|Visited in 1997, 1999,
2000, 2004, 2010 and 2012
Walking, hiking and trekking on Mílos
(last update on the 9th of February 2013)
*** = very beautiful
**** = exceptional
NN = new in 2012
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 daily. 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.
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
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.
Mílos is not an ideal island to hike. From Pláka it is possible to hike to Mandrákia and Sarakíniko along gravel roads, but these routes are not that interesting compared to the magnificent old trails on the other islands. As far as we know, the only really ancient trails are the ones in between Pláka and Aretí and in between Klíma and Pláka. This latter route we have described in the hike in between Adámas and Pláka.
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