Milos is a volcanic Greek island in the Aegean Sea, north of the Cretan Sea.
It has been inhabited since prehistoric times and has given significant mineral wealth: obsidian in prehistoric times, kaolin and pozzolans in historical times until recently and most recently bentonite, perlite. The capital of the island is Plaka.
Milos has a horseshoe shape, there are many beaches and many accommodations (hotels – rooms to let) that make Milos a tourist pole. The famous statue of Aphrodite of Milos, which is now in the Louvre Museum (Paris) was found in Milos in 1820 while the copy is in the Archaeological Museum of Milos in Plaka.
Milos is located in N.D. of the Cyclades. It is 86 nautical miles from Piraeus and is located approximately in the middle of the Piraeus-Crete route. Its area is 151 square kilometers (the fifth largest island in the Cyclades) and the length of its coast is 125 kilometers. Its geographical position and its coordinates are 36o 44 ’35’ ‘north latitude and 24o 25’ 28 ” east longitude (Plaka area). Milos is considered a low island. Its highest hill, Profitis Hlias has a height of 751 meters. Chondro Bouno, another peak in the same area, is 636 meters high. All other hills are less than 400 meters.
Characteristic of Milos is its natural port, Adamas, one of the largest in the Mediterranean. In combination with the mineral wealth of the island, it played and still plays an important role in the history, culture, economy and development of the inhabitants of Milos.
The ferry connection of Milos with Piraeus is daily. The trip by speedboat in the direct connection of the island with Piraeus lasts from 2 and a half to 4 and a half hours, while the trip by conventional ferry, which approaches the ports of the other islands of the western Cyclades (Kythnos, Serifos, Sifnos, Kimolos) lasts about 7 hours.
During the summer months three to four times a week there are itineraries that connect Milos with the islands of Ios, Sikinos, Folegandros, Santorini, Naxos, Mykonos and Syros, the islands of the eastern Cyclades Kasos, Karpathos, Halki, Rhodes, as well as Heraklion and Sitia in Crete.
There is an air connection between Milos and Athens daily. Flights thicken during the peak tourist months (May – October) and dilute in winter. The journey takes 30 minutes and the airport is 4.5 km from Adamas.
The main roads of the island are paved, while the dirt roads are very passable. Buses largely cover the needs of visitors by running frequent routes from Adamas to all settlements. Several taxis run on the island starting from Adamas. The inhabitants of Milos are about 5,000 people and increase significantly during the summer months. They all live in the northern plain, part of the island, in eight villages in total: Plaka, which is also the capital of the island, Plakes, Triovasalos, Pera Triovasalos, Tripiti, Pollonia, Zefyria and Adamas.
Administratively, Milos belongs to the prefecture of Cyclades. For reasons of administrative decentralization, the prefecture of Cyclades has been divided into four provinces. One of them is the province of Milos, based in Milos, which includes the islands of Kimolos, Sifnos and Serifos.
The geological composition of Milos is volcanic and differs from that of the rest of the Cyclades, with the exception of Kimolos. It has no forests, no rich vegetation, running waters and rivers, but it has many beautiful beaches, more than 75 in number, with sandy beaches and clear blue waters, with the unique white, red, yellow or black rocks that you do not find anywhere else. in the rest of Greece.
Exotic beauty and unique treasures of nature on an island beyond the ordinary
Get to know the most exotic island in the Aegean. The island where Aphrodite of Milos was discovered. The most impressive island of the Cyclades. Volcanic rocks paint the rocks on the beaches red, pink, orange!
Sarakiniko and Kleftiko with their white rocks, green waters and caves tell stories about pirates. The catacombs, the exotic beaches, the colorful Klima, Empourios and Mandrakia with the cave buildings for boats, the sunset in Plaka, all shout here: Milos is unique.
Discover the sights of Milos
Swim in the sparkling beaches of the island
Paleochori, Papafragas, Gerontas, Fyriplaka, Plaka, Tsigrado, Plathiena. Yellow, orange, red and dazzling white rocks and rocks are combined with green-blue and turquoise waters and sculpt unique beaches. The volcanic land of Milos gave birth to a spectacle beyond imagination … Jump on a boat or take your boat and enjoy the colorful kaleidoscope of the beaches of Milos in all its glory.
Boating in the blue oasis of Polyaigos
Explore the historic pirate caves
Kleftiko, Papafragas, Sarakiniko, Katergo. The terrible pirates of the Middle Ages had their spoils on the island of Milos. You will find their traces in Kleftiko: the bollards of pirate ships carved on spectacular gray-white rocks, next to turquoise waters and caves. In Sarakiniko, the landscape is … from another world: all-white rocks in enchanting shapes surround a closed bay. Indulge in the deep blue of the Aegean and feel nature embracing you …
Wander in the enchanting “Little Venice”
In the afternoon take a walk in the picturesque colorful settlement on the water, where the port of ancient Milos was located. It is one of the most special you will find in the Cyclades. What makes him special? The 35 “wires” that stand side by side, former cave houses for boats, now holiday homes. Wander around the settlement of Syriza on the water and wait for the sunset. Now is the best time for photos!
Enjoy the sunset in Plaka
Another sense in the sense of “romantic sunset” … The slabs in the courtyard of Panagia Korfiatissa warm the bare feet and there, together in Marmara, you are getting ready to see one of the most beautiful sunsets in the whole Mediterranean. When dusk falls, you stare at the ships in the Aegean … Next door, the tidy Plaka, with the catholic church of Panagia ton Rhodes, the well-painted well, the restaurants and the cafes.
The capital of Milos was built in 1800 from the ancient stones of its castle. Climb up to its ruins and enjoy without haste the panorama offered by the courtyard of Panagia Thalassitra. At the Archaeological Museum of Plaka, the goddess of love: the life-size replica of Aphrodite of Milos.
The hidden treasures of Milos
The remains of “Sulfur”
Discover by boat this eerie “scene” of the old sulfur mines in the east of the island, with the galleries, the iron bridges, the rails, the wagons and the old stone buildings. In this island of the Cyclades you will experience the absolute awe.
The prehistoric Prison
The archeological dig brought to light the prehistoric settlement of Fylakopi. During your vacation in Milos, visit the archeological site on the road to Pollonia.
The ancient catacombs
Here you will see the only catacombs that survive in Greece. An archeological site with tombs, dating from the 1st to the 5th AD. century, striking and evocatively illuminated. One of the most important sights of Milos.