Klima Milos – A Guide to Visiting & Photographing the Island’s Most Vibrant Fishing Village
Picture-perfect colourful houses along the shore surrounded by the golden hills – this is the idyllic scenery that you can expect when visiting Klima Milos! A sleepy traditional Milos fishing village is an absolute must-see on your Milos holidays.
Milos island has been gaining in popularity in recent times thanks to its unique scenery and authentic Cycladic charm. If you’re looking for where to stay in Milos, Klima along with the more obvious towns such as Adamas and Pollonia is an excellent location for quirky and unique accommodation lovers.
This post is a full guide to visiting Klima village Milos from how to get there, where to eat, what to see and where to stay.
Where is Klima Milos Greece?
Klima fishing village is located on the western coast of the Milos inner bay of the Milos Greece island. From Milos port town – Adamantas, you can reach Klima within a 15-minute drive, from Plaka it’s a 10-minute drive and from Pollonia, it takes just over 20 minutes with 13 km distance.
Klima on the Map of Milos Island Greece
Here is where Klima village is on the map of Milos Greece:
Klima Milos Introduction
Klima has a rich history, as the evidence suggests that the first settlers came to Klima as early as 1100 BC. The island of Milos flourished between the 7th and 4th centuries BC when Dorians came from Sparta and built most of its greatest monuments that we can see today. At that time, Klima was a lively fishing village thanks to its strategic location. During the Peloponnesian War, Athenians invaded Milos and Klima lost its importance.
Today, all its left from the village are the traditional 2-storey white washed boat houses called ‘sirma’. The ground level served fishermen as a garage for storing their boats and fishing tools with the living quarters on the upper level. Most of the boathouses have been restored and their door and window frames painted in vivid colours.
Unlike, other traditional Cycladic villages, Klima is super colourful and unique! And, the best part is that you can rent some of the boathouses for an ultimate experience of Klima Milos! However, if your travel itinerary, doesn’t allow for a few nights in Klima village, make sure you come here for a day trip!
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Best Hotels in Milos Klima
Unique Accommodation Milos
Traditional Sirma in Klima – Boathouse apartment right on the beach
Location | This traditional sirma is located right on the beach in Klima. Guests can park for free in a shared parking located 500m from the property.
Facilities | This rustic sirma boathouse has a gorgeous design with tasteful furniture and ornaments. It includes a double bedroom and a fully equipped kitchenette with a dining area. Guests can also enjoy a private veranda overlooking the beach with easy access to take a dip in the sea.
Best for | Couples, boutique hotel lovers, epic sunsets, peace and quiet.
Capetan Nikolas Boat House Milos – 2-bedroom house in a cave
Location | Capetan Nikolas House is located in the village of Klima, right by the sea. The house is carved in the rock and offers a truly unique cave accommodation.
Facilities | Capetan Nikolas is a 2-bedroom apartment with a separate lounge area that can sleep up to 6 adults, which is an excellent option for friends or a larger family. The house comes with two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen including a coffee machine and a blender and a lovely terrace where guests can chill while watching the sunset. Free parking is available around 500m from the property.
Best for | Group of friends, chilled and relaxing getaway, unique accommodation lovers, being close to the sea.
Midrange Klima Milos Accommodation
Panorama Hotel Milos – Modern Milos apartment with sea view
Location | Panorama Hotel is situated in Klima village, minutes walk from the Klima beach.
Facilities | This modern apartment sleeps, two adults. It features a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom and a lounge. Guests can enjoy a complimentary homemade breakfast served daily and a free airport shuttle. Each studio has a large terrace with a seating area overlooking the sea. Free private parking is also available at the property.
Best for | Couples and friends.
Blue Sea House – Beach accommodation Milos
Location | Blue Sea House is situated right on the beach in Klima in a traditional Cycladic boathouse called sirma.
Facilities | Blue Sea House features a 2-storey house that can sleep up to 6 adults. There is an open space living room with a large sofa, a dining area, a toilet, and a fully equipped kitchen on the ground floor. The large door opens directly onto the beach, where guests can take a dip in the turquoise water or sit and relax. Upstairs, there are two separate bedrooms, a balcony and a bathroom.
Best for | Group of friends or families, relaxing seafront stay.
Things to do in Klima Milos
#1 Stroll along the colourful boathouses
One of the best things to do in Klima is taking a walk along its picturesque shore and delightful boathouses! Klima fishing village is super picturesque, so make sure you fully charge your camera!
