Milos is an amazing Cycladic island for holidays, with beautiful beaches and impressive monuments. Most people around the world know one of the masterpieces in Milos, the famous statue of Aphrodite of Milos, which although not on the island, has made it famous around the world. You will need several days to visit the whole island. The beaches of Milos are countless and have crystal waters and a sea world with beautiful colors due to the volcanic soil. Some of the beaches are sandy and some have rocks, most of them are organized and easily accessible. At the beaches of Milos you can enjoy swimming and the golden sand and you can also try several sea sports. It is also worth visiting the Archaeological Museum of Milos, which has important exhibits, the Milos Catacombs, the hot springs, the church of Agia Triada and Agios Haralambos. The nightlife on the island is quite intense with several bars that both locals and visitors prefer. During your holidays in Milos, taste all the local delicacies, especially the pastries, such as the preserve, the koufeto. There are schools, banks, stores, various businesses as well as an airport with direct flights to Eleftherios Venizelos in Athens on the island. If you too want to spend unforgettable holidays in Milos all you have to do is book your ferry tickets now.
The Milos Port
You can easily and comfortably travel from Piraeus and the surrounding islands to Milos by ferry. You can also book your ferry tickets online via aktoploika.gr for a more comfortable and carefree journey. The journey from Piraeus to Milos lasts about 5 hours by a conventional ferry and about 4 hours by speedboat. The natural port of Milos, Adamantas, has a developed tourist infrastructure and when you arrive on the island, you will find several rooms to rent, souvenir stores, taverns and cafés. The traditional Cycladic houses and the churches stand out in the area.
Connection With Other Islands
Milos has a ferry connection with the following ports: Piraeus (Athens), Lavrio, Amorgos, Anafi, Halki, Folegandros, Heraklion (Crete), Ios, Karpathos, Kasos, Kea, Kimolos, Koufonisia, Kythnos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Rhodes, Santorini, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos, Sitia (Crete), Syros.
You can now book ferry tickets online for Milos via Aktoploika.gr. If you plan to travel during July and August, it's best if you have booked several days or weeks earlier to avoid hitches. You should also know that round-trip/return ferry tickets come with a considerable discount.
Transportation in Milos works perfectly well and visitors can travel easily and comfortably around the island. The bus itineraries for the villages and the beaches are very frequent and always on time. If you choose to use the local buses during your stay in Milos, it is sure that you will not regret it. In Milos you will also find enough taxis that will take you to your destination fast and at a quite affordable price. There are also car and motorbike rental agencies on the island in case you want to rent a vehicle for your transportation. The road network of Milos is developed so you will not find it difficult to drive on the island. In fact, if you book the vehicle of your choice online before your arrival on the island, you'll surely get a better price.
Milos, with its geological and geographic particularities, differentiates in transportation as well, as its various road network (some parts tarmac, while other soil and rocks) doesn't make your movement safe and easy everywhere. Local buses sufficiently cover transportation between the island's biggest settlements (Adamantas, Plaka, Pollonia, Paliohori, Provatas, Sarakiniko, Ahivadolimni), although there are many places (mostly beaches), that reaching them from the land is too tough, risky, even impossible. You can have access to all these "hidden beauties" by small boats, that set sail from Adamantas' Port, with the ticket costing about 10 euros per person. You can buy your bus ticket inside the bus as well, with the most expensive one costing no more than 5 euros. The bus station is 100 meters away from Adamantas Port, right in the settlement's center.
The aura of the earth!
The fifth largest island of the Cyclades, has a horseshoe shape and its extent reaches the 151 square kilometres while the length of its coastline the 126 km. It has 8 large settlements.
The vegetation is mainly bushy, but there are spots covered by rare species of forest flora. The island has no high mountains, with tallest the one of Prophet Elias which has a height of 751 metres. The inhabitants deal mainly with the extraction of mineral resources and the tourist services.
In Milos, it''s worth tasting 'kufeto' made from pumpkin with honey and almonds and various cheeses.
Also, it is worth visiting the archaeological museum which is housed in a neoclassical building, in Plaka, by Ziller, built in 1870 and serves as a Museum since 1985. The most important exhibits of the Museum are a clay written female figurine, known as the "Lady of Philakopi" from the mycenean sanctuary of Philakopi, the Venus of Milos-perfect copy of the original work of plaster exposed in the Louvre dating from the late Greek era.
The Milos Mining Museum is located in Adamas, the tourist and commercial centre of the island. In the Hall on the ground floor, the visitor comes into first contact with the process of mining activity in Milos.
In the area of the ancient city, southwest of the village Tripiti, at a height of 150 metres above the sea, on a relatively steep slope, lie the Milos Catakombs. There, christians were gathering to celebrate their religious duties and to bury their dead people, away from the looks of the pagans of that era and their persecutors. It is unique in size in and among the most noteworthy, along with those of Rome and the Holy Land, at the global level.
On the eastern side of the island there is the small bay Paliorema with the crystal clear waters and the yellowish pebbles from the sulfur of the area. Here there are the old quarries sulfur extraction and the remains of the factor, which operated until 1956 employing many workers. Today is one of the geological attractions of the mining history of the island.
- You must definitely have a daily cruise around the island. You'll be able to see and enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, that can't be reached by land.
- Watch a sunset from Plaka and walk on its alleys during night. You definitely won't get enough.
- Next to Trypiti village are the Christian Catacombs with their frescos and some graves, aged 2000 old.
- In "Sirocco Tavern", located in Paliohori village, you'll have the chance to eat food cooked...inside the ground. These meals are rolled, buried in the sand and cooked from the ground's warmth. Look for the sign writing "Volcanic Food"!
- Milos' cuisine has some of the most delicious and weird recipes in Cyclades. Try cheese pies with "manouri" or "myzithra" (both of them kinds of cheese), grilled octopus and fried potatoes with tomato sauce.
Milos is the island, that you'll definitely need a sea-umbrella, as it has very few shades.
Before you decide which boat to choose for your daily cruise, ask for the prices and the cruise's schedule. These, as well as abidance times differ from boat to boat. Some boats owners offer treats and a full guide on board.
If you decide to rent a car, choose something small and flexible. There are many dirt-roads and some of them are too narrow in some places.
Happy Holidays in Milos!!!