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Adamas is the main port of Milos, as well as one of its largest settlements, with over 1300 permanent inhabitants. It is located on the northeast side of Milos Bay and lies 5 km away from Plaka, which is the capital town.

Strolling around the stone-paved alleys of Adamas, visitors will come across many shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. Many services, such as banks, agencies and supermarkets have their base in the village, so guests will find everything they might need during vacation.

Visiting the Mining Museum to find out more about interesting aspects of the local geology is highly recommended. As the island was formed due to volcanic activity, the minerals and materials present create a unique landscape.

Furthermore, boat trips and cruises starting from the port will take participants to secluded beaches and other interesting places, all around the island, including the caves of Kleftiko, an old pirate lair.

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Located on the northeastern part of the island, Pollonia is a charming fishing village built around an inlet that features a small harbor. Despite its picturesque atmosphere and traditional character, the settlement is not only well-developed, but it is in fact considered one of the main tourist resorts on the island. Full of whitewashed houses along the coastline, Pollonia preserves its authentic style of Cycladic architecture and is known as one of the most beautiful seaside villages in Milos.

It is believed that Pollonia was named after the ancient temple of Apollo. As a fishing village, Pollonia is famous for its fish and seafood taverns, while it is also considered one of the best locations for accommodation in Milos.

In Pollonia lies the second port of Milos. It is much smaller than Adamas and it is only used by local fishing boats and boats that serve the connection between Pollonia and the island of Kimolos. For the time you spend in Pollonia, the village does have a few interesting things to see. Agia Paraskevi church is a very popular viewpoint for those who want a nice place to watch the sunset.

Conveniently enough, Pollonia beach is ideal for swimming or just relaxing on the seashore. It is sandy, with shallow waters and trees that offer natural shade. The beach is particularly popular among families with children.

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Plaka is the capital town of Milos. It is located north of the Gulf of Milos and covers the sides of a hill, bordering with the villages of Plakes, Triovasalos, Pera Triovasalos and Tripiti.

Plaka is one of the most picturesque places to visit on the island, with traditional Cycladic architecture. Its narrow alleys are full of whitewashed houses with brightly painted windows and balconies that are decorated with bougainvillea flowers. It is divided into the Old Town (Venetian Castle) and the New Town. You will discover restaurants, cafes, bars and shops, as well as charming churches and a few museums across them. From Plaka, one can enjoy a magnificent view of the Gulf of Milos and sunset views.

While visiting Plaka, you just can’t miss the Old Town. It lies within the remnants of the walls of a Venetian defensive fortress that dates to the 13th century. Hikes to the Castle (Kastro) are very popular at sunset time since the castle is considered the best viewpoint in Plaka. The modern part of Plaka is constructed outside the castle walls.

As the capital of the island, Plaka houses various cultural institutions. The biggest one is the Archaeological Museum which exhibits authentic findings from various historic periods, as well as a replica of the famous Venus de Milo statue which was discovered in the area of Klima and is currently housed in the Louvre Museum. The Town also has a Folklore Museum, where you will discover daily objects of cultural significance that date as far back as the 17th century. Additionally, the Sand Museum of Plaka is great for geology enthusiasts, as it houses colorful sand samples from various beaches of Milos, as well as beaches from other countries and a few artifacts made of sand.

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On the northern side of Milos, Tripiti is a small picturesque village with great views of the sea, well-known sights and a handful of restaurants, just two kilometers south of Plaka.

Tripiti, earning its name from its soft volcanic rock formations, is a village boasting wide landscape views over the Gulf of Milos (facing Klima) due to its altitude and placement on the side of the hill. It is next to two revered sights of the island, namely the Ancient Catacombs and the grandiose Ancient Roman Theater of Milos.

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With less than 20 permanent residents, Klima might be one of the smallest settlements in Milos but also an absolute must for all visitors. This beautiful fishing village is located very close to the village of Tripiti, on the one side of the Gulf of Milos.

The reason why Klima has become so popular is its famous boat houses known as syrmata. Syrmata are old traditional two-level houses that were used by local fishermen during the previous century. Klima is one of the most photogenic locations on the island thanks to the colorful traditional houses and there are many boat tours that make it possible to admire the landscape from the seaside.

Another interesting fact about Klima is that the famous Venus de Milo statue which is currently housed in the Louvre Museum of Paris was discovered in this region in 1820.

To reach Klima by car, take the road from Triovasalos village. If you are getting there by car, keep in mind that there is a lot of traffic in the area and finding parking space near the sea is quite challenging. Some restaurants do offer private parking areas.

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Mandrakia is a tiny fishing village located on the north coast of Milos in a small bay. It does not have a beach apart from a narrow strand of pebbles, but there are several beaches with magnificent turquoise waters nearby. Mandrakia certainly offers charming scenery worth visiting.

