Milos - Excellent beaches & Dazzling Sea Caves
Milos Island has a long history and claims to have the oldest town in Cyclades at Phylakope. It became rich from trading obsidian and exporting weapons made of it. Numerous finds are exhibited in the Island's Archaeological Museum, and in the Museum of Athens, but the most important find is Aphrodite of Milos (Venus de Milo), a Hellinistic work of about 150 BC -was discovered in 1820. A plaster copy of this master piece of art can be seen in the island's Archaeological Museum while the original is in Louvre museum in Paris.
Nearby the town of Trypiti are the 3rd century AD Catacombs, the earliest known Christian site in Greece.
Milos is famous its coastline. With more than 75 small and big beaches of crystal, deep blue waters, multi-colored carved rocks and golden coasts, it is certain that you will be impressed.
It is a nice volcanic island with spectacular geological and rock formations and super beaches. Milos' port Adamas is located in the flooded interior of an old caldera and is one of the safest natural harbours in the Mediterranean.
Getting ThereThere are ferries and a catamaran from Piraeus (6-8 hours with a ferry and 4 hours with catamaran highspeed) and there are frequent schedules to / from Kythnos, Sifnos, Serifos and Kimolos. Milos is also connected with Santorini (International Airport), Folegandros. From Pollonia (in the north of the island) there is a frequent service to Kimolos island.
There is also a flight from Athens International Airport to Milos domestic airport.
There is a bus service from the port Adamas to the capital Plaka, Tripiti, Chivadolimni, Provatas and Paleohori beach, Pollonia and Zefiria village.
Boats offer excursions to Emporios, around the island and the nearby caves.
Taxis, car and motorbike rental is also available.
Ammoudaraki, sandy beach
Chivadolimni, very beautiful sandy beach with deep turquise colour
Langada, sandy beach next to Adamas
Mitakas, sandy bay, exposed to the northeastern winds
Fatourena, quiet sandy beach
Fyropotamos, beautiful sandy bay with shallow waters
Paleochori, beautiful series of sand and pebble beaches
Parasporos, nice beach
Phatourena, very nice sandy beach (accessible by boat from Adamas)
Plathiena, splendit coarse sand beach
Pollonia, excellent tree fringed sandy beach
Provatas, lovely sandy beach
Excursions, Places of Interest
The sea-caves, the Monastery of Agios Ioannis o Siderenios in the western part of the island, the beautiful Monastery-Church of Agia Anna, the Christian Catacombs, the Roman Amphithetre.
Caves at Milos Island
Glaronissia Four volcanic crystal islets shaped like organ pipes.
Kleftiko with dazzling white rocks formation.
Papafranka with beautiful circular rock formations
Sarakiniko with rounded rocks and a tiny beach
Sykia where the sun passes throught the roof and creates fantastic color effects at the sea. The beach inside the cave is really beautiful.
Milos' capital, is a preety town with lovely whitewashed houses and suburb views. It is believed that Plaka is built over the the Acropolis of ancient Milos. Steps lead to the ruined Venetian Castle (Kastro) whith some ruined houses that formed the outer walls of the fortress. On the top was the church of Messa Panagia, which was bombed during the Second World War. The church was rebuilt and renamed Panagia Schiniotissa after the icon of Virgin Mary was found in the bushes where the old church used to stand. The views from there are breathtaking. The beautiful church of Panagia (Our Lady) Korfiatissa has some old icons from other churches from Zefyria. The church is in the area Marmara with splendit views over the sea and fantastic sunset. The church of Panagia Thalassitra has very interesting architecture and excellent views.
In Plaka, there are two museums, the Archaeological and the Folklore Museum.
the port, is in the north side of Milos bay, with views reminding a lake rather than sea. The town was founded by Cretans from Sphakia who brought their icons along. Some of them are displayed in the beautiful Church of Agia Triada. Adamas is the liviest part of the island with plenty bars.
was the port of the island in ancient times. It has a picturesque string of houses and boat garages at the seafront.
is one of the most important archaeological sites in Cyclades. It was the site of three cities dating from the 3rd millenium to the Mycenaean period (about 1,500BC). There is litle remains now, with ruined walls and houses, but a large part of the city is beneath the sea.
is a preety small fishing village in the Northern side of the island. It is a popular resort with tree fringed beach. Boats leave Apollonia to the island of Kimolos.
is a nice town with windmills and delightful views. It covers an area from the top of the hill, to the remains of the ancient capital. There are the remains of the city walls, a temple and the Roman Amphiteatre.
Not far from trypiti are the well preserved Catacombs, a 3rd century AD early Christian burial and worship site. The monument is unique in Greece with tunnels, chambers and connecting corridors. It is believed that the islanders were converted to Christians by Saint Paul on a voyage from Crete.
was the capital of the island (with population of about 5,000 and two bishops) from the middle ages until the 18th century when epidemic drove out the population and today much of the town is still deserted. Zefyria has to offer some nice walks through the hills and the olive groves.
Distance from Piraeus Port: 87 Nautical Miles
Medical Center: 22870 22700
Tourist Police: 22870 21378
Police: 22870 21204
Port Police: 22870 23360
Municipality: 22870 21249
Milos Airport: 22870 22381
Tourism Information: 22870 22445
Archaeological Museum: 22870 21620
Catacombs: 22870 21625