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THE WEATHER IN MILOS

BOATS MILOS
   - Adamantios Koraďs
   - Artemis
   - Panagia Faneromeni
   - Speedrunner III
   - Super Jet
   - Flying Cat/Highspeed
   -
Prevelis (ANEK)
   - all boats Milos Travel

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WALKS

(last update on the 29th of August 2013)

*** = very beautiful

**** = exceptional 

1. Adámas - Klíma - Pláka

2. Agia Marína - Profítis Ilías en terug ***

3. Agia Sofía - Kléftiko and back ***

4. Fylakopí - Papáfranga - Páchaina - Agios Konstantínos - Mýtakas - Sarakíniko - Mandrákia ***

5. Klíma - Pláka - bay of Pláthienas

6. Mandrákia - Sarakíniko - Mýtakas - Agios Konstantínos - Páchaina - Papáfranga - Fylakopí ***

Mílos is a volcanic island in the south-western corner of the Cycladics. The surface area is 151 km˛, and the island is inhabited by some 4 300 people.

The boat line from the Piraeus, which first calls at Kýthnos and then at Sérifos and Sífnos, continues to Kímolos and Mílos - this line runs three times a week, with the Adamántios Koraďs. It then continues to Folégandros, Síkinos, Ios and Santoríni. There are also, from April to October, High Speed boats, like the Speedrunner III or the Seajet.
By ordinary ferry you reach the harbour of Adámas on Mílos after about 7-8 hours. When you take the High Speed it only lasts 3,5 hours. 
Another interesting boat connection goes from the Piraeus via Mílos to Santoríni
and Anáfi and further  to Kássos, Kárpathos, Chálki and Ródos - for the moment it is the Prevelis, which takes care of this connection.
There are finally also some connections with the Aqua Jewel and the Artemis: in this way, it is possible to go to Náxos, Páros, Sýros and even to Tínos.

Very striking on Mílos is the large bay of Adámas, the biggest natural harbour in Greece and maybe one of the safest anchorage places in the entire Mediterranean. The town of Adámas is very lively, with a busy quay and with many bars and restaurants, but besides this it does not offer many places of interest.

The most attractive aspect of Mílos is probably its variety of coasts, with marvellous rock formations. Sarakíniko is a wonderful spot on the north coast, with a kind of moonscape of white, polished rocks – this is quite a unique place to go for a swim! Also the gorge of Papáfragas, a small beach in between two high cliffs, is a must to visit. On the south coast there is a succession of impressive rock coasts: the bay of Gérontas, the beaches of Firipláka and Tsigrádo, the volcanic beach of Paleochóri with its marvellously coloured cliffs, etc. Some of the most amazing spots can only be reached by boat, which means that a day trip to sail around the island is a must as well. This is the only way to see the rock formations of Glaroníssia, Arkoúdes, Sikiá or Kléftiko from nearby – you can even swim on some of these places.

A very typical aspect of Mílos is its small harbours with boat garages. Nowadays they are often converted in summer houses for Greek tourists, but they are still very picturesque. The most beautiful of these harbours are probably Klíma and Mandrákia, but also Skinopí, Fourkovoúni and Firopótamos are worth a visit.

A very interesting spot is the hill above Klíma, where you can visit some catacombs and even the remnants of a Roman theatre. Near this place the Venus of Milo was found in 1870, a statue that can now be admired in the Louvre.

And finally there is the capital Pláka, which is another wonderfully situated Cycladic town. On this highest top there are remnants of a Franconian kastro and there is also the cathedral of the Panagía tis Korfiátissas, marvellously located on the edge of the high cliffs: both of these places offer incredible panoramic views and great sunsets.

From Adámas there are good bus connections with Tripití via Pláka, with the beach of Paleochóri and with Pollónia, a harbour on the north-east coast from where there are boat connections with the island of Kímolos.
But in order to discover the most interesting places on this island within reasonable time it is a good idea to rent a car – although we can absolutely recommend the boat tour around the island.

Mílos is not an ideal island to hike. As far as we know, the only really ancient trails are the ones in between Pláka and Aretí and in between Klíma and Pláka, but these routes are not that interesting compared to the magnificent old trails on the other islands. The routes along the splendid coast between Mandrália and Fylakopí and especially the site of Sarakíniko are really beautiful, but often, there are no real trails. Also the trail up to the Profítis Ilías is a nice walk...

In 2009 appeared a very good map of Mílos and Kímolos in the Terrain Maps series.

Since January the 1st  2004

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The little port of Klíma


View to Tripití and Pláka

 

The Roman theater above Klíma

 

The hill of the Profítis Ilías with the excavations