Milos Island a Dazzling Cycladic Treasure



Kleftiko Beach, Milos. Source: Milos Municipality page

Milos is a volcanic island, and is the southwesternmost island in the Cyclades group. Because of its volcanic origin, Milos possesses a captivating colorful landscape with soft sandy beaches, underwater sea caves and reddish cliffs, having more than 75 exotic beaches.

Standing out for its sublime aura, picturesque fishing villages, rich history, and mouth-watering food, Milos island is an unfailing Cycladic treasure that will steal your heart with its dazzling beauty. The diverse landscapes in Milos are surreal; you will always discover something new.

Being home to the Venus of Milos statue, which was found on the island, but is currently on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris, and the beautiful white rock formations of Kleftiko and Sarakiniko beach, rich-colored Klima village, and Plaka’s sunset, Milos’ beauty is unique and showcased in many ways.

BEACHES OF MILOS 

Sarakiniko: The most photographed and famous beach on Milos island. A nice contrast is created by the landscape of volcanic rocks and the deep blue colour of the sea. When you are there you will not believe such natural beauty can actually be real.

Tsigrado: A beach so secluded you will feel like you own it. White sand, surreal waters, cliffs and caves, making it a great place to snorkel. The only way to make it down to the beach is to climb down a rope. While this might make some hesitate, always keep in mind that the destination is so worth it, that it’s not to be missed. It also adds to its uniqueness.

Kleftiko: One of the most impressive spots on the island, that can only be reached by boats from Adamas. Great way to try out a boat tour!

Paleochori: Located southeast of Milos, Paleochori is a popular tourist resort. It is an organized beach and its beautiful coastline is worth the visit.

Gerakas: Located on the southern side of Milos, Gerakas is impressive with its rocky geological formation, and can only be reached by boat. Many excursion boats that tour the island make a stop at Gerakas, where you can jump from the boat for a swim in the crystal waters, while being surrounded by a rocky landscape.

Papafragas: The blissful landscape of Papafragas is a very impressive site to witness. It has deep dark sea caves surrounding the place, and crystal waters that change color depending on the light and weather. From the top of the rock, it looks like a huge natural swimming pool, an enormous cave carved out of the cliff’s side.

Sarakiniko Beach, Milos. Source: Milos Municipality
Tsigrado Beach, Milos. Source: Wikipedia
Kleftiko Milos. Source: Municipality of Milos

FUN ACTIVITIES

Boat tours: One of the most fun things to do on the island is to take a boat trip that takes you around the island and to many beaches that are not accessible any other way. The tours make stops at the mesmerizing beaches for everyone to take a swim and enjoy their time. They also include food, drinks, and stories told about pirates that had their hideouts in Milos. Traces of their existence can be found in Kleftiko and Sarakiniko.

The boat tours take almost a whole day and it is one of the things that are mostly worth doing on the island as you get to see the best scenery the island can provide while also learning about its history.

Sea kayaking: Spice up your holidays with a sea kayak day trip! These guided day trips are one of the most fun activities to experience on the island.

MUST SEE

Mandrakia Village: During afternoon hours take a walk in the colorful and charming small fishing village above the water, where the old port of Ancient Milos used to be. What makes this little town special is its cave-like structures (sirmata) that are used to store boats.

Klima Village: Among the most traditional and picturesque villages on Milos, Klima is a fishing village surrounded by colorful traditional fishermen houses and shops on the beach.

Plaka Village: This village is the capital of the island. It is situated on a hill above the port, offering a magnificent view of the sea and Cycladic architecture with whitewashed houses, balconies full of flowers, colorful doors and windows. Archaeological and folk museums and old churches can also be seen in this wonderful village.

The Venetian castle of Milos: Built on the hill of Prophet Elias in the 13th century, the castle is located in the northwest of the island. At the time, proceedings of the castle were used to protect the citizens from pirate attacks.

Today, it offers visitors a view of exceptional beauty in the bay of the island and a breathtaking sunset, which will reward the effort that it took to climb to the top. Also, going up to Castro will give you the opportunity to visit the church of Panagia Thalassitra and the church of Virgin Mary or Virgin Skiniotissa.

Klima Village, Milos. Source: Wikipedia
Mandrakia Village, Milos. Source: Milos Municipality
Plaka Village, Milos. Source: Wikipedia

THE TREASURES OF MILOS

The Sulfur Mine

Discover the old sulfur mine by taking a boat to explore the iron bridges, old stone homes, arcades, and train tracks.

Prehistoric Filakopi

On the way to Pollonia, you will find the prehistorical settlement of Filakopi that has 2000 year old ruins of what used to be a town built in the Early Bronze Age.

The Catacombs

The Catacombs of Milos, are among the three most important of the 74 discovered worldwide, together with the catacombs of the Holy Land and Rome, and date back from the 1st – 5th century. There is a possibility that the Catacombs of Milos are older than the ones of Rome.

Catacombs of Milos. Source: Wikipedia

DRINKING, EATING, CLUBBING

The majority of places to eat and drink in Milos are gathered in the touristic places of the island, including Plaka, Pollonia and Adamas. Pollonia is notably known for the fish taverns that are lined up in the beautiful port. Nice taverns can also be found at popular beaches of the island, such as Paleochori. Some beaches also have beach bars. While the nightlife of the island is not Mykonos, a few bars and clubs can still be found. A couple of clubs are found in Adamas and most bars are located in Plaka. Here are a few suggestions:

RESTAURANTS

Armenaki: Located in the center of Pollonia, Armenaki is an authentic traditional tavern with great service, tasty Greek food, and a hospitable atmosphere.

Barriello: You will find the restaurant of Barriello in the heart of Trypity. Enjoy delicious Mediterranean food with a glass of the finest Greek wines. The restaurant is housed in an old building with catacombs, and its panoramic view of the sea and romantic environment will make you feel like you are living in the past.

BARS

Akri Bar: Akri is one of the top bars in Milos with its whitewashed Cycladic building, traditional patterns, and blue doors. It overlooks the port of Adamas and the sea. Its the perfect option for a breathtaking view and a serene atmosphere.

Aragosta: This bar has an idyllic coastal location in Adamas and it is a bar-restaurant with local and international food including a friendly, relaxing environment and a great view, of course.

CLUBS

As noted earlier, Milos is not Mykonos, therefore the clubbing life is not as wild since Milos is more of an island chosen for its serenity and beauty. Take a stroll around the narrow streets of Adamas and check out Plori club. It includes enchanting scenery overlooking the port of Adamas, offering a spectacular view of the town and sea.

Akri bar, Milos. Source: Wikipedia

FINALLY some great tips for couples: Watch the warm golden light of the sun take over Khora village as you stroll around the castle area at dusk. The benches on the courtyard of church Panagia Korfiatissa and Panagia Thalassitra, as well as the Castle’s top, are all ideal locations to set back and enjoy the lovely view that will certainly cast a spell on you.

Another great tip is taking some dives on secluded beaches and exploring the caves. Take  a boat trip and explore beaches that you have never thought of visiting.

While Milos welcomes everyone, it is mostly popular as an island for couples where they can find the ideal environment for their romantic holidays in the peaceful natural landscape. The emerald beaches, catacombs, and caves eroded by the sea, filled with pirate stories, captivate any holidaymaker.

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