Hidden away in the Lasithi Region of Crete is the sleepy village of Milatos. A secluded gem, largely unspoilt, Milatos is a genuinely idyllic Greek destination dotted with traditional tavernas and a handsome harbour too. But this little beauty isn’t all about modern amenities, this Greek village has roots. An interesting history gives this village an edge. As a prime location for assorted colonies, Milatos was one of the seven Cretan cities with troops sent off to fight in Troy. But don’t let its age fool you, this village is a charming as they come - think distinguished, not outdated and bursting with culture. You only have to turn a corner to see it.
Among the ancient attractions, like the Milatos Cave, wander into a new world as you adjust to the laid-back Mediterranean lifestyle. Find yourself sipping a glass of Crete’s finest while the sun goes down for that ultimate picture-perfect moment. As calm as they come, Milatos is more evening stroll than late night party, but we wouldn’t want it any other way. Whether you cruise casually from street to street or ramble around the more adventurous spots, this lovely location is best enjoyed on foot.
Showered with sun, Milatos is a warm weather wonder. Sporting slow-paced living and timeless culture, it’s the ideal scene for a slice of authentic Cretan life. If swapping long lazy days on the beach for crabbing among the rocks is your idea of heaven, Milatos will be your perfect match.
On the drive from Heraklion to Milatos, find the lovely hidden treasure Sissi. Tucked away from the national highway, this pretty fishing village has a similar charm to Milatos, yet offers its own distinct draw. Sissi’s resident mellow mood is infectious. The hustle of Heraklion or the nearby Malia is nowhere in sight. Instead, find a stunning port decorated with classic beach cafés. A small sandy beach can also be spotted across shore for when a dip in the sea calls.
To the west of Sissi is Stalis. Nestled between Heraklion and Malia is the perfect middle point between party place and secluded spot - and here you’ll find Stalis. Bursting with culture, adventure and activities, this traditional town is a little livelier yet family friendly. From horseback riding to water sports, find action fit for everybody. Bursting with traditional tavernas, quirky shops and cultural museums, Stalis offers you the buzz of big city life without the booming nightlife.
If stunning scenery speaks to you and you can’t resist the allure of ancient history, Elounda is the Cretan resort for you. Found to the east of the island, this jewel wows visitors year after year. Offering that idyllic village life, with a hint of luxury, Elounda boasts luscious local cuisine and a calming atmosphere. With its breathtaking beaches and relaxed nightlife, find the best of both worlds housed in this little vibrant village.
When you come to Milatos, add a cave exploration to the top of your agenda. Take your trainers and be ready for an action-packed adventure. Enjoy the scenic route on the way, littered with traditional olive trees. As you enter the cave, you’re hit with darkness, so a torch is a must-take. But don’t panic, seeing the early 19th-century architecture of the humble in-cave church makes the mission more than worth it.
While Milatos beach doesn’t offer the glossy golden beach of your dreams, this pretty pebble beach has its own charm. Not only is it the perfect spot to take in beautiful views, but it’s a crabbing hot spot - the perfect pastime for little ones and nature lovers. When your baiting activities have worn you down, just a short walk away are traditional kafeneio and tavernas offering fresh local fish, straight from the port. Indulge, enjoy and feel smug in your front row seat at the sun starts to set.
Set back from the seafront is the village of Milatos itself. Offering a slightly different vibe from the easy seafront, in the heart of the village, you’ll find real community spirit. Tight-knit and traditional as they come, village life will give you that sense of old Greece. Here’s where your camera comes in handy. The snaps you’ll find here are some of the best on the island. Get lost on foot as you explore the winding village lanes and spot old-school village homes. Take your time, this is the part of Milatos you’ll want to remember.
The native Cretan cuisine is all about using fresh local produce. With any towns and village situated on the coast, you’ll often find tonight’s meal is the catch of the day, whether it’s from the seafront you’re standing on, or just up the road. Rivalling some of the freshest fish you’ll find in Greece are the authentic Greek mezze platters served around town. Cretan cheese and local smoked pork are just some of the highlights, with famous oils made on the island served with almost every meal.
Eating in Milatos is an experience in itself. Taking that true spirit of Cretan cuisine and making it their own, in Milatos, you get fresh food and even fresher ideas. Traditional and undoubtedly delicious, the local cuisine is of course centred around seafood. But if you’re tempted by a bit of everything, ordering a classic mezze with seasonal meats, veggies and bread don't disappoint. And for a taste of the island’s tipple, a shot of raki should be in order.
Milatos holidays welcome an eclectic bunch. Whether you’re looking for a romantic break, a cultural retreat or somewhere serene to take the children, you’ll find it here. Calming seas and soothing walks, endless feasts and historic adventures await - a traditional trip doesn’t get better.
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If Milatos doesn’t make the list, our other Crete destination guides will definitely highlight a hot spot worthy of a tick.