Exotic landscapes, a feast of colours and wild volcanic beauty. A huge horseshoe-shaped geological park on the south-western side of the Cyclades, north of the Cretan Sea. An open-air museum of natural sculptures with strange formations of petrified lava and volcanic rocks in the heart of the Aegean Sea. One of the largest natural harbours in the Mediterranean, an attractive and unique combination of Cycladic architecture, dusty landscapes and idyllic beaches. It is the island of the famous statue of the Venus de Milo currently on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Milos is a unique land with a special identity and a long cultural history. Its period of splendour and prosperity begins in prehistoric times, thanks to its mineral wealth. All tools used at that time were made of the local obsidian of Milos, "the prehistoric gold". Milos was a great exports power and a bastion of the protocycladic civilization, inhabited by the Carians, the Phoenicians and the Dorians. Milos participated in all great naval battles of the classical era and prospered in the trade of precious stones and pottery as it reached its peak in the Hellenistic and Roman era. As a legendary pirate hide-out in the Middle Ages, the island and its locals became known for their naval skill all throughout Europe and were regarded as great masters able to navigate and manage mighty fleets through rough and dangerous maritime straits of the Mediterranean.
This extraordinary place has determined the idiosyncrasy of the people of Milos: this mixture of zeal for work, perseverance, autonomy and inventiveness coupled with the joy of life and a sense of playful humour characterizes the noble and hospitable inhabitants.
Enigmatic and romantic, Milos is ideal for those who are looking for tranquillity and relaxation under the dazzling sun of the Mediterranean. At the same time, the island is ideal for adventure and exploration enthusiasts who love off-road escapades and will not hesitate to reach its most remote and hidden corners of the island.