Papafragas Beach is one of the best beaches in Milos and a must-see on your next visit to this beautiful island in Greece.
Papafragas Milos features an idyllic, rectangular-shaped cove surrounded by tall cliffs and natural caves, all of which makes Papafragas Beach a very unique location and unlike any other beach that I’ve ever seen!
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WHERE IS PAPAFRAGAS BEACH
Papafragas Beach is located on Milos’s northern coastline, just five-minutes drive from Pollonia or a fifteen-minute drive from Adamas.
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HOW TO GET TO PAPAFRAGAS MILOS
The best way to reach Papafragas Beach and other attractions on Milos island is to rent a scooter, ATV or a car for the day and make your way over to Papafragas.
There are a number of places to organise a scooter, ATV and car rental in Milos which can all be found within walking distance as soon as you step off the ferry in the main harbor-side town of Adamantas.
Scooter rental Milos:
I personally rented my scooter from Nicki Motors and found them to be the most affordable and reliable. From €25 per day, Nicki Motors offers scooter rentals and ATV rentals, but not car rentals. Click Here to check availability and prices.
Car rental Milos:
If you would prefer to rent a car in Milos, it’s best to book online in advance to secure a set of wheels for when you arrive. There are many small cars and SUV’s available to rent that will get you around the island safely. Click Here to check availability and prices.
Note: An international driver’s license is mandatory for renting scooters and cars on Milos island, so make sure to have this ready to present along with your passport or ID.
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On the way to Papafragas Beach
BEST TIME TO VISIT PAPAFRAGAS BEACH
If you visit Papafragas Beach early in the morning for sunrise, especially during the peak summer season, you’ll most likely have the entire beach to yourself.
From 9:00 am onwards, crowds of tourists start to roll down to Papafragas Milos to score a spot on the small stretch of sand down on the beach. It’s a matter of first in best dressed.
ARRIVING AT PAPAFRAGAS BEACH MILOS ISLAND
When you arrive at Papafragas beach, you’ll find an allocated car parking area at the top of the cliffs.
Parking is free and there is access to the beach via a set of precarious-looking stairs cut into the cliffside.
There is a sign at the top stating “dangerous cliffs keep away” but this doesn’t stop people from making their way down the narrow pathway to the shoreline at Papafragas.
In saying that, know your limits and enter at your own risk.
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Warning sign at Papafragas Beach
WHAT TO EXPECT AT PAPAFRAGAS BEACH MILOS
Depending on the weather in Milos at the time, Papafragas Beach can either be a dream location looking exactly like it does on the postcards or it can be gloomy and not as inviting as you thought it might be.
Nevertheless, Papafragas Beach is well worth stopping into during your lap around Milos Island Greece.
You can walk around the rocky headland to take pictures of Papafragas Beach from above, or carefully walk down the stairs that are cut into the cliffside and make your way down to the sandy shoreline and crystalline water.
Papafragas Beach itself lies inside a chiseled cave-like channel. You can wade in the shallow waters close to the shoreline or swim out through a natural arch and around the headland to discover more sea caves and secluded coves.
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Exploring the cliffs at Papafragas Beach Milos
Nearby caves at Milos Papafragas
The shoreline at Papafragas Beach
PAPAFRAGAS BEACH – THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
It’s recommended to assess the conditions of the ocean before heading down the cliffside stairs to Papafragas Beach. If it’s really windy and wavy, you don’t want to risk getting washed around down in the caves.
If the conditions are questionable, be ocean smart and enjoy the views of Papafragas Milos from the top of the cliffs.
Nearby caves at Papafragas Beach
WHERE TO STAY IN MILOS
Milos island has hundreds of accommodation options to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Milos to fit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Luxury: The Windmill
Centrally located in Adamas, The Windmill is one of the most unique accommodations in Milos. Set inside a refurbished stone windmill, this apartment features a balcony with ocean views, free wifi, air-conditioning, private bathroom, living room, equipped kitchen and a spacious bedroom. This apartment is popular among tourists so be sure to book online ahead of time. The perfect place to stay for couples wanting a romantic getaway.
Mid Range: Livanios Studios
I personally stayed at Livanios Studios and rate this accommodation 10/10. Located 100m from the centre of Adamas, there are nine apartments and loft-style rooms to choose from. Most offer balconies and rooftop terraces with ocean views and beautiful garden surrounds. The rooms have free wifi, spacious rooms, air-conditioning, flat-screen tv, private bathroom and kitchenette. John, the owner, is the most caring Greek man that will go out of his way to make all of his guests feel welcome. Perfect place to stay for families, friends and couples.
Budget: Milos Camping
The best budget accommodation on Milos island. Achivadolimni Camping offers tents and bungalows to rent on their property, located 150m away from Achivadolimni Beach. There is a swimming pool, restaurant, bar and mini-market on site for guests to use and free wifi is available. The best place to stay in Milos for solo travellers on a budget.
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HOW TO GET TO MILOS GREECE
The best way to reach Milos island is by taking a ferry to Milos from Athens or other nearby Greek islands. I used ‘Book A Way’ to purchase my ferry tickets online in advance.
I have outlined the most popular routes and journey times below:
Athens to Milos ferry:
- Departures – three times a day with Aegean Speed Lines & Sea Jets
- Journey time – three to four hours
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Santorini to Milos ferry:
- Departures – two times a day with Sea Jets
- Journey time – two hours
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Note: Once you have purchased your ticket online for the ferry to Milos, you’ll receive an email confirmation and e-ticket. You must then arrive one hour before the ferry departure time and present the e-ticket to the staff at the Sea Jets or Aegean Speed Lines office at the Pireaus Port in Athens. They will then print you an official boarding pass for your trip.
Another option for accommodation in Milos is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals!
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WHAT TO PACK FOR MILOS
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
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MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 year worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF PAPAFRAGAS BEACH
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