When deciding on an island destination in Greece we were really spoilt for choice. I’m sure if you’ve ever planned a Greek island holiday, you would know what I mean and I’m also pretty certain that anywhere you ended up would be spectacular in its own way. My first choice was Santorini (of course), but after a bit of research mostly through friends, I realised it was maybe not the most practical with a small child. We ended up settling on Milos because we heard it offered a lot of the aspects of the Cycladic islands that we liked – sunsets, stunning vistas, beautiful beaches, all those white buildings and blue domed churches – but was relatively untouched and very quiet.
As a mom especially, peace and quiet is my new number one priority! We rented a car which is an absolute must and it was so easy to get around. You could visit different parts of the island really easily and be at different beaches in minutes. There are a few areas on the island where you can only drive an off-road buggy, but we were happy to stay on more stable terrain in our little sedan and beyond satisfied with where that got us. We kept thinking that we had seen the most gorgeous sight of the trip and then the next day go somewhere for lunch and end up at another incredible spot almost by accident.
But first, a trip to Greece would not be complete without visiting Athens (or so I’ve been told).
We were only there for one night and the next day, but enjoyed delicious food, really friendly vibes from the Athenians and had time to score these matching olive crowns!
We of course visited the Acropolis, which was incredible. We got to the ticket line early (good thing we were traveling with our human alarm clock) and even still had to wait quite awhile. Understandably there are no strollers allowed up to the top, so it was a lot of walking (and carrying) in the heat and through the crowds.
Luckily, Remy entertained himself with a little of his own excavating. He made little pit-stops collecting rocks and lining them all up on ancient monuments.
The new Acropolis museum was absolutely amazing (and air conditioned) – hallelujah!
There was way too much to take in for the amount of time we had, but we will definitely go back, stay a little longer and get guided tours for both.
I liked that they were a bit off the main strip, offering a different experience to being right next to the water. We spent most afternoons drinking, resting and being silly there before heading out.
The produce was all freshly grown on site where we stayed. There were acres of grapes, melons, lemons, etc and even chickens for fresh eggs!
Fishing villages and spectacular beaches – Milos is full of them!
Most of the scenery was rocky, dry vegetation, crystal blue waters and dotted with white buildings and blue accents, but the occasional pop of colour like this sweet pink door.
Klima – another fishing village right along the water, but with ruins of an ancient amphitheatre and catacombs nearby.
Plaka – We never properly took in a sunset over a stunning vista (crazy, I know), but they are world class every night from this village and I’m sure from most other vantage points on the island.
Looking out to sea awaiting the boat to take us out to the caves. We went with
I was feeling like a bit of a nervous mama prior to the boat trip, not sure what to expect or how safe it would be to have Remy on a boat in the middle of the Aegean Sea. Thankfully, it was a solid vessel and he spent most of his time onboard inside the cushioned stern making ‘ice creams’.
A warning that safety protocol was pretty loose on this particular trip, but I made sure to ask after a little life jacket and made him wear it!
In his ice cream shop.
Remy moonwalked quite happily barefoot.
If you explore around the rocks away from the little sandy beach, you will find caves, amazing cliff jumping spots and the bluest water you will ever see. It actually sparkled.
The beaches all felt really safe for small children. You could wade out for what felt like kilometres. Remy actually learned to love the water on this trip and would sit hip-deep playing for hours on end. Plus, plenty more opportunities for rock collecting.
While I was exploring more important things like my best Priscilla Queen of the Desert moves.
Or whiling away the hours creating still life moments.
In conclusion, if you’re planning a trip to the Greek Islands and you don’t know where to go, Milos will not disappoint! My advice would be to go sooner than later before it gets built up and too busy.