Situated on top of a hill above Adamantas Bay, Plaka is a charming Cycladic town with attractive paved streets, whitewashed houses, pretty churches, and traditional shops, restaurants and cafes. If you choose one of the itineraries to Milos, it is worth climbing the path of the 13th-century Venetian Castle until you come to the courtyard of the historic Church of the Virgin Mary Thalassitra with its stunning views of the Aegean.
The Church of the Virgin Mary Korfiatissa
This beautiful church standing on the slope of a steep rock in Plaka dates from 1810. Its courtyard, paved with marble flagstones from the ancient city and decorated with elaborate pebble mosaic designs, is a fantastic spot from which to watch the sunset.
Milos Mining Museum
Through an excellent collection of minerals and videos of old miners, this fascinating museum tells the story of 11 millennia of mining on Milos. It also organises tours of sites that are of geological interest.
Milos Archaeological Museum
A neoclassical building designed by the Bavarian architect Ernst Ziller in Plaka houses unique archaeological finds from excavations on the island. It includes vases and figurines from prehistoric Phylakopi, and sculptures and inscriptions from the Hellenistic and Roman periods. The entrance hall is dominated by a faithful plaster replica of the Venus de Milo, donated by the Louvre.
The Milos Catacombs
The catacombs, dating from the 2nd to the 5th century AD, are located near the village of Tripiti and are an important early Christian monument. At the end of the 2nd century AD, this evocative labyrinth of underground galleries functioned as a place of congregation for the first Christians, but also as a cemetery.
The Sulphur Mines
The old sulphur mines in Paliorema Bay, which operated from 1890 to 1956, are an impressive geological attraction, captivating visitors with their mysterious aura and brilliant white scenery. You can explore the quarry equipment, including wagons and iron bridges, or enjoy a swim at the beach, with its amazing yellow pebbles.
This traditional fishing village has become an iconic image of Milos, thanks to the famous syrmata: colourfully painted boathouses built in front of a cliff right next to the seashore. Many of them have now been converted into holiday homes.
This dazzling collection of immense white rocks, which can only be approached by sea, is one of the most stunning settings in the Mediterranean.
This uninhabited islet, just one nautical mile from Milos, is an exotic paradise with clear blue waters and enchanting underwater caves. The area is known as a refuge for the Mediterranean monk seal but is also a destination for diving enthusiasts.
The ruins of prehistoric Phylakopi (3000-1100 BC), a major city of the Cycladic civilisation, are a fascinating place for an excursion.