Milos

Milos is a volcanic Greek island in the Aegean Sea, just north of the Sea of Crete. Milos is the southwesternmost island in the Cyclades group.

The island is famous for the Venus de Milo, a statue of Aphrodite, now in the Louvre.

Talk

Aside from Greek, there are also many English, French, and Italian speakers. If you're lucky, you may even find a few Spanish or German speakers. In the official 2008 Milos tourist guide, there were versions in Greek, English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.

Get in

By plane

From Athens, there are 2 flights every day, year round that go to Milos, all with Olympic Air .

By boat

Several ferries go to and from Milos. Some possibilities:

Schedules can be found at or

Get around

Bus Schedule

See

Milos' most picturesque village is Plaka, also known as Chora, perched on a rocky outcrop above the main port of Adamantas. A path leads up to the Venetian castle at the top, which is also home to the Church of Panagia Skiniotissa. On the way you will pass the gorgeous Church of Panagia Thalassitra. Catch the wonderful sunset from the castle, or from a balcony overlooking the sea at the Church of Panagia Korfiatissa.

The island's Archeological Museum is housed in a building designed by Ernst Ziller, with a reproduction of the Venus de Milo gracing the entrance (the original is in the Louvre in Paris).

Trypiti is a traditional settlement with white houses and windmills, ideal for a quiet afternoon stroll. Nearby is the site of a series of catacombs, among the largest in Greece, hewn from the volcanic rock in early Christian times.

At Klima, you'll see samples of syrmata, traditional fishermen's houses, where the basement is dug out of the soft rock and serves as a winter mooring site, while the main part is upstairs on ground-floor level.

Other villages that still have syrmata include Schinopi, Areti, and Fourkovouni, all beautiful locations almost untouched by tourism.

Little survives of the ancient city of Milos apart from an impressive Roman-era theatre, currently under conservation. It was near here that a farmer dug up the Venus de Milo in 1820.

Near Adamantas, the Mining Museum (http://milosminingmuseum.com) presents a 11,000-year history of mining in its rich collection of audiovisual material, ore samples, maps, and tools. On the road to Pollonia you will see the ruins of the ancient city of Fylakopi, an important settlement during the Cycladic period.

The Bay of Paliorema in Theiafes was used by a local sulphur mine company until 1957. Today you'll see ruins of the quarry's installations and a yellow-pebbled beach.

Do

Beaches

  1. Achivadolimni - At Adamantas Bay. Fine white sand; turquoise, shallow waters. Many aquatic activities, plenty facilities.
  2. Agathia - Isolated but colorful beach on the Northwest side of the island.
  3. Agios Ioannis - On the west coast. Sandy with rocks. Shallow and unspoiled.
  4. Agios Kyriaki - White, pebbly stretch, unspoiled, clear waters.
  5. Agios Sostis
  6. Ammoudaraki - On the west coast. Sandy with rocks.
  7. Fatourena - Quiet, undiscovered beach.
  8. Fyriplaka - Massive flat rocks off the beach.
  9. Fyropotamos - Nestled in small bay against backdrop of impressive cliffs. Beautiful blue-green waters. Occasionally wavy. Rocky surface similar to Sarakiniko on one side.
  10. Gerakas - Small but shallow beach near Ayia Kyriaki.
  11. Kleftiko - Snorkelers destination. Colorful, crystal clear waters. Reached only by boat.
  12. Lagada - In Adamantas. Cold, clear waters. Good for resting, as there are many shady trees. Minor activities take place there.
  13. Mandrakia - Old-world charm
  14. Paleochori - Party beach surrounded by colorful volcanic rocks, has a beach bar
  15. Papafragas - Caves, emerald waters, reached by series of steps carved into rock, faces Glaronisia (cluster of volcanic islets)
  16. Papikinou - In Adamantas (main port). Clear, shallow waters. Organized beach. Sheltered from northerly winds.
  17. Plathiena - Azure waters, fine white sand, view of Arkoudes islets
  18. Pollonia - Located in the town of Pollonia; similar to Lagada and Papakinou beaches.
  19. Provatas - Unspoiled beach with waters similar to Hivadolimni.
  20. Psaravolada - Has many similarities to Ayia Kyriaki, especially since they are next to each other.
  21. Rivari - Famous beach with breathtaking golden sand.
  22. Sarakiniko - White rock, moon-like surface. The best-known beach in Milos.
  23. Sykia - Hidden in a sea cave, volcanic atmosphere. Near Kleftiko.
  24. Triades - On the west coast. Sandy with rocks.
  25. Tsigrado - Very remote but worth the effort. Sandy beach with caves and shallow, colorful waters.

Northern coast beaches

Few amenities, sometimes blasted by northerly winds

  1. Alogomandra
  2. Agios Konstantinos
  3. Mytakas - Unspoiled and quiet; crystal-clear waters.
  4. Pachena

Buy

Eat

In Adamantas, Tripiti, and Pollonia, there are many restaurants that serve fresh seafood, Greek cuisine and local delicacies (pitarakia, karpouzopita).

Drink

Sleep

In Milos, there are many hotels, rooms, and apartments. In Tripiti, there are windmills, in which you can sleep in.

Stay safe

Milos is a very safe island for tourists.

Go next

Ferries are available to Anafi, Chalki, Folegandros, Heraklion, Ios, Karpathos, Kasos, Katapola (Amorgos), Kea, Kimolos, Koufonissi, Kythnos, Lavrio, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Piraeus, Rhodes, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos, Sitia, Syros, and Santorini.

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