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Introducing Milos

Volcanic Milos arches around a central caldera and is ringed with dramatic coastal landscapes of colourful and surreal rock formations. The island's most celebrated export, the iconic Venus de Milo, is far away in the Louvre but hot springs, the most beaches of any Cycladic island and a series of quaint villages populated by friendly people add to its current, compelling, attractions.

Capital Plaka and stunning Klima are just two of the little villages worth visiting and Filakopi, an ancient Minoan city in the island's northeast, was one of the earliest settlements in the Cyclades.

The island has a fascinating history of mineral extraction dating from the Neolithic period when obsidian was exported to the Minoan world of Crete. Today Milos is the biggest bentonite and perlite centre in the EU.

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Milos Overview

Milos Overview

Known locally as the island of 100 beaches, this 161 square kilometres of multi-hued, volcanic rock certainly knows how to spoil committed beachcombers. On a 14 night holiday, it is quite feasible to visit a different beach each day, many set in quite astounding locations with dramatic rock formations including caves and arches as backdrop. Some of the more spectacular stretches of sand can only be accessed from the sea. We would suggest booking a ticket on one of the round-the-island cruises that make a point of allowing time to swim and relax in these same places. We guarantee you will be amazed!

But Milos is more than just beaches and spectacular coastal scenery. The port of Adamas has become a favourite destination with the Athenian cognoscenti and we really are quite amazed and somewhat disappointed that foreign holidaymakers are not aware of this gem. Two bays flank the meandering waterfront lined with cafes, tavernas and a myriad of shops. A pre-dinner stroll by the quayside reveals luxurious cruisers bobbing up and down on the gentle swell. It is easy to travel around the island. A comprehensive bus network connects Adamas with the main tourist beaches such as Paleochori and Provatas whilst also linking other communities in nearby, hilltop Plaka and coastal Pollonia which is further away in the north. A day in Plaka offers panoramic views, the possibility to visit the archaeological and folklore museums and to eat very well in a classy taverna. Pollonia's quaint little harbour lies adjacent to a superb tree-fringed, sandy bay. A handful of local shops, excellent holiday accommodation and first class tavernas are the mainstay of this up and coming resort area.

One can visit the neighbouring island of Kimolos for the day from Pollonia as the local ferry takes only 30 minutes to make the short crossing.