Kleftiko Milos, Greece: The Best Beach On The Island
After spending a month exploring the island of Milos, Greece, we quickly dubbed Kleftiko Beach our favorite place on the entire island.
If you plan on visiting Milos, Kleftiko should be at the top of your to-do list. By the end of this post, you’ll know exactly how to plan your trip to this coveted beach.
Where Is Kleftiko Milos?
The elusive Kleftiko Beach is located in the southwest corner of Milos island.
This beach is secluded and far away from any services or towns on the island, but that is why Kleftiko is so special. Although boats flock to this hot spot in the summer, you’ll notice that this beach is peaceful and truly off the beaten path.
How To Get To Kleftiko on Milos Island
Since there is very little development on this side of Milos, you’ll need to plan how to get to Kleftiko.
There are two definitive ways to get here: on foot or by boat. Here is what you need to know:
Walk To Kleftiko Beach
It is absolutely possible to walk to Kleftiko Beach. In fact, we hiked in twice during our month-long stay on Milos. In my opinion, this is the best way to see Kleftiko.
To access Kleftiko Beach on foot, you’ll need to rent a car or hire a taxi. Luckily, hiring a car on Milos is ridiculously cheap.
I actually recommend reaching out to Milos Rent Car by Tourlakis (email: email@example.com). We rented our car through them and it was so cheap and simple!
Next, you’ll need to drive to the southwest corner of Milos. My guess is that you’ll be starting your journey near Adamas, the main port town.
From Adamas, the drive to the Kleftiko stopping point is about 1 hour. You can use this link to plan your route from Adamas to Kleftiko: Google Maps.
Follow Google Maps the entire way until you reach the Monastery of St. John Siderianos. This is a massive monastery with an even bigger parking lot, so you can’t miss it. Use the picture below for reference.
You’ll actually be approaching the monastery from the other side, opposite of where the picture was taken. We parked in the parking lot and made our way to the Kleftiko trailhead on foot.
You can continue driving past the monastery, but the road gets really bumpy and hazardous. Parking at the monastery will only add a mile to your hike (each way), so it isn’t too bad.
As mentioned, continue walking on the road for another mile. You’ll see a sign that says Kleftiko on the right-hand side of the road.
The sign points to a trail. This trail will take you all the way to Kleftiko. From the sign to the “beach” will take about 35 – 45 minutes.
Note: It’s important to note that poisonous snakes live on the island of Milos. If you decide to hike down to Kleftiko in the summer, I highly recommend keeping a close eye out for these snakes.
The trek on the way back from Kleftiko is sure to take longer. You’ll be hiking uphill rather than downhill and that Greek summer sun can be brutal.
I suggest wearing sturdy hiking shoes if you decide to hike to Kleftiko; the trail is extremely rocky.
Kleftiko Beach By Boat Tour
The most popular way to reach Kleftiko on Milos is by boat tour.
Kleftiko tours leave from Adamas port, the biggest town on Milos. Depending on which company you choose, you’ll be gone for approximately 6-9 hours. The longer, the better!
We highly recommend this Kleftiko boat tour: Day Cruise to Kleftiko Caves. You’ll get lunch and an amazing boat tour of the entire southwestern coast of Milos.
Best Things To Do At Kleftiko Milos
You might be wondering, “what’s all the hype about? What makes Kleftiko so special?”
There are so many amazing things to do at Kleftiko Beach that you’re unlikely to find elsewhere on Milos. Here were our favorite things to do at this incredible beach:
1. Cliff Jumping
Although you can go cliff jumping at Sarakiniko Beach, there’s nothing quite like jumping into the crystal clear cyan water of Kleftiko.
Most boat tours will give you enough time to explore the cliffs and many will even show you the best jumping spots.
You won’t find more enticing water than at Kleftiko Beach. During our first trip to Kleftiko, it was actually only 60°F and even then we couldn’t resist going for a swim.
You’ll most likely be visiting Kleftiko during the summer and you’ll need to dive in to cool off from the hot summer sun.
If you decide to hike to Kleftiko or your boat tour isn’t providing lunch, I highly recommend packing snacks and sandwiches to enjoy on the rocky coastline.
Mike and I enjoyed two picnics out at Kleftiko and it was the perfect setting for an afternoon meal.
4. Cave Exploring
The caves at Kleftiko Beach are some of the coolest caves I’ve ever seen. There are so many to see that you could spend all day exploring them.
Note: The boat tour we recommend above actually stops at several other iconic caves along the Milos coast. Another reason to go with this company.
Rent snorkel gear from the shops in Adamas or borrow some from your boat tour company because you’ll definitely want to go snorkeling at Kleftiko.
Mike and I weren’t able to go snorkeling because we didn’t have the gear, but even just from swimming in the bay we were able to see amazing sea life. We found the most brilliantly red starfish I’ve ever seen just steps from where we were having lunch.
Sunbathe in the Greek summer sun. When you get too hot, jump in to cool yourself off.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a true “beach” at Kleftiko Beach but you can find large, flat rocks to sprawl out on along the coast. I was actually able to take a nap on one of these rocks so it isn’t the most uncomfortable thing in the world.
You can also spend your time sunbathing on the deck of your tour boat. Be sure to pack sunscreen!
Best Time To Visit Kleftiko Milos?
Kleftiko Beach can be accessed year-round.
Although boat tours don’t frequent this area in the winter, it’s easy to lace up the hikers and drive down for a day trip. You’ll find the coastline to be completely deserted, which was an awesome experience.
Summer time on Milos becomes an island-lover’s paradise. And although you’ll have to fight the crowds in many places on the island, Kleftiko should be at the top of your list.
Pro-tip: If you can arrange for your boat tour to leave early in the morning, you’ll beat all of the crowds out to the coastline and have Kleftiko all to yourself.
What To Pack For Kleftiko
Bring your beach bag and all of the accessories including:
1. Sunscreen – The sun on Milos island is no joke, especially in the summer. Be sure to pack sunscreen for your trip out to Kleftiko Milos.
The first time Mike and I went to Kleftiko, it was 60°F so I didn’t even think about bringing sunscreen. That was a poor life decision to say the least.
2. Water – This is especially true if you decide to hike out to Kleftiko Beach. Water is 1000% necessary. Pack more than you think you’ll need.
3. Snacks – Some boat tours will provide lunch and snacks, but I recommend packing more just in case. You’ll likely be gone for an entire day and you’d hate to go hungry.
There are plenty of grocery stores on Milos. Our favorite was called AB. It had everything we needed.
4. Bathing Suit – Of course, you’ll need to pack a bathing suit.
5. Towel – I don’t think boat tours provide this, so you should pack your own. Your guesthouse, hotel, or Airbnb should have some that you can take with you.
How Much Time Should You Spend At Kleftiko Milos?
As I mentioned before, the longer you can spend at Kleftiko, the better. This place is absolute magic and you won’t find anything like it anywhere else on the island.
The Wrap-Up: Kleftiko Beach Milos
Visiting Kleftiko Beach should be your first priority when you arrive on the island of Milos, Greece. This awe-inspiring coastline, the unique cave formations, and the crystal clear water is something that you should not pass up.
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