Milos, lies in the SW part of the
It is about 86 nautical miles from Piraeus approximately half way
between Piraeus and Crete. It has an area of 151 sq. km. and a shoreline
of 125 km, with a population of 5.500 among eight small villages.
The island is reached on the ferries which run on the Piraeus- Kythnos-
Serifos- Sifnos - Milos - Kimolos line, and there are also sailings
to other islands in the Cyclades.
Most people Know Milos as the place where the statue
of Venus (now in the Louvre Museum in Paris), was discovered.
It is only recently that tourism has noticed the multitude of beautiful
beaches - more than 75 - with their glistening silver sand and
clear blue waters of this Cycladic island, its rocks and clear waters.
Milos is on the Eurasian tectonic plate, which for almost 25 million
years has been undermined by the African plate descending at a rate
of 2.5 cm each year at an angle of 35o. Milos and the nearby islands
belong to an important volcanoes alignment called 'Aegean Volcanic
Arc' formed by the subduction of the African plate under the Aegean
area. This arc goes from the golf of Korinthos to the west cost
The main volcanic districts are represented by: Methana-Poros, Milos,
Nysiros and Santorini which is the only one with a remarkable volcanic
activity over known history.
Its most characteristic feature is its magnificent gulf, providing
a natural harbour, which is possibly the largest in the Mediterranean.
This, in combination, with the island' s vast mineral wealth, has
played and is still playing, a major role in the history, economy,
culture and development of the island society throughout the last
Milos, has a lot of things to offer, even in the most demanding
visitor. The imposing landscapes, the picturesque settlements, the
taken together with island's excellent infrastructure, made Milos
a very popular destination.
The island has a special charm due to the rare morphology of its
terrain and its mineral wealth.
Take a tour among Milos
villages and of course the main reason that made this island
popular among tourists from all over the world the more than 70
For island hopping the closest islands are:
Kimolos, Sifnos, Serifos, Kythnos, Kea to the North
Folegandros, Sikinos, Ios, Santorini and Anafi to the East
Milos, Naxos, Syros, Tinos, Mykonos, Andros to the North East
Photography by : Nikos
Vitsovits and Rod