiniko: Milos’s star beach is a dazzlingly beautiful (and much-photographed) location that takes the breath away, with a lunar landscape of naturally sculpted bone-white volcanic rocks that descend into the sea and form platforms, caves and arches over the cobalt waters. This was once a haven for Saracen pirates (hence its name) and even today you can see where they carved the rocks in order to tether their ships to them.
Tsigkrado: One of Milos’s most exotic beaches, with white sand and crystal-clear emerald waters, surrounded by high cliffs that extend into the sea. The gorgeous bay has the atmosphere of a private Eden, partly because there are no facilities here, so make sure you bring everything you need with you. Access is via a steep sandy path from the clifftop.
Firiplaka: This magnificent and extremely popular beach with fine pale-grey sand and shallow turquoise waters enjoys a stunning setting thanks to its towering volcanic cliffs. One part has umbrellas, sun loungers and a beach bar, while the remainder offers an ideal haven for lovers of seclusion. You can visit if you choose one of the ferry for Milos.
Paliohori: This extremely popular stretch of coast comprises three beaches totalling two kilometres in length, with coarse sand, brightly coloured pebbles, and deep crystal-clear waters. The first and largest has got every amenity, including sun loungers, umbrellas, water sports, and a restaurant. The colour palette and variety of natural rocks resulting from the area’s high volcanic activity defy description.
Ahivadolimni: One of the island’s most beautiful – and longest – beaches, divided in two within a natural bay, with white sand and crystal-clear turquoise waters that create an exotic setting. The second beach has a bar and restaurant and attracts more people, while the first is a haven for those who prefer a degree of seclusion. The bay is particularly popular among windsurfing and kitesurfing enthusiasts. Nearby is a small lake (limni in Greek) full of clams (ahivades), from where it gets its name.