Travel around the beautiful, unspoiled island of Milos is considerably easier with a car. Skyscanner can help travellers find an affordable car rental.
Arrival in Milos
There are three car rental companies at the Milos Airport: Sixt, Enterprise, and Right Cars. An International Driver's Permit and driver's licence from the visitor's home country are required. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur an additional fee.
Driving in Milos
Driving in Greece is on the right side of the road. The middle lane of a three-lane highway is only for passing. Seat belts are required, and cell phones are prohibited unless they're used hands-free. Using high-beam headlights is illegal. Greek drivers tend to be aggressive, so travellers should pay attention and drive defensively. There are no freeways in the islands where Milos is located.
Things to See and Do in Milos
Milos is in the Cyclades, which were featured in the video game "Endless Ocean: Blue World" as the site of ancient ruins and endangered monk seals. The Cyclades, located in the Aegean Sea, were first settled in the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age, when artists produced stunning flat idols from pure white marble. Unfortunately, the burial sites are frequently looted, and there is a brisk market in forgeries of artifacts found there. The Cycladic civilization was a farming and seafaring culture made up of immigrants from Anatolia who moved there around 5000 BCE. That's 5,000 years before the birth of Christ.
Known for its 75-plus beautiful beaches, the island has four exceptional ones in Kleftiko Beach, Sarakiniko Beach, Firiplaka Beach, and Paliochori Beach. Kleftiko Beach is only accessible by boat and has excellent sailing conditions. Sarakiniko Beach is described as having a "lunar landscape" due to its white volcanic rocks and is the most photographed beach on the island.
Firiplaka Beach is beautiful, but also extremely popular. It's the must-see beach of the area, with its white sand, pristine waters, large rocks, and beach bar. Paliochori Beach is known for its amazing rock colours and water sports.
The Ancient Roman Theater is a must for history buffs. Originally much larger, it used to seat 80,000 people. The Catacombs are also worth a visit. There is no charge for this attraction, but it is closed on Mondays. The theatre is still used as a venue for concerts. The Catacombs is an underground Christian cemetery dating to the First and Second Centuries CE.
At the Milos Mining Museum, visitors can learn about the history of mining on the island. A recent example is the Old Sulphur Mines at Paliorema, a mining community that was abandoned and left untouched in the mid-20th century.
The Venetian Castle is an excellent place to watch the sun set. Exhibits include a display of ancient musical instruments. Admission is free, but travellers should expect a crowd and a climb.
Returning the Rental Car
Gas stations are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., so plan accordingly. There are several gas stations near the airport, so returning a rental car with a full tank of gas is easy.
Milos has so much to offer visitors, so be sure to book a rental car in advance to be sure to see it all.