As we booked our ferry tickets online, please do so a few months in advance especially when you’re travelling in the summer period ‘cos the tickets could be wiped out easily, you can just easily collect the tickets at the port area – where all the ferries are docked.
We spent some time wandering around the streets near the train station, thinking that we can collect those tickets at one of the travel agencies so don’t waste your time doing that if you’ve already booked the tickets online!
Heading for our first Greek Island – Milos.
We were pleasantly surprised by the ferry that we took – almost seems like a cruise to me! As the online greek ferry website does not show pictures of the numerous seating options, and I selected the airplane seat option, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to the ferry ride..
Check out the comfortable seats! There’s different classes on the ferry, but an airplane seat option is more than comfortable for our 5 hour ferry ride from Pireaus (Athens) to Milos. The ferry does multiple stops along the way to other Greek islands as well, so remember to ask the staff beforehand to know which stop you should get off at!
By the time we left Sifnos and were heading to the last destination (Milos) for the ferry, the cabins were almost empty, which is synonymous with AWESOME, since we’re travellers who prefer quiet beaches as compared to the touristy and noisy ones like Mykonos.
An advertisement of Milos I saw on the magazine before actually stepping foot on the island. I have to strongly agree with whatever the author wrote, for the promise is real.
Coincidentally, we chanced upon an annual festival at Sifnos, i think. There’s too many Greek islands, can’t remember what’s what! And due to the festival, the ferry actually stopped by the island for an hour because the ferry was needed to transport some sort of monument to the people at the island! Because of that, we lucky passengers got to view the spectacular festival whereby one rich family on the island will sponsor for all the activities and the house required (shown in the picture) in the festival!
Some kind of mini fireworks going on towards the end of the festival!
We reached Milos about an hour late and I was still worrying that our accommodation owner wouldn’t wait for us at the port! Thankfully, he was still holding on to a handwritten slip of paper with my name on it when we arrived at the port of Adamas. Within 10 minutes of car ride, we arrived at our accommodation – En Milos!
It’s a really good deal for the price we’ve paid! Such a pretty studio apartment cost us about 50euro/night, as we were still paying the low peak prices since we were there at the start of June. I think it can get even cheaper, 40euro/night, in the low peak season, but you would have to weigh the cons of the chilly waters & rainy weather vs. the cheap price you pay.
I personally think that June was a great time to go island hopping, since less touristy islands like Milos are pretty much deserted so you can enjoy the scenic beaches without hordes of tourists flocking on the beaches. Also, the weather is not as hot as that in August (the really busy period) and the waters are just a little bit chilly depending on your threshold for cold waters.
If you’re thinking of staying in Milos, I would have to reluctantly tell you about this place. On one hand, I’m afraid that it will get more touristy and most of the time, service standards drop with higher volumes of tourists. On the other, this place is really so awesome that I don’t mind migrating to the island immediately and spend the rest of my life there!
The owner, George, is really friendly and hospitable to his guests! As we’ve been travelling for more than a week when we reached Milos, we had like at least 5 kg of laundry to be done! And guess what? He didn’t charge us a single cent for doing the laundry at En Milos and even kind of rolled his eyes when I asked him if we needed to pay for laundry.
Restaurant at the corner. The main area of the village is so small, that I reckon there’s only 15 shops and it takes about 2 minutes to walk through those places. But that’s exactly why i love this quaint little village!