The volcanic Milos is the most southwestern of the Cyclades and includes uninhabited Antimilos and Akradies. This island is most famous for the statue of Aphrodite, the “Venus de Milo,” that now permanently resides in the Louvre in Paris. However, a replica is in the Archeological Museum in Plaka.
Places to see:
- Thermal springs. Since Milos is a volcanic island in the northern Aegean, it has warm soils, water vapors, and thermal wells.
- Plaka, the capital of Milos. In addition, visit Klima, Pollonia, and Adamas (the port), where you will find typical and traditional Cyclades architecture.
- Milos’ Catacombs. Estimates date them to the end of the 1st century. Unfortunately, not all the catacombs are accessible; only a tour around the arcades is possible. The catacombs were used as Christian cemeteries and churches when Rome persecuted Christians. Archaeologists believe that thousands of Christians were buried here. The Catacombs of Milos are a must-see during a visit to this island.
- Ancient Theatre of Milos. Located near the catacombs and close to Tripiti. Critical historical monuments like this are usually off-limits to the public. However, here you’ll be able to freely explore and admire the view.
- Old Sulphur Mines is situated on the island’s east side on Paliorema Beach. Arcades, iron bridges, train tracks with wagons, tunnels, carriages, and old stone homes give an idea of how this unit worked up until 1956.
- The Caves of Milos are called Papafrangas, Sykia, and Kleftiko. All of them are known for their stunning white rock formations. Sykia is only accessible by boat through an arched entrance since the ceiling has partially collapsed.
- The Archaeological Museum of Milos in Plaka. Its collections include exhibits dating from the Late Neolithic to the Byzantine period.
- Dive and snorkel. Many underwater caves, rich marine life, rocky islets, and wrecks from WWII provide excellent diving and snorkeling spots.
- Go to the beach. Sarakiniko is the most famous beach and one of the most often photographed landscapes in the Aegean. Paleochori, Agia Kyriaki, Firiplaka, and Tsigrado are other attractive beaches worth visiting.
- Wind Surf and Kite Surf. The most famous wind and kite surfing site is Achivadolimni beach. It has shallow water and perfect onshore winds. There is an organized windsurfing center at Papkino, a beach close to the port of Adamas.
- Mountain Biking and Off-Roading. The outstanding network of dirt roads makes Milos the perfect environment for the biking enthusiast.
- Geo-Tourism. Due to its volcanic origin, the very distinct geology of Milos offers rare geological beauty. For example, Sarakiniko, the Cave of Papafragas, and two volcano craters provide insight into the island’s geological history.
- Kayaking. It is a special treat to discover the impressive coastline and sea caves of Milos in a kayak. Guided tours are available.
- Soak in Thermal Hot Springs. Milos is blessed with numerous thermal springs, known for their healing qualities since antiquity. You can find these springs on the beaches of Alikes, Kanava, Provatas, Paliohori, Skinopi, and Tria Pigadia.
- Rock Climb. There are two climbing fields on Milos. The Akrotiri Vani, a huge clone-shaped rock, and the Glaronisia are considered one of the best in Greece.
- Take part in a festival. Feasts on Milos always include traditional music, dances, local wine, and delicacies and usually take place on church grounds during the summer months.
Milos has a Mediterranean climate with mild, rainy winters and warm to hot, dry summers. July is the hottest month, with an average temperature of 25.5°C (78°F), and the coldest is January at 10.5°C (51°F).
This island, like all of Greece, has some wonderful cuisine. Try a moussaka, grilled meat such as lamb, pork, or baked octopus. If you want something sweet, have baklava or loukoumades. In addition to hearty foods, try the distinctive local wines at Kostantakis Cave Winery.
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