Location: Milos is the 5th biggest island of Cyclades (there are 24 Cycladic islands in total) and it is situated in their southwest edge. It is 86 miles (138,40 km.) from Piraeus and it is almost in the middle of the Piraeus-Crete sea route.
Adamantas is its main port and the first view to look upon when approached by ship.
Built on the north side of the bay, Adamantas or ‘’Alamanto” as it used to be called, has been inhabited since 1824. It was built by Cretan refugees expelled from Sfakia, who came to Milos after their failed and bloody revolution against the Turks. Nowadays, the village numbers around 1100 inhabitants.
This seaside island town is composed of small snow-white houses with small yards decorated with flowers and narrow quite lanes which altogether compose a picture of excellent Cycladic beauty. The village of Adamantas throbs with life in summertime. In this village you can combine relaxation and calmness with night life and entertainment, whereas at the same time everything you need for comfortable and pleasant vacations is provided to you: [there are] cafes, restaurants, ouzeries, pizzerias, grill-houses, fast-foods serving souvlaki, a bar, a club, shopping centers, supermarkets, banks, the port authority, the customs, a health center, a pharmacy, a dental clinic, a newsstand for Greek and international press, etc. Here, the island’s night life is intense with bars playing various kinds of music that speed up the rhythms and the entertainment tempo till the very break of dawn.
Nowadays, Plaka is the island’s capital and it is also one of the most intact capitals of Cyclades.
Its name comes from the level ground upon which the houses of its first inhabitants were built, when the Castle (Kastro) could no longer house the entire population.
Built on a hillock of 220m above sea level, with the use of island colors and according to the Cycladic architecture, with picturesque tiled alleys originally built for the protection against pirates, with small traditional shops, restaurants and cafeterias and with a magical view to the bay of Milos, Plaka composes a scenery of infinite beauty that you must visit and explore. (The circulation of cars is forbidden).
Pollonia or Apollonia is a picturesque fish village of 300 inhabitants, built around a pretty creek on the northeast edge of the island.
Pollonia is the island’s second port after the port of Adamantas. Possibly, it was named after the temple of Apollo that existed on the Lighthouse of Pelekouda (on the left side of the settlement).
The distance from Athamantas is 10 kilometres, and from Plaka 14 kiliometres. From there, there is transportation to Psathis which is the port of the neighboring island of Kimolos. Small boats, sea-taxis and ferry-boats transfer you from Pollonia to Kimolo within 30 minutes at the most.
This settlement has a beach with a rich seaside, many rooms to let and hotels, as well as plenty of taverns, restaurants and island cafes that stretch up to the church of Saint Paraskevi at the settlement’s right end. In the pier that lies in front of the church, you can find the fishing boats of the locals coming every morning packed with fish, octopuses and lobsters; from there also tour boats set out for the Cave of Papafragas and for Glaronisia.
Trypiti is a traditional, well-preserved settlement, almost united with Plaka, built amphitheatrically on the ruins of the classic city of Klima.
Its name originates from its soft volcanic stones that looked as if they were drilled just like many holes that are carved on the rock upon which it is built.
The Church of Saint Nikolaos dominates in the center of the village, whereas in this village unique, scenic windmills are preserved that in old times were used for the grinding of cereals and nowadays most of them have been turned into rooms to let.
info: Municipality of Milos