Milos

Cyclades

Milos is a quiet, traditional island with a huge variety of landscapes and is sometimes known as the 'Geology Museum of the World'. It is a volcanic island with hot springs, gently rolling hills, an atmospheric lunar landscape, excellent beaches with fine, golden sand and rocks of incredible colours from the sulphur, barite, alum, betonite, perlite and kaolin that are found here. Milos has been inhabited from pre-neolithic times due to its rich minerals and ores. Its deep blue waters bubble with natural thermal springs and its coastline is dramatically indented with fjord like inlets. Milos is also the place where the Statue of Venus was discovered - now housed in the Louvre. For such a quiet seeming place, Milos is a gem. You may just want to relax in beautiful surroundings whilst on holiday in your Greek villa. However, Milos is one of those islands where you wouldn't want to miss out on seeing its natural and varied beauty. How to Get There There is an airport on the island close to Adamas, the main town of the island. Olympic Airways operate one flight per day from Athens International Airport (AIA) to Milos. Alternatively, there are regular ferry boats from Pireaus to Milos taking between 4 1/2 - 6 hours depending upon the route.  

The Pretty Good Guide

  • map
  • where to eat
  • local beaches
  • to-do
  • phone numbers
  • important
  • transport to greece
  • transport in greece
  • boat hire

Pretty good recommendations

Kipos Restaurant

Kipos

Located in the capital of the island, To Spitiko serves delicious home-made dishes from local recipes.

Mob: (+30) 694 8005585

www.facebook.com/Kipos-restaurant-cafe-376065759258658/

 

 

Embourios Taverna

Embourios

Located directly across the bay from Adamas. Well worth making the effort to go to this taverna which is right on the sea. Authentic Greek traditional dishes at their best.

Tel: (+30) 2287 021389

www.facebook.com/pages/Taverna-Embourios/372857346654769

 

Gialos Restaurant

Pollonia

This tavern has great modern Greek cuisine fused with traditional. The young team of owners has managed to create a really terrific dining experience.

Tel: (+30) 2287 041208

www.gialos-pollonia.gr/index.php/en/
www.facebook.com/pages/category/Greek-Restaurant/Gialos-restaurant-309470829232074/

 

Keep an eye out for our trusted mark in the windows of restaurants, bars and tarvenas. This sticker reveals places we highly recommend, so you dont miss out on any local secrets.

Pretty local beaches

Pretty useful phone numbers

General

Pretty Greek Villas:
Tel: (+30) 26960 61414 or (+30) 211 780 3203

 

Health

Hospital:
Tel: (+30) 2287 022700
(+30) 2270 122702

 

Emergency

Police:
Tel: (+30) 2287 021378

Port Police:
Tel: (+30) 2287 022100

 

Pretty important

Toilets

Greece sewerage operates on a septic tank which is the reason for the seas being so clean. However, this means that you CANNOT put any toilet paper, sanitary towels or baby nappies down the toilet. If you do, it can cause serious blockage requiring a plumber. Please remember to put all paper etc in the bin provided next to the toilet. We do not like to deduct from a security deposit but if the plumber is called and it is because paper has been put into the toilet during your stay, the cost of the repair will need to be deducted from your security deposit.

 

Suntan lotions

Some suntan lotions and oils contain a dye that leaves a permanent orange stain on towels, linens and pool liners. Please avoid using these suntan products because most villa owners will now request to deduct from the security deposit in order to replace items that have been dyed. When using the pool, please shower before entering.

 

Water

In this area the tap water is drinkable. Since water is scarce in the summer in Greece, please use only what you need.

 

Air-conditioning

If your villa has air-conditioning, please close all doors and windows when in use. Some villas have a system where if a door or window is left open, the air-con will not work so please check this first if you are experiencing problems.

 

Hot water

The hot water system for most villas is on an immersion system. This means you need to switch on the boiler for the water to be heated. The switch will be in the main electricity panel of the house and usually is turned on for your arrival. It is easy by mistake to turn this off during your stay, so if you find that you do not have hot water then please check the electricity panel first.

