Getting to Milos

Milos is not Majorca.

But it does have an airport, 40-seater turboprops of Olympic Air connect the island with Athens, check www.olympicair.com.

If you are not flying to the island you have to (or have the opportunity to) come by ship: express buses (or METRO) connect Athens airport with the city (if you are spending the night there) and also with the port at Piraeus (where you can also spend the night quite comfortably: you are right near the ferry the following morning; and it is well connected with the centre of Athens by the rapid transport system.) You should reckon on about 90 minutes travelling from the airport to the ferry port. The ferry tickets can be purchased before departures in one of the many shipping offices at the port. In the summer months from June to September there are several daily boat connections from Piraeus. The schedules do change several times during the season and unfortunately they are not always known months in advance. (Info at: www.gtp.gr, abbreviations for Piraeus: TZE, for Milos: ADA). We will also be glad to pass on our "local knowledge" shortly before you travel (0030 - 22870 - 41286).

Crossing times: 2.5 - 7.5 hours
(Single) fare for ferries: 33-54 EUR

There are also ferries from Santorini. For island hoppers the connections from Kithnos, Serifos and Sifnos are best (usually daily), four times a week from Paros and Siros ... there are lots of possibilities, but you do have to wait for the publication of the exact timetables to plan in detail or you just have to be flexible.

If you are concerned about flying and climate here is a useful link: www.atmosfair.de.

On request we will be glad to recommend hotels in Athens or Piraeus which our guests have found to be satisfactory. (Further recommendations welcome!)

And finally a word for those who are nervous about flying or who are coming by car. There are daily ferry sailings from Italy (Venice, Ancona, Bari, Brindisi) to Patras (approx. 19 hrs from Ancona) (see www.greekferries.gr), from there about 210 km (car, train or bus) to Piraeus and then as described above (but don't get the idea that this is cheaper than flying.) We also do the "old track" from Berlin via Prague, Bratislava, Budapest, Belgrade, Skopje to Piraeus (2400 km from Berlin) with mostly very good motorways and low extra costs (tolls plus fuel).