Greek Islands Guide

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The main port of the island is Adamas, which due to its upmarket feel has become popular with well healed holidaymakers from Athens. the waterfront as you may expect is lined with cafes and tavernas, and all the shops you will need. Visitors who arrive here will be pleased to hear that there is a good bus service with links to the main tourist beaches and the nearby hilltop town of Plaka.

Built on the hill overlooking the Gulf of Milos, Plaka is the most characteristic town on the island, with narrow streets lined with houses built in the Cycladic style, and a few shops and tavernas. Well worth a visit is the old Kastro, the Archaeological Museum and the Folk Museum, plus a number of old churches. Plaka was partially constructed using materials salvaged from the Ancient Hora after it had been abandoned.

Apollonia, once just a sleepy fishing village has developed, thanks to its superb beach, into the second largest tourist centre on the island. The name of the village stems from the Temple of Apollo that was once situated here.

Kleftiko beach is the location of striking group of huge white rocks that stand out dramatically against the blue waters of the bay. A popular tourist attraction, the area is easily reached by taking one of the many boat trips on offer from a number of the surrounding villages. It is said that pirates would seek refuge in the submarine caves when having to hide from their enemies.

Situated to the southwest of the small village of Tripiti are the Catacombs of Milos. Discovered in 1844 and thought to have been constructed towards the end of the first century, these Christian cemeteries are amongst the most important archaeological sites on the island. The underground complex consists of three interconnected chambers which were also used as places of Christian worship during the time of the Roman persecution.

West of the village of Trypiti, close to the discovery site of the sculpture, Aphrodite of Milos, more commonly referred to as the Venus de Milo, and close to the Catacombs of Milos, sits what remains of a roman theatre that is thought to date back to the Hellenistic period, although the ruins that can be seen today are from the Roman period. The theatre has seven rows of marble seats and is still used from time to time, including every July when it hosts the Milos Festival.

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