Milos & Kimolos
Milos is a fabulous Cycladic island, famous for its numerous astonishing beaches, crystal clear waters and unique sceneries it offers to those who love to explore its coastline. Due to its volcanic origin, the land of the island of Venus (where the famous statue was brought back to light in 1820) displays a spectacular chromatic range, thanks to many minerals present in the soil, from the yellow of the sulphur to the red of the iron, from the black of the obsidian to the white of the bentonite.
Adamas is the main port, while Plaka is the capital of the island and features a Venetian castle dating back to the 13th century, located at the top of a hill with a fantastic view over the underlying bay. Kimolos is a small, intimate island just 20 minutes away by boat from Milos, where you are always a guest and never a tourist. Chorio, the only village with permanent inhabitants, welcomes all visitors with its elegance and discreet charm that conquers immediately. A marvellous place of serenity, genuine food and friendly locals.
The incredible beauty of the more than 75 beaches of Milos is one of the reasons why this island cannot be forgotten once you have visited it. Although many beaches are easily accessible by car, there are unique spots that can be reached only by boat: this is why a full-day yacht tour is an absolute must.
The northern seashore unfolds gems such as Fyropotamos, Mandrakia, Pollonia and over all the unique Sarakiniko, an incredible white rock formation that reminds the lunar soil.
Fyriplaka and the intimate Tsigrado, Paliochori with its hot water due to the volcanic underground energy, Agia Kiriaki and Provatas are located along the south coast and are mostly not organized, giving a sense of freedom and authentic contact with the Cycladic nature.
Beaches and turquoise waters that you must reach by boat are mainly located on the south-eastern and eastern coasts: the astonishing Kleftiko with its cluster of impressive white volcanic rocks, Gerontas, Sykia with its breath-taking natural cave, and Kalogries.
On Kimolos, you can find peace, relax and fantastic clear waters in small coves like Rema and Karas, at a walking distance from the small port of Psathi.
Among the sandy beaches of the island you can enjoy Prassa and the unorganized Klima, Dekas and Mavrospilia, ideal also for families, while Aliki and Bonatsa are served by small tavernas and bars.
The capital town of Milos, Plaka, is located on the top of a hill, surmounted by a small fortification from which you can admire incredible sunsets. Here it is worth a visit to the Sand Museum, where you find a colourful collection of all the different sands that compose the seashore of the island, along with small art pieces.
The Catacombs of Milos, located in the village of Trypiti, are among the most important of the world and a rarity in Greece, where they represent the most important symbol of the early Christianity.
Near Adamas, the small fishing village of Klima surprises with its colourful “syrmata”, the traditional fishermen’s houses with a ground-level garage next to the sea for the boat to be parked in safety.
Trekking the island is a wonderful way to discover especially its north-western part. One interesting path is the one that ends at Cape Vani: along with a secluded beautiful beach you find the old – now abandoned – manganese and barytes mine, standing as a monument to the successful mining activity on the island.
Cultural visit suggestions
the jewel: Ancient Roman Theatre
the historical: Milos Mining Museum
the unexpected: Lakkos Thermal Baths
On Kimolos, the village Chorio, with its shops, small churches and discreet nightlife, amazes for its traditional whitewashed houses and the narrow streets compose an intricate labyrinth, conceived in the past as a defensive element against the invading pirates.
Psathi is the port and hosts some nice tavernas where you can treat yourself with the best Mediterranean fresh fish and the local speciality, a small focaccia called ladenia.
Cultural visit suggestions
the jewel: Church of Panagia Odigitria
the unexpected: Skiadi Geological Monument
the historical: Sunken Ancient Acropolis
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