Milos, Greece is the southernmost island in the sunny Cyclades archipelago. It is a volcanic paradise, home to charming whitewashed villages and secluded coves surrounded by cliffs. The island features a central caldera and unique rock formations reminiscent of a lunar landscape. Milos has the highest concentration of beaches in the entire Cyclades, with more than 70 considered among the best in the Aegean region. Despite its many charms, Milos remains relatively undiscovered compared to its better-known neighbors, Santorini and Mykonos.
Milos has a fascinating history, dating back to the Neolithic era when the Minoans exported its obsidian to Crete for weapon-making. However, the island is best known for the discovery of the marble statue, “Venus de Milo,” in 1820 by the amateur archaeologist Olivier Voutier. Although the celebrated work now resides in the Louvre museum in Paris, Milos’s allure has not diminished.
Fresh new accommodations, exciting restaurants, and classic waterfront bars are transforming Milos into one of the Mediterranean’s most sought-after vacation spots. The island’s serene fishing villages, secluded caves, and numerous swimming beaches (many only accessible by boat) offer Aegean charm without the crowds. Locally run restaurants serve fresh local catch and regional Greek wines, adding to the island’s tranquil ambiance.
Up until the last few years, the luminous Cycladic island of Milos was a secret destination surreptitiously shared among Greek couples. With more than 70 beaches, considered among the best in the Aegean, the isle where the Louvre’s prized Venus de Milo was found has a fascinating history and spellbinding volcanic landscapes like lunar-like Sarakiniko. With fresh new places to stay, exciting restaurants, and classic waterfront bars, Milos is evolving into one of the Mediterranean’s most sought-after vacay spots.