Milos (Cyclades - South Aegean)


Milos is the southernmost island of West Cyclades. Due to its volcanic background, Milos has a special geology and unique beaches. The strong volcanic eruption that happened in Milos millions of years ago formatted its present landscape with reddish cliffs, soft sandy beaches and underwater sea caves. Sarakiniko, Firiplaka, Paleochori and Tsigrado are the most special beaches in Milos, while very characteristic are the fishing villages, such as Klima and Firopotamos. Interesting sights in Milos include: the Christian Catacombs and the Sea Caves of Kleftiko that are accessible only with excursion boat from Adamas or Pollonia.

Milos Catacombs: One of the most important archeological findings of Milos is the famous catacombs. These catacombs were found in 1844 and it is estimated that they were built towards the end of the 1st century. They were used as Christian cemeteries during Roman times. The catacombs are three in total and they are found underground. They are interconnected as they have hallways that decrease in height as you reach the death chamber. The hallways are typically about 200 meters in length with 5 to 7 carved graves on each side of the hallway.

The Ancient Theater on Milos: On a rocky slope, near the famous catacombs stands the ancient theater of Milos that Romans built during the Hellenistic period. It exists to this day though most of it is is actually ruined and is not in the initial shape as it was hundreds years ago. The ancient theater of Milos used to organize theater festivals. Nowdays, the inhabitants continue to organize many cultural events. The theatre is located close to the village of Tripiti, 5 kilometres from Adamas and 2 kilometers from Plaka. It is above the harbor of Klima.

The most enjoyable time to visit in late spring – when the landscape is still green, the sea has warmed up to feasible swimming temperatures – and early autumn. Milos is accessible by fast ferry from Athens (3 hours) as the island is too small to have its own airport.

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