Sightseeing in Milos

Greece has a long history and therefore a lot to see. Some islands more, some less. Milos is blessed with quite a lot of historic sites and a really nice capital called Plaka.

My first excursion was Fylakopi which is about 2km from Pollonia. I took the bus to get there on a Tuesday morning. This prehistoric settlement site opens only two days a week (Tuesday and Saturday). It brought forth some really interesting statues which you can see in the museum in Plaka and in Athens. Unfortunately I never made it to the museum in Plaka and in Athens this sections was closed due to Covid-19. Fylakopi is worth a visit not only for the historic settlement but also for the gorgeous view. I couldn’t really recognize anything, as usually it was nothing more than a pile of stones to me.

prehistoric settlement of Fylakopi @Milos

Right next to Fylakopi you can walk on the cliffs and check out some sea caves in the distance. If you walk a bit further on the street you can get closer to the caves.

lots of caves around Fylakopi @Milos

getting closer to the caves @Milos

A day later I got on the bus to Plaka, the capital of Milos and if you don’t see anything else, this is a must. The town is special with lots of small alleys, flowers everywhere, and colorful doors, stairs etc to mix up the white buildings. So, so beautiful.

an alley in Plaka @Milos

a place in the sun @Milos

But first I walked all the way up to the Kastro. It’s exhausting to do so in the sun but the view is worth it. On the grounds of the former Kastro stands now a small white chapel and from the top of the hill you can see far and wide.

the white chapel on top of Plaka @Milos

view over Plaka and out on the sea @Milos

Walking down to the catacombs was easy and definitely the right decision instead of taking the bus to the catacombs and then walking up in this heat. Before getting to the catacombs you reach the ancient theater. Not really sure what is still ancient about it, because it looked brand new to me. But the view on to the fishing village of Klima is just amazing.

the picturesque village of Klima below with the amphitheater in front @Milos

From the theater then it’s only a short walk to the catacombs. After Rome and Cappadocia in Turkey the catacombs of Milos are the third oldest Christian burials. The ones here are from the first century AD. Not sure if it was COVID-19 or if that is the usual procedure but no more than three visitors are allowed at the same time. So after a 40 minute wait (shade is provided but bring something to drink) I got my 10 min visit. The local guide is a fountain of knowledge and can answer all your questions. There is not much to see from a ‘seeing’ aspect but I really enjoyed my visit. Very interesting after all.

the catacombs of Milos @Greece

The Ecclesiastical Museum of Milos – Church of the Holy Trinity is just around the corner from the bus stop in Adamas. Usually you have a couple of minutes (up to an hour and a half) to keep the church in mind to visit while you wait. It has a huge mosaic in front, unfortunately I don’t have a picture from it.

The Ecclesiastical Museum of Milos – Church of the Holy Trinity @Milos

There is still much to discover on Milos. But when I have the choice between a beach and sightseeing, reading on the beach will most often win. I am happy though that I managed all theses sites while on the island. Yours, Pollybert

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