Milos is a volcanic island and home to the greatest number of beaches in the Cyclades. Since antiquity, the island’s mineral wealth has driven its economy, and during your time on this unique, horseshoe-shaped island you’ll come across dozens of mines and quarries. Step back in time as you discover this geological marvel.
Stroll along the marble-paved esplanade of Adhamas harbor, home to the fascinating Milos Mining Museum, which showcases antique mining tools, minerals and geological maps of the island. Among the holy sites of Adhamas is the 17th century church of Agia Triada, the second oldest Orthodox Church in Milos, which houses the Ecclesiastical Museum (admission is free).
Climb from Adhamas to stately Plaka, a classic Cycladic village of white stone houses, cobblestone streets and fragrant bougainvillea 250 meters above the Aegean. Here you’ll find Panagia Korfiatissa, the Metropolitan church of Milos dedicated to the Virgin in the 19th century, and charming Panagia Thalassitra, the saint protector of sailors. The Venetians built a fortress here in the 13th century, and the small church of Mesa Panagia is found within its walls; beyond its walls the chapel of Panagia Eleousa and its incredible views of the Aegean are not to be missed. Make sure to reward yourself after a strenuous climb with some homemade sweets from one of Plaka’s delightful pastry shops.
We offer a number of exciting boat excursions that make it possible for you to experience and enjoy the stunning coastline of Milos.Join us and discover the fishing village of Klima and its legendary boathouses, the syrmata (“wire”): these houses provide homes to the fishermen and their families while protecting their boats, which are docked or “garaged” beneath each building; they are called syrmata because the fishermen use wire to pull their boats from the water into the houses. We’ll also take you past Arkoudes, a rock formation that resembles a mother bear and her cub, and Cape Vani, whose taunting rocks stand resolutely beside the cape’s old manganese mines. At the southwest corner of the island, we’ll take you swimming in the beautiful blue waters of Sykia Cave.
Milos is considered essential to the pre-history of the Cyclades thanks to Filakopi, a settlement dating back to the Neolithic Period, approximately 9000 to 4000 BC. The site is still being excavated. After the abandonment of Filakopi in 1100 BC, the picturesque village of Trypiti, perched on a ridge above the sea (below what is today Plaka), became the capital of the island, and both Trypiti and its port, Klima, on the coast below the village, were inhabited during the Geometric, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods. The Venus de Milo was discovered here in 1820. The island’s incredible mineral wealth has driven its economy since antiquity.
Sarakiniko is an inlet of pure white stone sculpted by volcanic eruptions. This startlingly beautiful, otherworldly spot is one of the island’s many geological wonders and perhaps one of the most photographed places in the Cyclades: when you see it, you’ll feel as if you’ve landed on the moon. East of Sarakiniko, up the coast, is Papafranga, a cluster of deep-sea inlets and sea caves at the base of a pristine ravine which, like Sarakiniko, was shaped by volcanic activity, as were the three turquoise bays at Kleftiko, a unique volcanic landscape and one of the most famous landmarks of Milos. It was a pirate hideout for about 400 years, but it’s perfectly safe now! Its waters can only be reached by boat.
Milos is home to some legendary Cycladic beaches. Paleochori is considered the best beach on the island for swimmers, skin divers, sun-worshippers and water sports enthusiasts. About a thirty-minute drive from the port at Adhamas, Paleochori, which actually comprises three beaches totaling 800 meters of sandy coastline, is known for its dramatic cliff faces, which mineral deposits, particularly sulfur, have rendered in dazzling reds and yellows. Pollonia, with its lovely Tamarisk-shaded sandy beach and its traditional coffee houses and tavernas, is beloved of water sports enthusiasts, particularly windsurfers and divers.