Milos belongs to the west Cyclades, a volcanic island in the shape of horseshoe. Like the rest islands of the group, Milos also has white and blue houses, churches, beaches but the difference is that it has many, many colors and it is sometimes referred to as the "island of colors". The rocks, the soil and even the pebbles on some of the beaches are colored in bright white, yellow, red and purple because Milos is very rich in minerals, especially obsidian, perlite and bentonite. Its main business is trade with these minerals and there are many quarries to be seen.
Another name Milos is under is "the island of lovers" because the famous statue of Aphrodite, also known as Venus de Milo and currently exhibited in the Louvre, was originally found on the island.
Though it has an airport and regular ferry connections, Milos is still undiscovered by mass tourism and not very popular place, making it a bit more authentic. Due to its volcanic past, the island coastline is very interesting and beautiful, with strange rocks and many sea caves (by the way, if we could give it an alternative name, it would be the "island of caves" because you see them everywhere). There are also many beaches, more than 60, and each of them is distinct with something special - Sarakiniko
with its white rocks and moon landscape, Kastanas
with its colored pebbles, Paleochori
with the red rocks and the volcanic stone under which dishes are cooked, etc.
The western part of the horseshoe is part of Natura 2000 and it has no settlements, except for the small fishing port of Embourio. The roads in this part are unpaved and access to beaches is not very easy (but there are boat trips allowing you to see them from the sea). All villages are located in the east, along with the capital Plaka
- a beautiful old settlement built on a hill above the sea. From the top of Plaka, to an altitude of about 200 meters, you can enjoy magnificent sunsets. Other popular villages on the island are Adamas
, the main port, and Pollonia
, the port connecting Milos to the neighboring island of Kimolos
. No matter its volcanic origin, Milos is not a barren island and has some vegetation - olives, capers, grapes, figs and oranges are the most widespread and you can taste them in local taverns.
Interesting places to visit in Milos
- a picturesque fishing village with the so called "sirmata" - boat garages in front of the sea, painted in various colors
- Plaka and its Kastro
- a fortress village on the top of the hill
- The catacombs of Milos - early Christian tombs
- The thermal springs near Adamas, gushing out directly on the shore
- The fishing ports of Firopotamos
- The underground church of Agios Konstantinos
dug in a cliff and often flooded by the sea
- Thiorihio, the abandoned mine on Paliorema
- a group of rock formations with sea caves and tunnels (many boat trips are organized)
- The Sykia cave (accessible only by sea and usually part of the trips to Kleftiko)
- Sarakiniko beach and the pirates tunnels
- The Mining Museum
- The shipwreck bay - parts of a sunk ship can still be seen in the sea
- And almost all the beaches of Milos