Milos is located in the southern region of the Aegean Sea and is a member of the Cyclades archipelago. Its territory is 160 square miles altogether. Its unique sights will capture the imagination of the travellers. As it is a volcanic island, it is characterised by rare geological creatures and unique wildlife. There are countless bays around these shores where you can get refreshed in the turquoise water. The inhabitants are very friendly and warm-hearted. There are several sights to explore the surrounding islands.

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    Do you want a vacation by the sea, that the whole family can enjoy? The nice environment is important, but you’d also dive into local culture? The island of Milos is a combination of beautiful nature, exciting programs, and historical sights.

    Location of Milos

    Milos, also known as Melos, is an island on the Aegean Sea in Greece. It’s part of the Cyclades island group. About 5000 permanent residents live on its 160 km2 area. It’s a volcanic island with thermal springs. There are several smaller islands and settlements nearby, which attract sea explorers as well. Don’t forget to visit the towns of Akanthi, Provatas, or Psathadika.

    History of Milos

    Milos was already inhabited in Neolithic times and evolved much faster compared to its neighbors. People used its volcanic materials to make tools and weapons. In the bronze age, Milos became the center of Cycladic culture. The town was destroyed on numerous occasions, but residents rebuilt it each time. An era of welfare began in the Hellenistic period, this time under the rule of Macedonians.

    The island kept flourishing in the Roman era as both mineral trade and the local economy prospered. They built catacombs in the first century in order to protect the Christian faith. You can still view these today. After the downcome of the Roman Empire, the Cyclades became a part of the Byzantine Empire. After the fall of Constantinople islands on the Aegean Sea were under Venetian domination, then Turkish rule in 1566. Milos was the first island of the Cyclades to participate in the revolution against Turkish occupation in 1821.

    Beaches in Milos

    The beaches in Milos are exceptional due to the enthralling nature, beautiful shores, and protruding rocks. Wonderful colours and interesting rock formations offer great sites by the sea. The most famous beach in Milos is Sarakiniko which is known for its white rocks.

    Kleftiko beach:

    Kleftiko is an amazing place where rocks emerge from the sea. The beach has natural caves and rare geological phenomena. This section of the shore is also known as Sea Meteora. According to the legend, one of the caves in Kleftiko was a pirate hideout with hidden treasures that nobody ever found. Translucent water washes the shore of Kleftiko where many people jump in the blue waves to refresh after a long day on a tour boat.

    Sarakiniko beach:

    This shore lies on the northeastern part of the island. It’s among the most beautiful and most special beaches here. Prepare for unforgettable picturesque scenery. Long, vertical rocks stretch to the sea. Throughout times they eroded by salty water, which formed small cavities on them. This landscape of volcanic rocks doesn’t have any vegetation. The whiteness of the rocks creates an interesting contrast with the deep blue colour of the sea.

    Tsigrado beach:

    Tsigrado is one of the nicest southern beaches is Milos. The section of shore next to Firiplaka is a small gulf with crystal clear water. It’s a bit hard to access since visitors must get across a rocky section. Thanks to the rocks the area looks amazing.

    Main sights in Milos

    Milos, the volcanic island lying west to Santorini, has a well-documented history from the times of early Christianity. On the top of the capital, Plaka, you’ll find an unforgettable view of the wonderful rocky landscape and undiscovered emerald sea. The hilltop is 220 m above sea level and has the traits of typical Greek architecture. There’s a wonderful sight of the sea and the imposing Venetian castle from the 13th century.

    Small traditional houses, tiled alleys, and tiny lanes between the picturesque St. Christopher Church and Panaghia Korfiatissa turn this town into a magical place. One of the most important settlements of Cycladic culture was Fylakopi. It was among the most significant Aegean city in ancient Greece. Here you can explore the ruins and remnants of the bronze age. Visit Mantrakia, a fisher village only 5 km northwest of the capital. It’s a beautiful area with summer houses and boats.

