Milos is the westernmost island of the Cyclades in the Aegean sea, famous for the classical statue of Venus (Aphrodite), its numerous startling beaches and unique rock formations. Its area is estimated at 151 km2 while its coastline reaches 125 km. The eastern part is fairly flat and easy to cross while the western is more rough with the highest point of the island being the Mount of Prophet Elias at 751 m. The island is of volcanic origin which attributes to its scenic natural beauty and agricultural products of excellent quality.
The area of Phylakopi is a fertile small valley at the northern part of the island where various prehistoric cities repeatedly flourished between 3000 and 1000 BC.
The area is peaceful with many cultivated fields and groves with very old trees while scattered around lie its few other houses.
You will certainly grasp the essence of country living here.
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Pollonia: the nearest village
Phylakopi has no facilities but in 2.5 km is the picturesque small port of Pollonia with very good restaurants and
coffee-shops by the sea. You will also find bakeries, super-markets, drugstore, travel agencies, car rentals and almost everything else you
might need for your vacation. Bigger towns provide all the essentials.
Pollonia is a colorful tourist village, the second port of the island and main transit point to the island of Kimolos.
It is a small gulf on the NE part of the island with a big sandy beach covered with Tamarix trees and a children playground.
A more quiet, also sandy beach with a beach-bar is located to the east of the village. Both beaches are children friendly.
Adamas, the port
Adamas (Greek for diamond) is the main port of Milos, one of the biggest
naturally formed gulfs across the Mediterranean, originally inhabited in the 19th century.
Today, it is the biggest center of activity with commercial stores, boutiques, restaurants, coffee bars and nightlife.
Also banks, supermarkets, drugstore, Greek and international newsstand, the bus and taxi terminals and a gas station.
Adamas is favored for its two easily accessible, sandy and almost always calm beaches: Lagada beach and Papikinou beach which is very long. Both have quite spots and more crowded parts with sunbeds and umbrellas.
Milos airport is situated 4.5 km to the south-east of the port and 10.4 km away from Phylakopi. Adamas is 9 km away from Phylakopi.
Plaka, the capital & Kastro
Plaka (in Greek a flat region) is the capital of Milos still retaining its traditional Cycladic style with many old beautiful mansions and listed buildings. The visitor can get
lost among the numerous paved, picturesque alleys built during the 18th century in the form of labyrinth for protection against pirate attacks. A stroll to its small boutiques, cafès and restaurants scattered among the alleys makes life more vibrant!
"Marmara", the wide balcony of the big church of Lady Korfiatissa at the very center of Plaka, offers an amazing view to the entry of the harbor especially at sunset.
Another excellent site to enjoy a scenic, romantic sunset is the top of the Kastro, a Venetian fortification, at a steep hill 280m high, with beautiful unhindered view of the island from high above.
For a trip to the past don't miss these interesting museums: the "Folk and History museum" and the "Archeological museum". (Plaka is 11 km away away from Phylakopi)
From Plaka you may also visit the nearby traditional village of Trypiti with the Catacombs, the ancient city of Klima and the contemporary village of Klima with the quaint, vibrantly colored dwellings called "syrmata" .
Milos is proud of having more than 72 beaches! Some of the nicest ones are very close to Aloni Cave House. You may enjoy long walks around the area.
One of the most exciting and easy to follow hiking routes starts at Phylakopi crosses almost all northern beaches and ends either at Sarakiniko
or even futher at Mandrakia, a village with beaches and colorful "syrmata".
If you have your own transportation means you may easily visit all interesting spots of Milos within 15-20 minutes.
Some of the closest beaches are: Kapros (1 km) a sandy beach with unique scenery, Papafragas (0.9 km): a stunning cave embracing a small sandy beach,
Pachena (1.5 km): long sandy beach with many coves and beach bar, Agios Konstantinos (3.5 km) and next to it Alogomandra which is a sandy beach with an impressive cave,
Mytakas (4.5 km): a big sandy beach with a beach bar,
Sarakiniko (7 km): a unique lunar like coastal area with a small sandy cove and many flat rocks to sunbathe!
Boat tours around the island is a big attraction you should not miss. Kleftiko is the top sailing destination: one of the most impressive sceneries of Milos.
A bay surrounded by a cluster of white tiny, rocky islets that block the entrance and make it invisible by sea used to be a pirates shelter.
Magnificent view, a cute small beach, crystal clear waters and many caves to explore.
Other interesting activities you may join: Sailing, Diving, Snorkeling, Sea kayaking, Wind surfing, Water tubing, Water skiing, Jet skiing, Fishing, Hiking, Eco Tourism, Geo Walks, Wine tasting & Winery Tour, Yoga or Cooking classes.
Site background photos in order shown: Sarakiniko, Mytakas, Pachena, Adamas at Sunset, Sarakiniko, Kapros
Photography by: Mady Lykeridou-Veleta, Dimitris Tsirigotis, Emanuele Maracci, Corallia Drounga