The home of the celebrated Venus de Milo dazzles with its own breathtaking beauty…
Milos is an entirely volcanic creation, built over eons by successive underwater eruptions. There are spots where the sea becomes a natural jacuzzi, with warm gases bubbling up from the seabed.
On Milos you spend your day like a pirate, moving from cove to cove, stepping on rocks that change colours every few meters, observing human and animal forms in the impressive geological formations, finding your own secret beach where you can swim in solitude… and at the end of the day you will undoubtedly climb into bed feeling deeply satisfied.
Here are 6 reasons why Milos is the first stop during our West Cyclades walking holiday…
1. Milos is home to a dormant volcano
Milos is the most interesting geologically island in the Cyclades with dramatically eroded volcanic rocks… the whole island actually looks like a geology or mining museum! The vast mineral deposits continue to be the wealth of Milos which you’ll discover as you follow our favourites “geo” walks!
Due to the volcanic nature of Milos there are several places around the island where there are hot springs. The most well known are the mineral baths in Adamas called ‘Ta Loutra tou Lakkou’, which were mentioned by Herodotus as a cure for skin diseases. Its power may also be experienced at Kalamos, one of the island’s oldest volcanic centers. The volcanic steam and gases emitted into the atmosphere reach temperatures of 100 degrees Celsius.
2. The picturesque white washed villages and the colourful “Syrmata”
Milos is also known as the island of colours thanks to the unique combination of Aegean’s blue waters, radiant sunlight, small white houses and its volcanic origin.
Syrmata referes to the colorful boathouses dug out of the rock where fishermen store their boats in the winter, a unique practice in Milos and neighboring islands. In the summer, they are converted into refuges for midday siestas or into complete summer homes for their owners, who are mainly local fishermen. Their bright hues were inspired by the multi-coloured rock layers of the island, or they say they were painted in order for each fisherman to be able to easily identify his home when returning by boat at night.
During our walks you’ll see “syrmata in traditional settlements such as Fyropotamos, Klima and Mandrakia to name a few. At sunset they become small, romantic paradises.
3. Milos majestic sunsets!
The sunset experience on the island is stunning, rivalling, or even surpassing, the world-famous sunset of Oia in Santorini. The Panagia tis Korfiatissas church in Plaka is the ultimate spot to catch the sunset.
The sensational view takes in the gulf, Cape Vani, as well as the islet Antimilos, west of Milos. As the sun goes down, look for the lighthouse located by the two islets, the Arkadies, at the gulf’s entrance.
4. Unique endemic wildlife you cannot meet anywhere else
Milos is also known for its unique fauna with endemic species such as the Milos Wall lizard, the extremely rare Milos Grass Snake, Milos Green Lizard and Milos Viper, one of the most interesting and rare animals in Europe.
There are two cores in the area of western Milos integrated in the Network NATURA 2000. The one is southwestern coastal Milos, which constitutes a biotope for the Mediterranean monk seal. The other one covers the rest of the island’s western area, as a biotope of the red viper of Milos. Achivadolimni (or Chivadolimni “Clam lake”), the biggest natural wetland in the Cyclades and an important station for migratory birds (there are swans and flamingos), belongs to the NATURA area. In addition, the cypress forest with their horizontal branches, which is a rare biotope with perennial trees, lies in that area.
In western Milos there are many plants and herbs, wild flowers and protected birds –such as Eleonora’s falcon, a rare migratory falcon. Do I need to say more?
5. Rich history and unique archeological attractions
Milos Island has a very rich history starting from the Neolithic period (7,000 BC) and the prehistoric town of Fylakopi. The rich history is revealed tow alkers through the monuments that have been preserved. Here are some examples:
• the discovery site of the world famous “Venus (Aphrodite) de Milo”,
• an important Late Bronze Age coastal settlement,
• a Roman theatre,
• the largest Roman catacombs outside Rome,
• a Venetian castle…
6. Delicious food, a reward at the end of every walk!
Like every island in Greece, Milos too has its own unique culinary fingerprint, one which you will have a great time exploring. Begin your day with pitarakia (traditional local cheese pies with onions and herbs) and ladenia (a pizza-like regional speciality) at either the Artemis or Xydous bakeries in Adamantas.
All our walks end at picturesque settlements with a meal at our favourite local taverns where you’ll try the local “mezes”.
Don’t forget to stock up on Milos’ famous flower honey as well as the island’s flavor-packed capers.
As if the above are not enough… Milos 75 beaches are truly unbelievable! 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.
The West Cyclades is one of our favourites holiday regions as it combines an inexhaustible variety of beautiful hiking trails, picturesque villages and harbors, stunning beaches, unique archeological sites, rare endemic wildlife and delicious food!
Please have a look at our sample itinerary that will show you what you will experience while walking with us around the islands of Milos and Sifnos:
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