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The Island of Love

Spectacular Volcanic Sceneries, Astonishing Sunsets and Brilliant Colours on the Island of the Divine Beauties
Milos is one of the jewels of the country that was created from the lava of a volcano millions of years ago. Although the volcano was extinguished, the soul of Milos continues to be alive. Heavenly turquoise beaches and spectacular volcanic rocks blemished from the mysterious colours of the sunset compose distinctive landscape that cannot be found elsewhere in the Cyclades. An island that kept for so many years in its inner world the goddess of love can only be magical. Love creates fever and high fever inflames the bowels of the island rising in a thousand appearances trying to captivate your eyes from the impressive charismas and allures of her. Nature endowed the island with all the charms of her, and maybe Aphrodite was the one who bequeathed generously these divine beauties; splendours with an exclusive identity of lunar landscapes and heavenly seashores embellished from mysterious caves, steep cliffs and natural pools, once haunt of the pirates. This is the island of Aphrodite; a divine paradise from endless beauties that endeavours to steal your heart!

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The Capital of Milos

The Settlement of Plaka is the capital of Milos located on the north side of the island. The beautiful settlement has an attractive atmosphere with traditional whitewashed houses, flowery courtyards and labyrinthine alleys. Characterized as one of the most intact villages of Cyclades, Plaka hosts the imposing castle of the island with panoramic views of the surrounding areas. The highest spot of Plaka is known as Kastro (Castle). The castle of Milos distinguishes for its medieval architecture with stone houses, cobblestone paths and lovely house yards. Climbing up to the castle offers a beautiful experience. There, you will have the opportunity to visit the church of Panagia Korfiatissa and enjoy one of the most magnificent sunsets of Milos.

The Catacombs of Milos

The Catacombs of Milos constitute the most ancient monument of Christianity and are of unique size in the whole country forming one of the most famous and remarkable world monuments of Christianity. They were the first gathering area of the first Christian while they were also used as a municipal cemetery for the first time in the second century BC. The catacombs are located close to the village of Tripiti.

The Caves of Kleftiko

The Kleftiko is a complex of volcanic rocks formed from the wind and sea located on the southwest side of the island. It is one of the most remarkable landscapes of the country embellished from unique white smooth rocks and tall arches with endless underwater caves of turquoise waters. Kleftiko used to be a shelter of the pirates. Nowadays, these geological formations are the perfect for exploration and they are accessible only by sea.

The Island of Kimolos

The Island of Kimolos boasts a unique charm with incredible architectural wealth, rare geological monuments and mysterious beaches retaining its frugal and austere beauty. As expensive perfumes come in small bottles, so little Kimolos is shining intrinsically due to its hospitable people, its rare beauty and authentic tastes, transforming the island into an island of simplicity and elegance. Once called the land of Silver for its unique shine and later known as Echinousa for its hidden secrets of the earth and sea, Kimolos is a white touch in the Aegean. Cobblestone alleys designed with butterflies and hearts of limestone, whitewashed houses with blue windows, white chapels with blue domes compose the tranquil atmosphere of Kimolos. Kimolos is an island with underwater ancient cities, natural sculptures, violet sunsets, abandoned isles, epic scenery and natural springs. It is an island rich in minerals, lunar rock formations, thermal springs, beaches with exotic finesse, unspoilt landscapes and a rich flora and fauna that act as a shelter for the Mediterranean monk seal and rare bird species. Actually, Kimolos possesses a unique variety of minerals and a remarkable variety of soil layers of chalk color. In a strange way, the main village of Kimolos, Horio, boasts one of the finest defensive architectures of the Aegean and one of the most traditional settlements of the Cyclades. Indeed, the inhabitants of the island retain the traditional character of Kimolos by respecting their architectural heritage. The fishermen of Kimolos have given to the island one of the most colorful images of joyful touch to the barren land of the Cyclades; the cave structures of Syrmata carved into the rocks; the place where fishermen drag their boats in order to protect them from the gusty winds. Explore the underwater cities, the natural sculptures and the beautiful sceneries of Kimolos and sing with the locals their favorite song …My Kimolos, My Paradise…

The Natural Monument of Sarakiniko

The Sarakiniko is one of the most phographed landscapes of the Aegean located on the the northeast side of the island. The lunar landscape of the area creates a beautiful scenery embellised from volcanic rocky formations and emerald waters. According to geologists, Sarakiniko was created from layers of volcanic ash of white volcanic materials. It is worth noting that Sarakiniko is an ideal place for admiring the fullmoon as the whitewashed rocks reflect the dazzling light creating an unforgettable landscape. Sarakiniko was named after the Saracen pirates and it is worth visiting when the wind is not north.

