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ABOUT MILOS
Milos was the most significant centre of the cycladic civilization with main city Fylakopi the name of which has been given to an entire arcaeological period. It has been greatly developed in antiquity. Source of wealth for the island was the production of ‘opsidianos or opsianos’ being a mineral used in the construction of guns and tools. During the Venetian sovereignity the island became famous for its pilots, specialised skippers.

Milos with its golden beaches and the multicoloured rocks with the rare geological shape has an extent of 151 sq.km and it is situated in a distance of 87 n.m. (7 hours) from Piraeus. Its fame was spread worldwide due to the masterpiece, the statue of Aphrodite discovered buried in the land of Milos in 1820 which today is in the Museum of Louvres.

The capital Plaka or Milos, built in a hill on the foot of the castle, it is a beautiful city with characteristical architecture. Here are to be found the remarkable churches of Panaghia Korfiatissa (19th century), Panaghia Thalassitra with icons of the 17th century as well as Messa Panaghia as it is named, because it is built inside the castle.

In the Arcaeological Museum you will see copy of the famous statue of Aphrodite and exhibits reflecting the history of the island since the Neolithic Age.

Adamandas, considered one of the safest natural ports of Aegean sea, is particularly picturesque with its white houses and the stone-paved streets. Aghia Triada, in the centre of Adamandas, is the most remarkable church (17th century) of the island, with rare icons of cretan-byzantine art.

In the highest place of the hill of Adamandas there is the church of Kimissi of Theothokos (Assumption of Virgin Mary).

The most remarkable monument of the island is the famous catacombs of Milos, southwest of the village Trypiti considered the most important findings of the first christianity period.

The history of Milos regarding the ores it is exhibited in the Ore Museum with minerals, photographs etc.

In the north-eastern part of the island, 14 km. from Plaka, there are Apollonia or Pollonia, built round a wonderful small bay. From this place there is daily transport by boats to the port of Psathi of Kimolos as well as for a tour to the enchanting Glaronissia and the amazing cavern of Papafranga.

In a distance of 3 km. from Pollonia it is situated the ancient city Fylakopi, where they had been built successively three cities. Today in the archaeological site some ruins of walls are saved as well as remnants of the three cities.

Between Apollonia and Adamandas there are the picturesque by the sea villages of Pachaena and Mytakas.

In the opposite side of the bay where Adamandas is situated, it is to be found Emborios, a quiet village, while southeast of Adamandas (5,5 km. approx.) it is located the medieval capital of the island, Zefyria. From Zefyria the road leads to the village Paliohori with the marvellous beach. You can also visit Chivadolimni and the seashore Provatas with the white-golden sandy beach, the Cavern of Papafranga and Glaronissia.
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