Milos

Milos is a volcanic Greek island in the Aegean Sea north of Cretan Sea. It is said that its name comes from the world “Vilos” which evolved in “Milos” and meant “sheep”. It is inhabited since prehistoric times and has given major mining wealth. Plaka is the capital of the island. Milos is petal-shaped, there are many beautiful and special beaches that make Milos a tourist attraction.

Some of the museums of the island are in Plaka, the Archeological  Museum and the Folklorist Museum whereas in Adamantas area there are the Mining Museum, the Church Museum and the Navy Museum.

The island has the renowned statue of “Aphrodite of Milos” which is in the Louvre museum today and was found in Milos in 1820, whereas the copy is at the archaeological museum of Milos in Plaka. Another important work of art is the ancient theatre which was primarily considered Roman construction of the 1st century AD.

One more major sight of the island is the Catacombs which are dug in volcanic ground. It is the biggest community cemetery of the first Christian years in Milos. They had entrances to the external surrounding, but today only one is operated, that of the second catacomb or the “Elders” where the visitor can enter.

Milos has many beaches of exceptional beauty.Every beach someone is going to visit during his stay in the island, will see that it is totally different from the other and that’s the reason why it stands out not only in Cyclades but in the whole Greece, due to the special rocks that surround it. Many are accessible by land, while others are accessible only by sea.

The most distinguished beach in the island like anyone will say is the known Sarakiniko which is located in the north Milos.It is about a special landscape of lunar nature, where the blue Aegean waters are embraced with total white long-narrowed rocks, creating natural caves and sea balconies that photographers love. The beach isn’t organized, but the access to it is easy enough.

Others call it Kleftiko, due to the fact that pirates used it as a shelter and others “Thalassina Meteora”. Whatever anyone calls it the spectacle and the beauty of this landscape is something that doesn’t change. Grey-white steep rocks jumping out of crystal waters of the island in every shape creating caves and arches. The access to that magical place happen only by private boats or by the island’s small ships.

The combination of the blue crystal waters, the huge rocks and the fine white sand create Tsigrado. The access may be a bit difficult to this specific beach since it demands descent of a steep and sand covered path, but the dive at the beach will reward anyone who tries it.It is considered by many people the best beach in the island and it is not without a reason.

These may the most popular beaches of Milos, however the island has to offer many more magical images. Amazing beaches are also Papafragas, in the north part of the island where the descent is difficult but it is about a magical oasis in Aegean, Firiplaka which is the busiest beach in the island as it is of the few that provides beach bars and many more.