 

Dishwasher

Most villas will have a dishwasher. Please rinse plates before putting them inside. Some areas of Greece (such as Porto Heli) have a very high salt level in the water so dishwashers do not work very well and you may find that glasses and cutlery are smeared.

 

Umbrellas

Greece can be very windy so we would be very appreciative if you could close any sun umbrellas at the villa when windy to avoid them breaking or flying away

 

Animals

All villas are situated in the countryside so if screen doors or shutters have been fitted please use them so that unwanted animals don’t get inside the house. The villas are all thoroughly cleaned before arrival but it is still possible that you may see the odd spider, mice, rat, scorpion, cockroach, snake or lizard inside. If you do and think it is a problem, please let us know so that we can deal with it straightaway. Wasps – it is impossible to know in advance whether wasps are going to be prevalent in a particular location or not. If you do find that wasps are a nuisance, burning Greek coffee on a plate seems to keep them away.

 

Siesta Time

For villas that are situated within villages and towns, the siesta hours are 14:30hrs – 17:30hrs. During this time, please try to make as little noise as possible.

 

Shop & Bank Opening Hours

Large chain supermarkets (such as AB, Galaxias, Carrefour) are open Monday to Saturday from around 08:30hrs – 20:45hrs. Closed on Sundays.
Most other shops are open as follows:
Monday: 08:03hrs – 13:30hrs
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs & 17:30hrs – 20:30hrs
Saturdays and Sundays: On most islands, shops are open 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs & 17:30hrs – 20:30hrs. However, in traditional places frequented mainly by Greeks you will find that shops will be open on Saturdays until 13:30hrs and closed on Sundays.
Banks vary but are generally open from 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs. Some banks stay open for an hour or two longer.
Bakeries and mini-markets tend to be open every

 

Taxis and Porters

Taxis, porters and car hire are not included in the price of your villa. Please settle up directly with your driver, porter or car hire representative. When departing from your villa, if you require a taxi or porter, please ring or email us 24-48hrs in advance to arrange.
If you pre-book a taxi and do not notify us to cancel it, we will deduct this from your security deposit. Please note that we need to receive the cancellation in writing 24 hrs at least before the time you have booked the taxi. For airport transfers, we need at least 1 month’s notice in July/August and at least 2 weeks notice in all other months so that your booking can be replaced.

 

Security

Greece is still generally a very safe country. However, when you are not at your villa please close windows and lock the doors.

 

Garbage

Please dispose of your garbage regularly because the high temperatures can attract vermin if left for too long. Unfortunately, very few areas of Greece have recycling so please put your rubbish in the nearest municipal bins (usually green). On Hydra, there are also lots of cats so please don’t leave rubbish bags outside.

 

Breakages

It is very rare for us to deduct money from a security deposit and we do not deduct money for the odd glass, cup or plate that might get broken. However, if you do happen to break or damage something please let us know.

 

Departure Time

At the end of your holiday, please vacate your villa by 10:00hrs unless we have agreed a later time with you. If the housekeeper is not there when you leave, please leave keys on dining table.

 

Transport to greece

Three good websites for flights from the UK are

www.travelsupermarket.com  
www.flightcomparison.co.uk  
www.charterflights.co.uk
Easyjet also fly into Athens from various European airports: 
www.easyjet.com

For non-UK flights, a good website is 
www.edreams.com

Please contact one of the PGV team for advice about where to book flights.

There are three ways to get to Mykonos:

Fly to Mykonos Airport direct.
Fly to Athens, use public transport/taxi to Rafina and take the ferry to Mykonos.
Arrive in Mykonos by ferry from one of many ports in Greece.
 

 

Transport in greece

Fly from Athens to Milos

Olympic Air runs domestic flights from Athens to Milos. The approximate flight time is 35 mins.
www.olympicair.com/549-en-gb.cmt

 

Hire a car on Milos

For Guests arriving at Milos Port, we can organize car hire through Giourgas Car Hire. Their representative would meet you outside the Public Tourist Information Kiosk at the Port holding a sign with your name.


