WELCOME TO MILOS
THE IDEAL GREEK ISLAND
One of the earliest civilisations in the Cyclades, Milos has been renowned since prehistory for its exotic minerals: obsidian, kaolin, manganese, perlite, bentonite… These days, Milos is the up-and-coming rock star of the Greek islands. Situated in the Western Cyclades – sleeper hits long overshadowed by Mykonos and Santorini – Milos is quietly stepping back into the spotlight.
The fishbowl port of Adamas is actually a submerged volcanic caldera — like Santorini, but without the crowds and cruise ships. Sculpted by the waves and wind, natural history is writ large along the coastline. Spires, swirls and slabs of rock emerge from the sea like a mirage, a shimmering palette of orange, green, yellow, white and black that changes colour with the setting sun. Thermal springs bubble up from the seabed, renowned for their healing powers since the age of Hippocrates.
Unpretentious and laidback, Milos has never been dependent on tourism. Traces of the island’s lucrative mining industry are scattered all around — heaps of ancient obsidian tools, deserted sulphur mines, glowing rocks of red manganese. Western Milos is a wilderness of abandoned quarries and cedar groves, its coves and canyons only accessible on foot or by boat. Northeast Milos is sprinkled with whitewashed villages and bijou fishing villages like Pollonia, home to White Pebble Suites.
Honeymooners have fallen for the island’s secluded bays, radiant villages, and adorable, multi-hued boathouses, known as syrmata. Food lovers keep coming back for irresistible local delicacies like ladenia (Cycladic focaccia topped with cherry tomatoes and caramelised onions), roast suckling pig glazed with grape molasses, and watermelon pie. And the Instagram generation has discovered the surreal moonscapes and photogenic beaches, each one totally unique.