Milos Island, Greece
Milos is the most southerly island in the western Cyclades. It is notable for its volcanic soil and for the rich deposits of minerals that lie beneath. It has a distinctive horseshoe shape. Its civilisation is considered equal to that of Crete and covers at least 5000 years. It became famous in the civilised world thanks to the masterpiece of the Venus de Milo, a statue found buried on the island in the 19th century and now in the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Adamas, one of the safest natural harbours in the Aegean, is a particularly charming spot, with whitewashed houses, cobbled alleys, balconies crammed with flower-pots and fragrant tamarisks which have been extolled by the poets. Of particular interest is the Minerals Museum, with exhibits of the island.s rich variety of minerals. Milos or Plaka, capital of the island, today stands on a hillside overlooking the sea at the foot of the castle. It is a most attractive town, with architecture in the characteristic Cycladic style. Among the most notable of its churches are those of Our Lady ‘‘Korfiotissa’’, Our Lady ‘‘Thalassistra’’ and Our Lady ‘‘Messa Panagia’’.
The Archaeological Museum has a copy of the Venus de Milo as well as other finds from various periods. The Historical and Folklore Museum has a collection of folk artifacts, samples of the island's minerals, photographs and historical documents of the greatest interest. Moreover, in the nearby village of Klima the ruins were found of ancient walls as well as an ancient theatre where performances are held during the summer. At the north-eastern extremity of Milos is the modern resort of Polonia or Apolonia. Three km. from there is Filakopi, an important centre in Minoan times; three successive cities were built on this spot. Next to the archaeological site is the spectacular Papafranga cave. The sea-cave called Kleftiko at the south end of the island, is one of Milos. most impressive landscapes. However, the most important monument is the famous catacombs, now open to the public. They are located at the village of Tripiti, two km. from the main town of Plaka and they are among the most important of Early Christian monuments.
Milos has many excellent beaches such as Sarakiniko (with beautiful cliffs hewn by wind and sea), Hivadolimni, Polonia, Adamas, Emborio, Provatas, Paleohori, Agia Kiriaki, Firiplaka, Papakinou and others. The extensive infrastructure for tourism of Milos, its clear waters and its fascinating monuments are helping to attract more and more visitors to the island. The nearby islets of Antimilos, Arkadies and Glaronisia are also of interest, each in its own way.
Useful telephone numbers:
Adamas Port Authority: 22870 23.360
Police: 22870 21.378
Municipal Offices: 22870 21.370
Milos airport: 22870 22.381
Archaeological Museum: 22870 21.620
Historical and Folklore Museum: 22870 21.292
Catacombs: 22 870 21.62