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MILOS

The island of Milos is the most southerly island in the western Cyclades. Milos is notable for its volcanic soil and for the rich deposits of minerals that lie beneath. It has a distinctive horseshoe shape.

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The civilisation of Milos is considered to be as ancient as that of Crete and spans a period of at least 5.000 years.

Aphrodite of Milos
Aphrodite of Milos in the Louvre

Milos fame spread throughout the civilised world thanks to the master piece of the Venus of Milos, a statue found buried on the island in the 19th century, which now exists in the Louvres Museum in Paris. Adams is one of the safest harbours with white washed houses, cobbled alleys, balconies crammed with flower pots and fragrant tamarisks which have been extolled by the poets.

Milos or Plaka is the capital of the island which stands on a hillside overlooking the sea at the foot of the castle. It is an attractive town with architecture in Cycladic style. Among the most notable churches are those of Our Lady "Korfiotissa", "Thalassistra" and "Messa Panagia".

The Archaeological Museum has a copy of the Venus of Milos statue as well as other finds from various periods.

The Historical and Folklore Museum has a collection of samples of the island's minerals, photographs and historic documents of the greatest interest.

At the north eastern extremity of Milos is the modern resort of Polonia or Apolonia. Almost 3 km away is the most important centre of population in Minoan times. The ancient city was built in three phases. Next to the archaeological site is the spectacular Papafranga cave. At the south end of the island there is the sea cave called Kleftiko.

The most important monument on the island of Milos is the "catacombs", which are open to the public. They are located at the village of Tripiti, 2 km from the main town of Plaka and they are among the most important of Early Christian monuments.

The nearby islets of Antimilos, Arkadies and Glaronissia are also of interest.

Area 160 sq. km.
Distance from Piraeus 87 n. miles.


How to get there:

By ferry from Piraeus or Crete or by aeroplane from Athens



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