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Destination Spotlight: Milos

If you love astonishing landscapes, vibrant fishing villages and stunning beaches with arresting blue seas, the unique island of Milos will take your breath away.

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Although an unspoilt and mesmerizing Greek island, Milos is still not as widely known when compared to the most famous destinations, such as Crete, Mykonos and Santorini. But the fact that Milos is lesser-known than some of the other islands makes it all the more magical to visit and explore. Boasting all of the elements you want for a crowd-free escape, this enchanting isle in the Cyclades is a little paradise and a place we strongly believe everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime.

 

With more than 70 beaches scattered around the island, Milos is perfect for beach addicts longing for isolated coves and peaceful shorelines or exhilarating water sports adventures. As a huge volcanic eruption formatted the landscape millions of years ago, the beaches are extraordinary and seriously impressive, and Milos even has some beaches that are completely secluded. The most photographed beach is Sarakiniko due to its almost lunar landscape, surreal rock formations, soft white sand and brilliantly blue surrounding waters. There are also lots of other noteworthy beaches on the island, including Kleftiko, Paleochori and Gerondas to name just a few. Milos is, however, much more than just out-of-this-world beaches.

Milos has a Venetian castle called Kastro, which is set on the highest point of the main town of Plaka and is now mostly in ruins. The castle dates back to the 13th century and overlooks the whole island, making it the ideal spot to enjoy spectacular panoramic island and sea views. On the way up to the castle ruins lies Panagia Thalassitra, a beautiful church that offers breathtaking views of the Aegean too.

The capital of Plaka is built on a hillside and blessed with pretty labyrinth-like streets, picturesque paths, cute shops, whitewashed houses and traditional tavernas. Plaka is home to Panagia Korfiatissa, a remarkable church that was built in 1810 and is dedicated to the birth of the Virgin Mary. Next to Korfiatissa is a 19th-century mansion which houses the Folklore and History Museum of Milos, featuring interesting exhibits that depict everyday life on the island from 1850 to 1930. Another unique place of interest in Plaka is the Sand Museum where tourists go to admire the sand art, sand sculptures and sand samples from Milos and around the world. Also, in the lower part of Plaka, there is the Archaeological Museum. It’s a small yet important museum that is housed in a neoclassical building and displays an excellent collection of prehistoric finds and artefacts that date back to the Neolithic period. This museum even has a life-sized replica of the famous Venus de Milos.

Near Trypiti village are the Milos catacombs, some of the world’s most ancient monuments in Christianity. These catacombs rank among the top three most important of all 74 found on earth, together with the catacombs of Rome and the Holy Land. The Milos catacombs were once used by the early Christians as a burial site and later used as a place of worship. Three sections spanning a total length of 183 meters have been discovered to date, and two main chambers and a small passage are open to visitors.

 

Around 200 meters from the catacombs is the Ancient Theater of Milos, one of the island’s most important archaeological findings. The theater was originally built in Hellenistic times and later destroyed during the Roman period, then rebuilt out of marble. All of the sections that have been excavated are incredibly well-preserved, and some parts have been carefully restored. Visitors are allowed to wander freely around the theater, and the islanders sometimes use the space for theatrical performances.

In the main port town of Adamas (also known as Adamantas) is the Mining Museum, which is dedicated to the island’s rich geological and mining heritage. The exhibits are very detailed and include prehistoric tools, pictures, tributes and collections of rocks and minerals, such as alum, sulfur, gypsum, barite, millstones and the Melian earth. Close to the waterfront of Adamas village and inside the church of the Holy Trinity, the very peaceful and beautiful Ecclesiastical Museum can be found. This museum is small but it hosts many historical ecclesiastical treasures and explanations of their significance. There’s also the Adamas World War Two Bunker that consists of a series of chambers and long tunnels, as well as exciting art installations.

 

When it comes to drinking and eating, Milos offers an excellent variety of venues where visitors can grab a coffee, cocktail or bite to eat, no matter the time of day or night. Whilst the port of Adamas has some of the best cafes, bars, and restaurants on the island, Polonia is a popular choice among those seeking relaxation and a quieter scene. Not forgetting Provatas bay and Parasporos village, both great destinations with many taverns and restaurants that serve fine wines and delectable dishes guaranteed to satisfy even the most demanding palette.

 

If you want to visit this colorful and unforgettable island in the Aegean Sea, you can view all of our cruises to Milos here.