Guests travelling from outside the EU need an international driving licence and their normal domestic driving licence in order to hire a car in Greece.

Milos car hire rates per day for 2020 - all vehicles with manual transmission:

Car Type

1 Jan - 10 June

&

16 Sept - 31 Dec

11 June - 5 July

&

1-15 Sept

6 July - 1 Sept

 

 

 

Chevrolet Matiz

€25

€35

€50

 

Chevrolet Matiz Open-Top

€27

€37

€52

 

Hyundai Matos A/C

€29

€39

€55

 

Fiat Panda A/C

€30

€40

€58

 

Daihatsu Terios 4x4

 

€50

 

€70

 

€90

 

Prices include pick-up/drop off at Milos Port & unlimited mileage

 

 

 

Athens Airport to Piraeus Port

Pretty Greek Villas can pre-book a taxi transfer on your behalf. Taxis are payable at the same time as the balance for your villa. The taxi driver will wait for you in the Arrivals Hall of the Airport holding a sign with your name on it. If you cannot find the taxi driver, please call our emergency number 0030 211 780 3203

Taxi prices from Athens Airport to Pireaus are as follows

Type of Taxi

Price

Athens Taxi up to 4 passengers

€55

Luxury Car up to 3 passengers

€65

Mini-Bus up to 8 passengers

€110

Mini-Bus up to 14 passengers

€165

Mini-Bus up to 21 passengers

€195

Coach up to 40 passengers

€520

 

 

Athens Airport to Piraeus Port

Athens Airport has a station, you can see it in the map below. The blue and red walking routes converge at the station.
The blue walking route leads from arrival point B and the red from arrival point A. You can buy rail tickets in the airport station

Two different rail services run from Athens Airport to Piraeus. The first is the Athens Metro, the second is the Proastiakos ‘Suburban’ railway. We have marked the Metro route in green and the Proastiakos route in Yellow.
The Metro is the one you would need

The Metro is available between 06:30 in the morning till 23:30 in the evening. It leaves from Athens Airport metro station every 30 minutes. You need to change at Monastiraki

Departure times:

06:33, 07:03, 07:33, 08:03, 08:33, 09:03, 09:33, 10:03, 10:33, 11:03,
11:33, 12:03, 12:33, 13:03, 13:33, 14:03, 14:33, 15:03, 15:33, 16:03,
16:33, 17:03, 17:33, 18:03, 18:33, 19:03, 19:33, 20:03, 20:33, 21:03, 21:33, 22:03, 22:33, 23:03, 23:33

The trip from Athens Airport to Monastiraki takes 40 minutes. From Monastiraki to Pireaus port it is another 30 mins.
There are different types of tickets

Ticket for one person (one - way): 10 Euro
Ticket for one person (with return): 14 Euro
Ticket for 2 persons (one - way only): 18 Euro
Ticket for 3 persons (one - way only): 24 Euro
Reduced ticket (students age 25-, age 6 -18, age 65+): 20 Euro
Children up to 6 years old: Free

Take the blue metro line in the direction of Egaleo and change at Monastiraki. From Monastiraki you need to take the green line electric railway to Piraeus

Once you arrive in Piraeus you will need to walk the green route below from the station to the ferry ticket office, purchase your ticket (unless previously ordered) and then walk the red route below to the ferry terminal - please see map below:

 

 

Athens Airport to Piraeus Port

There is an airport bus to Pireaus (X96). It leaves from outside the Airport Arrivals Hall (between doors 4-5) and terminates at Pireaus Port. It runs every 20 mins during the day and every 40 mins at night, and takes about 1 hour. Euro 3.20 per adult.

 

Ferry from Piraeus Port to Milos

For information regarding ferries to Milos:
travel.viva.gr/en/ferries

The fastest ferry to Milos is the Speedrunner taking 4 hrs 50 mins.