Unlike its neighbor islands, the main village (capital) of Milos
is not called Milos but Plaka (or Plaka Milou). It is a beautiful old settlement built on the slopes of a high volcanic rock. The castle of Plaka, Kastro
, is at the highest point of the village, overlooking the entire island and the uninhabited island of Antimilos.
The first houses were built on the hill of Kastro, for best protection and later the other houses appeared, when there was no more space around the castle. Plaka center is closed for cars because the small streets are too narrow and only motorbikes can pass. There is a large municipal parking at the village entrance where you can leave your car.
Plaka center has plenty of labyrinth-like streets with small souvenir shops and on many place you can see mosaics of small colored stones. In the center there are a few taverns which set their tables directly on the small square. The church near the square has a large platform with view of Milos gulf. There are also a couple of museums - an archeological museum, a folklore museum and an unique sand museum.
On the top of Kastro stands the church of Virgin Mary from which you can see amazing sunsets.
highlights: island capital with magnificent views and venetian fortress, village in Milos, Cyclades Islands, Greece