When you arrive at Klima, you can explore the shore by going to the right from the main road. This is the most picturesque part of Klima, so get ready to snap some shots! This part is also where most photos that you have seen on Instagram and Pinterest were taken.
As you walk along the shore, you’ll notice that some boathouses serve as holiday rentals. Walk until the line of colourful buildings end and then explore the other side. If you’re visiting at high tide, make sure you wear waterproof shoes as sometimes the waves ride up all the way to the path, which can get a little slippery. As you walk to the left from the main road, you’ll notice a Klima Milos Restaurant and a beach. There is also a small pier.
#2 Spend a day lazing on Klima Beach Milos
If you want to spend a chilled day on one of the best beaches in Milos, Klima Beach is an ideal place! You can find Klima Beach by walking left from the main road along the shore. This Milos beach has powdery golden sand and it’s partially covered with trees where you can find some relief from the midday sun.
Klima beach is not one of the biggest Milos beaches on the island, so if you want to get a good spot, arrive in the morning. However, most visitors come to Klima for a short stroll and don’t stay on the beach, so you’re likely to find a spot for your towel at any time really.
Make sure you’ll bring plenty of snacks and water for your beach day, as Klima Milos is a super small village with no shops around and only one beachfront Klima Milos restaurant called Astakas. I’ll talk more about Astakas later.
#3 Pop into the colourful Pliatsiko Gift Shop
Klima fishing village is a super small place, but there is one super cute souvenir shop to get something unique from your holidays to Milos Greece or simply just browse to see all the beautiful Cycladic products. You can find Pliatsiko along the shore, located in one of the traditional sirmas, walking right from the main road in Klima.
This charming little boutique has a colourful facade decorated with hanging seashells and other home decor items. They also sell handmade jewellery, pottery, wooden souvenirs such as handmade ships and traditional textiles.
Location | Pliatsiko Gift Shop
#4 Take a look at Agios Dimitrios Church
As you arrive in Klima Milos Greece, you’ll notice a small church to your right off the main road going to the shore. This is Agios Dimitrios Church with whitewashed walls – typical of the Cycladic architecture. If you have a spare few minutes, pop inside the church to see its modest altar decorated with golden icons of saints and a beautiful tiled floor.
Location | Agios Dimitrios Church
#5 Dine at Astakas Restaurant Klima Milos
One of the best ways of experiencing the charm of Klima village Milos is dining at its seafront with a stunning view at Astakas Restaurant. Astakas is situated left from the main road in Klima and you can’t miss its seating area along the shore! The restaurant serves fresh salads, seafood and Greek cuisine.
If you’re planning to come for dinner, I recommend coming here one or two hours before the sunset for the spectacular view. The restaurant, however, is super popular so if you’re staying in Milos during the high season, especially between July and August, book your table in advance to avoid disappointment.
Make sure you mention you want a table in the front raw to have the best view of the Klima bay!
Another way to have a great experience is to pop into Astakas for just a drink or two.
Location | Astakas Cafe Restaurant
#6 Stay for Klima Milos Sunset
Another great way to enjoy the stunning Klima Milos sunset and save a few Euros on a pricey restaurant bill is to bring your own blanket, snacks and wine and have a picnic on Klima Beach. Stay until the sunset and enjoy the utterly romantic settings!
#7 Stay in a traditional boathouse for an authentic experience
If you want to have a full experience of this delightful Milos fishing village, stay in one of the traditional, super cool sirmas right on the beach! For unique rentals and peaceful stay lovers, there is no better place on Milos in Greece, other than Klima! Imagine waking up in the morning, opening up a door to your own piece of beach and sipping your morning coffee while watching the horizon. GOALS!
Book | Traditional Sirma in Klima
#8 Holy Friday Church Klima (Αγία Παρασκευή)
Another cool church worth exploring in Klima Milos is Holy Friday Church built in a cave. If you fancy checking it out, click on the link below for the location but basically the stairs to get to the church are located next to the official Klima public parking.
Location | Holy Friday Church
#9 Catacombs of Milos
Located just a 10-minute drive from Klima are the Catacombs of Milos – one of the most important early Christian worship places in the world! If you enjoy visiting quirky places with a tone of interesting history behind them, you should definitely pay a visit to the Catacombs of Milos.
The catacombs date back to the 1-5th century and they served as the burial place and later on a worship place and a refuge place for Christians that were running away from the Roman oppression. Today, you can visit the impressive vast network of underground tunnels and learn more about their past importance.
