A few words about Milos...
With its waters and rocks creating an impressive palette, Milos is "the island of colours" and the southwesternmost island of the Cyclades complex in the Aegean Sea. Its horseshoe shape forms one of the biggest natural harbours in the Mediterranean Sea. Milos boasts over 70 beaches, more than any other island in the Cyclades, picturesque villages, and the colourful “syrmata” (storage spaces for fishing boats, dug into volcanic rock).
Milos was formed by volcanic activity, that once separated it from its neighbouring island Kimolos. Today, the island's rocks are of interest to scientists worldwide. Milos has two dormant volcanoes (Fyriplaka, Trachylas) and volcanic rocks cover most of its surface. The island's natural resources (bentonite, perlite, obsidian etc.), hot springs and historical importance are major tourist attractions for thousands of visitors each year.
Places to visit in Milos
Adamantas is the island's main port; a smaller port, Pollonia, connects Milos to Kimolos. Traveling by road on the main land, on the northwest you'll find Plaka, the island's capital, and a handful of villages: Triovasalos, Pera Triovasalos, Plakes, Trypiti. There are dozens of accessible beaches with turquoise waters (Fyropotamos, Plathiena), moonscape rocks (Sarakiniko), and the colourful “syrmata” (storage spaces for fishing boats, dug into volcanic rock) in Areti, Klima, and Mantrakia.
At the southern part of the island there are more villages, such as Zefyria, the old capital of Milos, and impressively varied beaches. Achivadolimni, Kanava, Provatas, Agia Kyriaki, Paleochori and Tsigrado are all magnificent beaches, ideal for swimming and relaxation.
At the west and the northwest, the rugged terrain, the harsh roads and steep hills make it hard or simply impossible to reach the coast. Some iconic sites by the sea are accessible only by boat: colourful fishing villages, the ancient Catacombs, natural rock formations resembling animal shapes, Vani mining site, Kalogries, an open volcanic cave (Sykia), Kleftiko, and Gerakas.
Other places worth visiting
Apart from numerous beaches, traditional restaurants, and sites with panoramic view, don't forget to pay a visit to the local museums.
At the harbour town Adamantas:
- the Bomb Shelter, dug into volcanic rock during World War II;
- the Milos Mining Museum displays samples of the island's unique mineral wealth, with a historical presentation of the past and present;
- the Ecclesiastical Museum, located at Agia Triada (church of Holy Trinity).
On the road from Trypiti to Klima:
- the Roman Theater and remains of marble walls and other ancient buildings;
- historic sites where famous sculptures were found, such as Venus de Milo (now in Louvre Museum, Paris), Asclepius of Milos (British Museum, London), and an Archaic-era Apollo (National Archaeological Museum, Athens);
- the Catacombs, with their labyrinthine burial chambers and numerous early Christian inscriptions.
Last but not least, when you are in Plaka, don't forget to visit:
- the majestic Kastro (Castle), that offers a beautiful panoramic view to the Aegean Sea, ideal for watching the sunset;
- the Folklore Museum, that hosts every-day household items (furniture, clothes, etc.) used by the locals in the 19th century; and
- the Archaeological Museum; exhibits include sculptures, artefacts, papyri, rocks, and a replica of Venus de Milo.
Welcome to our island! Welcome to Milos!