A Geological Experience in Milos

We were not yet equipped for Milos as seasoned Greek island hoppers. When our ferry was heading into a wide-open port, the view was broken down by mining scars. The port city of Adamas stretched on the fringes of a hillside with ruins of industry here and there. All was dusty when we were in the city. In some places we can get a whiff of sulfur on the island. Yeah, Milos was strikingly distinctive and because of its geology has a fascinating past. Visit this site  more for more information and details about this article.

We enjoyed this variety during our three days and found several intriguing sites to explore. The Mining Museum is a modern building full of rare antique artifacts and a fascinating collection of minerals. Many different items have been mined over the years. We decided to discover the abandoned sulfur mine, after we read about how weird it was. The visit was always an amazing trip, you should be there to see what I think. They had a strong, slightly creepy atmosphere in the empty houses.

We have enjoyed some beaches when on motor scooters we visited the island. There were Firiplaka and Provatas. Sarakiniko was the most unique; as a lunar landscape, and surreal. Quite bright, turbulent rock formations meet the sea as if they were a monumental sculpture.

Ruins of an ancient Roman city are found below the central towns of Tripiti and Plaka. We stayed there at the cave where in the 18th century the famed ancient sculpture of Venus de Milo was found. By the way, this statue is carved from Paros in marble. Early, persecuted Christians secretly buried their dead here are also ancient Christian catacombs nearby.

Our other side tours included Klima, where houses go up to a hillside in caves beneath them. During our stay in the central town of Adamas, the village of Pollonia especially inspired us. It reminded us of Aliki, our hometown of Paros.

A meal at the O was another highlight of our visit to Milos! Hamo taverna (O! Xomo means the Mess in Greek). We never saw anything like it because of beauty and character in Greece. It was funky, walls and chairs had handwriting and pretty cups to drink our ouzo. Then we were happily surprised by polite, successful service and the food was nice to full. I highly advice any island sailor who is tired of the conventional taverna to discover this spot on the shores of Adamas. We fed, walked across the street, swam, and lay in the shade right on the sand. Worth writing for home! Worth writing about!

Milos is undoubtedly not the characteristic Greek island for sea, sand and sun but its distinctive character and style is highly recommended. As the key Cyclades of Paros and Santorini is on a ferry route separate from that it’s less crowded and more of a Greek experience. But there are regular ferries from Athens/Piraeus to Milos most of the year. This path typically involves stops at Serifos, Sifnos and Kimilos, all of which are attractive islands. Flights from Athens are also open. Hopping on the Greek island is a fun trip, dive in.

Michael, an Oregonian native, lives on Paros Island with his partner, who has come from West Cork, Ireland. It operates a full-service website for every Paros tourist and a blog about the expat life on the beach. He is specialized in private villa rentals all over Greece.

 

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