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MILOS ISLAND

Emborios Milos IslandTo most people, the island of Milos is known as the place where the statue of Venus, now in the Louvre Museum in Paris, was discovered. It is only recently that tourism has noticed the beautiful beaches of this Cycladic island, its rocks and clear waters. Milos is "the Island of Colors" thanks to its splendid, manifold beauties of volcanic origin. Milos is the most western island of the Cyclades.  It has 5.500 inhabitants scattered over 7 small towns. Milos total surface is 151 sq. km.

The island is ample, due to the very large and beautiful gulf is in the very middle of it, which gives the island a horseshoe shape. There are more than 70 beaches, each one with its own characteristic. Milos does offer an interesting and unforgettable vacation. The months of April and May are ideal to see the island blooming, to smell its keen perfumes, and to ride around to see exceptional wild landscapes.

Firiplaka Beach, Milos, GreeceIn September and October the color of the sea, the beautiful sunsets, and a gentle breeze give the island a calm atmosphere and allow you a very restful vacation. The luckier people with boats will reach waters of blue, azure, emerald, green, red and violet colors contrasting with white or pink, or red rocks.  At some places along the East- cost of the island all these colours can be found in one spot. The nearby satellite islands also have secluded beaches and landscapes of great beauty.

HOW TO GET TO MILOS:

Arrivals and Departures:
By plane : Milos has an airport with normally two daily flights from Athens. The Airport is at 4 km. from Adamas.
By boat : during the summer, there are on the average three ships a day  from and to Piraeus, Crete and the other Cyclades. There is a "High Speed" line (4 hours from Piraeus). We suggest to make your enquires to a Tourist Office in Greece.

MILOS ISLAND TOWNS TO VISIT:

Rock formations in Milos Island GreeceThe island of Milos has seven towns: Adamas, Triovassalos, Pera Triovassalos, Tripiti, Plakes, Plaka, and Pollonia. We describe the major ones. However also Tripiti, Triovassalos, and small villages like Mandrakia and Klima are a "must" to visit.: 

Adamas. Its name might come from "diamond". It is situated on the gulf and all ferryboats arrive to its secure harbour. Adamas is the "downtown" place of the island of Milos, because it is pivotal to all directions, it has cafes and restaurants right on the gulf, shops and markets, discos, and the majority of other services. Boat excursions depart from Adamas and so do ferries to Kimolos. Visit the churches of Aghia Triada and Agios Halarambos. 

Plaka. Built on the hill at the entrance of the gulf, Plaka is the most characteristic town on the Island with narrow roads, houses of Cycladic style, and a few shops and restaurants. Visit the Kastro, from which you have a wonderful view of the North/West part of the island and unforgettable sunsets. The Folk Museum and The Archaeological Museum are in Plaka and we suggest their visit. Near Plaka you have the Catacombs and the Theatre, with unexpected interesting marble remains. 

Pollonia. In front of the Island of Kimolos, North/East of Adamas (10 km.) Pollonia is a small fisherman town built around a pretty, restful round beach of fine sand. On one side the peer with restaurants. It is an ideal place for those who want to be out of the crowd, close to all beaches on the north side and to the nearby islands: Kimolos, Ag. Ghiorgos, Poliegos, and of course, Glaronissia, the impressive small islands coming up from the sea with hexagon shaped stones.

Sarakiniko Beach MilosMILOS ISLAND BEACHES:

If the volcanic geological forms of Milos are interesting, the variety and colors of its beaches are impressive: they may be white, or black, with sand, small stones or ground shells. Their waters are always clear and may be emerald, green, pale blue or deep blue.
Small beaches have been created by the continuous work of the sea on the rocks: see Sarakiniko, Aghios Constantinos, and Papafragas.
Most of the beaches can be reached by well paved roads, others, like Kleftiko, can be reached only from the sea. The coast has colours and forms of unique beauty, and should be seen by boat.
Only during July and August some beaches (Firiplaka, Ag. Kiriakì,Firopotamos,  Sarakiniko) have chairs and/or bars. Paliohori, instead, has restaurants, umbrellas and chairs. 
Hereunder we list the beaches you "must" see:

In the North:
Firopotamos : a small nice bay with fishermen houses.
Mandrakia : a small jewel of small houses with truthful dwellings for fishing boats 
Sarakiniko : a moon-like, incredibly white rocky coast with a small bay
Ag. Konstantinos : another shelter for boats through rocky passages.
Papafragas : the sea enters the tiny sandy beach between high, rocky walls.
Pollonia: a nice sandy beach with trees.

Tzigrado Beach MilosIn the South :
Paliochori : 10 km. from Adamas, perhaps the most interesting beach, with small stones. Hot spots from thermal water.
Aghia Kiriakì : Long beach, sand and shell detritus
Tzigrado : made of perlite, snow-like slope of sand entering a blue sea.
Firiplaka : by Tsigrado, ample sandy beach with coloured rocks.
Provatas : fine reddish sandy beach.
Gerontas : small beach of black sand, arches and grottos.

Others : Beaches and places within the gulf: Papakikinò, Hivadolimni, Klima, Fourkovounni, Agia Marina and Embourio.  A must is also the beach of Plathiena, NW of the island. West of the island: Triades, Agios Joannis.
East of the island: Paliorema, Kastana......etc.etc......

MAP OF MILOS ISLAND, CYCLADES, GREECE:

Map of Milos Island, Greece

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