Milos | Cyclades
36.685487° N, 24.437248° E
A volcanic treasure with laced coastline, Milos is a marvel of minerals and the ultimate beach destination.
With more than 70 beaches and hidden coves Milos is a stunning display of colours and formations leaving you wondering where on earth (or not) you are! Its unique geology, that is rich in natural minerals of all types, creates sceneries that resemble an art painting made by a godly hand.
Calm, serene and authentic, Milos has been highly underestimated as a touristic destination due to its nearby popular islands of Mykonos and Santorini. But this island is the utter authentic experience of the Cyclades offering countless beaches and isolated coves, stunning landscapes, extraordinary places like various old mining sites, delectable and authentic gastronomy and amazing traditional villages for endless explorations.
This is an island that calls for all nature lovers, as it also boasts a NATURA protected area, the wider Hivadolimni region, and those who want to experience the unexpected. Milos is a diversified land that hides striking beauties in each and every corner. The visitor here will be overwhelmed with a variety of sights as they won’t have to visit the same place twice even if on a long holiday.
This is the extend of this island’s natural beauty that it’s no wonder that the ancient Greek sculpture, the Aphrodite of Milos, was discovered here!
The catacombsOne of the three most important necropolis that have been discovered in Europe, Rome’s and Holy Land’s, the catacombs of Milos are believed to be even older than the ones of Rome. This was firstly a burial site for early Christians and then it also served as a worship place as well as a refugee from the Roman persecutors. Visitors can still see the engraved symbols of Christianity and Jesus’ symbol, the Pisces (?????), on the rock walls while experiencing themselves the lucidity of this marvel of religion and not only.
SyrmataA place where fishermen lived during old times, Syrmata is a phenomenon that is unique to the entire Greece. Simple, basic houses right on the seafront and nestled within the rocky formations of various areas on the island, the fishermen chose to live here because of the proximity to the sea. Their boats were drawn on shore through their water-level garages right in front of their house door. Syrmata still exist today and one can admire the art of simplicity and the diversified colours that decorate them. Not to mention the sound and scent of the sea that has overwhelmed their entire structure.
PlakaPlaka is Milos’ capital and boasts the Cycladic beauty that has been so loved not only by Greeks but also travellers from around the globe. Its cobbled narrow streets and alleys, its cubic houses and blossomed bougainvilleas, create an alluring ambience so hard to resist. Add to that that this is the oldest village on the island perched between two high cliffs with stunning views to the port of Milos, and you won’t be able to leave Plaka. Moreover, cars are not allowed here, only bicycles, mopeds ad motorcycles, making it ideal for endless strolling and enjoying a coffee with amazing views and absolute calmness in one of its picturesque cafes.
Mines & Mining MuseumVarious old mining sites are scattered throughout Milos adding to the multi-coloured, diversified landscape of the island. Due to the volcanic origin of Milos, various geological phaenomena have produced numerous different minerals in the island’s underground making the island one of the most important suppliers of various minerals for common use as well as precious and semi-precious stones. The old mines create a lunar landscape in various parts of the island while the Mining Museum in Adamas, the island’s port, showcases its rich mining heritage.
Milos offers endless options for all types of visitors, all needs and tastes. A place delved in history, tradition and striking sites of archaeological importance and natural marvels, Milos is the destination for the discerned traveller that wants the extraordinary.
The island’s coastline features some of the most dramatic sceneries and stunning beaches in the entire Greece. Thus, a sail or boat trip around the island is a must-do when visiting Milos. There are some astounding coasts and spectacular sites for swimming that are only accessible by the sea.
For those who like to succumb in the warmth and invigorating qualities of Milos’ earth, the hot springs in Adamas is the place to visit before the daily explorations around the island or after a full day at the beach. Those mineral baths are believed to be utterly beneficial for the body and mind while they are believed to cure skin diseases.
Milos also boasts an amazing network of dirt roads and paths that traverse almost its entire extend. In fact, its is the biggest accessible network in all the Cyclades. Hiking aficionados will love the trajectories that lead to some of the island’s favourite attractions, like the Catacombs, the Ancient Roman Theatre and the monastery of Prophet Elias that offers breathtaking views. For off-roaders, Milos is also a dream destination due to its numerous dirt roads and the treasures they hide. In any case, on foot, 4X4 or by a conventional vehicle, Milos is an island that calls for discovery and visitors should definitely schedule one-day excursions to its most popular sites and amazing beaches.
Nature lovers can combine a day at the beach with exploring the island’s Natura region, the west part of the island. A place of outstanding natural beauty that hosts rare species of birds, the wild goats of Antimilos, one of the rarest species on the entire planet, the red viper Vipera, the cypress forest and many more types of flora and fauna are indigenous to this part of the island. Within this marvel of nature, the beautiful beach of Hivadolimni is found offering relaxation and sun-kissed beach time after a day full of discoveries.
Located at the southwestern border of the Cyclades, Milos is easily accessible by boat from Athens’ main port, Piraeus. The trip lasts about 4 hours with the high-speed boats and about 8 hours with conventional boats. Milos also features an airport with flights coming from Athens International Airport around 3 times a week. The island is not connected by plane with other European countries, but travellers can choose to fly to the nearby Santorini or even Paros and then take a boat to Milos.
The island is also connected to other nearby islands by ferry, such as Ios, Folegandros, Santorini, Paros and many more.
Although Milos is not one of the most advertised holiday destinations in the Cyclades, the island boasts a great variety of accommodation options including luxurious private villas. Travelers to Milos will be amazed by the numerous natural beauties of this place and would want to be on the road all day to discover them all. And what best than to return to a private villa with swimming poolafter a day’s adventures? Combining the utterly memorable experience of Milos with a holiday villais the best way to fully enjoy your holidays here. As always, The Greek Villas team is your expert guide when it comes to selecting aholiday villa to renton Milos that will be your perfect fit!