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Kleftiko | Milos | The Pirates' Haven where Legends Roam and Rock Formations Shine

Updated: Feb 20


George P. Papadellis | SG Head

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Kleftiko, this unique miracle of nature southwest of the island of Milos, consisting of a very characteristic large rock in the sea and a cave with two entries, is a must-visit destination for anyone who wants to experience the true beauty of Milos. It is mainly accessible by boat, although there is a hard walking itinerary. Going to Kleftiko, boats usually stop in one of the most famous caves, the Sikia Cave, and, with the use of smaller plastic boats, visitors spend some time there. In this article, we explore Kleftiko in detail, from its fascinating history to its breathtaking natural wonders.

Kleftiko Milos

The History

Kleftiko has a rich history dating back to ancient times when it was used as a pirate hideout. The word Kleftiko actually means "stolen" in Greek, and the name is said to come from the pirates who were stealing supplies from passing ships and hiding them in the caves and coves of the area. Over time, the area became a popular spot for fishermen and sailors due to its natural harbor and sheltered bays.

The Natural Wonders

One of the main attractions of Kleftiko is its unique rock formations, which have been carved over thousands of years by the wind and sea. The towering cliffs and arches create an otherworldly landscape that is both beautiful and awe-inspiring. Visitors can explore the area by boat, swim in the crystal-clear waters, and even dive into the caves and tunnels that dot the coast. Another highlight of Kleftiko is its rich marine life, which is home to a diverse array of fish, octopuses, and sea turtles. Snorkeling and diving are popular activities, as the underwater world is just as stunning as the scenery above.

Kleftiko Milos

Sailing Yachts at Kleftiko Milos Island | Photo by: dronepicr, Sailing yachts near the caves at Kleftiko on Milos Island, Greece, CC BY 2.0

The Pirates' Footprints

Kleftiko is not just a natural wonderland; it is also a cultural hotspot. Visitors can explore the ruins of the old pirate hideouts, which provide a glimpse into the island's fascinating history. It is the caves of the area that were used by pirates to organize their operations and to hide their treasures.

Seen Kleftiko Milos?

Kleftiko is a unique destination that offers visitors a chance to experience the best of Milos. It is a “must” for tourists of the island, said that “you have not seen Milos if you have not visited Kleftiko”. From its fascinating history to its breathtaking natural wonders and delicious cuisine, Kleftiko has something for everyone.

Kleftiko Milos Island Greece

Cliffs and Rock Formations at Kleftiko Milos Island | Photo by: dronepicr, Cliffs and rock formations at Kleftiko on Milos Island, Greece, CC BY 2.0

Whether you're a history buff, nature lover, or foodie, a trip to Kleftiko is sure to be a memorable experience that you won't forget.


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Apr 10
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You can reach Kleftiko in two ways, on foot or by boat. By car it is about 25 kilometers away, and then by foot you walk again for more than an hour. By boat you start from the ports Adamanta, Pollonia etc and you go through Kleftiko.


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