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Price: Please Contact Us  |  Property Location: MILOS ISLAND

Land Area (Sq.M): 1,900 2

Property Type: PLOTS-LAND    

Offered By: Selected Realty

Tel. +1 561 306-6131
Email: ginakossioris@gmail.com

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Property ID: 12954




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Ikaria - Armenistis
New Maisonettes

Price: €209,000 -  125 m2
Bedrooms: 3  Baths: 2









MILOS

Quick Facts: Milos
Pronunciation me-lohs
Alternate Spelling Melos
Transportation Air, ferry, hydrofoil
Main Attractions Beaches, hot springs, sophisticated nightlife, catacombs
Food Many excellent choices
Accommodations Many excellent choices

Milos Characteristics

Milos has a land mass of 151 sq. km, a coastline of 126 km and a population of 5,000. Milos' distance from Piraeus is 86 nautical miles. It's the most westerly of all the Cyclades. Its many long stretches of golden sand beach are some of the best in Greece.

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Milos is a uniquely beautiful Cycladic island due to its mineral and morphological formation. Milos, Kimolos and Andi-Milos are of volcanic origin, like Santorini to the southeast, but have many geological differences from it. Brightly colorful minerals abound on Milos and delight the eye. Obsidian, sulphur, kaolin, barium, alum, bensonite and perlite have been quarried on Milos for thousands of years. Neolithic peoples used papyrus boats to reach Milos to quarry its minerals, particularly the black, glass-like obsidian. Fantastic rock formations crop up everywhere.

Island Features

There are many fjord-like inlets, bathed with sparkling turquoise waters, some with thermal springs.

Milos' gently rolling eastern interior is rich with vegetation while its western mountainous are arid. Milos has the best natural harbor in the Mediterranean. There are many archeological places of interest as well of which Phylkopi on the north coast is most important.

The main port, Adamas

greece greek islands cyclades milosMilos' busy, friendly main port, Adamas, (pop. 1200) is where most tourists stay. If arriving by ferry you will notice mineral formations at Arkoudas (Bears) just before turning into the vast harbor.

Buses from Adamas Square. easily connect with the rest of the island. Although not the most beautiful part of Milos, Adamas' cobble-stoned streets are where most of the night life and creature comforts are to be found.

In 1836, Sfakia village Cretans, fleeing their war torn island and Turkish reprisals, founded Adamas and brought their most sacred religious items with them which may be seen in the towns' two largest churches: Aghia Triada and Aghios Haralambos. Ag. Haralambos has a clock tower at the summit of the town.

greece greek islands cyclades milosThere's a Mining Museum along the waterfront, which shows much about Milos' geological history.

West of town, in a cave, you can ease your aches and pains in the warm and sulfurous Municipal Spa Baths. The cave is divided into three bathrooms. (8-1, daily, fee, bring your own towel).

Just beyond the Spa baths, you'll find Lagada Beach This beach is popular with families. The Crimean War French Soldiers Memorial at Bombada is a short walk away. Further along on the reed strewn path bubbling mud pools lead the way to the Volcano, which is actually just a steaming fissure in the rock.

Plaka, the island's official capital

From Adamas a road ascends to the NW passing through the lower villages of Triovasalos and Karodhromos until after three or four kilometers it reaches Plaka. The attractive hilltop town of Plaka (pop. 675) is Milos' main town and officially called Milos. It is built, as were most Cycladic capitals, in a defensive position, and its characteristic white washed houses command a view of the NW and the harbor.

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On the lower edge of town, next to the bus stop is the Archeological Museum (8:30-3, closed Mon, fee) and contains a (thoughtfully provided by the French) copy of the Venus de Milo now in Paris.

Other finds from various epochs from the Neolithic to the Hellenistic are included such as terracotta objects and lily-painted ceramics. The best of the archeological artefacts are in Athens at the National Archeological Museum. There are some nice obsidian finds.

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The Museum of Popular Arts (Tu-Sat, 10-1, 6-8), on the other hand, has everything including the kitchen sink. It's in a 19th Century mansion (follow the signs) with items from Milos nautical pilots past such as telescopes, charts and costumes.

greece greek islands cyclades milosTake the steps up to the Frankish Kastro or Castle high above (980m). It's the outer walls are formed by houses. The interior of the keep houses the beautiful 13th Century Church of Thalassitra. There are fine icons by Skordilis in this church.

