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Milatos is located on the north coast of Crete to the east of Sissi and fifty kilometres from the airport and the capital Heraklion. The village itself lies one kilometre from the beach and harbour. It is a very quiet resort, a perfect respite from the bustle of twenty first century life. One of the reasons for its tranquillity is the fact that it is not close to major routes and is accessed by minor roads. There are no large hotels and accommodation is mainly apartments. There is a beach and a good number of tavernas and restaurants.
A Milatos and a Milatos Beach holiday offers a relaxing break in a sleepy little resort that retains its traditional charm. It has a small fishing harbour which is where you will find some tasty fish restaurants. Although the coastline here is fairly rocky and a good place to snorkel and dive, there are two small beaches one of sand and the other of shingle.
A Milatos holiday is popular with those looking for peace and relaxation in a picturesque environment. Families are attracted by the sandy beach and clear blue sea. Couples of all ages flock to Milatos in order to experience its traditional charms and to explore the surrounding countryside.
The most popular time to visit Milatos is in the summer. The season extends from Easter to October when the temperature range is from twenty to thirty degrees.
Milatos is a traditional village in the north of Crete. Away from the more frequented resorts it is a haven of peace and tranquillity. It is a pleasure just to walk the streets, enjoying the sight of the lemon and apricot trees and to appreciate the scent of herbs that pervades the sun-warmed air.
There are two small beaches near to the harbour, while one kilometre from the village centre there is a sandy beach. Care must be taken when the wind is from the east as the waves can become quite heavy. The waters around this coastal area are crystal clear and are ideal for snorkelling and diving.
The Milatos Caves are well worth visiting. The entrance to the cave is without illuminations so a torch is an essential item. The entrance gives wonderful views over the bay and the surrounding countryside. Inside the entrance is a small chapel built in 1935 as a memorial to the massacre that occurred in 1823 when the villagers taking refuge from the Turks were discovered and murdered.
There are a limited number of shops selling holiday essentials and the usual number of opportunities for buying gifts and souvenirs.
There are a good number of restaurants and tavernas serving a fairly broad menu and some excellent fish restaurants in the harbour.
Milatos is almost as peaceful by night as it is by day. There are bars, tavernas and restaurants where you can enjoy a meal overlooking the sea. If you are looking for lively evenings, take a taxi ride to Malia where you will find discos and night clubs that remain open until the early hours of the morning.
Milatos shopping caters for holiday essentials only. There are small supermarkets providing for your needs as well as gift and souvenir shops. Those wanting a wider variety of shops can take a day trip to Heraklion or Rethymnon where they will find many high quality specialist shops.
Milatos has a variety of restaurants and tavernas catering for most tastes. Along the beach front and at the harbour you will find many tavernas serving traditional food. Fish features widely on menus. If you feel peckish between lunch and dinner try a plate of meze, a Greek equivalent of the Spanish tapas, with such things as deep fried fish, stuffed vine leaves, pickles, olives and halloumi.
Eating out in Greece is a pleasure that should be enjoyed in a leisurely fashion. Don’t mistake the lack of haste for tardy service as you are simply being given the time to fully enjoy each course. Children are warmly welcomed in restaurants and their tastes and portion size are usually accommodated.