Milos has many attractions, covering every kind of tourism and offer special memories.
One of the most famous attractions of Milos is the Early Christian Catacombs, which are the oldest and most important monument of Christianity along with the Catacombs in Rome and the Holy Land. They are located in Tripiti, three in total and they form an intricate system of caves of 180 meters. You can visit a part of them walking on a wooden platform and feel the awe that this unique monument inspires.
Sarakiniko of Milos is equally famous, as it is one unique lunar landscape on Earth. Located northeast, took its name from Saracens pirates and is one of the most photographed places in Greece. Lunar, wild landscape without greenery but with much light. Visit Sarakiniko, except in the morning, at sunset or even better on a full moon night and the colors that the volcanic rocks get, will surely enchant you!
Kleftiko… the Meteora of the Sea, as many people say, is another unique attraction that you can find only in Milos. Accessible only by boat, is located in the southwestern part of the island and is a cluster of volcanic rocks. Old base for pirates, with unique morphology that is worth visiting and swiming in the turquoise waters or you can even discover its sea bottom. Excursions are organized with this magical destination for swimming or diving.
The oldest sulfur export business throughout Greece was in Milos. The sulfur mines of Victor Mela are located in the eastern part of Milos in a yellowish from sulfur beach. Creepy sight of the ruins from the abandoned factory and the machines, that is worth your ride. Do not forget to swim in the beautiful beach, too.
Too many attractions can be found in Milos, since the whole island is a large, beautiful and unique sight! Indicatively a few more are: the Ancient Roman Theatre, the Castle, the Alikes, the Klima, many museums and much more that await you to discover.
Milos is world famous and recognized for its indented coastline and unique beaches, which are more than seventy-five. In fact, several times, popular foreign journals based on specialists’ and visitors’ criticism, have emerged Milos as the island with the best beaches in Europe! Crystal blue waters on golden beaches and sculptured cliffs. This enormous diversity and special morphology was initially due to volcanic origins, but also to voracious waves that carve its shores. Beaches with sand, pebbles, gravel…deep, shallow…hot or cold…colorful or monochrome. Milos has beaches for everyone. Organized with umbrellas, sun beds and beach bars or completely isolated and wild. You can, also, find the chance to practice on some water sports, like windsurf or stroll with a pedal boat or even play with your friends in “high speed” inflatable. However, whatever you choose, it will be hard to find again the beauty of Milos beaches!
The most famous beaches of Milos are: Firiplaka, Tsigkrado, Agia Kiriaki, Palaiochori, Sarakiniko, Provatas, Firopotamos, Achivadolimni and many others.
The local cuisine of Milos is delicious and is inextricably linked to its environment, soil, microclimate, as well as the culture and history of the island. Prominent place in the local menu rightfully possess the “pitarakia” which are fried pies stuffed with local spicy dry cheese and herbs. Following is the “karpouzopita”(watermelon pie) which is traditional sweet pie from the homonymous fruit and the spoon sweet “koufeto” made from sweet pumpkin’s crumb with honey and almonds. Furthermore, the famous Melian tomato paste is usually the first “spread” on your bread wherever you eat. Of course, you can take back home with you the flavors you liked from the shops with local products, since in their jars you can find everything… local cheese, tomato paste, capers, honey, sweet koufeto and anything else that this blessed place produces. In every corner of Milos, there are beautiful taverns and elegant restaurants that will offer you their best dishes so you can discover the gastronomy of Milos better. Vegetables from their gardens, fresh fish, meats and local cheese cooked in amazing recipes.
Milos Island was declared officially by the Holy Synod as “Holy Island” in 2014, as it hosts the oldest monument of Christianity, the Catacombs. It has an Ecclesiastical museum and more than 140 churches and chapels. On Saints’ name day, traditional island feasts are organized to the churches, that are dedicated to Them, with singing, dancing and plenty of food. Ask and learn and if you are lucky, you may have the opportunity to attend in such a celebration.
The museums of Milos are five: the Archaeological, the Ecclesiastical, the Folkloric / Historical, the Maritime and the Mining.
The Archaeological Museum of Milos is located in Plaka, where you can admire collections of sculptures, reliefs, inscriptions and objects from the prehistoric era of the island. Of course, there is a true copy of the Aphrodite of Milos, built in the laboratories of the Louvre museum, wherein the original statue is kept.
The Ecclesiastical Museum of Milos is located in Adamas, the main port of the island, in the church of the Holy Trinity. There you have the chance to admire the religious art. Hagiographies, old icons, famous painters’ work, wood carved church structures, chalices and many more rare pieces of art.
The Folkloric / Historical museum of Milos is located in Plaka and here you will be able to travel back in time and see how the residents used to live in the 19th century. So, entering in a household of that period, you will understand the way of life with its peculiarities and difficulties.
The Maritime Museum of Milos is also located in Adamas and houses the famous wood boat “Eirini”. There you will find exhibits from prehistory to modern times, as well as rare maps.
The Mining museum of Milos is located just outside Adamas and was created in 1998 by the company S & B Industrial Minerals SA. Here displays the mining history of Milos and its natural, geological wealth. Besides the industrial minerals, you can watch the video, that through the stories of old miners, you travel in old excavations and to the first findings.
Pollonia is the most picturesque village of Milos! It is located north-east, in a beautiful bay and is a peaceful seaside village. It is assumed that it got its name from the god Apollon, since to the Lighthouse of Pelekouda, there was a temple in his honor. To the right side of the village there is the church of Agia Paraskevi, while on the left is the church of St. Nicholas. There is the Pelekouda, a peninsula basically. If you go over there, tradition says that the couple, who will sit on the chair that the small rock forms, will be together forever. Pollonia is the second port of Milos. From here departs the ferry boat to the neighboring island of Kimolos and the journey lasts half an hour, while the itineraries are many and daily. Taverns with fresh fish, cafes, bars for a relaxing drink and some souvenir stores are the shops you will meet doing your walk by the sea. Small vessels and fishing boats tied up at the pier loaded with fresh fish and seafood every morning are waiting for you to taste them. Enjoy your stay!
In Milos you will find many stores with original souvenirs. Larger and smaller shops make a market in different parts of the island that will not leave you indifferent. Handmade jewelry from semiprecious stones of Milos, silver, gold, modern or classic. Made with passion and imagination to meet every taste. You will find clothes, shoes, bags, scarves, hats and anything else missing from your collection or simply you want to obtain. Furthermore, unique artistic creations such as lamps, paintings, vases, ornaments and souvenirs made from sea wood, stone, glass or clay. Find what suits you and upon leaving, take with you a piece from the breathtaking island of Milos!
Milos is perhaps of the few islands that can combine quiet and relaxation with intense entertainment. Do you want to walk by the sea, eat in a tranquil or even secluded tavern and enjoy a cool drink under the moonlight and candlelight with soft background music overlooking the endless blue? You can! Or do you want to drink your coffee on busy roads with loud music, eat along with the whole island and then have fun drinking and dancing until the first morning hours in one of the bars/clubs of the island? Again, you can! There are so many places, picturesque small villages, restaurants, cafes, bars, that certainly one of them will respond to what you’re searching in order that you can have the unforgettable holidays in Milos that you dream!