“Thiorichia, on the Mediterranean”

The Island of Milos, Greece. June 2018 (12 photos)

This is Part 2 of my Greece 2018 photo series, and also Part 11 of my Europe 2018 photo series.

Is it possible to think of Greece and not conjure up thoughts of cruising the Mediterranean and visiting the Greek Islands? Everyone knows Santorini and Mykonos but they tend to suffer from their own popularity. Too many tourists and too expensive.

After some time in Athens I boarded the ferry to a lesser known Greek island, the island of Milos. Or maybe it is well known but just less visited and a more authentic experience. Even without realising it, you already know of Milos because you almost certainly know its most famous export – the Aphrodite of Milos, otherwise known as the Venus de Milo. Created sometime between 130 and 100 BC, the marble sculpture is believed to depict Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty (Venus to the Romans). It is currently on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris. The statue is named after Milos because that is where it was discovered.

So here are some scenes from Magical Milos, an island of varied landscapes and immense beauty, just like Aphrodite/Venus.

“Church in the Plaka”

“Sarakiniko sunset”

“Welcome to Adamantas”

“The colours of Greece”

“Morning in Mandrakia”

You can see all those doors arranged along the small bay. They extended around underneath my vantage point as well. I was walking down there and had to do a small jump across some water and landed in front of one with the door open…

“The good life”

This guy had converted his boat shed into a man cave. He greeted me with a smile. He didn’t speak a word of English but he saw my camera and invited me to take photos of his hideaway. I coaxed him into posing for a portrait as well.

“A church in Pollonia”

“Trypiti silhouettes”

I shot this one directly toward the sun.

“Sunset in Klima”

I had dinner in this small seaside village. It was a spectacular setting for a restaurant. Essentially all the tables were in open air, along the water.

I didn’t finish dinner until about 11pm. That seems to be the norm in summer on a Greek island.

“Magical Milos”

This is the view that greeted me whenever I opened my door in Milos.

This is Part 2 of my Greece 2018 photo series.
This is Part 11 of my Europe 2018 photo series, including Czechia (The Czech Republic), The Netherlands, France, Italy, Austria, Greece and Germany.

Leica Etcetera, Photography Etcetera

Magical Milos


88 thoughts on “Magical Milos

    • How many days? Technically 4 but the correct answer is not nearly long enough. You guessed correctly – it was so difficult to leave. The lifestyle there is just so carefree. 2 hour lunches, afternoon drinks, and lazy late dinners. If I’d known what it what going to be like before I got there, I would have spent longer, or visited another small island.

  1. Gorgeous images!! The blue of that water and the colors along the shore pull me leaving me wanting to be there. OH! Absolutely breathtaking, another world so far from that in which I live. Thank you for sharing these pictures.

  2. Beautiful images Draco, Milos looks like a wonderful island to spend some time. I love those tables in the open air – it reminds me of some of the meals we had on the island of Symi many moons ago. It was a quiet laid-back island then, it looks as if it has become more built-up and crowded. I hope Milos will always keep this lovely relaxed feel. Thank you so much for sharing :o)

    • Thank you very much, Xenia. Life just seems more carefree there and I certainly immersed myself in that attitude for a while. I hope it doesn’t become overrun by tourists.

  3. That’s it! I’m packing my bags right now. 🙂 🙂 The first is entirely blissful and all that I would want in a Greek island. Love the silhouettes too and the colourful harbour. Many years ago we spent 4 weeks in the Cyclades. It wasn’t enough!

  4. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. I always think of blue-and-white when I think of Greece and your photos are beautiful takes on the color scheme. Thank you for introducing the lovely island of Milos.

  5. You really did your pre-travel research and it looks like it paid off. Such tranquil images. Good to know there’s one Greek island that remains less-traveled. That’s one classy man cave and it looks like he knows it. Did it give you any ideas? 😉

    • Thanks, Julie. I saw a sign in a restaurant in Milos that said: Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea and drink the wild air. I’d just add “…and take lots of photos” and that truly encompasses my time in Milos.
      That man was incredibly happy to show me his man cave. I think he could see I was impressed. 🙂

  6. Meg Philp says:

    Different blues again, Draco. Although there were a couple that were close to Cuban.
    Good to get the chance to see a place I haven’t been to. Yes. I have been tempted by Santorini but I don’t like crowds. Appreciate the angles of your posts.

    • Thanks, Meg. I considered Santorini but my Greek neighbours and friends all talked me out of it, because of the crowds. I’m glad I listened to them. Milos was less crowded, more authentic and offered so much beauty to photograph.

  7. Love your view and oh, those blues just squeeze my heart with their beauty. Way “back in the day”, I visited Mykonos, touristy, but undoubtedly much different in the mid-seventies than today, and, for a contrast, Naxos. The latter stands out in my mind for lemons the size of grapefruit and all of Greece for its friendly people.


    • I didn’t appreciate how much I would enjoy it until I got there. Apart from breakfasts, all my meals were outdoors. Everybody is so relaxed and friendly. More than once, I was given a free small entree or liqueur. I would have loved to have visited other smaller islands as well. I agree, Mykonos is unlikely to be the same as you remember.

  8. Milos looks magical indeed. Places like these not entirely in the tourist limelight tend to be just as lovely. Love the blue door shot. Sort of looks like a face on the ground.

    • It does look like a face. 🙂 I’ve been told Santorini can be difficult to enjoy despite its beauty because of all the crowds of tourists and everything that goes with that. Milos was a much better choice for me. I’m glad I listened to my Greek neighbours and friends.

  9. A truly magical Milos. The colours are just what I think of when you say Greece. That vibrant blue sky and the white washed walls. Did you stay Airbnb here?

    • The Greek flag is blue and white with a cross on it. I saw the inspiration for it everywhere I looked on Milos. It’s beautiful.
      No I didn’t use airbnb. A friend of mine had a very bad experience with them and warns most people he can off it. So I definitely won’t use it where I don’t speak the language.

  10. Ah, the Greek islands. I could spend the rest of my life island hopping. They are all so lovely and different. I have very fond memories of Ios – another one in the Cyclades – which I visited twice in the 1970s getting stuck on the island for three weeks because bad weather prevented the once weekly ferry from arriving. My second visit was only a couple of years later, but the island had already altered with a metalled road and cars. Mykonos was heaving even then (hippies) and Santorini whilst beautiful, doesn’t have those beaches. Beautiful iconic photos LD. “Welcome to Adamantas” is my favourite.

    • Thanks, Jude. Now that would be the life, island hopping as the desire dictates. I met quite a few residents on Milos in the smaller villages, aged in their nineties, agile and living the good life. I think there is something to that lifestyle.
      Three weeks forced stay on Ios? I’m sure you made the most of it. 🙂

  11. Oh yes, this is how it is. Lovely colours and tranquillity. I haven’t been to Milos, only to Korfu, Karpathos, Lefkas, Kefalonia, Samos, the Peloponnese peninsula and a month on Crete with own Peugeot 504. Those were some seriously good times.

  12. Oh what a view from your abode! Wonderful gorgeous photos Mr Draco .. makes me want to jump on a plane! I’m one of those that has visited Santorini .. but if I get back that way, I shall head for Milos 😃

  13. Those views are stunning. It’s nice to hear that Milos isn’t as crowded. I’ve considered a trip to Santorini, but was concerned about it for that very reason.

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