Get to know the most exotic island in the Aegean. The island where the Venus de Milo was discovered, and one of the most impressive islands in the Cyclades. Volcanic rocks paint the beaches red, pink and orange. Sarakiniko and Kleftiko, with their white rock formations, emerald green waters and caves eroded by the sea, are steeped in stories of pirates. The catacombs, the exotic beaches, the multicoloured Klima, Emborios and Mandrakia, with their quaint buildings cut into the cliffs, and Plaka’s sunsets... All of these cry out in unison: Milos is unique.
What to do on Milos
The beaches of Milos, some of the most beautiful in the Cyclades
Palaiochori, Papafragas, Gerontas, Firiplaka, Tsigrado, Plathiena. Yellow, orange, red and dazzling white rock formations are even more vibrant against the background of turquoise waters. Milos’ volcanic soil has created a sight beyond one’s imagination. Jump into a sailboat or speedboat and take in the kaleidoscope made up of the island’s beaches.
In pirates’ caves
Kleftiko, Papafragas, Sarakiniko, Katergo… The formidable pirates of the Middle Ages had their hideouts in Milos. Traces of their existence can be found in Kleftiko, where the pirates’ bollards for their ships can be found sculpted on the spectacular rocks, beside blue-green water next to the caves. In Sarakiniko, the landscape is from another world: all-white rocks in mesmerising shapes dominate the cove. Get lost in the deep blue of the Aegean and feel nature embrace you.
In the afternoon take a stroll in the quaint, colourful hamlet above the water, where the old port of Ancient Milos used to be. It is one of the most unique towns you’ll encounter in the Cyclades. What makes it special? The 35 sirmata in a row – cave-like structures that used to store boats and are now holiday homes. Wander around the little town, level with the water, and wait for the sunset.
Plaka and the Castle
The tiles of the courtyard of Panagia tis Korfiatissas warm your bare feet while you take your place to see one of the most beautiful sunsets in the Mediterranean. When the sun finally dips into the sea, watch the boats on the Aegean. Nearby, is charming Plaka, with the Catholic church of Panagias of Rodon, the freshly painted well, the inviting restaurants and quaint cafes. The capital of Milos was built in 1800 from the ancient stones of the castle.
Climb until you reach its ruins and take the time to enjoy the panoramic view from the courtyard of Panagias Thalassitra. In Plaka’s archaeological museum, you’ll find the goddess of love herself; a life-size replica of the Venus de Milo.
Hidden gems of Milos
The sulphur mine
Take a boat to discover this eerie scene of the old sulphur mine located on the east side of the island, with its arcades, iron bridges, train tracks, carriages and old stone homes.
The archaeological spade unearthed Filakopi’s prehistoric settlement. Visit this fascinating site along the road towards Polonia.
An archaeological spectacle with graves that dates back from the 1st to the 5th century AD, an impressive and humbling sight at the same time.
Experience the best of Milos
Landing on the lunar landscape of Sarakiniko beach
A boat trip to the natural escape of Polyegos
- In pirates’ caves
- Plaka and the Castle
- The sulphur mine
- Prehistoric Filakopi
- The catacombs