The Statue of Aphrodite of Milos

The Aphrodite of Milos is one of the most remarkable sculptures of Ancient Greece that constitutes one of the main exhibits of the Museum of Louvre and it is part of the movement of the classical art from the Hellenistic Era. It was discovered on April of 1820 from a villager close to the ancient gymnasium of the island. However, the officer of the navy of France contacted the consul of his country in Milos, who reached Marquis de Rivière, the ambassador of France in the Sublime Porte, and transported the artwork in his country. The statue was offered to King Louis XVIII who donated to the Museum of Louvre. An official copy of the statue made from the workshop of Louvre is located at the entrance of the Archaeological Museum of Milos.

The Village of Klima

The Village of Klima is one of the most charming villages of Milos located on the north side of the island. Spreading around the gulf of Milos, the settlement is distinguished for the scenic beauty of the colourful houses of the fishermen in the natural cavities of the rocks, known as Syrmata. Here, one can admire one of the most beautiful sunsets of Milos. Actually, the villages of Areti, Fourkovouni and Mytakas resemble the architecture of Klima. Worth visiting sights of the wider area include the ancient town of Fylakopi, one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean hosting the remains of two million years.

Archaeological Sites

The Ancient Town of Fylakopi is one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean hosting the remains of two million years. Archaeological excavations have brought to light traces of inhabitation since the early bronze era. Fylakopi developed into a significant commercial and cultural center mostly owing to the trading of the obsidian precious stone. Nowadays, the biggest part of the town lies on the seabed of the surrounding area; however, it is worth visiting the remnants of the impressive cyclopean walls of the settlement, the sanctuary and the palace of the area. Archaeological findings are displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Milos.

The Ancient Town of Klima was the first harbour of the island located on the north side of the island. Following the destruction of Fylakopi, the second largest town of the island was built from the Dorians. Nowadays, the settlement hosts the acropolis of the hill of Prophet Elias and the acropolis of Pyrgaki with remnants of the market walls, ruins of a temple of the Hellenistic times along with the ruins of the ancient theatre. The most intriguing part, however, is the replica of the statue of Aphrodite of Milos located on the exact site that was discovered.

The Ancient Theatre of Milos is built on the hillside above the settlement of Klima. The theatre was constructed from the inhabitants of the ancient town of Klima during the Hellenistic times. After the destruction of the city from the Athenians, a newly theatre was built on the foundations of the theatre with the whitewashed marble of Paros. Amongst the remnants of the area are the auditorium, the orchestra, the stage floor and a series of architectural fragments. Theatrical performances and music happenings are held in the theatre. It is worth visiting the site, a place offering panoramic views of the surrounding areas.

Churches and Monasteries

The Chapel of Agios Nikolaos is one of the most beautiful chapels of the island located in the center of the village of Tripiti. The chapel is distinguished for its remarkable icons and sculptures along with its wooden iconostasis.

The Chapel of Panagia Faneromeni is a charming chapel located close to the Christian Catacombs. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful chapels of the island owing to the verdant landscape of the surrounding area.

The Church of Agios Haralambos is one of the biggest churches of the island located on the foothills of the village of Plaka. The church is decorated with impressive frescoes and interesting icons.

The Church of Agios Spiridonas is the main church of the village of Triovasalos. The church has a very interesting architecture with four big arches. Inside the church, one ca admire numerous beautiful frescoes.

The Church of Agia Triada is one of the most historical churches of the island located in the village of Adamandas. It is believed that the church is one of the oldest churches of Milos. The church has a rare architectural style of three aisled-vaulted church with pointed arches. Inside the church, one can visit the ecclesiastical museum of Milos.

The Church of Christos of Zefyria is one of the oldest churches of the island located in the area of Zefyria. Although it is ruined, the remnants of the church are still impressive. According to tradition, some men put a dynamite to destruct the church with the intention of stealing the stones but only the roof was demolished.

The Church of Panagia Thalassitra is a church of exquisite architecture located at the top of the castle of Plaka. It is a beautiful church with an impressive stone bell tower and folklore stone reliefs that is dedicated to the Presentation of Christ. Here, one can admire one of the most beautiful sunsets in the Aegean.

The Monastery of Agios Ioannis Siderianos is located on the hillside above the bay of Agios Ioannis. The monastery is associated with one of the miracles of Agios Ioannis. According to tradition, some local people were trying to save themselfes from the raids of the pirates who showed up on the feast of the saint. They were locked into the church and prayed to the saint asking him to secure the door with iron, and so it did. However, a furious pirate climbed to the dome of the church and threatened to shoot the pilgrims with his gun. Then, Agios Ioannis caused the paralysis of the hand of the pirate and the gun fell into the church, where is still kept until today.

Monuments

The Aphrodite of Milos is one of the most remarkable sculptures of Ancient Greece that constitutes one of the main exhibits of the Museum of Louvre and it is part of the movement of the classical art from the Hellenistic Era. It was discovered on April of 1820 from a villager close to the ancient gymnasium of the island. However, the officer of the navy of France contacted the consul of his country in Milos, who reached Marquis de Rivière, the ambassador of France in the Sublime Porte, and transported the artwork in his country. The statue was offered to King Louis XVIII who donated to the Museum of Louvre. An official copy of the statue made from the workshop of Louvre is located at the entrance of the Archaeological Museum of Milos.

