The Greek island of Milos
Found in the Western Cyclades Island chain, the radiant Greek island of Milos is home to some of the best seafood, a thrilling history and most spectacular beaches across the Aegean – but often an overlooked option. The island, which is also known as the “Island of Colors” and it resembles a horseshoe, full of white washed Cycladic villages and jewel-coloured waters. The island stands out in terms of art history due to the chance discovery in the island’s earth. It was on this island where the famous Venus de Milo statue was discovered.
Located only 110 miles off Greece’s main coastline, Milos is the perfect destination for all those seeking to experience the hidden beauty of the Cyclades without having to deal with large crowds often common in other popular Greek islands and at a more affordable price. Recently, this island benefits economically from a combination of mining and tourism. The large mineral deposits in the island continue to be its main source of wealth and a key drawback to the increase of tourism.
Top things to do in Milos
- Experience spectacular views at ‘Kleftiko’
Visit one of the most photographed natural wonders in Greece which is only a few miles South-west of the Adamas Port. Kleftiko is characterised by a cluster of volcanic white rocks and can only be reached by sea. There, you can aslo see the natural arches and caves at the base of rocks and cliffs.
- Visit Firiplaka Beach
This beach on the remote south coast has the most eye-catching cliffs with streaks of yellow, brown and red. Firiplaka offers clear, shallow waters and white sand, washed by the gentle waves against the beach.
- The Mining Museum of Milos
The Mining Museum of Milos
The island of Milos houses a mining heritage that dates back to the Neolithic period, a time when Milos was the key source of obsidian for the Mediterranean region.
- Explore the Catacombs of Milos
The Catacombs of Milos
The Catacombs of Milos is a network of underground tunnels that at an early-Christian burial site near Trypiti. These Catacombs date back to 1st century AD and stretch about 180 meters where about 2,000 Christians were buried in the caverns in the ground and the walls.
Where to eat
Similar to its popular neighbour Sifnos, Milos is also a haven of great cooking and has a great number of restaurants compared to other popular islands in this region. Do not worry about finding a great restaurant or tavrena, they all are!
- Enjoy ‘Sirocco’s’ Volcanic food
“Sirocco” is a family-run tarvena that offers simple tasty great foods cooked in volcanic sand pit. The food here is put in 40cm ceramic pots and buried in the volcanic sand, where it is heated by geothermally and cooked slowly until ready.
- Have a feast at ‘Medusa’
Medusa is located on a cliffside setting just above the fishermen huts in Mandrakia village. It is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing lunch when you are in Milos. Enjoy Greek Ouzo which is topped by a sea breeze, great sunshine and a seafood “meze”. If you are on a budget, order some Courgette balls or the smoked eel with fava. These are very cheap but fully satisfying .