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Milia Mountain Retreat in Crete

Milia Mountain Retreat is a unique place in Crete, and a visit to the small "village" will be a memory for life. I promise. I think Milia is one of the coolest places in all of Crete. We have been there twice and we often long to return.


The so-called ecological village Milia Mountain Retreat in Crete.

Milia Mountain Retreat on the right in picture.


Milia Mountain Retreat in Crete.

The little "village" is no bigger than this.


Milia is literally located at the end of the road, and that is the thing about Milia. The village is generally called "the eco-village". That's partly true. True is that almost everything served at the restaurant is organic and locally produced. But false is that Milia is a village. It's a hotel. But it doesn't matter, Milia feels like a village, though a very small one.


Take it easy in Milia on Crete in Greece.

In Milia, many things are forbidden, but sleeping is allowed. :-)

The road to Milia is in good condition, except for the last kilometres which is a narrow and winding dirt road. It's not fun to meet another car on the last distance. To drive when it is dark is not recommended. However, I recommend you to keep an eye out for griffon vultures, which are common in this area. From the parking lot it is about 150 metres to walk to the "village".


The road to Milia in Chania County on Crete is in good condition except for the last few kilometres.

The road to Milia before it gets bad.


In Crete you can see many birds of prey and vultures, such as bearded vulture and griffon vulture, as here in Milia.

Four griffon vultures in the same picture along the road to Milia.


Please go here for lunch, the food is absolutely fantastic. Even better is to stay overnight, or why not a couple of nights. It will be a lifetime experience. There are no roads, and therefore no motor vehicles, there are no TVs, no refrigerators in the rooms, no AC, no shops and sparse electricity.


Rent a house in Milia on Crete.

The house we rented when we lived in Milia the first time.

All meals are eaten at the only taverna. The breakfast buffet consists of a table laden with homemade products. You cannot stop eating, there is so much good food. Many of their products are available for purchase, including their jam, olive oil, wine and various pickles. Only that makes it worth travelling here.


Milia Mountain Retreat Restaurant in Crete.

Milia Mountain Retreat Restaurant in the evening.


At Milia Mountain Retreat Restaurant, candles are used all year round and it feels like Christmas in Crete.

Milia Mountain Retreat Restaurant in the evening. Cosy with lit candles.


The wood-fired oven at Milia Mountain Retreat Restaurant in Crete.

The wood-fired oven at Milia Mountain Retreat Restaurant.


In Milia on Crete there is no electricity. All food at the restaurant is cooked in a wood-fired oven. Best food in Crete!

A lot of wood is needed for the wood-fired oven.

In Milia on Crete, you can buy locally produced products, such as marmalade, olive oil, wine and various pickles.

There are many locally produced products to buy in the restaurant.


There is nothing to do in Milia except idle, read books, hike (there are many hiking trails), as well as eat very good food and drink good wine. Milia is the perfect place for anyone who just want to live in the moment. The evenings are enchanting. After a good dinner by candlelight, you slowly stroll home to your little stone house.


Milia Mountain Retreat in Crete is one of Greece's best places for recreation.

Milia in a nutshell.


Stargazing and shooting star at Milia Mountain Retreat in Crete.

Stargazing in Milia. We have never seen anything like it.


There are no street lights along the way, but for that reason it is not completely dark, the sky is lit by trillions of stars. When we were here, we lay in each deckchair on a roof and looked up at the sky for hours. We have never seen anything like it.

Book Milia Mountain Retreat

The first time we visited Milia we drove without booking a room in advance. We were very lucky because there was only one house available. I therefore recommend everyone to book in advance. Milia Mountain Retreat is not available on any booking sites, but it is just as well to book on their website.

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One of the amazing stone houses in Milia Mountain Retreat.


Kalispera Janne profile picture on Facebook was taken in Milia on Crete.

My profile picture on Facebook was taken in Milia. Kissamos in the background.

Milia is located 55-60 kilometres from Chania, depending on which route you choose to drive. On the way to Milia, you pass through the Topolia Gorge, which is one of the most beautiful gorges in Chania regional unit. After the gorge is the interesting cave church of Agia Sofia located.


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