The Castle of Milos is located on the hill of Prophet Elias in the settlement of Plaka. The Venetian castle was protected from the walls of the houses and it was used to protect the area from pirate invasions along with the control of the movement of the ships of the bay of Adamandas. On the area of Mesa Kastro, the tower of the Governor was situated that established from the first Duke of Naxos namely Marcus Sanoudos. Although the castle is inhabited today, it boasts an incomparable beauty. Here, one can admire one of the most beautiful sunsets in the Aegean.

The Catacombs of Milos constitute the most ancient monument of Christianity and are of unique size in the whole country forming one of the most famous and remarkable world monuments of Christianity. They were the first gathering area of the first Christian while they were also used as a municipal cemetery for the first time in the second century BC. The catacombs are located close to the village of Tripiti.

Museums

The Archaeological Museum of Milos is located in the village of Plaka. The museum exhibits a rich collection of coins, sculptures and inscriptions of the history of the island housed in a beautiful neoclassical building of Ernst Ziller. An official copy of the statue made from the workshop of Louvre is located at the entrance of the museum.

The Ecclesiastical Museum of Milos is located in the village of Adamandas. The museum exhibits a rich collection of the artistic and hagiographic heritage and tradition of the island housed inside the church of Holy Trinity.

The Folklore and Historical Museum of Milos is located in the village of Plaka. The museum exhibits folklore objects of the traditional house of the island of Plaka. The museum was established from the Union of the Milians of Athens in 1967 with the intention of preserving objects of the life of the Milians of the 17th century.

The Mineral Museum of Milos is a museum dedicated to the geological and mining history of the island located in the village of Adamandas.  The museum was created from the biggest excavation company of Milos named S&B Industrial Minerals S.A. in 1998. It exhibits a rich collection of old mining tools along a collection of minerals and ores of Milos.

The Naval Museum of Milos is housed in the old town hall of Milos in the village of Adamandas. Exhibits showcase the long naval history of Milos.

Natural Beauties

The Caves of Kleftiko is a complex of volcanic rocks formed from the wind and sea located on the southwest side of the island. It is one of the most remarkable landscapes of the country embellished from unique white smooth rocks and tall arches with endless underwater caves of turquoise waters. Kleftiko used to be a shelter of the pirates. Nowadays, these geological formations are the perfect for exploration and they are accessible only by sea.

The Sarakiniko is one of the most phographed landscapes of the Aegean located on the the northeast side of the island. The lunar landscape of the area creates a beautiful scenery embellised from volcanic rocky formations and emerald waters. According to geologists, Sarakiniko was created from layers of volcanic ash of white volcanic materials. It is worth noting that Sarakiniko is an ideal place for admiring the fullmoon as the whitewashed rocks reflect the dazzling light creating an unforgettable landscape. Sarakiniko was named after the Saracen pirates and it is worth visiting when the wind is not north.

The Sulphur Mines of Milos are the oldest business of mining of Greece located on the east side of the island.The geological site has old quarries along with the remnants of offices and personal items of the workers of quarries. You can combine your swim in the bay of Paliorema along with the visit to the sulphur mines.

Promenades & Villages

Adamandas is a seaside village located on the north side of the island. Lying on the gulf of Milos, the bay of Adamandas is one of the biggest and safest natural bays of the Mediterranean. The settlement has a traditional character with whitewashed housed and flowery courtyards unfolding a elegant picture of excellent Cycladic beauty. Adamandas is the biggest center of Milos.

Apollonia, else known as Pollonia, is a seaside village located on the northeast side of the island. It is the second largest harbour of Milos. The settlement spreads around an inlet with whitewashed houses decorating the entire coast. Here, one can find numerous amenities. The chapel of Agios Nikolaos lies on the left side of a charming peninsula worth visiting. Excursion boats operate from Apollonia to the island of Kimolos.

Embourio is a seaside settlement located on the west side of the island. The settlement has a calming atmosphere adorned with traditional houses around the charming harbour. Embourio is an ideal place for the lovers of nature looking for tranquillity and seclusion. The close region of Rivari is a natural reserve for migratory bird species.

Klima is one of the most charming villages of Milos located on the north side of the island. Spreading around the gulf of Milos, the settlement is distinguished for the scenic beauty of the colourful houses of the fishermen in the natural cavities of the rocks, known as Syrmata. Here, one can admire one of the most beautiful sunsets of Milos. Actually, the villages of Areti, Fourkovouni and Mytakas resemble the architecture of Klima. Worth visiting sights of the wider area include the ancient town of Fylakopi, one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Aegean hosting the remains of two million years.

Mandrakia is a small fishing village located on the north side of the island. The architecture of the charming settlement follows the natural landscape with the colourful houses of the fishermen in the natural cavities of the rocks, known as Syrmata. The church of Zoodohos Pigi stands on the hill above the settlement with beautiful views of Mandrakia.

