Sea Kayak Milos

In June we spent an amazing week sea kayaking out on the Greek island of Milos, one of the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea. Our trip was with Sea Kayak Milos which is run by Rod Feldtmann and his wife Petrinela. Rod runs the kayaking part and Petrinela handles the food and accommodation. You can get all of the details from their web site. We had six days kayaking around the island in different locations depending on the wind and sea conditions.

Klima

The syrmata at Klima


On our first day we had a walk around some of the local villages at the north end of Milos. There are a lot of historical sites to visit and typical Milos boathouse communities called ‘syrmata’. We also discovered some tasty calamari for lunch.
First day paddling the south coast

First day paddling on the south coast


The wind was blowing strongly from the north for the first few days that we were on Milos so Rod took us down to the sheltered south coast of the island for our first day out.
Trying out a double kayak

Trying out a double kayak


The north wind was blowing strong again on the second day so we were all put into more stable double kayaks for a one-way trip southwards down the east coast from Pollonia.
The kayak sail in action

The kayak sail in action


At one point we lashed 5 kayaks together and put up a sail made from a tent flysheet. This gave us a good speed boost with the trailing wind. Gabrielle got the hard job of being one of the masts for the sail.
Lunch stop

Lunch stop


Each day we would stop for a morning break and again for a longer lunch break, usually at a deserted beach where we could swim, snorkel, sunbathe or get in a little more practice for kayaking techniques. Rod has bits of wood stored away on various beaches and brings them out to make a lunch table for serving up the sandwiches and snacks.
Arch at Kleftico

Arch at Kleftico


Our third day’s paddling was down at the south west corner of the island to Kleftico. We almost didn’t make it to Kleftico as the wind was blowing really strongly around one of the headlands leading to two kayaks capsizing. We stopped for out morning break at that point and luckily the wind eased a lot and we were able to continue around the coast.
Cave at Kleftico

Cave at Kleftico


Kleftico is popular with tour boats and was one of the busiest places that we visited but in the sea kayaks we were able to explore inside many of the smaller arches and caves.
The team after the Kleftico trip

The team after the Kleftico trip


Here’s the team and the kayak trailer after a long day’s paddling
Setting off for the Akradia Islands

Setting off for the Akradia Islands


Our fourth day’s trip was along the north coast then across to the Akradia islands. This is our starting point on the beach at Plathiena.
The lunch-time kayak stack

The lunch-time kayak stack


We stopped for lunch at a tiny, rocky cove on one of the Akradia Islands. There is just room to stack up the kayaks and a handy cave where Rod set up the lunch. We had a walk up to the top of the island where there is an old church and a disused lighthouse. This was also a good spot for snorkelling.
Paddling round the Akradia islands

Paddling round the Akradia islands


Here we are heading across the gap between the Akradia Islands. There were some quite big waves due to the wind blowing between the islands.
Post-paddling refreshments

Post-paddling refreshments


We soon developed the habit of sampling a cooling bottle of Mythos beer when we arrived back at Petrinela’s cafe after each day’s paddling.
Interesting exit from a cave at Sarakiniko

Interesting exit from a cave at Sarakiniko


Our fifth day kayaking was along the north coast and took us to some very interesting caves and arches in the volcanic formations along the coast. Here’s Gabrielle timing her exit to coincide with a wave of water exiting from one of the narrower caves.
Gabrielle and some columnar basalt

Gabrielle and some columnar basalt


We visited the Glaronisia Islands just off the north coast to see the rock formations. Just like Staffa on the west coast of Scotland!
John and some more columnar basalt

John and some more columnar basalt


Arch at Kimolos

Arch at Kimolos


Our last day was a trip from Pollonia to the island of Kimolos just to the north of Milos. There were some good rock formations to navigate on the way along the coast including this arch.
Fun in the waves at Kimolos

Fun in the waves at Kimolos


We found a place where the waves were crashing in across some rocks creating an exciting little run through the gap between the rocks and the mainland. Gabrielle seemed to catch it when the waves were at their highest.
Rod and donkey at Kimolos

Rod and donkey at Kimolos


Rod preparing lunch at ‘donkey beach’. The donkey has been there for around 10 years now and seems to enjoy the visits from passing kayakers.
Sunset from Plaka

Sunset from Plaka


Plaka is the capital of Milos and is up on a hill at the north end of the island. It has a very atmospheric bar called ‘Utopia’ that overlooks the bay and gives great views of the sunset.

Planting

Now that the house is painted, we have been able to start planting up the area by the main door. It’s a fairly shady spot so it is now home to John’s collections of Hostas along with a few other plants.

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It still looks a bit sparse but the plants will soon fill out and merge together. It’s also a good opportunity to go out shopping for new plants again!

Sunset Paddling

We had a combination of a late evening high tide and calm weather so we got out the kayaks for a paddle round Barlocco island.

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On the way around the island we saw a seal then it appeared again, eating a fish, as we approached the entrance to Kirkandrews Bay.

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Creamy Cottage

We finally got the house painted after about 6 months of waiting for the weather and the builders to be synchronised. Here’s the front of the house with the grass seed just starting to look like a lawn.

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The entrance area looks a lot neater now that it’s painted although we did have to paint around a nest that the swallows had built just above our main entrance door. The garage floor was painted at the same time and looks very clean and shiny but will probably not stay that way for long after we have been driving across a field full of cows.

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