An island with deep blue waters, colorful carved rocks and white sand beaches. Milos offers a fascinating variety of wonderful landscapes and a wide range of activities.
An island that will always be high on the list of tourist options worldwide, while it was named the best island in the world for 2021 by the readers of the American travel magazine “Travel + Leisure”
The lacy coasts create a multitude of beaches, about 80 amazing beaches await you for incredible dives.
Sarakiniko with a unique “lunar… landscape” of the Aegean.
The volcanic eroded rocks penetrate the emerald sea creating small and large caves, the lack of greenery combined with the white rocks create a landscape similar to the surface of the moon. It is worth visiting Sarakinino in the evening, especially with a full moon as the white rocks vividly reflect the moonlight, thus creating an unforgettable landscape. Historically Sarakiniko, which took its name from the Saracen pirates.
A cluster of volcanic rocks create a magical landscape. Go swimming and enjoy the feeling of the clear turquoise waters and the sun. Kleftiko was an old hideout for pirates where pirate ships used to pass and anchor. to shelter in its little coves. They are only accessible from the sea but it is worth a visit by boat. It is simply a magical landscape.
A beach embraced by sheer cliffs, with white sand and emerald waters. Access to this truly exotic beach is via a relatively easy dirt road.
It is the longest beach of the island with white sand and deep blue shallow waters. There is organized camping there and the beach is also accessible by bus. It takes its name from the pond in front of it, which is full of clams. Achivadolimni or Hivadolimni is divided into two beaches, the first is quieter and more isolated, while the second is busy, organized and has beach bars and restaurants.
Papafragas a miniature beach
Next to the ruins of the ancient city of Phylakopi, are the three caves of Papafraga. The cave of Papafraga is a deep sea cave, where you can swim in turquoise waters between gray-white rocks that lead to the open sea.
The Castle of Milos
The Castle of Milos was built in the 13th century on the hill of Prophet Ilias, on the northwestern edge of the island. From here you can admire a wonderful view of the whole island. Enjoy the magical sunset.
The villages of the island
Plaka is the capital of the island, the port of Adamas, the beautiful Hivadolimni, the wonderful Emporios with the small lagoon of Revari and the old iron mines. Apollonia, in the northwest of the island, offers an unforgettable experience. Rent a boat from its picturesque port to take you on a tour of the island’s remote beauties or to take you to Kimolos, which is across the street!
The story of Aphrodite of Milos
It is perhaps one of the world’s most famous ancient Greek statues and one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture. The famous statue was discovered in Milos in the 19th century.
Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love and beauty. It is a 2 meter tall statue of a young woman made of fine Parian marble. This statue is believed to have been created between 130 and 90 BC. It was found in Milos in 1820 by a villager named Kentrotas . Unaware of its historical significance, he decided to keep it on his farm. At that time there was a French sailor on the island. He saw it and immediately understood the significance of this discovery. So he arranged through the French ambassador in Turkey at that time for the French government to buy the statue.
The purchase almost did not take place as the message was slow to reach the French ambassador. The villager was worried and strongly encouraged to sell the statue to a priest in a local church. The priest wanted to give the statue to an interpreter of the Sultan in Constantinople. When a French representative finally arrived, the statue was being placed on a ship bound for Constantinople. He convinced the island’s leaders to stop the sale and accept the offer from France. The translator was not too happy with the turn of events, but the statue eventually made its way to the Louvre Museum. However, during the transport or the dispute, the hands were cut off from the statue and lost. The original statue is now kept in the Louvre, but there is a copy of this statue in the Archaeological Museum of Milos.
The traditional foods of Milos
There are many options in an island like Milos to try traditional foods. Let’s see what are the traditional flavors and traditional foods of Milos?
The pies: Fried cheese pies with cheese from Milos breaded phyllo.
Flaunas (pies filled with wild greens or spinach, rice and of course Milo cheese), tsimpitas, myzithropitakia (round, very similar in shape and taste – to those of Crete), plakopitas and generally all pies with dry cheese or Apple manouri and fried phyllo , like pitas.
Watermelon pie : Refreshing pie without a leaf with watermelon, sesame, flour, olive oil, sugar, cinnamon and honey that is traditionally served instead of dessert.
Baked lasagna with garlic sauce, also known as garlic lasagna.
The Koufeto spoon sweet made from white pumpkin and almonds.
Wonderful landscapes, deep blue waters for swimming, picturesque villages, tastes of traditional products and hospitable people… Milos has everything that can make your summer vacation unforgettable.