Plaka is the capital of Milos located on the north side of the island. The beautiful settlement has an attractive atmosphere with traditional whitewashed houses, flowery courtyards and labyrinthine alleys. Characterized as one of the most intact villages of Cyclades, Plaka hosts the imposing castle of the island with panoramic views of the surrounding areas. The highest spot of Plaka is known as Kastro (Castle). The castle of Milos distinguishes for its medieval architecture with stone houses, cobblestone paths and lovely house yards. Climbing up to the castle offers a beautiful experience. There, you will have the opportunity to visit the church of Panagia Korfiatissa and enjoy one of the most magnificent sunsets of Milos.

Triovasaloi are two villages located on the descent from the hill above the village of Adamandas. The charming settlements follow the traditional architecture of the Cyclades. Kavorodromos constitutes the focal point of the island with numerous amenities and services.

Tripiti is a traditional village located on the north side of the island. Almost united with the capital of Milos, the settlement spreads amphitheatrically on the remnants of the classical city of Klima. The church of Agios Nikolaos dominates the center of the village while the preserved windmills dominate the outskirts of the settlement. There, one can enjoy panoramic views of the bay of Adamandas. In a close distance, one can visit the catacombs of Milos.

Zefyria is the old capital of Milos located on the east side of the island. The settlement was created from the Venetians in the 13th century and it got deserted in 1767 as it was destroyed from earthquakes. Nowadays, Zefyria is a lively rural settlement dominated from the imposing church of Panagia Portiani. There, one of the most important traditional celebrations of Milos takes place on August 15.

Sunset Spots

Spot: Beach of Sarakiniko, Northeast Milos

Spot: Church of Panagia Korfiatissa, Northwest Milos

Spot: Church of Panagia Tourliani, Northwest Milos

Spot: Village of Appolonia, Northeast Milos

Excursions

Boat Tour: The circumnavigation of the island of Milos is a beautiful experience. You will have the opportunity to discover the majestic caves of Kleftiko, the colourful doors of Klima, the emerald coloured cave of Sykia, the islands of Glaronisia and other secret gems. Excursion boats operate from the harbour of Adamandas and Apollonia.

Boat trip: The Island of Folegandros has built its own myth as the island of the measure with residents keeping the authenticity of this mysterious island alive. While approaching the harbour of Folegandros, you will be fascinated from the barren beauty of the towering cliffs that resemble just a rocky mountain. The beautiful villages and the pristine beaches will definitely captivate the eyes of the travellers. Its just this wild beauty of the barren and rugged sceneries of Folegandros. As for Hora, it is one of the most beautiful villages of the Aegean, a true sample of the traditional architecture of the Cyclades. Scattered whitewashed houses with colourful windows, purple bougainvillea hanging amongst the successive charming squares and labyrinthine alleys perching on the edge of the vertical cliff. Undoubtedly it is one of the most beautiful and oldest medieval villages of the Cyclades. Folegandros creates a bohemian atmosphere with the romanticism of Hora and its medieval colours, the charming scattered chapels and the magnificent sunset colours under the scents of the shrubs of thyme and oregano that decorate the dry slopes of the arid landscape. The puzzle of the island is completed with the breezy landscape of Karavostasis dominated from the reddish rocks, and the traditional cottages and stone windmills of Ano Meria. The tremendous beauty of Folegandros will make you forget everything.

Boat Trip: The Island of Kimolos boasts a unique charm with incredible architectural wealth, rare geological monuments and mysterious beaches retaining its frugal and austere beauty. As expensive perfumes come in small bottles, so little Kimolos is shining intrinsically due to its hospitable people, its rare beauty and authentic tastes, transforming the island into an island of simplicity and elegance. Once called the land of Silver for its unique shine and later known as Echinousa for its hidden secrets of the earth and sea, Kimolos is a white touch in the Aegean. Cobblestone alleys designed with butterflies and hearts of limestone, whitewashed houses with blue windows, white chapels with blue domes compose the tranquil atmosphere of Kimolos. Kimolos is an island with underwater ancient cities, natural sculptures, violet sunsets, abandoned isles, epic scenery and natural springs. It is an island rich in minerals, lunar rock formations, thermal springs, beaches with exotic finesse, unspoilt landscapes and a rich flora and fauna that act as a shelter for the Mediterranean monk seal and rare bird species. Actually, Kimolos possesses a unique variety of minerals and a remarkable variety of soil layers of chalk color. In a strange way, the main village of Kimolos, Horio, boasts one of the finest defensive architectures of the Aegean and one of the most traditional settlements of the Cyclades. Indeed, the inhabitants of the island retain the traditional character of Kimolos by respecting their architectural heritage. The fishermen of Kimolos have given to the island one of the most colorful images of joyful touch to the barren land of the Cyclades; the cave structures of Syrmata carved into the rocks; the place where fishermen drag their boats in order to protect them from the gusty winds. Explore the underwater cities, the natural sculptures and the beautiful sceneries of Kimolos and sing with the locals their favorite song …My Kimolos, My Paradise…

Boat Trip: The Island of Polyaigos is the largest uninhabited island of the Aegean located just off the island of Kimolos. The rich fauna of Polyaigos rendered its land as an Area of Outstanding Beauty from the State of Greece with the intention of preserving the natural environment and the architectural heritage of the island. Excursion boats operate from the harbour of Psathi. Excursion boats operate from the harbour of Psathi.

