Things to Know
Milos is often referred to by locals as ‘the island of colors’ because of its volcanic origins. Part of the Cycladic group of islands, Milos is known for its unique beaches and crystal waters of colorful beauty while it also offers numerous thermal springs and a multitude of underwater caves for you to explore. Milos’ volcanic history has endowed it with a wealth of coveted minerals and because of this the island is home to one of the most ancient mines in the Mediterranean. Numerous fine works of art were found on Milos, most notably the statue of Aphrodite called ‘Venus de Milo’, now in the Louvre in Paris, and the statue of Asclepius, now in the British Museum in London. Milos may not be one of the more famous Greek islands, but its distinct landscape and open-handed Greek island hospitality are what keep this island’s visitors coming back for more!
Things to See
Archaeological Museum of Plaka
Located in a neoclassical building that was erected from famous architect Ernst Chiller in the capital town of the island, this beautiful museum is dedicated to the ancient history of Milos and the island’s traditions.
Castle of Plaka
Dating back to the 13th century, this castle is the last vestige of Venetian rule on the island of Milos. It is located within walking distance from Plaka Town and in addition to its interesting history, it is also a great place to enjoy the captivating Aegean sunset overlooking the Adamas Bay.
Sulphur Mines of Milos
Located on the eastern part of Milos just next to Paliorema beach, the old mine of Victor Melas is the oldest Sulphur mine in the whole of Greece and it offers unique insight into the history of mining on the island as well as the importance of this activity for the local economy.
Dating back from the 1st to 5th century AD, these catacombs are among the oldest in the world and they are also the most important early Christian monument in Greece. Initially used as a burial site and later as a place of worship, this fascinating complex of caves offers a glimpse into the early days of the Christian religion.
Ancient City & Theater of Klima
The ancient city of Klima together with the municipal ancient theatre is a fine exhibit of the island’s archaic residents. It is also where in April of 1820, the famous statue of Venus de Milo was unearthed.
Things to Do
Take a Boat Ride
Take a Boat Ride
Plaka and the Castle Sunset Walk
Enjoy the Aegean sea while discovering Milo’s beautiful shoreline and its magnificent pirate caves; Kleftiko cave is the most famous where the bollards of pirate ships can still be found on the spectacular rock beside emerald waters.
Climb up to the ruins to Panagia Thalassitra church and take in one of the most beautiful sunsets in the Mediterranean while watching the boats go by on the Aegean Sea. You will find the charming Plaka town nearby where you can pay a visit to its Catholic church and enjoy its inviting restaurants.
Explore the Beautiful Villages of Milos
Head to the northern side of the island where you will find Tripiti village perched atop a hill. The charming settlement offers beautiful views across the Aegean, amazing beaches and rich history for you to explore. Stop by Klima, one of the most picturesque villages of the island and spend some time walking through its streets that are lined with colorful houses and its quaint port that is dotted with fishing boats. Finally, visit the fishing village of Mantrakia where you can enjoy a scene of traditional Cycladic houses nestled inside the rocky waterfront.
Hit The Beach:
A beach on the northern side of the island that is made of white volcanic rock giving it an otherworldly, almost lunar appearance. While reaching Sarakiniko can be a bit of a challenge, the incredible view of white rocky coves contrasting with the deep blue waters of the Aegean is well worth the effort.
Located on the north side of the island
Kleftiko is more cove than beach but that absolutely shouldn’t dissuade you from taking a dip in its sapphire waters. It can only be accessed by boat, so you may like to make a day of it and enjoy swimming, diving and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters.
Type: Off-the-beaten -path
Located on the south side of the island
A long beach with silver sand and huge colorful rock formations with clear, shallow green-blue water.
Located at the south part of the island