General Information about Milos Island
Milos is a popular island, located in the southern part of the Aegean Sea. Known for the famous statue of Venus de Milo, which is now exhibited in the Museum of Louvre, Milos is today special for its crystal beaches and its rocky, lunar landscape.
Being of volcanic origin, Milos was an important trade center in the ancient times, mainly due to its strategic position, its huge natural harbor and the many minerals of the island. The Phoenicians were believed to be the first settlers, while it was also conquered by other tribes in the centuries that followed. In 416 BC, after months of siege, the island was conquered by the Athenians who killed most of the inhabitants and settled their own rulers.
In the Hellenistic times, it became a renowned cultural centre with many workshops of sculpture. Christianity dominated on the island in the late Roman times and this is proved by the Catacombs, on the northern side of the island, where the first Christians used to hide. Later on, Milos became part of the Byzantine Empire and was conquered by the Venetians and the Turks. In the Medieval times, it was frequently attacked by pirates. After the Greek Revolution of 1821, Milos was integrated to the Greek State. Today, its economy is based on mining and tourism.
Much developed in tourism with facilities all over the island, Milos is known for its wonderful beaches. The most photographed beach is Sarakiniko with its lunar landscape, pure water and very narrow sandy beach. Another beautiful beach is Papafragos, with extremely clean water and rocky caves to explore. From Milos, you can also take the tour boat to go to nearby islands, such as Kimolos, only half an hour ferry ride from Pollonia.
Apart from the beaches, Milos is also famous for its picturesque villages. The capital of the island is Plaka and its harbour is Adamas. There are also many other small traditional villages all around the island. The friendly inhabitants will give a special tone in your holidays.
Greek ferries to Milos
Ferries from Piraeus to Milos and from Milos to Piraeus depart every day and the trip takes 5-7 hours. Milos is connected by ferry to many islands of Cyclades. In particular, there are ferries from Milos to Mykonos, Milos to Thira Santorini, Milos to Naxos and Milos to Ios. Also from the small port of Pollonia, daily local ferries to Kimolos depart. In general, ferries from Milos go to Piraeus, Santorini, Ios, Koufonissi, Folegandros, Amorgos, Mykonos, Naxos, Kythnos, Serifos, Sifnos, Anafi, Heraklion Crete, Rhodes, Halki, Karpathos, Kasos and Sitia Crete.