Boat Trip: The Island of Serifos has managed to maintain the original charm of it and the relaxing rhytms of life exuding the atmoshpere of another, bygone era. The whitewashed houses of Serifos reflect on the merciless sunrays of the Aegean. Characterized as one of the most beautiful medieval villages in the Cyclades, Hora will charm you from your first steps on the cobblestone alleys and the vaulted arches filled with fuschia bouggainvillea and whitewashed walls reaching the top of the hill with the remnants of the castle.  Abandoned mountain villages with astonishing views are connected with the majestic beaches through lovely trails creating mesmerizing sceneries of the hinterland of Serifos. Apart from the captivating energy of hers, Serifos is blessed with beaches of wild beauty, charming villages of great beauty and plentiful mining remnants of one of the most impressive monuments of industrial archaeology in Greece. Sleepless nights on the golden sandy beaches under the natural shade of the trees will make you appeciate the simple moments in life. Serifos will not try to conquest your soul. Just like this, she will leave you discover all of her secrets on your time.

Boat Trip: The Island of Sifnos knows how to bring you here every time you sail for the Aegean. Sifnos definetely stands out as it is regarded as the most authentic island of the Cyclades. The lover of the Cyclades will find everything in Sifnos. Mountainous villages with the typical architecture of the Cyclades surrounded from the dry barren nature along with endless sandy beaches and isolated bays along with history that counts more than five thousands years that is reflected in both the architecture and monuments of Sifnos. If you look closely enough, you will might event discover the mysterious charm of Sifnos! Sifnos is an explosion of the five senses. You first smell the aroma of lavender, oregano and thyme from the ship, the fragrant aniseed buns in the alleys of Artemonas and the royal jasmine and the night flowers from the courtyards of the houses. Then, you eavesdrop her from the sounds of the bells and the violins in the churches, the concerts of the frogs in the stream of Artemonas and the breeze that whistles from the highest peaks of Prophet Elias. You also taste her from the delights of true ode of taste and worryingly addictive, as it is characterized one of the classiest cuisines of the Cyclades starred from Nikolas Tselementes. True eye catcher, the spotless white villages of Sifnos are spotted with the apollonian light and the endless blue of the Aegean. And the touch of Sifnos… this is the most outstanding feeling of Sifnos! Will you let yourself discover this feeling?

Activities

Camping: Are you a camping lover? You will find a camping center in the region of Achivadolimni.

Climbing: Lovers of adventure can climb to the two climbing field of Milos. (1) Akrotiri Vani offers a climb to a very large cone shaped rock (2) The second route is known as Glaronisia. This is a climbing route located on the islands of Glaronisia and it is considered as one of the best climbing routes of Greece. Discover more information from the Official Website of Milos.

Diving: Numerous underwater caves, rich marine life and wrecks of the Second World War make Milos an ideal destination for diving enthusiasts. You might even get the chance to meet the Mediterranean Monk Seal Monachus Monachus! There are two diving centres on the island in the area of Apollonia.

Geotourism: As an island of volcanic origin, Milos has a very distinctive geology, meaning that the rocks and minerals its soil and subsoil are made of point directly to its special creation. The Official Website of Miloterranean offers  extensive sources of maps and guided tours where travellers can discover the geological history of Milos!

Horse Riding: Milos offers invigorating experiences of riding a horse along the seashore. You can find the riding school in the village of Zefyria.

Kayak: The volcanic composition of Milos is endowed from impressive coastlines and sea caves. Discovering the natural beauties of the island by sea kayaking is a beautiful experience. Guided trips are offered during the summer. Discover more information from Sea Kayak Milos.

Mountain Biking: Milos has one of the largest dirt road networks in the islands of the Cyclades. This will enable enthusiasts of mountain biking to enjoy authentic landscapes and magnificent spots with breathtaking views.

Off Road: Milos has one of the largest dirt road networks in the islands of the Cyclades. This will enable enthusiasts of off road driving to enjoy authentic landscapes and magnificent spots with breathtaking views.

Sailing: Milos is an ideal destination for sailing enthusiasts. Exploring the wonderful bays and mysterious beauties of Milos by boat is highly recommended, as it gives you an awesome opportunity to discover the inaccessible areas of Milos.Ideal anchorage spots include the harbour of Adamandas, the bay of Agios Dimitrios and the harbour of Apollonia. The harbour of Adamandas is one of the safest harbours of the Aegean, protected from all the southern winds. Other mooring spots include the bay of Agios Dimitrios on the south with protection from the north winds, the bay of Pollonia on the northwest also protected from the northern winds and the bay of Provatas on the south side. Also, the gulf of Rivari on the southwest side is an ideal anchorage sheltered from the south winds along wit the bay of Embourio on the west side.

