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Milos Beaches Greece Greek Holiday Destinations

Milos has more than 70 beaches, some of which are only accessible by boat. The island's history of volcanic activity over millions of years and its wealth of mineral deposits have together created an extraordinary coastline of fantastical rock formations and beaches which range in colour from gold, white and red to greenish grey and even black.

It's worth taking a boat excursion round the island because this is the best way to appreciate the beauty of its coastline and uncover the magical rocky coves which can only be reached from the sea. Regular boat tours leave Adamas in the summer months, stopping at several of the island's best beaches many include lunch in a taverna on the island of Kimolos.

One of the busiest beaches is Achivadolimni six kilometres south of Adamas. Buses from the port make the 15 minute journey to and from the beach throughout the day. It's a popular sandy beach of white sand, small pebbles and shallow water but it's certainly not one of the most beautiful on the island. It tends to be busy in high season because of nearby Milos Camping which is a well equipped site with its own bar, restaurant and other tourist facilities.

There are several easily accessible popular family beaches on the south coast of the island including lively Provatas and Paleochori which are well served with bars, sun beds and shades but you can still find a quiet spot to lay your towel. Between the two lies beautiful Tsigrados where snow like sand of natural pearlite deposits slopes into the azure waters. It's not easy to get to it but is well worth effort reach it by boat, moped or trek about an hour and a half east along the coast from Provatas. If you're brave enough you can even lower yourself down to the beach via a rope attached to the cliff face.

First prize for the most extraordinary stretch of coastline goes to Sarakiniko, on the north coast, where eerie white rock formations create a bizarre moonscape. There's a small bay and when the wind is on the other side of the island you can swim in a series of caves.

At Papafragas, further east along the coast from Sarakiniko you can swim in sulphurous blue pools below a stone arch and ghostly arms of white rock which reach down to the sea.

More weird and wonderful rock formations are to be found at Kleftiko in the south west corner of the island. You can only get to it by boat but it's worth the trip because the scenery is magnificent and you can swim in the caves, snorkel round the rocks or scuba dive for shells and octopus.

Pollonia, in the north east of the island, is the windiest spot on Milos and attracts windsurfers and other watersports enthusiasts. There's a diving centre here and regular boats leave for the short journey across to the island of Kimolos (worth a day trip but not much more). At Voudia Bay, three kilometres south east of Pollonia, you can swim in some of the hot springs which warm the mineral rich waters at several points around the coastline.

Take a boat excursion to see the mind blowing organ pipe rock formations of Glaronisia Islet off the north coast. Look out for the beautiful Milos monk seals which inhabit these waters and are among the most endangered species in the whole of Europe.