Milos island.. Top destination in Cyclades
One of the most beautiful islands in Aegean Sea opens its arms to hug you. It consists of eight picturesque villages, exquisite examples of traditional island architecture, which captures your eye from the first moment. Adamas, a seaside village, is the major tourist resort in the island. Plaka, the capital, perched on the edge of the castle, offers spectacular sunsets and romantic walks through the narrow cobblestone alleys. The beautiful Trypiti with the windmills, Triovasalos, Pera Triovasalos, Plakes, Zefiria and finally Pollonia, the picturesque fishing village, which is also a well organized tourist resort, will enchant even the most demanding visitor.
Worthy of visiting and admiration are the settlements of Klima, Fourkovouni, Areti, Fyropotamos, Mandrakia, Mytakas and St. Constantine, which offer to viewer a whole visual feast. There are the “Syrmata”, areas dug into soft rock and painted with bright colors that serve to protect the boats from the strong winds. These unique Aegean settlements, built on small creeks, are beautiful fishing ports.
Paliochori, Agia Kiriaki, Provatas, Tsigrado, Firiplaka, Chivadolimni, Ag. Sostis, Fyropotamos, Gerontas, Kastanas ... are some of the 75 small and large beaches of the island. Bathed in the glare of the Aegean sun and festooned with colorful carved rocks, promise unforgettable moments. Rich sandy beaches with crystal blue waters stir the imagination and create beautiful color combinations that will excite the lovers of sea breeze.
Kleftiko, a set of grey-white rocks with strange shapes - Papafragas, an astonishing open cave - Sarakiniko, white volcanic formation with abundant fossils - Glaronissia, Arkoudes, Sykia Cave and others, are some of the wonderful creations of nature that constitute the uniqueness of this Cycladic island and make it a unique natural geological museum.
The rich history of the island is very interesting to those who want to discover it. The archaeological excavations have revealed the prehistoric city of Phylakopi, at which a civilization was developed from the Neolithic era. The starting point for the flourishing of the arts was the great economic development of the island. Representative examples of this peak are the global known statue of Venus (Louvre Museum) and the mighty Poseidon (National Museum of Athens). Also, structures, such as the marble theater, demonstrate the cultural sentiments of people of Milos in their long history.
The catacombs, a place where the first Christians were gathering to celebrate their religion, are a magnificent early Christian monument. Unique in size in Greece, and of the most important along with those of Rome and the Holy Lands at a global level, identify chronologically the Christianity on the island probably from the 1st century. The oldest church on the island, Panagia of Kipos, built in Byzantine years, the thousand year old Holy Trinity, which hosts the church museum, Panagia Tourliani, Thalassitra, Korfiatissa, St. John, St. Sophia and dozens churches and chapels are among the religious sites that worth a visit.
The natural bay of the island and the many great beaches are suitable for all sports related to marine environment. Numerous options can meet your needs. Wind surfing, water ski, jet ski, beach tennis - volley, canoe - kayak, diving and fishing are some activities that will give you unique and unforgettable moments. The amazing beauty of the bottom sea of Milos is considered a paradise, but is also known for its rich biodiversity. At the island, tours with canoe - kayaks are organized and there is also a diving school.
Daily, small excursion boats depart from Adamas and go round the island and stop at several beaches for swimming and for eating in Kimolos. From the beach of Kipos, a vessel departs to the beautiful beaches of Gerontas, Kleftiko, Gerakas and Sulphur mines, while from Pollonia you can visit the nearby island of Kimolos by a small boat or a ferry-boat. Also, for lovers of sailing, there are boats that organize unforgettable day trips. For lovers of trekking, interesting choices are the lovely walks on volcanic formations, archaeological sites, picturesque churches and old mines.
The thermal baths of Milos were known, since the ancient times, for their healing properties. It is mentioned by Hippocrates, on his book "On epidemics", the treatment of a known Athenian suffering from skin disease. Thermal waters there are in the sea area of Kanava, Adamas, in Paliochori, in Tria Pigadia, Kastanas and elsewhere. All these sources are considered suitable for rheumatoid arthritis, diseases of peripheral nerves, dermatological and gynecological.
Milos offers recreation and relaxation but also moments of intense nightlife. Bars, discos and nightclubs satisfy even the most demanding guests.
The cheerful temperament of Milos residents is interwoven with dance and fun. Keeping their customs and traditions, they invite you to the organized festivals in churches and chapels. In several of them you will have the opportunity to taste traditional food, local wine and the sounds of island music, to dance and have fun.
For your stay in Milos, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Plaka, Adamas as well as in many other areas of the island, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
The road network in Milos is very good with the main roads paved while the unpaved roads are passable.
In Milos you can use the buses to go to the villages and beaches. Main destinations are Adamas, Triovasalo, Plaka, Tripiti, Pachaina, Filakopi, Pollonia, Zefiria, Paliochori, Chivadolimni, Provatas.
The main port of Milos is Adamas. Pollonia also has a port but is used mainly for a coastal link with Kimolos.
Daily trips by lying dolphin or catamaran from Piraeus. There are also daily excursions by boat or small ships are organized so as to be able to do the round of the Milos and go to the beaches. Also you can visit Kimolos from Pollonia.
There are daily flights from Athens. You can go to the aiport of Milos (in Adamas) only by taxi or by car.
For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.