Thermal Springs: Milos is one of the volcanic arcs of the Aegean. The island is blessed with numerous thermal springs known for their healing properties since antiquity. On the beaches of Alikes, Kanava, Provatas, Paliohori, Skinopi and Tria Pigadia, one can find numerous thermal springs and enjoy swimming in warm waters the entire year. Known as fumaroles, these areas have an opening near volcano gushing water within the seawater. Discover more information from the Official Website of Milos.

Windsurfing: The natural bay of the island provides maximum safety for lovers of windsurfing. The beaches of Achivadolimni and Papakinos are ideal spots for practicing windsurfing. Discover more information from Milos Windsurfers.

Beaches

Agathia is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the northwest side of the island. It is a secluded beach ideal for those looking for tranquillity. The surrounding area is distinguished for its wild landscape and short vegetation.

Agia Kyriaki is a sandy and pebbled beach with turquoise waters located on the south side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of Milos distinguished for its wild rocky landscape. The beach has numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, water sports and beach bars.

Agios Sostis is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the south side of the island. It is a secluded beach ideal for those looking for tranquillity.

Achivadolimni is one of the most beautiful beaches of Milos located on the inner side of the natural gulf of the island. It is a long sandy beach with turquoise waters. Windsurfing enthusiasts can practise their favourite activity on this beach.

Alogomandra is a long sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the north side of the island. It is a secluded beach distinguished for its beautiful volcanic rocky formations.

Ammoudaraki is a sandy cove with turquoise waters located on the west side of the island. It is a secluded beach ideal for those looking for tranquillity. The beach is accessible either through a track road from Embourio or by boat. Therefore, it provides excellent remoteness.

Firopotamos is a seaside settlement with a beautiful sandy beach located on the north side of the island. Here, one will have the opportunity to discover the colourful houses of the fishermen, known as Syrmata, and dense vegetation of tamarisks.

Firiplaka is a long sandy beach with emerald waters located on the south side of the island. The surrounding cliffs resemble exotic sceneries of amazing natural beauty. The beach is distinguished for its imposing gigantic volcanic rocks.

Gerontas is a sandy beach with emerald waters located on the south side of the island. Although access is relatively difficult, the amazing bay is surrounded from white imposing rocks and caves. You will be impressed from the rock shaped like a bridge uniting the land and sea.

Kleftiko is a complex of volcanic rocks formed from the wind and sea located on the southwest side of the island. It is one of the most remarkable landscapes of the country embellished from unique white smooth rocks and tall arches with endless underwater caves of turquoise waters. Kleftiko used to be a shelter of the pirates. Nowadays, these geological formations are the perfect for exploration and they are accessible only by sea.

Paliohori is a sandy beach with blue waters located on the southeast side of the island. It is an organized beach with numerous amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, water sports and taverns. The unimaginable diversity of the existing natural materials and colours will amaze you.

Paliorema is a sandy beach with emerald waters located on the east side of the island. The beach is renowned for the remnants of the old mines of sulphur, which were in function until 1956. The beach is one of the geological sights of Milos evoking a wild landscape.

Papafragas is a beautiful cavern with emerald waters and white rocks leading to the open sea located on the northwest side of the island. It is one of the most impressive beaches of Milos.

Plathiena is a long sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the north side of the island. It is a secluded beach ideal for those looking for tranquillity. The beach has a wild beauty offering panoramic views to the endless blue.

Sarakiniko is one of the most phographed landscapes of the Aegean located on the the northeast side of the island. The lunar landscape of the area creates a beautiful scenery embellised from volcanic rocky formations and emerald waters. According to geologists, Sarakiniko was created from layers of volcanic ash of white volcanic materials. It is worth noting that Sarakiniko is an ideal place for admiring the fullmoon as the whitewashed rocks reflect the dazzling light creating an unforgettable landscape. Sarakiniko was named after the Saracen pirates and it is worth visiting when the wind is not north.

Tourkothalassa is a sandy beach with turquoise waters located on the north side of the island.  It is a secluded beach ideal for those looking for tranquillity. The beach is distinguished for its imposing rocky formation of wild beauty.

Triades are three sandy beaches with turquois waters located on the west side of the island. The beaches are rather isolated ideal for those looking for tranquillity.

Tsigrado is a sandy cove with turquoise waters located on the south side of the island. It is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island. The surrounding environment is really impressive with numerous rocky formations. To enjoy the beauty of this beach, you will have to go down from the mound through a faint steep path covered with sand.

