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About Milos

If you are looking for a secret Greek island getaway that has escaped the crowds found on Santorini and Mykonos, then Milos is for you. Authentic in every way, Milos is how the Greek Islands were before tourism. For accommodation on Milos, look no further than FlipKey where they have dozens of rental properties available.

About Milos, Greece

An undiscovered Aegean gem, Milos is a part of the Cycladic chain of islands located about halfway between Athens and Crete. With an area of about 56 square miles, Milos is the fifth largest of Cyclades and has over 70 beaches, more than any other island.

Dating back to the Minoan civilization of Crete when Milos supplied them with obsidian, mining has been a big industry on Milos and is perhaps one of the reasons why tourism has been slow to develop.

A statue of the Greek Goddess Aphrodite was discovered on Milos in 1820 and sold to the French Consul who then gave it to King Louis XVIII of France as a gift.

The King immediately put the statue on display in the Louvre museum in Paris where it is still available for the world to see. You probably know it as the Venus de Milo.

What to do in Milos

The best way to see the Milos is to take an around-the-island boat tour from the port of Adamos stopping at the white sandy beach of Sarakiniko. Here, majestic white pumice rock formations contrast with the deep cobalt blue of the sea.

Visit the hilltop town of Plaka, the island’s true capital, and wander the narrow streets through the whitewashed houses so typical of Greek islands.

Visit the 13th-century Venetian castle before heading down to the harbor for a traditional Greek Island meze lunch at a waterfront tavern.

Other sights worth seeing include the early Christian Catacombs near the village of Tripiti that were cut by hand into the porous volcanic rock.

Still the European Union’s largest producer of bentonite and perlite, a visit to the mining museum is a must as it explains the civilizations and invaders that have mined the island’s riches for millennia.

Top travel tips for Milos

The best time of year to visit Milos is during the summer from the second week in May until the middle of October. Try to avoid visiting during the summer school vacation and especially in August when the Greeks take their vacations. This can mean more crowds.

You have several ways of getting to Milos that include a daily flight from Athens or by ferry or hydrofoil from the Port of Piraeus. Combine your stay on Milos with visits to some of the other islands, with Sifnos just an hour away and Santorini two hours by hydrofoil.

 A Greek Island summer vacation is just about as good as it gets. And while Milos may be a little on the quiet side, for some it may just be what the doctor ordered. From a simple beachside apartment to a villa with a pool, FlipKey has just the accommodation you are looking for. Start searching for your perfect vacation rental, today!