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  • 1. Sarakiniko

    Beach

    The reason that many people visit Milos, Sarakiniko is the eerily sculpted inlet whose bone-white rocks lie in the sea like vast Henry Moore...

    The reason that many people visit Milos, Sarakiniko is the eerily sculpted inlet whose bone-white rocks lie in the sea like vast Henry Moore abstract forms. The limestone and diatomite moonscape was on the seabed 2 million years ago and fish and shell fossils can often be seen in the rocks. Try to get there before 7 am as the sunrise is spectacular and you will be largely alone. Explore the right-hand side before settling down on the left for sunbathing, swimming, and cliff diving—past the cliffs on the right is a shipwreck half-submerged in the sea, and there are abandoned mine tunnels to explore. Beware though, there is no shade and the light reflecting from the white rocks is mesmerizing and intense. There is parking at the top that also serves as the bus stop. Amenities: parking. Best For: sunrise; sunset.

    Mandraki, Milos, Greece
  • 2. Archaeological Museum of Milos

    Museum/Gallery

    An elegant Ernst Ziller–designed neoclassical building contains one of the better island collections. Glass cases house findings from Klima...

    An elegant Ernst Ziller–designed neoclassical building contains one of the better island collections. Glass cases house findings from Klima, Nyhia, and Demengaki along with a large burial jar from the 6th century BC. Many pots with sea-lilies painted on them, early Cycladic statuettes, and the famous "Lady of Phylakopi" vie for attention with Mycenaean bulls and sculptures from the Hellinistic and Roman periods.Most visitors, though, come to see the exact copy of the Venus de Milo displayed in the main room. There is a campaign, of course, to see the original statue reunited with her island home but it has so far fallen on deaf ears.

    Plaka, Milos, Greece
    22870-28026

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: €2, Closed Tues.
  • 3. Catacombs

    Museum/Gallery

    Just a short walk from Trypiti, the early Christian catacombs consist of 126 vaulted graves carved into the soft volcanic rock, linked by a...

    Just a short walk from Trypiti, the early Christian catacombs consist of 126 vaulted graves carved into the soft volcanic rock, linked by a series of tunnels. Some 5,000 bodies were buried in the three corridors that stretch back 200m, making these the largest catacombs in Greece. The earliest known Christian site in Greece, they are thought to date from the 1st century AD, when St. Paul was shipwrecked on Milos. Look out for inscriptions left by grave robbers, intrepid visitors, and marauding pirates who etched their names into the walls over the years.

    400 m from Trypiti, Plaka, Milos, Greece
    22870-21625

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: €4, Closed Tues.
  • 4. Mining Museum of Milos

    Museum/Gallery

    On the seafront 500 meters east of the harbor, this museum details how Milos's character, history, and wealth derive from it being born from...

    On the seafront 500 meters east of the harbor, this museum details how Milos's character, history, and wealth derive from it being born from a volcano two million years ago. A collection of mining equipment, mineral samples, and artifacts help to explain the island geology, while short films give insight into the human aspect as old miners recollect their working lives. They also have a range of Geo Walks—walking guides to the island that act as detailed introductions to the eerie landscape.

    Adamas, Milos, 84800, Greece
    22870-22481

    Sight Details

    Rate Includes: €5
  • 5. Plathenia Beach

    Beach

    Walkable from Plaka along an old donkey path, Plathenia is quiet and lovely. The beach is sandy and faces west, offering shelter from the prevailing...

    Walkable from Plaka along an old donkey path, Plathenia is quiet and lovely. The beach is sandy and faces west, offering shelter from the prevailing north winds, and the water shelves gently. Tamarisk trees offer some shade if you don't want to take advantage of the sun beds and umbrellas. The sublime sunsets are best taken from the pretty little beach bar with a drink in hand. Amenities: food and drink; parking; showers; toilets. Best For: sunset; swimming.

    Plaka, Milos, Greece
  • 6. Roman Theatre

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Dating back to the Hellenistic period in the 3rd century BC, the original site was destroyed and rebuilt in Roman times. Holding 7,000 people...

    Dating back to the Hellenistic period in the 3rd century BC, the original site was destroyed and rebuilt in Roman times. Holding 7,000 people in its heyday, today only the first seven rows have been restored and it plays host to cultural events from time to time.Discovered in 1735 by the wandering Jesuit monk Nicholas Sarrabat, excavations began in 1816 and famously unearthed the Venus de Milo in what is thought to have been the gymnasium. A small plaque commemorates the site of the find, and there is a plaster copy of the statue in the archaeological museum.

    Plaka, Milos, 84800, Greece

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