Coffee Corners, Gastronomic Delights and Cocktails Inspirations

Coffee Corners

Ageliki: Ice Cream, Adamandas
Aqua Loca: Coffee, Paliohori
Kivotos Gefseon: Pastries, Appolonia
Rémbē: Coffee, Tripiti
Utopia: Coffee, Plaka

Gastronomic Delights

Arhondoula: Greek Cuisine, Plaka
Armenaki: Seafood, Apollonia
Enalion: Seafood, Apollonia
Ergina: Greek Cuisine, Tripiti
Medusa: Seafood, Apollonia
Methismeni Politia: Greek Cuisine, Tripiti
Mikros Apoplous: Greek Cuisine, Adamandas
O Hamos: Greek Cuisine, Adamandas
Psarovolada Restaurant: Greek Cuisine, Agia Kyriaki                                                                             Sirocco: Seafood, Paliohori

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Local Products & Specialties

The local products of the island include thyme honey, the delicious local meat, the dairy products including xinomizithra, manouri and skotyri cheeses and the vegetables of Milos including tomatoes, melons, oranges and watermelon.

The local specialties of the island include pitarakia, the local cheese pie, strapatsada, a dish made of fried eggs mixed with tomatoes and feta cheese, bougiourdi, a dish made of baked tomatoes with peppers and cheese, psito stin hovoli, a dish made of wild goat cooked with lemon and mustard, flaounes, the local spinach pie, karpuzopita, the local watermelon pie, ladenia, a traditional pie with tomato, olive oil and onion, and labrokouloures, a dish of special biscuits.

Events & Festivals

Every July, the Festival of Milos takes place in the island. The festival hosts numerous cultural festivities. The festival takes place on the first weekend of July. However, the events last for a period of one or two months.

Every 6th of August, the traditional celebration in honour of Agia Kyriaki takes place in the island.

Every 15th of August, the traditional celebration in honour of Virgin Mary takes place in the village of Zefyria. The feast is hosted at the church of Panagia Portaitissa.

Every 25th of August, the traditional celebration in honour of Agios Ioannis takes place in the Monastery of Agios Ioannis Siderianos.

Every 8th of September, the traditional celebration in honour of Panagia Korfiatissa takes place in Plaka.

History & Mythology

Mythology

According to mythology, the island of Milos was the island of Aphrodite, the Goddess of beauty and love. Legend says that Milos was a young man from the island of Cyprus who was sent to inhabit the island from goddess Aphrodite after the suicide of his parents.

History

Archaeological excavations show that Milos has been inhabited since the Neolithic Ages. It was one of the first Cycladic islands to be inhabited. The island was rapidly developed owing to the obsidian stone that existed there. It is believed that the Milians flourished in exports of the minerals from the sulphur mines. During the Bronze Age, the island became the center of the Cycladic culture. Fylakopi was the most powerful city of Milos that represented three different historical periods that covered a period of 1500 years. However, the city was abandoned after 1100 BC and a new town was constructed in the present village of Klima. The Milians participated in the Persian Wars while the Athenians tried to force them to abandon the island during the Peloponnesian War. Indeed, the Milians abandoned the island and returned after the victory of the Spartans. During the Hellenistic period, the magnificent statue of Aphrodite was created on Milos, now exhibited in the museum of Louvre in Paris. The island experienced great prosperity on the roman period, the time when the inhabitants started moving outside the walls of the town. However, Milos fell respectively under the Roman, Venetian and Turkish domination. Milos was one of the first islands that took part in the Revolution of 1821. During the First World War, the harbour of milos was used as a navy yard from the British and French fleets while the naval administration of the Aegean was hosted in Adamandas. The Germans conquered the island in the Second World War, and Milos was able to win its freedom in 1830.

Travel & Transport

By Air: Milos has a national airport operating flights on a daily basis from the International Airport of Athens. Book your tickets with AirTickets.com!

By Boat (82,5 Nautical Miles): Milos is accessible by boat from the harbour of Piraeus. The journey usually lasts from four to seven hours. Milos is also connected with the islands of Folegandros, Kimolos, Sifnos, Serifos and Polyaigos amongst others. Book your tickets with FerriesinGreece.com !

Mysterious Greece Tips

Climbing at Its Best: Glaronisia Isles

Lovers of adventure can climb to the two climbing field of Milos. (1) Akrotiri Vani offers a climb to a very large cone shaped rock (2) The second route is known as Glaronisia. This is a climbing route located on the islands of Glaronisia and it is considered as one of the best climbing routes of Greece. Discover more information from the Official Website of Milos.

Cruising around Milos

Milos is an ideal destination for sailing enthusiasts. Exploring the wonderful bays and mysterious beauties of Milos by boat is highly recommended, as it gives you n awesome opportunity for you where you can discover the inaccessible areas of Milos.Ideal anchorage spots include the harbour of Adamandas, the bay of Agios Dimitrios and the harbour of Apollonia. The harbour of Adamandas is one of the safest harbours of the Aegean, protected from all the southern winds. Other mooring spots include the bay of Agios Dimitrios on the south with protection from the north winds, the bay of Pollonia on the northwest also protected from the northern winds and the bay of Provatas on the south side. Also, the gulf of Rivari on the southwest side is an ideal anchorage sheltered from the south winds along wit the bay of Embourio on the west side.

