According to mythology the island took its name from its first inhabitant, Milo. Milos Population, is about 5000 residents and is the fifth largest island in the Cyclades, with 158 square km
The climate is Mediterranean. From mid-July till mid-August the wind blows from the north direction (Meltemi) too often. Milos is a volcanic island, with beautiful multi-colored, rocky formations.
Adamas is located in the bay of the island, one of the largest and safest natural bays of the Mediterranean and is a major tourist center. Adamas is the main port of the first picture you will see as you approach by boat. It consists of whitewashed houses with small flower gardens and narrow quiet streets. Adamas in summer is full of life. In this village you can combine relaxation and tranquility with its nightlife and entertainment while it provides you everything you need for comfortable and pleasant stay: cafes, restaurants, ouzo, pizza, steak, souvlaki, bar, club, shops, supermarkets, banks, port authorities, customs, clinic, pharmacy, dental, agent of Greek and international press, etc.
To the left of the harbor you will find parking and then the district Lagada beach and right in the harbor extends the main coastal road leading to the village square, where you’ll find the bus stop and taxis. On one side of the coastal road that there is extensive paved sidewalk cafes, restaurants and tourist shops and municipal Spa of Lakkos, while the left side are relatively new port facilities, which coupled with the security offered by natural harbor, make Adamas suitable for yachting. If you want to swim, Adamas can offer it to you.
Plaka is the present capital of the island. Built on a hill 220 meters above sea level, with island color and Cycladic architecture, quaint cobblestone streets originally built for protection against pirates. Small shops, restaurants and cafes with magnificent views over the bay of Milos. At the top of the hill of Plaka is the Venetian “Castle” of the 13th, the Assumption of Mary, the Virgin Thalassitra the Virgin Korfiatissa. Finally, in the traditional village of Plaka you will also find the archaeological and folklore museum.
Pollonia or Apollonia is a picturesque fishing village. Tripiti is a traditional village, built on the slopes of the ruins of the classical city of Klima. Klima, Mantrakia, Fyropotamos, Areti, Saint Constantine, Fourkovouni and Empourio are some of the traditional villages of the island and small fishing ports.
Milos has over 75 beaches. Golden, black, white, sandy beaches, with deep blue waters and curious colorations of rocks captivate all visitors. Sparkling, clear waters and fine sand are the hallmark of Milos’s coastline, making the island an ideal destination for beach-lovers who can choose to visit a different beach each day, with varied landscapes and shelter according to the wind’s direction. Milos’s extensive road network offers access to most beaches, starting from the expansive harbour at Adamas with the beaches at Papikinoy and Ahivadolimni.
The northern beaches of Milos are shaped by a sheer, rocky coast and the barren terrain resembles a lunar landscape. These beaches are not recommended for swimming when strong northerly winds are blowing. The beaches located in the north shore are Sarakiniko, Mytakas, Alogomantra, Papafrangas, and Agios Konstantinos, all of them are dotted with caves, rock formations that offer natural bridges, and snug patches of sand. These beaches are not organized, but the beauty of the landscape more than compensates the visitor for the lack of facilities.
The western coast is the least accessible, but it’s worth braving the rough tracks, with a 4×4, to enjoy the totally unsolid landscape. You should bring drinking water because there are no shops or other facilities beyond Ahivadolimni.
Beaches on the western shore include the 3 beaches at Agios Ioannis, Triades, with its three sand coves and the striking sea caves at Ammoudaraki and Agathia. On East the beach, at old Sulphur mines, will “drive” you back to the time with this magic landscape. You will need a 4×4 to go there.
Milos’s southern coast is accessible by road and sheltered from the August (meltemi) north winds. Some of them are well organized offering you beach bars and restaurants. The most picturesque is the beach of Gerontas, with its dark-colored sand, pristine waters, and dreamy landscape. Ayia Kyriaki, a pretty beach with coarse sand and white pebbles about 9 kilometers from Adamas, offers 2 restaurants.
On Palaiochori beach, you can enjoy hot waters, cooking in the sand and beautiful colors. Provatas beach, on a seaside village 9 kilometers from Adamas with golden sand and shallow waters offers restaurants, fish taverns, and every kind of accommodation. The beaches at Fyriplaka and Tsigrado may not offer taverns but swimmers will enjoy the white-hued sands and unique landscape. Fyriplaka offers some facilities, and beach umbrellas and sun beds.