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Until recently the Greek Isle of Milos was a destination closely kept among Greeks themselves. And why not? This gorgeous paradise in the Aegean Sea boasts more than 70 stunning beaches and a fascinating history. A visit to the island where the Venus de Milo was discovered, the crowds are minimal and there’s a beach that looks just like a lunar landscape is sure to be unforgettable.

Here are some of our favorite things to do in Milos.

Milos is an island in the Greek Cyclades that’s entirely unique.The exotic and natural beauty of this island makes Milos well worth a visit.

Take in The Spectacular Beaches

Milos is like a crayon box, or an artist’s palette, where colors abound. Beaches painted red, pink and orange thanks to the volcanic rock that formed here ages ago, juxtaposed against an emerald green sea and azure sky delight the eye. In fact a visit to the beach in Milos is practically unavoidable. Some of our favorites include Alogomadra, Gerakas, Firopotamos, Papafragas and of course the lunar-like landscape of ethereal Sarakiniko.

Next to the beach at Firopotamos you’ll find the chapel of Agios Nikolaos. The chapel was erected lovingly in memory of the fishermen who’ve lost their lives on the Aegean Sea. The chapel is small but worthy of a visit.

Sarakiniko: This beach is legendary for its moonscapes. Often referred to as the “white beach” due to the ashen white volcanic rocks that make up the terrain, Sarakiniko should not be missed. The bright blue waters of the Aegean against the white volcanic rock paints a scene that is simply ethereal.

Stroll The Most Authentic Fishing Villages

On an island of seemingly nothing but picturesque views you’ll find some of the most genuine and lovely fishing villages ever. Klima, which is located near the town of Plaka, is a tiny village built at the water’s edge.

The traditional houses, called syrmata, are carved right into the rock. The houses are colorful for their doors and balconies. Klima also offers breathtakingly beautiful sunset views. The tiny village of Klima is where the Venus de Milo was discovered on April 8, 1820.

Another unique fishing village is Mandrake on the island’s northern coast. Tucked into a bay this charming fishing village has the traditional syrmata which are both colorful and unique to the island of Milos. Here you won’t find typical tourist shops or cafes but there is a fish and seafood tavern for locals. And on a nearby hill is the stunning church, Zoodochos Pigi, which is a beautiful example of Cycladic architecture in the traditional bright white and Aegean blue.

The Caves of Milos

The island of Milos is full of natural treasures including some pretty impressive sea caves. The beach at Papafragas offers a uniquely enticing natural pool surrounded by rock jetties. The gentle water beckons you to jump in and swim in an area just off a sea cave. The rock forms an arch with a small pathway leading out to the sea.

The cave at Kleftiko is also a favorite with swimmers. Turquoise waters and enormous cliffs, along with the rocky landscape make this sea cave a picturesque spot and a photographer's dream. Dive in and explore the sea caves around Kleftiko and other beaches but don’t forget to capture the view.

Plaka, Milos’ Capital

Plaka is a traditional Greek Cyclades village with the iconic architecture that never fails to take your breath away. You’ll find narrow paved alleyways bordered by whitewashed homes with Aegean blue shutters and porches lined with cascading flowers that flourish in the Grecian sunshine. The village of Plaka is home to several little shops as well as cafes, bars and tavernas. As you might imagine you’ll experience some fresh-from-the-sea seafood dishes and traditional Grecian fare.

History and Museums in Plaka

There are three museums in Plaka that are worth some note. One is the Sand Museum where you’ll be fascinated by this seemingly humble element. There are microscopic views of sand that reveal untold stories over the ages, creations made of sand and much more.

The second museum you’ll want to visit in Plaka is the Milos Archeological Museum. There you will be greeted by a replica of Milos’ famous statue, the Venus de Milo. The original is on display at Paris’ famed Louvre.

Once inside the Museum you’ll see prehistoric relics and finds from Phylakopi, a Bronze Age settlement discovered on the northern coast of the island, along with sculptures, reliefs, obsidian tools and inscriptions. The museum also houses anaglyphs, figurines and ancient coins. On display alongside these finds you’ll see local artwork, paintings and pottery.

The third museum is  for those who enjoy Greek culture. The History and Folklore Museum of Milos is located in a house that is two centuries old and situated inside the courtyard of the church of Panagia Karfiotissa. The museum is quite small with just two rooms but houses exhibits that give the visitor an authentic view of daily life on the island of Milos over the centuries.

Here you’ll find displays of agricultural tools, kitchen utensils, handlooms, furniture and traditional costumes. The museum itself is an example of the traditional Milos home with bedroom, kitchen and a cellar used for storage of farm produce. Truly a fascinating, if short, museum visit.

Ancient Theater and Catacombs

The Ancient Theatre of Milos is located in Tripiti. It is a well-preserved marble open-air theater that dates back to the Hellenistic period. The theater offers a great view of surrounding vistas and, amazingly, is host to theatrical presentations and cultural events.

Nearby you’ll discover the Milos catacombs. Considered to be among the most culturally and historical archaeological findings, the catacombs were discovered in 1844 and estimated to date back to the 1st century AD. They were built as cemeteries for early Christians during Roman times. There are a total of three interconnected catacombs with hallways that diminish in height as you near the final death chamber. They are a remarkable example of early Christian fortitude as the catacombs are built into a steep hill of volcanic rock.

Milos Island: The Perfect Addition to Your Tour

Believe it or not we’ve only scratched the surface of all there is to see and do on the island of Milos. We’ll be happy to help you plan to investigate Milos as an add-on to our Greek Isle Tour. You’ll be pleased that you did.