Milos Island, The Inactive Volcano Of The Aegean

Milos island, the inactive volcano of the Aegean

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Located on the south western side of the Aegean Sea, Milos islandis a fantastic destination for your Greek holidays. Full of surprises and special charm, this island is world famous due to the ancient statue of Aphrodite (Venus de Milo, now in the Louvre Museum in Paris) that was excavated there.



The shape of Milos island looks like a horse shoe. The most characteristic geological feature of Milos is its volcanic background. In fact, the island was created about 2-3- million years ago by volcanic eruptions. These eruptions ended at about 90,000 years ago, leaving two inactive craters today on the surface of Milos island. This volcanic activity shaped the rocky coastline of the island and created valuable rocks. In fact, mining has been an important activity in Milos from the antiquity until today.



The coastline of Milos island is of amazing natural beauty. The most famous beach is Sarakiniko, with the white rocks and the underwater caves that are great for diving. These white rocks are actually lava solidified there over centuries. Other places with underwater caves are Papafrangas and Kleftiko, also known as the Sea Meteora due to the impressive rocks that come out of the sea. The sea region of Kleftiko is located on the southern side of Milos and can be accessed only by boat.


Beaches in Milos island with characteristic volcanic shore are Firiplaka, Paleochori and Agia Kyriaki. Tsigrado is also a fantastic place to swim, with crystal waters, soft golden sand and access through a narrow passage down to the beach.


The capital of Milos is Plaka, a lovely village constructed on the slopes of a hill and offering breathtaking view to the Aegean Sea. On top of the hill is Kastro, the Medieval part of Plaka, where you will also find the amazing church of Panagia Thalassitra. The main port of Milos is Adamas and this is where ferries from Athens and other islands arrive. Buses to all villages and beaches depart from Adamas, as well as tour boats around the island.

On the north eastern side of Milos island, you will find Pollonia, a seaside tourist village with cozy beaches, fish taverns and romantic atmosphere. At the edge of Pollonia, in a fantastic location with open view to the Aegean Sea, is our cozy Milos hotel, Nefeli Sunset Studios.


However, the most characteristic villages of the island are the fishing villages with the colourful doors and boat garages (called syrmata) on the ground floor. Such wonderful villages are Klima, Fourkovouni, Firopotamos and Mandrakia.

How to get to Milos island

You can easily reach Milos from Athens by plane or ferry.
By plane: There are frequent (about 4-5 times per week) flights from Athens airport to Milos. The airport of Milos is located close to Adamas.
By ferry: There are daily ferries to Milos from Piraeus, the main port of Athens. These ferries also connect Milos with other Cyclades islands, like Sifnos, Kimolos, Serifos, Folegandros, Paros and Santorini. In high season, there is also ferry connection once per week between Milos and Crete.

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