    Weather in Milos

    The Greek coast has a Mediterranean climate. The air of the country is very clean and dry from spring to early autumn. There’s a lot of sunshine, while the amount of rain usually decreases from the west to the east. In summer, we almost never see any clouds in the sky. Rain is practically an unknown guest in the summer months. The sea can heat up to 23-25 °C from June to August. Even in October, it’s still 23 °C. The area of Greece is constantly windy, these winds, however, are always changing. The wind that dominates summer months is called Meltemi. From June, it blows from the northwest and the northeast. It reaches its full strength, 5 to 8 on the Beaufort scale, in July and August. The sea-wind comes in late September or early October, which blows from the southeast and the southwest.

    It’s a specifically southern wind, that dominates mostly in spring and fall with a strength of 2 to 4. Due to Greece’s typical winds, its most rewarding to plan a sailing route from the south to the north in spring and autumn, and from the north to the south in summer. The waving is more preferable compared to the Croatian archipelago since there’s a greater distance between the Greek islands. The current flows counterclockwise in the Eastern Mediterranean Basin, and northward along the Turkish coast. The water flows southward on the Eastern Greek coasts, but from the west side of Peloponnese Peninsula northern current dominates.

    Yacht charter in Milos

    The port of the island is called Adamis. It’s 4 km from the largest city, Plaka, which they built on the place of the antique Melos. Adamas is one of the largest natural harbours on the Mediterranean Sea established in 1853. Its forms are due to the crater of a volcano and different volcanic eruptions. Long beaches spread on both sides of the gulf, thus, its an ideal place for sailing and boat rental. The anchoring place has strong connections with local islands and towns with daily boat runs across the region.

    The port of Milos is well-equipped with many visitors. There’s another small port near Milos in Apollonia from where boats set off to Kimolos and Glaronisia. Either if you’re in love with the sea or history, the island of Milos provides a lifelong experience. Several cultural programs and music events enrich your Mediterranean vacation. Besides the gorgeous landscape, local tavernas offer fresh seafood and cool cocktails.

    Apollonia Marina, Naxos

    It is a larger marina on the northeast coast of Naxos, in the town of the same name. It can accommodate boats up to 60 metres in length and a draft of 4 metres. The marina offers basic services. There are also some restaurants and bars.

    Mérikha Marina, Kithnos

    This tiny marina can accommodate about 30 yachts up to 60 meters long and has a water depth of 8 meters. Local hotels, restaurants, and lively nightlife areas are in the immediate vicinity.

    Ermoupolis Marina, Siros

    Yachts up to 60 metres long can moor in the main marina of the tiny island of Siros. The water depth here is 9 metres. There are plenty of services available, including boat service and refuelling. Information about sailing in Syros, or rent a boat in Syros

    Paroikia Marina, Paros

    The most popular marina is in Paros. It can accommodate yachts up to 60 metres. They also offer refuelling, boat service and electricity. The city’s sights, the best hotels and apartments, as well as great taverns and bars, await visitors near the marina. The depth of the marina is 3.5 metres. Information about sailing in Paros or Paros rent a boat
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    Weather in Milos

    The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Milos. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.

    Wind rose in Milos
    Wind speed in Milos

    The wind rose for Milos shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Milos shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.

    Rent a boat in Milos, and cruise around Milos

    Day 1. Adamas (Milos) – Sarakiniko – Pollonia 22.51 km (13.99 mi), Day 2. Pollonia – Kimolos 6.50 km (4.04 mi), Day 3. Kimolos – Kamares (Sifnos Island) 26.11 km (16.22 mi), Day 4. Kamares – Paros 53.69 km (33.36 mi), Day 5. Paros – Paliochori 75.15 km (46.69 mi), Day 6. Paliochori – Kleftiko 16.94 km (10.53 mi), Day 7. Kleftiko – Ammuodaraki Beach – Embourios – Adamas 23.67 km (14.71 mi). Sailing Itinerary Milos

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    Day 1. Adamas (Milos) – Embourios 4.89 km (3.04 mi), Day 2. Embourios – Kamares (Sifnos island) 43.20 km (26.84 mi), Day 3. Sifnos – Livadi (Serifos island) 22.19 km (13.79 mi), Day 4. Serifos – Merihas (Kithnos island) 48.74 km (30.29 mi), Day 5. Kithnos – Ermoupoli (Siros island) 69.45 km (43.15 mi), Day 6. Siros – Paros 47.02 km (29.22 mi), Day 7. Paros – Pollonia – Milos 87.12 km (54.13 mi)Sailing plan Milos

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