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Milos: a Dazzling Cycladic Treasure

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Milos. Credit: Dronepicr/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0

Milos is a volcanic island, and is the south-westernmost island in the Cyclades group.

Because of its volcanic origin, Milos possesses a captivating colorful landscape with soft sandy beaches, underwater sea caves and reddish cliffs, and has more than 75 exotic beaches.

Standing out for its sublime aura, picturesque fishing villages, rich history, and mouth-watering food, Milos is an unfailing Cycladic treasure that will steal your heart with its dazzling beauty.

The diverse landscapes in Milos are surreal; you will always discover something new.

Being home to the Venus of Milos statue, which was found on the island, but is currently on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris, and the beautiful white rock formations of Kleftiko and Sarakiniko beach, rich-colored Klima village, and Plaka’s sunset, Milos’ beauty is unique and showcased in many ways.

Beaches of Milos

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Sarakiniko beach. Credit: Dronepicr/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-2.0

Sarakiniko is the most photographed and famous beach on Milos island. A nice contrast is created by the landscape of volcanic rocks and the deep blue color of the sea.

When you are there, you will not believe such natural beauty can actually be real.

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Tsigrado Beach. Credit: Dronepicr/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-2.0

Tsigrado is a beach so secluded you will feel like you own it. White sand, surreal waters, cliffs and caves, making it a great place to snorkel. The only way to make it down to the beach is to climb down a rope.

While this might make some hesitate, always keep in mind that the destination is so worth it, that it’s not to be missed. It also adds to its uniqueness.

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Kleftiko. Credit: Dronepicr/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-2.0

One of the most impressive spots on the island, Kleftiko beach can only be reached by boats from Adamas. Great way to try out a boat tour!

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Papafragas, Milos. Credit: Zde/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-SA-4.0

The blissful landscape of Papafragas is a very impressive site to witness. It has deep dark sea caves surrounding the place, and crystal waters that change color depending on the light and weather.

From the top of the rock, it looks like a huge natural swimming pool, an enormous cave carved out of the cliff’s side.

Fun activities in Milos

One of the most fun things to do on the island is to take a boat trip that takes you around the island and to many beaches that are not accessible any other way.

The tours make stops at the mesmerizing beaches for everyone to take a swim and enjoy their time. They also include food, drinks, and stories told about pirates that had their hideouts in Milos. Traces of their existence can be found in Kleftiko and Sarakiniko.

The boat tours take almost a whole day and it is one of the things that are mostly worth doing on the island as you get to see the best scenery the island can provide while also learning about its history.

You can also spice up your holidays with a sea kayak day trip! These guided day trips are one of the most fun activities to experience on the island.

Must sees on the island

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Mandrakia village. Credit: Flyax/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-SA-3.0

During afternoon hours, take a walk in Mandrakia, the colorful and charming small fishing village above the water, where the old port of Ancient Milos used to be.

What makes this little town special is its cave-like structures (sirmata) that are used to store boats.

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Klima village. Credit: Zde/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-SA-4.0

Among the most traditional and picturesque villages on Milos, Klima is a fishing village surrounded by colorful traditional fishermen houses and shops on the beach.

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Plaka. Credit: Enough4unow/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-SA-4.0

Plaka village is the capital of the island. It is situated on a hill above the port, offering a magnificent view of the sea and Cycladic architecture with whitewashed houses, balconies full of flowers, colorful doors and windows. Archaeological and folk museums and old churches can also be seen in this wonderful village.

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The Venetian Castle at Plaka. Credit: Wikigrafeis/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-SA-4.0

Built on the hill of Prophet Elias in the 13th century, the Venetian Castle of Milos is located in the northwest of the island. At the time, proceedings of the castle were used to protect the citizens from pirate attacks.

Today, it offers visitors a view of exceptional beauty in the bay of the island and a breathtaking sunset, which will reward the effort that it took to climb to the top.

Also, going up to Castro will give you the opportunity to visit the church of Panagia Thalassitra and the church of Virgin Mary or Virgin Skiniotissa.

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Catacombs of Milos. Credit: Zde/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-SA-4.0

The Catacombs of Milos, are among the three most important of the 74 discovered worldwide, together with the catacombs of the Holy Land and Rome, and date back from the 1st to the 5th century. There is a possibility that the Catacombs of Milos are older than the ones of Rome.

Milos is traditionally an island for couples

Tips for couples: watch the warm golden light of the sun take over Khora village as you stroll around the castle area at dusk.

The benches on the courtyard of church Panagia Korfiatissa and Panagia Thalassitra, as well as the Castle’s top, are all ideal locations to set back and enjoy the lovely view that will certainly cast a spell on you.

Another great tip is taking some dives on secluded beaches and exploring the caves. Take  a boat trip and explore beaches that you have never thought of visiting.

While Milos welcomes everyone, it is mostly popular as an island for couples where they can find the ideal environment for their romantic holidays in the peaceful natural landscape.

The emerald beaches, catacombs, and caves eroded by the sea, filled with pirate stories, captivate any holidaymaker.

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