The homeland of Afrodite of Milos (now in the Louvre museum). Milos is 155 km from Athens (84 nautical miles). The name of the island comes from the ancient Greek word vilos meaning sheep. There are human traces from the Prehistoric period on the island.
Milos is rich in ores that are being exploited from antiquity up today.
Milos through the years followed the fortune of the other Cyclades, being occupied by the Venetians and the Ottomans.
Τhe island is approx. 150 km2 and nowadays has a population of 5.000. The capital of the island is Plaka, its main port is Adamas and has several villages and settlements.
- The Catacombs – carved in the volcanic ground dated since the first years of Christianity.
- Syrmata, characteristic small boats storage places that you can find in villages as Klima, Mandrakia, and Fyropotamos.
- The Ancient Theatre, from the 10th century B.C.
- The Archeological Museum
- The Folklore Museum
- The Ecclesiastical Museum
- The Nautical Museum
Milos has unique beaches, each one different from the other. Beaches of amazing beauty that others can be reached by land and others by sea only. Hereunder are mentioned only some of them :
- Sarakiniko, with the lunar landscape
- Papafragkas, that used to be hiding place for pirates and you can see the carves they did on the rocks of the beach
- Tsigirada, with the thin, white sand
- Kleftiko, with the unique white volcanic rocks, that can be reached only by sea
- Achivadolimni, that has next to it a lake full of clams
- Provatas, with the gold-red sand
- Papikinou, with shallow waters, ideal for children
- Agathia, with blue-green waters
- Paliorema, where you can see the buildings and the rails of the abandoned mine
There are many more, each one unique.
Activities and Events
Apart from the traditional festivals that mainly take place during summer, make sure you visit Kimolos – the small island just 1 km from Milos.
On the island you can enjoy also motorcycling, climbing, canoe kayak, fishing, diving, thermal springs, and windsurfing/kite surfing.