MILOS - THE DIAMOND OF THE CYCLADES
Milos is known to most as the place where the statue of Aphrodite was found which is now in the Louvre Museum in Paris. It is a whole volcanic "building", built slowly by successive submarine eruptions. Idyllic landscapes, countless dreamy beaches and picturesque settlements compose an impressive landscape. Characteristic of Milos is its natural port, Adamas, one of the largest in the Mediterranean and plays an important role in the history, culture, economy and development of the inhabitants. The inhabitants of Milos live in eight villages of Plaka, which is also the capital of the island, Plakes, Triovasalos, Pera Triovasalos, Tripiti, Pollonia, Zephyria and Adamas.
Plaka is the capital of the island characterized by island architecture and overlooking the bay of Milos. In the direction of Plaka there are two densely populated villages, Triovasalos with the church of Agios Spyridon and Pera Triovasalos with the church of Agios Georgios. The Castle at the top of the hill is said to have been inhabited since medieval times while today it is uninhabited but offers views and magnificent sunsets. After Plaka, is the village of Tripiti with its picturesque windmills. Also important are the Aegean settlements of the island, Mandrakia, Firopotamos, Areti, Fourkovouni and Klima, which are small fishing ports.
Sarakiniko is a volcanic formation, with no vegetation in combination with white rocks that gives the impression of a lunar landscape. The bay of Kapros and the cave of Papafragas are picturesque, where you can go down by stairs and swim on the small sandy beach. Pollonia is built around a beautiful creek, with a sandy beach, the salty, whitewashed houses, the church of Agia Paraskevi and Agios Nikolaos. Glaronissia, a creation of nature, is a set of six-sided rods of unique beauty that emerge from the sea. From the area of Kipos, a boat starts for the beaches of Gerontas, Kleftikos, Gerakas and the Sulfur Mines.
Some of the museums of Milos, which attract hundreds of visitors every year are the Folklore, the Mining, the Ecclesiastical, the Naval and most importantly the Archaeological Museum with the copy of the famous statue of Aphrodite of Milos. The catacombs were a gathering place for the first Christians to perform their religious duties and are a majestic early Christian monument. The ancient Roman Theater is located in the large archeological site between Tripiti and Klima which was built by the inhabitants during the Hellenistic period. The Archaeological Museum of Milos is housed in Plaka and hosts finds from the prehistoric period.
Milos has the most beautiful waters in the Cyclades with more than 70 beaches, each with its own characteristic. Paliochori, Ag. Kyriaki, Provatas, Tsigrado, Fyriplaka, Hivadolimni, Ag. Sostis, Firopotamos, Gerontas, Kastanas are some of the 75 beaches of Milos. Pebble beaches, with fine sand, with blue waters, with green waters, with rocks, organized beaches stand out on the island. Due to the volcanic origin of its soil, Milos has an impressive morphology and variety of beaches. The sandy beach of Alogomantra in the area of Agios Konstantinos is beautiful. The natural bay of the island and its many large beaches are offered for all sports such as windsurfing, water skiing, jet skiing, beach tennis - volley, canoe - kayak, diving and fishing.
The traditional Cycladic cuisine of Milos contains local cheeses and pies such as flauns which are syrupy spinach pies as well as handmade garlic lasagna. Characteristic of Milaiki cuisine are the pitarakia, stuffed with peppery dry cheese or mizithra with mint, the watermelon pie (traditional sweet watermelon pie) and of course the sweet dragee made from sweet zucchini crumbs with honey and almonds and served at weddings and engagements.Handmade pasta (tagliatelle, bun), recipes such as garlic lasagna, macaroons, rafioli, aliada and quince paste are among the flavors that stand out. The nightlife of Milos is in relatively calm tones and is gathered around the port and Plaka with bars for romantic sunsets and fun until morning. The night with a full moon in Sarakiniko, with the all white landscape that you can walk, is unique and every visitor should see it.