The sea cave Papafragas is a Greek must-see

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Greece is known for many things, but did you know that the country is home to a cave once used as a hideout for pirates? On the island of Milos, there’s a stretch of rocky land where the earth seemed to have been carved away to expose the water that flows underneath. These are the caves of Papafragas, and if you’re ever in the area, you need to stop by and check them out.

Just looking down at the caves from on high is a powerful experience, but if you want to get the most out of your trip, you need to find a way down to enjoy time on the tiny beach at the bottom. The beach is easy to miss at first, but once you get a glimpse, you’ll know what you have to do. It’s a perfect little white sand beach that is a little slice of Greek heaven when the sun is shining down on a warm day.

The other thing that makes the beach special is the fact that you have to earn the right to enjoy it. You need to either climb down the rocky face of the cave wall or come down elsewhere and row a boat through the caves and up to the beach. Most people climb down the rocks; a path has been carved, so you don’t have to literally claw your way down.

Still, the trek down is an adventure in itself! The path down is steep and narrow. You also need to remember that there aren’t any barriers to keep you from falling down if you slip near the edge. Still, if you take your time and focus on the climb, you should be able to handle it.

Greece is well known for its history but the people who have spent time in the country know that its beaches are as beautiful as its ancient temples. Milos is especially rich in this department, all across the island, you’ll find beautiful beaches. Some are large and easy to find while others are like Papafragas, small and tucked away.

The bigger beaches might beckon to you, but if you’re looking for peace, quiet, and a sense of accomplishment, then it’s worth taking the time to find Papafragas for yourself.