Although the island of Milos is mostly known for its stunning beaches, it also has many interesting things to see. Sightseeing in Milos varies from churches and museums to old sulfur mines, catacombs and gorgeous places to swim.
Sightseeing in Milos: the Beaches
The most charming places in Milos are certainly its beaches. Due to the volcanic background and the rare geological landscape, Milos beaches vary in beauty. There are typical sandy beaches with shallow water as well as strange rock formations with underwater caves. Most visitors are actually looking for Milos hotels by the beach so that they enjoy swimming all day long.
The most famous beach in Milos is Sarakiniko, a wonderful spot of white rocks from where people usually jump in to reach the water. The white rocks of Sarakiniko make a very special landscape that looks like moonscape. Under these white volcanic rocks are underwater caves that constitute frequent diving spots. Such rare volcanic rocks are also found in Papafragas beach, also on the northern side of Milos island.
However, the wildest beaches in Milos are found on the southern side of the island. Tsigrado stands out for the exotic waters and the soft sand, while visitors need to go down through a small gorge. Firiplaka beach is a large bay surrounded by white volcanic cliffs, while Agia Kyriaki is also a large beach with nice waters. The most organized beach in southern Milos is Paleochori, a long beach with black sand and tourist facilities, like restaurants, beach bars and water sports.
Kleftiko Sea Caves
The most impressive place to swim in Milos is Kleftiko, a complex of tall sea rocks and underwater caves on the southern side of the island. This place can be reached only by boat from the ports of Adamas or Pollonia and people have to jump from the boats to get into the water. The exotic water with the blue green colour is truly rewarding, while many boats provide snorkeling equipment to their passengers so that they explore the caves, which used to be shelters of pirates in the Medieval times.
The fishing villages of Milos with the special architecture are very typical spots of the island. Klima, Fourkovouni, Fyropotamos and Mandrakia are the most famous of these fishing villages, who ports are lined up with colorful houses built right by the sea. These houses are constructed on rocks and have carved boat garages on the ground floor. These garages are called syrmata and is where the locals store their boats during the windy days of winter.
The geological side of Milos
The history and geology of Milos is strongly connected to the two volcanoes of the island, which are still active. Since the ancient times, Milos has been famous for its mines that remain in use until today and provide an important income to the local economy. To get a view of this side of Milos, apart from visiting the two volcanic craters, one in the center and the other on the south part of the island, it would also be very interesting to take the dirt road to the abandoned sulfur mines on the eastern side, at the beach of Paliorema.
An easier thing to do would be to visit the Minerological Museum of Milos, found at the port of Adamas. This museum hosts collections of valuable local stones, such as the obsidian of Milos, and narrates the mineralogical story of the island.
Among the most interesting sightseeing in Milos are also the Christian Catacombs. Located close to Plaka, the capital town of the island, these Catacombs are almost as old as the famous Catacombs of Rome, dating from the 1st century AD. Due to the busy port of Milos that time, Christianity quickly reached the island and became popular to the locals, which soon carved the underground of Milos to create a worship place and cemetery.
Only a small part of the Catacombs is open to the public as works are continued there. So is the Ancient Theatre of Milos, which is found very close to the Catacombs but is close to the public due to restoration works.