Milos

  • Melos
  • Milo IT
  • De─čirmenlik TR

Island in South Aegean

Attractions, Beaches & Things to Do on Milos

A panoramic picture of the dock of the Port of Adamantas on Milos island and speed ferry boats anchored by it.
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Port of Adamantas, Milos

In one of the safest natural bays of the Aegean, the central port of the island has connections to Crete, nearby islands, & the Greek mainland.

A sailing boat by the rocky cliffs of the coastline of Milos Island.
→ E   < 1km

Boat Tours in Milos Caves & Coastline

Ideal way to explore the coastal beauty including hidden caves and geological formations.

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An overview of Adamantas, the main port of the island of Milos.
↗ NE   < 1km

Adamantas (Harbor Town of Milos)

Founded by rebelled Cretans in 1831 it is the official port of Milos and a bay that composes one of the safest Mediterranean natural ports.

The exterior and the main entrance of the Mining Museum of Adamantas on the island of Milos.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0
→ E   ≈ 1.1km

Milos Mining Museum, Adamantas

It opened to the public in 1998 aiming to depict the rich geological history of the island and honor those who worked at the local mines.

A picture of the Catacombs near the village Tripiti of the island of Milos.
↖ NW   ≈ 3.4km

Catacombs of Milos

Unique early Christian Greek monument served as the first Christian cemeteries and worship areas between the 1st and the 5th centuries AD.

An overview of the Sarakiniko Beach on Milos island.
↗ NE   ≈ 3.4km

Sarakiniko Beach, Milos

A small sandy beach and countless smooth rocks by the sea, compose an island trademark of a unique lunar-like landscape of white volcanic rocks.

A sign at a rural road that informs about the area of the discovery site of the Venus of Milos.
↖ NW   ≈ 3.6km

Venus of Milos Discovery Site

The great statue that is today hosted in the Louvre Museum was discovered in 1820 by a Greek peasant at a spot that is revealed and signed.

A panoramic picture showing the Ancient Theater of Milos with the spectacular view of the sea in the background.
↖ NW   ≈ 3.7km

Ancient Theater of Milos

Well-preserved structure initially built during the Hellenistic Period (3rd BD), while today the Roman renovations of the 1st AD are visible.

The front side and the main entrance of the Archaeological Museum of Milos in Plaka.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0
↖ NW   ≈ 4.1km

Archaeological Museum of Milos, Plaka

Housed in a neoclassical building designed by the architect Ernst Ziller in 1870, it opened in 1985.

An overview of the village of Plaka with the view of the sea in the background.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0
↖ NW   ≈ 4.1km

Plaka (Chora of Milos)

At an altitude of 220 meters and approximately 4 km away from Adamantas port, is located the central settlement and capital of the island.

The spectacular sunset of Milos between the walls of the Venetian Castle in Plaka.
↖ NW   ≈ 4.4km

Venetian Castle of Milos, Plaka

Built by the Venetians in the 13th century to avoid pirate raids, is located at the Plaka hill offering one of the most spectacular sunsets.

The main building of Milos National Airport.
photo: YPA
↘ SE   ≈ 5.1km

Milos National Airport

Small & well functioning but with limited infrastructure that makes it able to host smaller aircrafts and cover only domestic flights.

A picture showing a part of the Provatas Beach on the island of Milos.
↓ S   ≈ 8.4km

Provatas Beach, Milos

By the homonymous settlement, a sandy beach with easy access and shallow waters, while the local restaurants are famous for the fresh fish.

An overview of the Tsigrado Beach of Milos where the vertical wooden staircase used by the visitors is visible.
↓ S   ≈ 10.1km

Tsigrado Beach, Milos

Tiny sandy beach between steep cliffs that someone can reach it by going down a steep narrow passage that ends to a vertical wooden staircase.

A bunch of people at the beach Agia Kiriaki on Milos island.
↘ SE   ≈ 10.6km

Agia Kiriaki Beach, Milos

Sandy and small white pebble beach that has relatively easy access and is protected from the north winds since it is located in the south.

A ferry boat to Kimolos during debarkation at the Port of Pollonia on Milos island.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0
↗ NE   ≈ 12km

Port of Pollonia, Milos

The second island port that was named after the Apollo temple existed by the settlement, while today serves a small ship connection with Kimolos.

An aerial photo of the beach of Agios Ioannis on the island of Milos.
↙ SW   ≈ 15.8km

Agios Ioannis Beach, Milos

A remote beach located in the western part of the island. Difficult to reach but the beauty of the landscape compensates every visitor.

An image depicting the huge cliffs, the caves, and the green-blue waters of the Kleftiko area on the island of Milos.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0
↙ SW   ≈ 18.1km

Kleftiko Beach & Caves, Milos

An absolute trademark and most photographed spot, the complex of small bays and grey-white volcanic rocks that can be reached only by sea.

Questions & Answers about Milos

Why Visit Milos?
  • The Venus de Milos statue, hosted at the Louvre Museum was found on the island.
  • Exotic landscape with nearly 70 colorful volcanic beaches with blue-green waters.
  • Best European Island 2019 for the US travel magazine readers "Travel and Leisure".
What is Milos, Greece?

It is a Greek island that is the fifth-largest of the Cyclades island complex. Milos is one of the most charming destinations in the country, offering unique landscapes and amazing views. Today is one of the major tourist destinations in our country, offering unique geological landscapes, beaches with rare colors, and a rich underwater world. The island's beauties are depicted in the 2011 movie "Nikostratos the Pelican," a Greek-French-Belgian film, starring Emir Kusturica. Someone can travel to Milos either by plane or by ferry boat from Piraeus, Crete, and other islands of the Cyclades.

What is the origin of the name of Milos, Greece?

According to the legend, the name of the island derives from Milo the son of the river Scamander, that settled on the island at the urging of the goddess Venus. Based on another speculation, the island's name derives from the "vilos" which in antiquity was the word for sheep, and the island in accordance with findings hosted herds of sheep.

Was Milos, Greece a mining island?

Thanks to its important mining wealth, Milos flourished from prehistoric times to the extraction of opsidanos, a black stone looking like glass, which was sought after for making tools and weapons.

Who were the rulers of Milos, Greece?

During the Hellenistic period, Milos flourished and Venus de Milo, the famous statue is a reminder of that era. After the Roman era when Christianity was spread, and the catacombs were built. While they were considered by historians the most significant, after those of Rome. Milos was part of the Byzantine empire and later occupied by the Crusaders. Then it fell under the Venetian and Ottoman rule, a period that the island has maintained a relative autonomy. Following the history of the Cyclades, Milos became part of the first Greek state in 1830.