Milos

Island in South Aegean

Its volcanic nature offers stunning rock formations and colorful terrain variations, accessible mainly through boat tours, will leave you speechless.

Attractions, Beaches & Things to Do in Milos

Port of Milos, Adamantas

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.

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Boat Tours in Milos Caves & Coastline

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

→ E
< 1km

Adamantas, 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.

↗ NE
< 1km
The exterior and the main entrance of the Mining Museum of Adamantas on the island of Milos.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0

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.

→ E
≈ 1.1km

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.

↖ NW
≈ 3.4km

Sarakiniko Beach

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.

↗ NE
≈ 3.4km

Venus of Milos Discovery Site

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

↖ NW
≈ 3.6km

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.

↖ NW
≈ 3.7km
The front side and the main entrance of the Archaeological Museum of Milos in Plaka.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0

Archaeological Museum of Milos, Plaka

It is housed in a neoclassical building designed by the famous architect Ernst Ziller in 1870, while it opened to the public some years lated in 1985.

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

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.

↖ NW
≈ 4.1km

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.

↖ NW
≈ 4.4km

Milos National Airport

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

↘ SE
≈ 5.1km

Provatas Beach

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

↓ S
≈ 8.4km

Tsigrado Beach

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.

↓ S
≈ 10.1km

Agia Kiriaki Beach

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.

↘ SE
≈ 10.6km
A ferry boat to Kimolos during debarkation at the Port of Pollonia on Milos island.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0

Port of Pollonia, Milos

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

↗ NE
≈ 12km

Agios Ioannis Beach

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

↙ SW
≈ 15.8km
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

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.

↙ SW
≈ 18.1km

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.

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