Opening times | 9 am to 6:45 pm
Ticket price | €4 general admission
Location | Catacombs of Milos Parking
#10 Ancient Theatre of Milos
Another excellent historic site, located a short walk from the Catacombs is the grand Ancient Antitheatre of Milos. The theatre dates back to the 3rd century BC it was then destroyed by the Romans and rebuilt using marble. The amphitheatre has a stunning location overlooking the sea and it had the capacity to seat up to 7,000 spectators! When you see the scale of this structure, you can only imagine how affluent the Greek island of Milos was!
The Ancient Theatre of Milos is well-restored and it’s a delightful sight to visit.
FUN FACT | One of the most famous statues of the ancient world that currently is exhibited in Louvre Paris – Venus of Milos (also known as Aphrodite of Milos) was discovered right here by the amphitheatre
Location | Ancient Theatre of Milos
Best time to visit Milos Klima
The best time of the day to visit Klima village is early to late afternoon when the sun shines on the colourful buildings. This is the perfect time for photographing Klima, spending some time on Klima Beach or having a drink at Astakas. Another great time to visit Milos Klima is for sunset.
Klima Greece – Photography Tips
If you’re planning to take photos in Klima, the best time to come is in the later afternoon. Klima is west-facing which means, the boathouses by the shore are in the shade until after midday. During the day the sun will be too harsh to take good photos with vibrant colours and that leaves us with the later afternoon. If you’re after some Instagram-worthy shots in Klima, you’ll find them in the northern part of the village (right from the main road).
How to get to Klima Village Milos + Getting around Milos
Take a Milos Tour
An excellent and convenient way to get around Milos and learn interesting background stories is to go on an organised tour. An organised tour is also great for all solo travellers! The Cultural Tour by Get Your Guide is, in my opinion, one of the best options where you get to see all the essential places on the island in one day.
On this tour, you will visit the epic and Instagram-famous Serakiniko Beach with moon resembling landscape, the colourful, traditional fishing village of Klima and Plaka, which is the ancient capital of the island steeped in history and Cycladic heritage. You will also visit the post volcanic formations of Papafragos and the Ancient Amphitheatre of Milos near Tripiti and Klima.
Milos Island Archeology + Culture Tour
Renting a Car in Milos Greece
If you rather explore the island at your own pace, you can easily rent a car and drive to the best Milos island attractions yourself. I found that online car rental costs the same as doing it in person on arrival, and it saves you the hassle of shopping around and finding a decent car hire Milos on the island. It also makes sense to prebook the car online if you’re travelling during the peak season.
I usually use DiscoverCars to search for the best car rental option and always opt-in for the full insurance cover to save myself unpleasantries such as paying an excess fee for damages.
Deals for Car Rental Milos
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ATV Rentals Milos Greece
Riding an ATV vehicle is also a popular form of exploring the island. ATVs are easy and are super fun to drive and they are particularly useful for off-road adventures. The downside of renting an ATV is they are almost as expensive as car rental and may be unpleasant to drive in windy conditions.
Another cheaper way of exploring the island is renting a scooter. Since I lived in Bali for a long time, this was my preferred way! I rented a scooter at Scooter & ATV Rental Milos Shop – Apollonos Sunshine for €20 a day. You will probably need to negotiate a little and pay in cash to get a similar rate, but it’s entirely possible! Before you decide on renting a scooter, make sure you have the appropriate driving licence suitable for scooters. They actually check it in every rental shop! If you’re from the UK, a full driving licence is sufficient.
If you don’t want to drive, that’s not a problem at all because Milos has an excellent network of buses that connects all the best places on the island. The only thing to have in mind is that the buses in Milos are way less frequent off-season. For the details, check the Milos Bus Website below.
Unfortunately, buses don’t go to Klima due to the road condition. The closest to Klima you can get by the public Milos bus is the Catacombs of Milos from where you can walk to Klima. It’s about 2 km or 30 minutes walk.
Check Bus Milos Timetable Here
Taxis are also widely available on Milos; however, they are the most expensive way of going around Milos, and I would only use them in the last resort. As it seems to be the case in most tourist places in the world, taxi drivers take advantage of the visitors not familiar with the local rates. Below I’m leaving the link to one of the more reputable taxi companies on Milos in case you need it.
Klima Milos – Nearby Things to do in Milos Greece
If you’re looking for what to do in Milos near Klima village, here are some destinations that you can combine with visiting Klima Milos.