Perched at the top was an old church, Mesa Panagia, which along with much of the Castle was destroyed by German gun emplacements during WWII. The views from here are stunning.

Ancient Milos and the Catacombs

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Plaka is built over the ancropolis of ancient Milos. It may also be reached by a foot path from the north side of Adamas which passes the old obsidian quarry of Sta Nychia above the village and joins the old road to Tripiti just below Plaka. By bus ask to be let off at Tripiti, and you can walk to the Catacombs. These catacombs are among the best preserved in Greece and have long corridors of arched niches carved in rock. It was full of bones when first discovered. The catacomb network is 184m long and contained 291 tombs, possibly holding as many as 8000 bodies.

A path from the catacombs leads to where the Venus de Milo was discovered. Look for a plaque by a fig tree.

The Ancient Acropolis Milos occupies the slope below Tripiti down to the charming quaint fishing hamlet Klimi and the ancient harbor (ancient Klima on map below). The Athenians destroyed the acropolis town circa 415 BC and the Romans resettled it later. Klimi has brightly painted boat houses and ducks on its beach. There's a museum-style reconstruction that shows how the fishing families once lived in the Klimi area.

Further on is the partially restored Roman Theater overlooking the sea, excavated in 1917. In August occasional plays are performed there.

Around Plaka and the islands northern tip

Near Plaka, the market villages of Triovassalos and Pera Triovassalos merge to form a market town. It boats churches containing icons from the original capital, Zefyria, which was abandoned due to plague.

Paths lead down to several different beaches, some with wonderful colored rocks. One of the best of which is Plathiena near Arkoudes where you see orange and white rock formations. This is a popular beach for watching the sunset.

Another path from Plaka leads to Fourkovouni and its cliff carvings. Mandrakia, below Triovassalos is a beautiful little cove and fishing hamlet topped by a white chapel. Further north is Firopotamos another fishing village.

The Bay of Milos and some beautiful beaches

greece greek islands cyclades milosThe Bay of Milos has a succession of beaches which improve as you move further away from the airport and its industrialized outlying areas. The Bay of Milos is the volcano's central vent, left by the volcano that created this volcanic island.

From Adamas the first beach is Papikinou with hotels and apartments. Next and longest is sandy Chivadolimni, popular with free campers. There's a turquoise saltwater lake just behind it.

Alykes near the salt marshes has a quieter beach. The black cliffs of Mavra Cremna create a beach with interesting rock formations. Around and to the north are Patrikia and Rivari with a lagoon once used as a vivarium by the monks of Agh. Marina Monastery up above.

Emborios is next with rooms to let and a taverna. It's also reachable by boat from Adamas. Northernmost is Aghios Dimitriou, which is often windswept.

Villages of central Milos

greece greek islands cyclades milosThe Adamas bus crosses Milos to Zefyria, the island's capital from 800 to 1793, when it was abandoned and everyone moved to Plaka. Its a very still place today with decaying old buildings and olive trees.

The paved road continues to popular and busy Paleochori Beach. Further along is quieter Aghia Kyriaki with rooms and tavernas. Komia to the east has some ruined churches of the Byzantine period and close by at Demenayaki are obsidian mines.

The north coast–Phylakopi and Pollonia Port

greece greek islands cyclades milosgreece greek islands cyclades milosThe road from Adamas leads across the islands NW section and as it approaches the coast, a fork descends to bathing spot Sarakiniko. There you find huge rounded rocks and pointed peaks whipped by the wind into giant petrified drifts. There's a tiny beach and an inlet. To the east, the fishing villages of Pachaina and Aghios Konstandinos have more interesting rock formations. From there, it's a short walk away are the three Papafrangas Caves with pristine azure waters enclosed by white cliffs. There's a mini fiord here, once used by pirates as a hiding place.

Ancient Phylakope lies just beyond Papafrangas and was in its heyday one of the greater centers of Cycladic civilization. It was excavated by the British School of Archeology in 1860 and yielded 3 layers of habitation early Cycladic (3,500 BC), Middle (1600 BC) and late Cycladic - Mycenaean. Finds show Melos traded obsidian far and wide. Tablets were found linking the culture to the Minoan. The site declined with the advent of metals and their replacement of obsidian as tools and weapons.

The last stop pf the Adamas bus is Pollonia, the old town of Apollo. It's a small but popular resort with tavernas, a shaded beach and local fishing boats. You can take a diving class here. Near Polllonia are the Glaronisia, symmetrical hexagonal columns of basalt standing in the water. You can sail between the columns in a caique.