Discover the Natural Geological Park of Milos

As the island is distinguished for its volcanic grounds and geological reliefs, Milos is a natural geological park offering numerous footpaths of great geological and mining interest. Interesting location include the factory of Kanavas, the old salt production facilities of Alyki, the geothermic fields of Zefyria, the Mine of Aggerias which is considered to be one of the biggest bentonite mines in the world, the deserted mining tunnels of Thiorihia, the volcanic formations of Sarakiniko, the crater of Firiplaka and the prehistoric obsidian mines of Demenegaki.  Discover more information from the Official Website of Milos.

Enjoying a Cocktail at Utopia in Plaka

Hiding in the labyrinthine alleys of Plaka, Utopia is one of the best places to enjoy your cocktail in its lovely terrace overlooking the endless blue of the Aegean!

Excursion to Kimolos Island

If you travel to Milos, do not opt out from your journey an excursion to the island of Kimolos! As expensive perfumes come in small bottles, so little Kimolos is shining intrinsically due to its hospitable people, its rare beauty and authentic tastes, transforming the island into an island of simplicity and elegance. Kimolos is an island with underwater ancient cities, natural sculptures, violet sunsets, abandoned isles, epic scenery and natural springs. It is an island rich in minerals, lunar rock formations, thermal springs, beaches with exotic finesse, unspoilt landscapes and a rich flora and fauna that act as a shelter for the Mediterranean monk seal and rare bird species. Explore the underwater cities, the natural sculptures and the beautiful sceneries of Kimolos and sing with the locals their favorite song …My Kimolos, My Paradise…

Exotic Finesse: Explore the Emerald, Sapphire and Turquoise Waters

Milos is endowed from an abundant number of beaches! Some of the most beautiful include Sarakiniko, Achivadolimni, Firiplaka, Tsigrado and Agia Kyriaki. However, it is highly recommended to hop on an excursion boat to discover the inaccessible mysterious beauties of Milos!

Full Moon Nights on Sarakiniko

The amazing scenery of Sarakiniko gives one the impression of standing on the surface of the moon. Visit this unique natural spectacle on full moon nights!

It’s Sunset Time

Wondering where you will admire one of the most beautiful sunsets in the country? This must be the Castle of Milos! Choose either the benches of the church Panagia Thalasitra or the churchyard of Panagia Korfiatissa.

Mineral Springs and Therapeutic Properties

Milos is one of the volcanic arcs of the Aegean. The island is blessed with numerous thermal springs known for their healing properties since antiquity. On the beaches of Alikes, Kanava, Provatas, Paliohori, Skinopi and Tria Pigadia, one can find numerous thermal springs and enjoy swimming in warm waters the entire year. Known as fumaroles, these areas have an opening near volcano gushing water within the seawater. Discover more information from the Official Website of Milos.

Romantic Promenades in Plaka

The beautiful settlement of Plaka has an attractive atmosphere with traditional whitewashed houses, flowery courtyards and labyrinthine alleys. Characterized as one of the most intact villages of Cyclades, Plaka hosts the imposing castle of the island with panoramic views of the surrounding areas. The highest spot of Plaka is known as Kastro (Castle). The castle of Milos distinguishes for its medieval architecture with stone houses, cobblestone paths and lovely house yards. Climbing up to the castle offers a beautiful experience. There, you will have the opportunity to visit the church of Panagia Korfiatissa and enjoy one of the most magnificent sunsets of Milos.

Spearfishing in Antimilos

The island of Antimilos and the western side of Milos are one of the best spots for the lovers of spearfishing!

Taste Fresh Fish in Apollonia

The charming village of Apollonia is known for its delicious fresh fish taverns!

Windsurfing at Its Best: Blessed from the Winds

The natural bay of Milos provides maximum safety for lovers of windsurfing. The beaches of Achivadolimni and Papakinou are ideal spots for practicing windsurfing.

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Achivadolimni Beach: Danny Baeyens by Panoramio

Agia Kyriaki Beach: Mysterious Greece

Alleys in Plaka: John Haley by Flickr

Cape Vani: Mysterious Greece

Christian Catacombs: Official Website of Milos

Church of Panagia Thalasitra: Andreas Lorentzatos by Flickr

Church of Panagia Tourliani: Parasveuas Milos by Panoramio

Firopotamos Beach: Jean Delard de Rigoulières by Flickr

Glaronisia Isles: Storm 80s by Panoramio

Kastro: Stathis Chionidis by Panoramio

Kleftiko Caves: Shutterstock

Kleftiko: Mysterious Greece

Klima Village: Mysterious Greece

Landscape: Giorgio Fiorentini by Panoramio

Paliorema Beach: Rui Pedro Veira by Flickr

Papafragas Beach: Alain Ghignone by Flickr

Plaka Village: Konstantinos Davarin by Panoramio

Plathiena Beach: Mysterious Greece

Sarakiniko Beach: Mysterious Greece

Tripiti Village: Ciccio Nutella by Flickr

Tsigrado Beach: Shutterstock