Plaka Milos | Plaka is the oldest town on Milos which was its capital city. The town is perched on a hill with some epic panoramic views of the entire island. Plaka has many charming cafes and boutique shops selling quality handmade souvenirs and home decor. The best thing to do in town is to climb Plaka Castle! You can get to Plaka in 10 minutes from Klima.
Sarakiniko Beach Milos | Sarakiniko Milos is an absolute must-see when visiting Milos Greece! Sarakiniko has become famous on Instagram for its peculiar moon-like landscape of white rock formations shaped by the erosive powers of wind and sea. Sarakiniko Beach is located just over 5 km from Klima.
Mandrakia Milos | Mandrakia is another super cute fishing village with colourful boathouses by the seashore situated just over 3 km from Klima.
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How to get to Milos Greece
The most common way of getting to Milos is taking a ferry either from Athens or, if you’re island hopping in the Cyclades, from another island. Several companies service the route between the Cycladic islands in Greece, and these are Seajets, Blue Star and Aegean Speed Lines.
If you want to save some money on the ferries that can be costly, especially if you’re island hopping, I recommend booking your fares way in advance. I always use Ferry Scanner to look for the best tickets. If you’re planning your trip to Milos at peak season, booking your ferry in advance makes even more sense, especially if you’re not very flexible on dates. If you book online, Ferry Scanner offers an extended free cancellation period in case your plans change.
When searching for tickets, you will also notice that slower ferries can be a lot cheaper, so if you don’t mind a 2-3 hours longer trip, booking a slower ferry can be a good way of saving some money.
Travelling on ferries is an experience in its own right! Remember to arrive early as the boarding process and loading the vehicles is swift, and boats don’t wait around and usually leave on time. Also, always check ahead of time if your ferry is scheduled to go on time. Ferry services rely on good sea conditions, and cancellations are common, especially in September and October when there are more chances of strong winds.
Ferry Athens Milos
A very common route of getting to Milos is taking an international flight to Athens and getting from Athens to Milos on a ferry. The airport in Athens is well connected with the city, and it is possible to take a metro from the airport to the ferry port of Piraeus. Take Line 3 from the airport to the city centre – Monastiraki – and then Green Line 1 to the port.
The Athens Milos ferry takes anything from 2.5 to 4 hours and arrives in Adaman Port, which is Milos main port.
Ferry from Santorini to Milos
Another popular route is Santorini to Milos. The journey time is 2 hours on a fast Seajets ferry and up to 7 hours if you’re travelling indirectly. Santorini is one of the most spectacular and super famous Greek islands. Even though it is super crowded and largely overpriced, I would recommend going for at least one day to see for yourself what’s all the fuss is about.
Ferry Paros Milos
If you’re travelling from Paros, expect 1.5 hours on a fast ferry and up to 6 hours on a slow ferry. Paros is also a great island to explore, with many quaint and historic towns and stunning Cycladic architecture.
Ferry Sifnos to Milos
Sifnos is the closest island to Milos, and a ferry ride takes as short as 30 min. Sifnos is a great island to visit on a day trip from Milos if you’re short on time.
Ferry Naxos Milos
Naxos to Milos takes just over 2 hours with Seajets. If you’re a beach lover, you’d like to know that Naxos has some of the best beaches in the Cyclades.
By Plane – Milos Greece Airport
If you rather avoid the Athens Milos boat journey, you’ll be pleased to know that you can also catch a flight. Milos airport is very small and only operates a few flights between Athens and Milos by Olympic Airlines/Aegean and Sky Express.
There is a regular bus service between the airport in Milos and Adamas Port, while you will need a car or a taxi to get to other parts of the island. I’m leaving the link to Milos bus schedule, which varies slightly depending on the season, below.
Check Bus Milos Timetable Here
Weather in Milos Greece
Milos Greece weather is characterised by hot and dry summer and mild winter typical for the Mediterranean climate. The hottest months are July and August with high daily averages reaching 30 degrees Celcius and blue skies almost every day. This is also the island’s peak season and when it receives the highest number of visitors.
The best time to visit Milos Greece are the months of June and September when crowds ease off, accommodation rates are lower and the weather is at its best – hot and sunny enough for enjoying the beach but not too hot for exploring the island.
May and October are still very nice with daily temperature averages in the mid-20s and plenty of sunshine. If you are not fussed with swimming in the sea, May and October are perfect for exploring the island and enjoying the low prices.
Between November and April, many places shut down and the island goes into hibernation. If you decide to visit Milos during this time, I recommend staying in Adamas, which is the biggest town on Milos.
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