MILOS

Only a few years ago, Milos was one of those quiet islands where you would only find empty beaches, very few taverns and nothing else. Today, it has become one of the "trendy" islands for young Greeks to go to in summer, and the island has turned into a quite exciting place. The big plus is that Greeks have a very relaxed attitude to alcohol, so the island is not particularly noisy, and you can sleep at night.

Milos has many, many little bays - and if you rent a moped you can find a small beach of your own. This is very romantic and perfect for honeymooners and people who seek peace and quietness.

One of the most famous sculptures of the ancient world, Venus de Milo (Aphrodite of Milos ) was found here. A copy can be seen in the archaeological museum, while the original is at the Louvres Museum in Paris. It was given to the French during the Turkish rule, so that the oppressors wouldn't steal it, but now the Greeks would of course like it back. Everywhere on the island you'll see large or small copies of this work of art.

The locals live off fishing and exporting minerals from the island. Tourism is also a source of income in summer.

Milos and Kimolos used to be one island, but an earthquake split the island into two. The volcanic nature has blessed the island with many bays, and the large, natural harbor made it a perfect place for some of the earliest settlers in Greece . There is evidence that the island was inhabited as far back as the 6th Millennium BC !


In Plaka, Milos ' capital, there are quite a few things to see. You can visit the archaeological museum where various artifacts from the excavations on the island are displayed, as well as a copy of Aphrodite of Milos . There is also a folklore museum, where you can see how the people of Milos used to live and dress.

The church dedicated to the Virgin Mary has many icons and here you will also get a wonderful view. The Venetian Kastro is also worth a visit.

Just above Klima there is a big archaeological excavation site, and here you will see many ancient ruins, as well as the spot where Aphrodite of Milos was found.