Milos in Greece

Milos. Greece. Adamas. Pollonia. Sarakiniko. Plaka.

Island group: Cyclades | Capital: Adamas | Population: 4700 | Area: 158 km2 | Highest mountain: 751 m | Airport: Yes, domestic

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Milos lies as far west as you can go while remaining in the Cycladic island group. The closest neighbour is Kimolos, a small genuine island that you can visit on a daytrip. Milos is quite small, even though it does not feel that way. Few tourists visit the western part of the island, which is rocky and hard to reach. The Milosean nature is unlike anything in Greece. Sometimes it feels like you are on a completely different planet. The peculiar and colourful rock formations give it all an artificial touch. The coast is truly amazing and a boat trip around the island is necessary! Milos is also of great historical interest. There are old settlements here (yet to be fully discovered), mysterious catacombs, and an ancient theatre (which holds a great view) and last but not least: this is where the famous statue "Venus de Milo" was found (today situated in the Louvre in Paris). Do not hesitate, go here today!

There is no package tours. The fastest and simplest way to travel here is to go by air to Athens; from there you can go on either by boat or by domestic flight. Another option is to take the plane to Santorini from where the boat connections to Milos are decent.

The main roads on Milos are good and traffic is scarce. There are rental outlets with cars and scooters in Adamas, Plaka and Pollonia. The bus takes you to several beaches and villages. You really have to take a trip around the island by boat. It lasts for a day and includes many stops for swimming, for example, you get to see the unique Kleftik and you have lunch on the neighbouring island of Kimolos.



Paleochori beach.

Paleochori beach.

Because the landscape often is hard to access, principally all villages lie in the north of Milos. Some of them, like the unique fishing village Klima, lie beautifully along the northern coastline. Here you will learn more about some of the villages on Milos.

Milos' harbour town Adamas is a small village that you will get to know fast. Most things evolve around the harbour and the pleasant harbour promenade is lined by tavernas and cafés.

From the top of a precipice Plaka offers an impressive view of where the village descends towards the coast village Klima. Plaka is just how you imagine a Cycladic village: tiny alleys lined by white whitewashed houses.

Next to Adamas, Pollonia is the biggest tourist resort and it is also the second harbour of Milos. It is located right across from Kimolos, as far northeast as you can go. There is an decent beach here, as well as many pensions, several tavernas and fishing harbour that is very much alive. The tavernas are tempting, as they lie right by the sea.



According to the tourist office in Adamas there are more than 70 beaches on Milos. That might be true, I have not counted them. However, there are certainly many. Here you can learn more about some of Milos' fantastic beaches.

First you arrive at the main beach, a far-reaching strand with fine sand mixed with pebbles. There are sun chairs and parasols for hire as well as many nice tavernas. If you go as far left on the beach as possible you can walk past some stones and find the next part of Paleochori beach. The other (right hand side) part of the beach is reached by crawling through a small cave on the main beach. You then climb over some rocks and there waits the most beautiful part. It is an extremely nice beach with many surprises.

Tsigrado (See picture on top of the page.)
It is not so easy to get to Tsigrado, for good and bad. If it were easier, every tourist on the island would go there. On arrival, you will be met by a hallucinatory view over an ocean that is blueberry blue. Your brain reacts with a powerful I-must-jump-in-right-now-impulse. Do not miss!

Sarakiniko consists of magnificently shaped rocks that shimmer like snow. You truly get a sense of the unreal. How could this have become? In a bay lies a small sand beach, but you come here for the cliffs.

As mentioned, there are many more beaches to discover. Perhaps one of these sounds intriguing: Gerondas, Provatas, Papikinou, Agia Kyriaki, Firiplaka, Papafragas...

Milos is one of the oldest inhabited islands in Greece, so the historical heritage is quite notable. The most famous sight is the Catacombs.

The Catacombs
Catacombs are underground caves used by the Christians to bury their dead. The most famous catacombs are in Rome. The ones on Milos are right beneath Tripiti, the road there is well sign-posted. The catacombs are the most famous sight on Milos and well worth a visit. There is an antique theatre just close by, and unlike the catacombs it is quite easy to spot. It is clear why the ancient Miloseans choose this place for their theatre - the view is amazing. Other sights include the hot springs, the place where Venus de Milo was found and the excavations at Filakopi.

Finding a place to stay is easy, except in august. Hotel touts will meet up in the harbour, and my advice is to go with one of them if you do not already have a reservation. You find most rooms in Adamas and Pollonia. I prefer Adamas, which is a good place to start your exploration of the island. The advantage of living in Pollonia is that it is calmer and the taxi boat to Kimolos departs there. There are also rooms in Plaka, Tripiti and Mandrakia.

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