The settlement consists of fishermen’s houses carved into the stone, as well as the traditional colorful syrmata. These were secondary homes, whose ground floors were used as storage rooms for boats, while the upper floors were sleeping areas. Visitors will not find shops, cafes, or restaurants apart from a fish and seafood tavern (Medusa Restaurant).

On a hill lies the impressive church of Zoodochos Pigi, showcasing the typical Cycladic architecture of white and blue.

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Type: Rocky, Non-Organized

One of the most impressive beaches in Milos, Papafragas is surrounded by huge rocks. From the top of the rock, it resembles a huge natural swimming pool, an enormous cave carved out of the cliff’s side. A tiny path leads to the tiny strip of sand that forms the beach.

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Type: Sandy, Non-Organized

Description:  Alogomandra is a beach filled with thin sand along its coastline. The sea cave has a small-sized sandy shore and shallow waters, making it the ideal choice for a quick swim or a relaxing stay along the sand.

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Type: Sandy, Family Friendly

Description: Firopotamos is one of the most picturesque beaches in Milos, surrounded by some traditional buildings. The shore features a mixture of sand and small pebbles, while it is also surrounded by large trees.

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Type: Rocky, Non-Organized

Description: Sarakiniko is the most famous beach of Milos. The beach has a lunar landscape that makes it vastly different from every other shore in Greece, featuring awe-inspiring, smooth white rocks with plenty of horizontal layering. Its volcanic formation is highly unique, reminding of the moon and boasting numerous caves that anyone can explore. On extremely sunny days, it is better to be visited either morning or afternoon time.

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Type: Sandy, Partly-Organized, Family Friendly

Description: Located in a semi-sheltered cove, Plathiena is a lovely beach with a spacious sandy seashore and some scattered pebbles. It is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas to rent, though it also has some tamarisk trees for natural shading purposes! Plathiena has calm, clean waters and a shallow sand-filled seabed.

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Type: Sandy, Organized, Family Friendly, Watersports

Description: Paleochori is an organized beach with an amazing coastline. Its origin is volcanic, which explains the vibrant red and yellow colors, as well as the distinctive rock formations that are prominent in the area. On the shore, sparkling sand and pebbles coexist, while its spot provides great protection from the strong northern winds common in the Cyclades, making it ideal for families with children. The beach is divided into three parts, with the middle one being organized, offering sunbeds and umbrellas to rent. There is a beach bar, as well as water sports facilities. Those who prefer a quieter and calmer environment can follow the path from the main beach, going left or right to either side, where no facilities exist.

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Type: Sandy & Pebbled

Description: Agia Kiriaki has a sandy white pebbly shore and the trees providing natural shade. Famous for its crystalline waters, its location in the southern part of Milos allows little to no winds, limiting the aggressiveness of the sea waves!

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Type: Sandy, Non-Organized

Description: Tsigrado is a well-known attraction, densely visited during the high season. The shore offers natural shading in the early morning hours, though it is unorganized so there will be no sunbeds or parasols available. Nevertheless, if you are looking for an organized option, Tsigrado is located within a short walking distance from Fyriplaka beach. You can reach Tsigrado by a rough, rocky passage, followed by a ladder that ends up on the beach, while you can also help yourself down and up the ladders with the use of a large rope. It is also recommended that you refrain from carrying large bags.

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Type: Sandy, Partly Organized, Family Friendly

Description:  Located on the south side of the island, Firiplaka beach showcases magnificent turquoise waters and sparkling silver sand. Its spot is favorable, as it is usually protected from the strong winds that are common in the Cyclades. Also, this makes it an ideal choice for families with young children. Firiplaka is divided into two parts, an organized and a non-organized one. First, someone can find sunbeds and umbrellas to rent, as well as a canteen. Those who prefer a more private setting can walk a bit further down the big rock and place their towel on the sand in a tranquil spot. The beach is accessible by car and local bus until one point, but a five-minute walk is required to reach the seashore.

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Type: Sandy, Partly Organized, Family Friendly

Description:  Provatas beach has a soft sandy shore and a shallow seabed, making it an ideal choice for families. Hidden coves can be found towards the western side of the beach, providing privacy. Provatas is a semi-organized beach since part of it offers sun loungers and parasols to rent, as well as a variety of services from a nearby hotel.

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Type: Sandy, Non-Organized

Description:  Agios Sostis combines a sandy seashore with a rocky natural landscape. Agios Sostis is an extension of Provatas beach. It got its name from the church of Agios Sostis, which is situated nearby on top of the hill. The beach itself is very narrow, consisting of a thin line of golden sand and many large rocks behind it. However, the turquoise waters are crystal-clear and shallow.

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