Tip: Renting a car or scooter is the best way to explore Milos’ best beaches, but make sure to book in advance!

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Milos has over 80 beautiful beaches across the small island, from rocky coves to golden sandy stretches – all boasting some of the bluest, clearest waters I’ve ever seen! Firopotamos Beach is easily one of the most beautiful and picturesque of them all.

Just down the road from Mandrakia and the town of Plaka you’ll find the cove of Firopotamos Beach. While the sandy beach here isn’t as long as other beaches in Milos, the water is some of the bluest I have ever seen.

If you head straight down from the small parking lot you’ll find a few guesthouses and small pathways that lead to the water. Head this way for the most picturesque views! You’ll even find a popular cliff jumping spot as you head to the far end!

Jumping spot at Firopotamos Beach, Milos
Jumping spot at Firopotamos Beach, Milos

Before you dive into the article on Firopotamos, here is a list of the most popular tours and excursions in Milos:

Popular tours in Milos

Let’s dive in to everything you need to know about visiting Firopotamos Beach on Milos, Greece including how to get there, renting a car, where to stay on Milos near Firopotamos, and tips for your visit.

Where is Firopotamos? 

Firopotamos is located on Milos, a small island in the Cyclades group of Greek Islands in the Aegean Sea. Milos is located about 3 hours south of Athens by speed ferry or a quick direct flight from Athens International Airport.

Firopotamos is located in the central north part of the island, nearby to other villages like Mandrakia.

Cliff jumping from the platforms of the chapel of Saint Nicholas

One of the most recognizable features of Firopotamos village is the chapel of Saint Nicholas. While it is not always open to visit, it is still beautiful to see and photograph from the outside.

Also, the platforms around the chapel are super popular from “cliff jumping”. You’ll see young kids jumping from this spot all day long, especially during the summer months.

How to get to Milos

Athens to Milos by plane – you can reach the island of Milos (MLO) in just 30 minutes with a direct flight from Athens International Airport (ATH). The tickets, however, can be quite pricey if not booked well in advance. On the plus side, you’ll get incredible views throughout the flight.  You’ll find frequent flights with Aegean and Sky Express. 

Athens to Milos by ferry – The most popular, and usually most affordable way, to get to Milos from Athens is by ferry from Piraeus Port – Greece’s largest port. The port is located about 6 miles southwest of the city center in Piraeus. The average journey from Athens to Milos takes 3-5 hours, depending on sea conditions. No need to print your tickets once purchased, simply scan your QR code upon boarding. 

Picturesque view of Firopotamos
Picturesque view of Firopotamos
The bluest water
The bluest water

Tips for visiting Firopotamos

  • Head left from the parking lot from the path and you’ll quickly find the stretch of sand
  • The road down to Firopotamos is super steep, so if it is possible to park on the flat ground at the end, I definitely recommend it.
  • There are no amenities available so I recommend packing your own towel, sunscreen and snacks.
  • The beach fills up quickly during the summer months so arrive early to claim your spot.

Where to stay

If you’re looking for a beachfront property with the most iconic views, then a small apartment in Firopotamos is the place for you.

Here are some top-rated places to stay in Firopotamos:

When I first started planning my week in Milos, the decision of where to stay was definitely the hardest choice to make. After spending a week on the island I’ve concluded that there is quite literally no bad area to stay in, as long as you have a car, ATV, or scooter to get around the island. Here are a few options to check out:

Budget: Hotel Apartments Giannis

Mid-Range: Arco Solium Suites

Luxury: Hotel Milos Sea Resort

Where we stayed: Chryssa’s studio

Tiny sand beach at Firopotamos
Tiny sand beach at Firopotamos
View of the church (Firopotamos, Milos)
View of the church (Firopotamos, Milos)

Renting a car 

My biggest tip for exploring Firopotamos beach and all of Milos is to rent a car. Alternatively, there are also scooters and ATVs available, but we found having a car to be far more convenient. It allowed us the flexibility to explore the best beaches that the island has to offer. Renting a car on Milos island gives you the freedom to really explore at your own pace. 

The convenience of having your own vehicle lets you visit places that are not easily accessible by public transportation (although it is possible to get around by bus if you choose). In order to rent a car in Milos you will need a valid driver’s license and an international driver’s permit (IDP).

Additionally, most people in Greece only drive manual cars, so for this reason there are only a limited number of automatic cars available for rent. If you’re looking to rent an automatic car, expect to pay more and book in advance to reserve your car without any hiccups. And if you are planning to rent a manual car, make sure that you are comfortable driving it before hitting the roads of Milos. Many of the roads that lead to the Milos beaches, Firopotamos included, are very narrow and steep, and you may need to navigate some bumpy patches of rocks and debris. 

Renting a scooter/ATV

Another option for getting around the beautiful island of Milos is by scooter or ATV. This is a great option if you’re traveling solo or in a pair, rather than a larger group. Since we stayed rather far from the main beaches, we preferred having a car to get around, however this is a great option for shorter distances.

ATVs tend to be around the same price as a car rental. Scooters, however, are usually a bit cheaper with rates starting ay 25€‎ per day. If you plan to navigate Milos’ beaches by scooter, please make sure you are comfortable on the bike and always wear a helmet. 

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The clearest, bluest water in Milos
The clearest, bluest water in Milos
Cat friends on the island
Cat friends on the island

What to pack for a beach vacation in Milos, Greece

  • Lightweight clothing: assuming you’re planning to visit Milos during the summer months, you should be sure to pack the summer essentials – shorts, sundresses, and swimsuits.
  • Sunscreen: Protect your skin from the strong Mediterranean sun with a high SPF sunscreen. If you’re not checking a bag, you can easily pick up more sunscreen from AB.
  • Beach essentials: a travel beach towel, sandals, and a good hat.
  • Travel adapter: Greece uses the European standard Type C and Type F plugs, so bring a travel adapter to charge your electronic devices.
  • Camera: Did you really go to Greece if you didn’t capture it in all its beauty? Be sure to pack your camera to get the best shots!
  • Light jacket: While Milos tends be warm, it is also known for its wind. I recommend packing a light jacket or sweatshirt to keep warm on windy days and chilly nights.

Remember to check the weather forecast before your trip to tailor your packing list accordingly. Enjoy your vacation on the beautiful island of Milos and at Firopotamos Beach!


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