A volcanic island, located west of Santorini in the Cyclades complex, Milos has a well-documented history dating back to early Christian times. Together, its hillock capital Plaka, its magnificent rocky landscape and undiscovered emerald waters will amaze you during your stay. Here are some suggestions for your visit,
Have A Stroll Around The Hillock Capital Plaka
Plaka is the island’s capital and one of the most scenic corners of the island. The typical Cycladic architecture set on a hillock 220 meters above sea level is the must-see and must-visit spot in Milos. Magical views over the sea and the imposing Venetian ‘Castle’ dating back to the 13th century will amaze you. Tiny little paths, scenic shortcuts between the traditionally built houses, tiled alleys and the picturesque churches of Ypapanti of Christ (or Panaghia Thalassitra) and Panaghia Korfiatissa make it an ideal place to experience the island’s beauty.
Sarakiniko, situated in the northeastern part of the island, is one of Milos‘ most visited destinations. A unique moonscape structured around its snow-white rocks, small caves and blue sea overlooks the islands of Sifnos and Kimolos, making Sarakiniko not only an enjoyable swimming destination but also a unique site from a geological point of view.
A very important settlement of Cycladic civilization in the past, Fylakopi was among the most significant Aegean cities in prehistoric Greek times. Here you can discover ruins and remnants dating back to the beginning of the Bronze Age. The trading of the obsidian stone, which can still be found here, transformed Fylakopi over the years to an important commercial center for the island of Milos. Destroyed and rebuilt three times, Fylakopi guards an important part of Cycladic civilization and is definitely worth a visit.
Located in Tripiti Village, this catacomb complex includes caves 150 meters above sea level. Constituting one of the most ancient monuments of Christianity, the catacombs of Milos are considered as a remarkable world monument for Christianity, together with the catacombs of Rome. Composed of three subterranean colonnades made by volcanic stone, one rectangular burial chamber and many corridors resembling the ones of the Roman Catacombs, they currently preserve 126 ‘arkosolia‘ (carved arched tombs), some of them decorated with frescos,. This site is one of the most spiritual and historically interesting parts of Greek culture and civilization.
Dating back to 120 BC, the Aphrodite of Milos is a famous statue and symbol of world civilization that is located just between the village of Tripiti and the famous catacombs. In addition, you will can visit the ancient Roman Theatre, originally built by inhabitants of the ancient city of Klima, dating back to the Hellenistic Age. During Roman times, the city of Klima was destroyed by Athenians, therefore, the theatre was rebuilt. With a seating capacity of 700 spectators, today’s renovated version has excellent acoustics.
Firopotamos is a relatively small but impressive seaside settlement situated on the northeastern side of the island. The small cluster of fishing houses lead to the traditionally built orthodox church of Saint Nikolaos on the peak of the settlement. Right behind it, you will find a deserted ladder and the ruins of the church, adding to the magical setting of the landscape.
Visit The Settlement Of The Ancient Village Of Klima
The ruins of the old city of Klima, which used to be Milos’ first port, can be found in great symbiosis with the current settlement that was build by the Dorians right after the decline and destruction of Fylakopi. Today, the area includes two acropolises, the hill of Prophitis Ilias and Pyrgaki, together with parts of a temple that dates back to the Hellenistic and Roman periods.
Mantrakia is a fishing village situated about five kilometers northwest of the capital, Plaka. It is a beautifully structured scenic area, complete with summer houses and fishing huts with boats, adding color to the deep blue sea surrounding them.
A small but yet impressive beach in the village of Provatas, named after the nearby chapel of Aghios Sotis, can make for a relaxing swim in shallow blue waters. Also, visitors can enjoy a refreshing bite at the one-and-only café-restaurant located here.
Pollonia, 14 kilometers away from Plaka, is another beautiful fishing village, relatively bigger than others as approximately 300 inhabitants live here. Milos’ second port after Adamantas, Pollonia is a great escape for a swim, as well as nightlife fun. A welcoming seaside resort with boat tours to Glaronisia and the Cave of Papafragas, and the impressive church of Saint Paraskevi, Pollonia is one of the most visited destinations in Milos.