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While the Greek islands of Santorini and Mykonos get all of the attention, there's another, less crowded destination that's just as stunning.

Located about 40 miles west of Santorini, lies the beautiful island of Milos. With its white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and colorful architecture, this island is a true retreat. While thousands of tourists make the trek annually for a relaxing stay in the Greek islands, many overlook everything that this tiny island has to offer.

Visitors can spend their days walking the streets of Adamantas—the largest town on the island, with two museums and a number of boutique hotels—or simply relax on one of the many heavenly beaches. The island is substantially less crowded than other, nearby islands, making it a better fit for those looking to unwind.

And getting to the island couldn't be easier. From Athens, travelers can catch one of two daily flights, or opt for the ferry that runs four to six times a day during the summer months. The trip from Athen's port Piraeus takes anywhere from four to seven hours, depending on the number of stops along the way. But an extended boat ride on the open water can be a rejuvenating experience in its own right.

So while other islands seem to get all the love, an excursion to Milos should be at the top of your itinerary. I mean, where else can you spend a day soaking in the Mediterranean sun on a white sand beach without having to fight your way through crowds?


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