On the Pelekouda Cape you can wind surf, and there are holiday amenities. To the south is Voudia beach and more mine views.

Other Beaches on the Island

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Gerontas Beach is on Milos ' southwest coast and Triades Beach is in the bay of Triades on the west coast.

As you can see from the map below, there are lots of beaches to choose from. Car rental or scooter is the way to go if you want to see them all.

Drinking and Dining

In Adamas, you'll find good food at reasonable prices at Barko, Flisvos, and Kynigos on the waterfront.

History

greece greek islands cyclades milosThe famed sculptural masterpiece 'Venus de Milo', although made of marble from the island of Paros, was unearthed accidentally in a farmers field on Milos. It was entire when found. (At the same time, other statues were found on Milos.)

The Venus de Milo was sold, by the farmer who found it, to the French and then to the Romanians, and then to the French again, before ever leaving the island. The arms, one of which was holding an apple, were broken off during the struggle to load it or as some say during the French negotiations with the Romanians. Interestingly enough, Milos is the islands' name and 'Milo' the Greek word for 'apple'.

Early Christians zealots used to seek out what they considered idolatrous works of art and in a fervor of religious zeal smash them to pieces. The 'Venus' had been hidden by an art lover whose secret was lost with their death for a thousand or more years.

I mean everyone has heard of black glass obsidian blades from Milos but how many have you actually encountered?Under the Minoans and Mycenaeans, the island became rich from the trading of obsidian. Minerals are still a major source of wealth, although tourism is booming. Left a rare display of obsidian to be see in Athens' excellent War Museum on Queen Sophia's Avenue.

On a less artistic historical note, Milos' unique sheltered harbor was used by French warships during the Crimean and First World Wars. Nazi anti-aircraft battery emplacements may still be seen at Korfos.

Hints

The new airport is reputed to have a spring whose waters are a sure cure for sterility in women. You may want to drink a whole lot of it, or none at all.

There's a festival in July with dancing, good food, and jazz.

Maps

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The Complete Details

Helpful Information
Transportation Facts
  • By Air: there are 2 to 3 flights a day from Athens.
  • By Ferry: 6 times a week, 7 hrs. from Piraeus.
  • Six times a week to Kithinos, Sifnos and Serifos.
  • 2 to 3 times a week with Crete, Ios, Santorini,
    Folegandros and Sikinos.
  • Once a week with Kassos and Karpathos.
  • 3 to 4 times a day from Pollonia to neighboring Kimolos.
  • Summer Water Taxis or 'caiques', (pron. sing.:
    'kai-ee-kee' as in kayak)
    from Adamas make daily trips round the island,
    stopping at beaches and in Kimolos for lunch.
  • From Kypos beach boats depart to the beaches:
    Geronta, Kleftiko, Geraka and Paliorema.
  • Island buses from Adamas Sq. to Plaka via Tripti depart regularly.
  • Thrice daily buses depart for Pollonia via Filikopi & Pachera.
  • Once daily to Paleochora, Zepheryia, Provotas and Paleochoi Beaches.
Island Resources
  • Tel. code: 2287
  • Port Authority: Tel. 23660 / 22100
  • Tourist Info Tel: 22445
  • Port Police Tel: 23360
  • Airport Tel: 22381
  • Taxis, Adamas Tel: 22219
  • Taxis, Triovassalos Tel: 21306
  • News agency Tel: 22060
  • Customs House Tel: 22282
  • Mining Museum: 9-2, 6-9, Tel: 22481
  • Plaka Health Ctr. Tel: 22700
  • Police Station, Plaka Tel: 21204
  • Post Code: 84800
  • OTE Plaka Tel: 21599
  • Post Office Plaka Tel: 21214
  • Post Office Adamas Tel: 22288
  • Health Center, Plaka Tel: 22701
  • Catacombs: 8.30-3 closed Mon, Tel: 21625
  • Ecclesiastical Museum: 6-9,closed Mon., Tel: 23956
  • Tourist Police, Plaka Tel: 21378
  • Olympic Airways Adamas Tel: 22380
  • National Bank Tel: 22077
  • Commercial Bank Tel: 22263
  • Agricultural Bank Tel: 22330
  • Doctor, Adamas Tel: 21755
  • Plaka Arch. Museum: 8.30-3, closed Mon., Tel.: 21620
  • Plaka Folk Museum: 10-2,5-9, closed Mon/Sun., Tel: 21292
 

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