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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.

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Some 2 kilometres on the coast east of Adamantas, go north towards Apollonia to Sarakiniko (a name of Arabic origin, related to 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.

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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.

 

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Mountain climbers may want to head to one of the two climbing destinations on Milos, Tourla of Vaniou and Glaronisia.

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Some of the many beaches worth visiting are Lagkada, with its mineral baths, Apollonia, a popular resort where you can also take water taxis or a small ferry to the nearby island of Kimilos, Plathiena, a sandy beach near Plaka, and the long sandy beaches of Paleohori and Provotas. There are also hot springs at Paleohori.

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There are several sandy beaches in the bay of Adamas as well as a salt water lake. Be sure not to miss the white pumice rock formations at Sarakiniko with the shipwreck on the rocks just around the bend, or the incredible blue sulfuric water at Papafragas.

The island of Kimilos which is also accessible by ferry from Pireaus is certainly worth a day trip and there are hotels, restaurants, beaches and excursions around the island to its beaches and thermal springs, so staying overnight or even several days would be an experience few tourists have.

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The town of Plaka boasts an archaeological site with imposing devensive walls and an ancient theatre that looks out onto the bay. There are also the Fylakopi catacombs of Milos

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Along the north coast of the island, the sea has eroded long narrow channels between deeply sculpted white rocks, giving way to the beaches of Karpos, Sarakiniko and the dramatic sea caves of Papafragas. This idyllic landscape with its narrow strip of beach features a tight fjord almost like a swimming pool amid high rocks. The caves are best seen during days when the sea is calm and there are no winds.

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Among the simple whitewashed churches of Milos lie some interesting gems. The Church of Agia Triada is a lovely white church in the centre of Adamas village and the second oldest Orthodox church on the island, featuring rare icons and double headed wooden eagles. There are two colourful mosaics by a local artist that decorate the entrance.

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