Milos is the 5th biggest island of the Cyclades and can be found at their southwest corner. When on the island I am 86 nautical miles away from Piraeus (138klm) and almost half way from Piraeus to Crete. If I were to walk around the island’s shores, that would mean traveling a distance of 125klm, and if I went up to its highest peak, at Profitis Ilias, I would be 751 meters above sea level.
This volcanic island is reasonably hilly, with relatively low mountains and without much tree vegetation. The flora and fauna of Milos is quite rich with many rare species and as such, large parts of it belong to the Natura 2000 areas.
If I decided to stay permanently in Milos, then I would join 5000 fellow Melians. Adamantas is the central port, above which the island’s capital –Plaka– is located, circled in turn by the villages of Triovasalos, Pera Triovasalos and Trypiti. Another important township is Pollonia (or Appolonia), a seaside village and linking port to Kimolos. Other settlements include Zefyria, the old capital of the island built inland to be protected from pirates, and the coastal ones of picturesque Mantrakia, beautiful Fyropotamos and Klima, the “little Venice” of Milos.
Milos in the past
Milos has been inhabited for longer than 8000 years; an important part of the Cycladic civilization initially, it has attracted aspiring conquerors over the centuries due to its strategic geographic location and rich subsoil.
The ancient town of Milos is located closer to the entrance of the harbor, built on the hillside between the villages of Tripiti and Klima. There lies the ancient Roman theater, ruins of the walls and other structures. Many important sculptures were discovered in these parts, including the Venus of Milo located in the Louvre, Asclepius taken to the British Museum, an archaic Apollo, which can be found in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, and a great mosaic found during the excavations of the British Archeological School of Athens in 1896.