INFORMATION ABOUT MILOS ISLAND
Milos, is an island with world fame and immense natural beauties. Ideal destination for each type of tourism the island of Venus constitutes one from the most popular islands of Cyclades. It is located in the south-western side of Cyclades and abstains 86 nautical miles from Piraeus port. Milos extent reaches the 151 square kilometres (the fifth large island of Cyclades) and the length of coasts is 125 kilometres. Its location is 36ο 44' 35'' N and 24ο 25' 28'' east (Plaka). It is considered a low island, its highest peak—Profitis Ilias—rises to 751 meters; a second peak, Hondro Vouno reaches 636 meters, but the rest of its hills and mountains do not top 400 meters.
One of the biggest harbours of Mediterranean, Adamantas is a broad natural harbour. Adamantas have played an important role in the island’s history and economy, in concert with Milos’s mineral wealth.
Milos is linked with Piraeus port daily. If you travel by speedboat, the travel will last for 5 hours. Conventional boats reach the island in 7 hours, with attitudes in the remainder harbours of western Cyclades (Kythnos, Serifos, Sifnos and Kimolos). The island is also connected with the islands of Ios, Sikinos, Folegandros, Santorini, Crete, as well as islands of Eastern Cyclades.
Milos has an airport, with daily flights to Athens. Flights are more frequent during the summer months (May through October) than the winter. The flight’s duration is 30 minutes; the airport is 4.5 kilometres from the port of Adamantas.
The road network of the island is very good with good dirt roads and tracks. Buses reach all main destinations, with frequent routes from Adamantas to most settlements and beaches. There is a taxi station at Adamantas.
Milos has a population of 5,000, which swells in the summer months. Most are assembled in the northern side of the island, in the villages Plaka, the capital of the island, Plakes, Triovasalo, Pera Triovasalo, Trypiti, Pollonia, Zefyria, and Adamantas.
For administrative reasons the prefecture of Cyclades has been separated in four eparchies. Milos is the seat of one of four eparchies of the Cyclades Prefecture; the eparchy includes Kimolos, Sifnos, and Serifos.
Milos ground is volcanic and the geological constitution is different from other Cycladic islands, with the exception of Kimolos island. It is barren, with sparse vegetation and no forests, streams, or cascades.
In Milos you will be able to visit some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Golden sandy beaches with deep blue waters and curious shaping are the main characteristics of Milos’s seas. Thanks to its unique geology, the island boasts 75 gorgeous beaches.
MILOS ISLAND HISTORY
Milos flourished during antiquity thanks to its mining-rich soil. It was inhabited since Neolithic times (7000 B.C.) where it grew wealthy thanks to obsidian, a black volcanic rock used for manufacturing weapons and tools;. Traces of which have been found in the Peloponnese, on Crete and Cyprus, and as far away as Egypt.
During the Early Bronze Age (2800-1100 B.C.), the island had a prominent role in Cyclades; it is evidenced by the emergence of an entire civilization centered on the ancient city of Phylakope.
When the Greek races began their way down, around 1000 B.C. Milos was inhabited by Dorians. The same period is marked by the founding of a new city at the site of present-day Klima.
Milos participated, with the other Greeks, in the battles of Salamis and Plataea against the Persians. In 415 B.C. Athenians destroy the city, in retaliation for its neutrality in the Peloponnesian War.
Milos came under the rule of Macedonia up to 311 B.C., and then passed into the hands of the Egyptians. The Ptolemies’ supremacy at sea helped Milos rebuild its economy and under the island’s renewed prosperity, the arts flourished. The famous statue of Aphrodite of Milos, also known as the Venus de Milo, currently at the Louvre Museum in Paris dates from this period, as does the 2.5-meter statue of Poseidon in the collection of the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.
Duration the Roman Empire the marble theatre is built in Milos. In the first century, the island converted to Christianity, as evidenced by the catacombs—the largest complex of underground burials in Greece and one of the most important in the world.