The sleepy village of Milatos lies one kilometre from the north-east coast of Crete, in the prefecture of Lassithi. Conveniently located near some of the island’s biggest tourist resorts, Milatos itself is a traditional village that is ideal for those who want to enjoy an authentic Cretan experience - sampling the local seafood and simply relaxing and taking in the panoramic views,. Varied self-catering accommodation can be found in Milatos, including authentic townhouses and luxury villas.
If the thought of staying in the extremely busy and hedonistic resort of Malia (11km away) is your worst nightmare, then Milatos may just be your ideal holiday rental destination. A traditional Greek village and fishing harbour, Milatos is quiet, relaxing, and largely tourist-free.
There is a pebble beach and a short sandy stretch near the harbour, and as well as relaxing it is possible to enjoy a spot of fishing or swimming here, as you watch the fisherman go about bringing in the days catch.
The main draw of Milatos is the restaurants. If you would like to sample some of the freshest and tastiest fish on the island, then this is the place to come. Most of the traditional seafood tavernas are located around the harbour, and an outside table will be rewarded with fine beautiful sea views.
For a unique experience head to Milatos Cave. This cave measures over 2,000sq metres and dates back to the Neolithic period. It is known locally as the sight of a battle between the local army and Turkish invaders in 1823, and is now something of a tourist attraction, housing a memorial and a small church. Make sure you take a torch though – it's pitch black in there!
The use of a rental car is strongly recommended in order to explore the island to its fullest. Not only will this assist you in getting from the airport to your accommodation in Milatos, but it will give you flexibility to explore. The beaches and water sports of Elounda are a 30km drive, picturesque Sissi can be reached within just a few minutes, and if you fancy a big night out, Milatos lies 11km from Malia. Crete is the biggest of the Greek islands, and there are many other towns and villages well worth a visit.
Although Milatos is far from over-run by tourism, summer months are still the most popular with visitors. Temperatures average 29°C from late June until early September, and rainfall during this period is almost non-existent. Temperatures start to cool as it heads into October and November, but even the coldest months (January and February) have an average temperature above 14°C.
Your holiday accommodation in Milatos, Crete can be reached via a flight to Heraklion International Airport, which serves the whole island. Daily flights arrive here from a variety of UK locations and though a number of different operators. Upon arrival it is an hour’s drive along the coast to Milatos.