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Published: July 22nd 2019
Back to the rocky ferry trip that I was supposed to write my Santorini blog on. I had to endure two hours on this ferry feeling as crook as a dog! Is that Australian enough for you? I shut my eyes the other way and talked my way through the nausea and prayed to God to get me to Milos without losing my lunch and setting the other passengers off like a row of dominos purging into the paper vomit bags. As He normally does, He gave me the strength to arrive on land in Milos without throwing up. It took about an hour to feel normal again just in time for hotel check in. I arrived in the port of Adamas- Milos and took a taxi to the town Pollonia. I noticed immediately, well felt rather the slow pace of the island -it was contagious- I felt so relaxed just breathing in the Milos air. The people were friendly, and the island was very quiet. In Pollonia you can hear the sound of the waves lapping up on the shore no matter where you are in the town and on many of the hotel balconies and courtyards you can see
tourists drinking wine and reading books and again I notice just how quiet it is. It was the perfect place to unwind and end my Greek getaway.
One of the first things I did in Pollonia was visit the winery located a convenient ten-minute walk from my hotel. The winery was quaint and looked like it is was in the Hunter Valley. It is open daily from 5pm-9pm. The guy (or wine connoisseur?-I don’t know the correct term) who greeted me inside the winery and took me through the wine tasting was very attractive. His name was Petrus. It was just me and him. No other employees working and I the only customer- but he remained professional the entire time never venturing off his memorised lines about the history of the winery and the ingredients of the wines. Slightly disappointed- ha! Petrus told me that his Grandfather had been making wine for the family and friends for over 50 years and it wasn’t until seven years ago that the family decided to create a business and open the winery. It was a fairly new winery, but the wines were excellent, specialising in dry whites and dry rose. The red
wines were very light as red is normally consumed cold as it is too hot for full body wines in Greece. Bottles sold at 10 Euros which is very economical as a glass of wine at a restaurant can range between 5-14 Euros. When Petrus was discussing the Kostantakis winery (I nearly forgot to give you the name of it) all I could think about was how good-looking Petrus. But when he kept talking and talking about the wine, he started to remind me of Jarred from the Bachelorette and how he worked on his family’s winery in Adelaide and slowly the fantasy of Petrus started to wear off. But the eye candy was a nice bonus with the wine tasting and I recommend you visit this stud and the winery. I bought one bottle of one of the many dry whites and was merrily on my way down to the foreshore to select a restaurant from dinner. Pollonia is a fishing town so there is a lot of sea food restaurants. The town consists of around 30 small hotels, 15 restaurants, two cocktail bars a beach bar, a pharmacy, a travel agency and two mini marts, a bus stop
and who could forget the winery. Everything you need right!
I got around the island via a bus- this was very easy to do. Most of the time- where ever you stay on the island you need to catch the bus to Adamas and then switch buses from there. Adamas is sprawled out along a marina not a beach and is the central hub for transport and there are many restaurants dotted along the marina. There are seven main towns on Milos-Pollonia is one as is Adamas- the capital is Plaka. I went to Plaka on my third day being the capital I thought it would be a large town, however it was small but very pretty with a tiny town square, a few restaurants, two churches and an archaeological museum. Plaka is also the place where the Venus De Milo was found and is now located in the Louvre. The town is up high and over looks 70 stunning, sandy turquoise beaches. I visited the one that stands out like a shining Emerald ring from the church in Plaka. I saw I it and know I needed to see the beauty of this cove close up. I met
an Australian couple in Plaka, in there early 50’s from Sydney. The wife was half Greek and could speak fluent in Greek. They had been on the island for two days and were very eager to tell me about a catamaran they went on the day before around the island-they said it was brilliant. They were even more eager to show me their photos swimming together- it was a little awkward. It is worth chatting to other tourists and swapping stories to obtain extra intel. The wife as I said could speak Greek, she asked a girl in the mini mart what direction I had to walk to find Firopotomas. This was very helpful; my direction was way off- your never know how speaking to strangers will assist you even if I had to see a few swim suit shots. The beach is was Firopotomas- it is gorgeous and relaxing and well worth a visit. I just can’t get over the colour of the water! The beaches in Milos are just divine and so clean. The island is made from volcanic rock and some parts of the island especially where I stayed in Pollonia almost look very Hawaiian.
great thing about Greece is the mini marts that are literally everywhere and have the best selection of snacks- perfect for pool day, beach days, and travel days. I especially love the ‘Ruffle’ chips- the best crinkle cut in the world- Australia use to sell them in the 90’s but they don’t anymore. Maybe Smiths bought them out? I should have stocked up. Also, I have to mention the peaches!!! The peaches in Greece are beyond words. So sweet and soft. Now I final understand he is staying ‘bruise like a peach’ the peaches in Australia are hard. When you bite into them the juices run down your arm, they are so messy to eat, it’s like eating a mango. Far, superior to any peach I have had in Australia.
My second day in Milos I visited the famous Sarakinko beach- this beach is notorious for its Luna landscape. It is not a sandy beach it is made up of moon like rocks- very spectacular and good for those who don’t like to get sand in their pants. Sarakinko is very beautiful and a fabulous place to swim- read -repeat for the day! I meet a few Aussies there who were also vegging out at Sarakinko for the day. Milos is equipped with an airport- I flew out of Milos to Athens, had a two hour stop over and then flew to Sydney Via Abu Dhabi. When I touched down in Sydney, I was sad to be home- a good sign of a great holiday. If you want to relax and enjoy the beach, seafood and wine Milos is for you.
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