MILOS

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.

  • view_headlineRoutes and sights in Milos

    The pure natural beauty of Milos, a dazzling synthesis of a winding coastline and sublime volcanic landscapes beyond imagination.

    • The Paleochristian Catacombs near the village of Tripiti are considered one of the most remarkable monuments of Christianity in the world as important as the catacombs of Rome and the Holy Land. It is an astonishing collection of underground galleries with a total length of 185 meters which include the first cemetery of the island (late 2nd century AD)

    • The beautiful village of Tripiti build in a crescent on a volcanic hill... full of holes. The village boasts of its picturesque windmills, beautiful cobbled backstreets and excellent views.

    • Built on a hill at an altitude of 220 meters above sea level and in the shadow of the Venetian castle (13th century), Plaka is one of the most noble and elegant capitals of the Cyclades. The beautiful cobbled streets, the whitewashed houses adorned with bougainvilleas, the magnificent churches and the elegant traditional shops create an extraordinary landscape. The views of the Gulf of Milos and the sunset are breath-taking.

    • The traditional village of Klima appears in several postcards of the island, thanks to the famous "sirmata", two-storey cave houses with multi-coloured wooden doors, the ground floor of which was used by fishermen to keep fishing boats. An architectural feature seen exclusively in Milos and Kimolos.

    • The archaeological sites of prehistoric Phylakopi (3000 - 1100 BC) and the ancient city of Klima, which flourished from 1100 BC. BC until the Roman period, testify to the glorious cultural heritage of Milos. Do not miss the extraordinary Roman theatre made of white marble of Paros on the ruins of a theatre from the Hellenistic period (3rd century BC) and admire its magnificent-reliefs.

    • The Archaeological Museum of Milos is housed in a beautiful neoclassical building built by Ernst Ziller in Plaka. Its collection includes significant prehistoric findings of Phylakopi and several statues, sculptures, inscriptions from the Hellenistic and Roman era. A replica of the Venus de Milo created at the laboratory of the Louvre Museum is on display at the entrance of the Archaeological Museum.

    • The Sulfur Mines in Paliorema Bay is one of the most beautiful sceneries on the island. The view of the former quarry of sulfur extraction (1890-1956) and the plant facilities from the beautiful and colourful pebble beach with the crystal clear waters form an exceptional geological site with postindustrial features.

    • Milos is famous for its spectacular beaches. Exotic, mystical, enigmatic and wild; secluded or well-organized; a magnificent spectacle of colourful volcanic rocks, white sand beaches and crystal blue waters. The beach of Sarakiniko and its lunar landscape of white rocks that penetrate the sea. The natural pools of the beach of Papafragas. Paliohori and Firiplaka with vertical cliffs and turquoise waters. The amazing beach of Tsigrado. Kastanas with the siprising colourful rocks and pebbles. Kleftiko and Sykia with their pirate caves accessible only by boat. The incredible sandy beach of Plathiena overlooking the islets of Akradies, Arkoudes and Mantrakia.

  • view_headlineWhat’s not to miss...

    • Experience the sunset from Kastro with views of Adamantas Bay and the northeast coast of the island.

    • Visit the island’s cathedral, the church of Panagia Korfiatissa in Plaka. Its marble-paved courtyard and pebbled mosaic is one of the most beautiful balconies of the Aegean Sea.

    • Dive in the underwater caves of the island triangle of Milos - Kimolos - Polyaigos. A true paradise for underwater exploration.

    • Visit the remarkable Mining Museum in Adamantas. An exciting journey into the island's geological heritage and its 11 millennia of mining history through impressive rock formations and video presentations with the testimonies of old miners.

    • Enjoy excellent local cuisine. Do not forget to sample some pitarakia (pies with dry cheese or myzithra cheese with mint), ladenia (tomato, onion and olive oil pie), sweet and aromatic karpouzopita, koufeto spoon sweet (with white pumpkin and almonds).

    • Go on a boat ride around the island. The ideal way to discover the most secret and remote beaches such as the famous Kleftiko beach, the emerald beach of Spilia tis Sykias and Glaronisia.

    • Schedule an excursion to the nearby island of Kimolos.

    • Take part in one of the unique geological walks organized by Milos Mining Museum.

    • Swim in the many thermal springs of Milos cited by Hippocrates for their therapeutic properties.

    • Discover the island's marine treasures on a sea kayak.

  • view_headlineTravelling to and from Milos

    Travel to and from Milos with ANEK LINES. Enjoy a comfortable journey with one of the leading passenger ferry operators in the Mediterranean.

    ΑΝΕΚ connects Piraeus and other popular destinations with Milos through the Cyclades, Crete and Dodecanese route (Piraeus, Milos, Santorini, Anafi, Heraklion, Sitia, Kassos, Karpathos, Diafani, Halki, Rhodes) with port-to- port itineraries. The company offers top quality services and authentic Cretan “philoxenia” on board.

    The modern fleet and highly trained crew of ANEK, promise a pleasant on board stay, meeting the needs and demands of the modern traveller. ANEK ferries have spacious cabins of all categories, comfortable and air-conditioned all-user areas with many entertainment options, modern stores, gourmet restaurants and café -bars.

    ANEK highly values gastronomy and offers exquisite menus based on authentic Cretan products and tastes of the Cretan cuisine. All ΑΝΕΚ ferries offer 24hour internet service (wi-fi and Internet Corners) at designated areas.

    Discover our best prices for ferry tickets and unique offers for passenger tickets and cabin accommodation throughout the year.

  • view_headlineArriving at Milos

    ANEK LINES vessels arrive at the port of Adamantas, the main port of the island, located to the north of the Gulf of Milos. Adamantas is the economic, commercial and tourist centre of the island. The bus terminal and the taxi stand are in the central square of the village 100 meters east of the port. Buses serve all major villages of the island (Triovasalos, Plaka, Tripiti, Pollonia, Paliohori, Ahivadolimni, Sarakiniko and Provatas) throughout the year. Tickets are sold on the bus.

    Alternatively, you can move around the island by car or motorcycle. ANEK LINES offers reliable and value for money transportation services so you can take along your own car, motorcycle, trailer or caravan and enjoy unique trips around Milos.

  • view_headlineUseful telephone numbers
    ΑΝΕΚ LINES – Central Reservation Dept: 0030 210 4197400, 0030 210 4197420 Milos Travel - Pirounakis: 0030 22870 22000, 0030 22870 23300 Milos Port Authority: 0030 22870 23360 Municipality of Milos: 0030 22873 62100 Tourist help-desk: 0030 22870 22445 Milos Police Station: 0030 22870 21204 Milos Tourist Police: 0030 22870 21378 Milos Post Office: 0030 22870 21214 Taxi stand (Adamantas): 0030 22870 22219 Taxi stand (Triovasalos): 0030 22870 21306 Milos Health Centre (Plaka): 0030 22873 60001, 0030 22873 60030 Adamantas Doctor’s Office : 0030 22870 21755

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