Welcome to the island of Venus de Milo, the famous statue that now lies in the Louvre. It’s volcanic past makes the island intriguing in terms of nature, with different coloured rocks, natural springs and over 70 pristine seas. Plaka, the capital of the island, is 200 meters above the gulf of Milos, complete with a castle and appealing churches. Read more below...
If you are looking for a destination that combines natural beauty, cultural heritage and sustainable practices, this volcanic island in the Aegean Sea will captivate you. Milos is a great island for ecotourism activities, as it offers a variety of options for exploring its stunning landscapes, rich biodiversity and ancient history. Here are some examples of what you can do in Milos:
- Hike along the old mining trails and discover the colorful rocks and minerals that make Milos unique. You can also visit the Mining Museum and learn about the island's mining history and its contribution to the local economy and society.
- Kayak around the coastline and admire the impressive rock formations, caves and arches that have been sculpted by the sea and the wind. You can also snorkel or dive in the crystal-clear waters and observe the marine life that thrives in the volcanic environment.
- Join a guided tour of the archaeological sites and monuments that testify to the island's long and rich history. You can see the ancient theater, the catacombs, the Roman mosaics and of course, the famous Venus de Milo statue that was found here in 1820.
- Visit the traditional villages and experience the authentic lifestyle and hospitality of the locals. You can taste the delicious local cuisine, based on fresh seafood, cheese, honey and herbs. You can also participate in cultural events and festivals that celebrate the island's folklore and traditions.
- Head to Sarakiniko (a name of Arabic origin, related to the Saracens) and discover one of the most outstanding terrain on the island. The lunar-like topography with different rock formations descends into the sea, which works its artistic magic on them.
- Visit the catacombs in the village of Tripti, enjoy activities such as diving, kayaking and hiking on the island's dirt roads. Nearby islands of Antimilos and Polyaigos fall under the Natura 2000 area, so does the coastal area of Western Milos and the wider region of Profitis Ilias.
If you have more time, you can also take a boat trip to nearby Kimolos, a small and charming island that is part of the same volcanic complex as Milos. Kimolos is a hidden gem that preserves its natural beauty and tranquility. You can enjoy its sandy beaches, its picturesque whitewashed houses and its friendly people. You can also visit its castle, its folk museum and its church of Panagia Odigitria, which houses a rare icon of the Virgin Mary. Milos and Kimolos are ideal destinations for ecotourism lovers who want to discover the wonders of nature and culture in a responsible and respectful way. Don't miss this opportunity to experience these amazing islands for yourself!