Adamas, sometimes referred to as ‘Adamantas', is likely the first encounter most visitors have with the island of Milos unless they're on one of the few daily flights to the island.

As one of the biggest villages in Milos, with over 1,300 inhabitants, Adamas is the vibrant cultural center of Milos and the biggest port on the island. In fact, the only ferries not disembarking in Adamas are the ones traveling between Milos and the neighboring island of Kimolos. Those trips only leave from the smaller port in Pollonia.

Adamas was founded by Cretan refugees in the 1830s and has since become a cultural, commercial, and touristic center on Milos island. In addition to restaurants, shops, tour agencies, rental companies, and hotels, Adamas is also a transportation hub and is the center of the road network for the island.

Let's dig in, here are 12 things to do or see in Adamas, Milos!

Related: Milos, Greece: 9 Unique Facts You Should Know


12. Rent a Car to Explore the Rest of Milos

If you're looking for more flexibility than the bus has to offer, get some wheels! Adamas has the highest concentration of car and ATV rental companies and tour agencies on the island.

One of the perks of being here is being able to rent a vehicle and roam around the island. I got my car from Tourlakis – you can rent online and pick it up in Adamas or Pollonia.

I've had experience renting cars around Europe from SiXT, and they also have an office with Athena Travel agency in Adamas. I also heard great things about Niko's Cars & Moto and Milos Rides Cars & Moto Rentals.

Rentalcars.com is also really good for finding the best deals.

I recommend starting with picturesque villages – Plaka, Klima, Mandrakia, and Pollonia. Then check out the top beaches in Milos – here's a guide to the best beaches to add to your list.


During the German occupation in WWII, Minoans built a network of underground tunnels that acted as a bomb shelter. It's now repurposed as an art gallery, which is both cool and slightly eerie.

You can see it in less than an hour and it'll set you back only €4.


10. Visit Museums

Milos has 7 museums, 3 of which are in Adamas. They each reveal a different side of the culture in Milos and are interesting in their own way.

Check out the Milos Mining Museum to learn about the island's rich geological past. It's €4 and is open on most days between 10 am and 2 pm (April-October). It also opens from 5:30 pm to 9/10 pm in June, July, and August.

You can learn more about Milos under Venetian rule by visiting the Ecclesiastical Museum – it also has cool carvings, jewelry, and art pieces. It's fairly small so you don't need a lot of time, but interesting to see.

A third and less popular museum is the Naval Museum (also known as the Maritime Museum). It's close to the Cultural Centre and down the street from the main church, Agios Haralambos.

Related: The Comprehensive Guide to Milos Island: Everything You Need To Know


9. Admire the Cycladic Architecture

You can easily spend half a day just walking around Adamas and admiring the Cycladic architecture. You can't go wrong with wandering around charming streets in Greece.

Adamas is on a hill, so you will be rewarded with views over the bay and the island. Stop by the Greek Orthodox church, Agios Haralambos.

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8. Enjoy a Meal with a View

The variety of restaurants in Adamas is unrivaled by any other village in Milos given the island is still growing in popularity with tourists. Walk along the port and you’ll find a ton of restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from that’ll suit every mood.

Considering how beautiful this island is and the potential it has to become the next big thing in Greece, you’ll find the prices extremely reasonable — think €2.50 for a glass of wine! Be sure to try the local cuisine while you're here, after all, it's one of the top reasons to visit!

I've tried out quite a few restaurants in Adamas and generally, the food was delicious and the views were great! Here are my favorite restaurants and cafes:

Related: Eat and Drink Your Way Through Milos: Top Restaurants and Bars To Check Out


7. Hike for a Panoramic View

Few people know this, but you can walk around the port and past Lagada beach to be rewarded with an amazing panoramic view of Adamas.

Better yet, keep following the dirt path and go up the hill towards the Adamas lighthouse for a panoramic view of Milos bay.

On the way, you'll see a couple of WWII monuments and a park mostly locals know about, and not a lot of people frequent. Enjoy the privacy and tranquility!


6. Shop Your Heart Out

Adamas is full of cute little shops you won't find anywhere else on the island. Stroll the streets and take in the locally made products.

If you're looking for souvenirs, this is the spot to get them from!

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5. Have a Beach Day

If you need a break from drinking, shopping, and eating, break out your bathing suit and check out one of the two local beaches. Both have sun loungers you can rent out for a few euros and restaurants nearby.

Lagada beach is west of the Adamas port, walking distance from restaurants and cafes.

Alternatively, Papinikou beach is a bit farther down the coast and is more serene. You have two restaurants nearby:


4. Take Advantage of the Local Bus and Visit Top Sights

Adamas is a hub for local buses, and the network extends widely around the island. This is the most convenient place to start if you're exploring the island by local bus. Here's the bus schedule.

You can see the cultural side of Milos, with a trip to the Early Christian Catacombs, Ancient Amphitheatre, Plaka, and Trypiti. Hike down to Klima and enjoy the picturesque fishing village.

Explore the south side of the island by taking the bus to Fyriplaka and Tsigrado beaches, Achivadolimni or Provatas, or to Paliochori beach for some volcanic food.

Jump on the bus to the family-friendly and quiet village of Pollonia, and stop by Pachena, Papafragas and Kapros beaches en route.

Don't forget to take a trip to Sarakiniko beach, Instagram darling and the most popular beach in Milos.


3. Have a Drink with a View

There aren't too many bars or clubs in Milos, but there are a couple of great ones in Adamas with views over the port.

Watch the sunset or enjoy yourself after dusk with a relaxing drink by the seaside. I recommend checking these out:


2. Catch a Killer Sunset

Right down in the middle of Milos Bay, Adamas has great views over those famous Greek sunsets.

Whether you watch the sunset from a restaurant or a cocktail bar, or walk around the port, you'll love the colors dancing in the sky here.


1. Book Your Milos Tours

Milos is an interesting island, and the best way to see it is by tour. Adamas has lots of travel agencies you can book your tours through. Most tours leave from Adamas, which is really convenient if you're staying in the area.

I recommend booking a full-day tour around the island to see its best beaches, some of which are only accessible by boat. I chose a tour that passed by nearby islands Glaronisia and Polyegos, two natural marvels in the Aegean sea. You can read my review here.

If caves are more your deal, I recommend a Milos Highlights tour that goes around the island but replaces Polyegos with time at Sykia roofless cave.


Where To Stay in Adamas

There are lots of options in Adamas, here are the ones I recommend based on your budget:

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Adamas on the Map

To help you plan your stay, I marked the beaches in blue, villages in pink, and attractions in green.

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