It is the most precious gem of the Aegean Sea. Most say that its name is derived from the word “vilos”, which was later evolved to “milos” which meant “sheep”. Milos has been inhabited from prehistoric times. The capital of the island is Plaka.
The island where the goddess of love Aphrodite was born according to Greek mythology has the shape of a petal. In the crystal blue waters, one may swim fearlessly, and may combine exercise in a dreamy environment. Milos has more than 90 exceptionally beautiful beaches, an example being the one of Kleftiko. Many of these beaches are accessible by land, while others can be reached only by sea.
Milos is one of the largest natural harbors in Greece. The western half of the Island, which has the wildest vegetation, is the most charming part of the island. On this side of the island, there are no villages, only a few settlements and some old mines. Practically all of western Milos belongs to the Natura 2000 network. The south side of Milos is the habitat of the Mediterranean monk seal.
The famous statue of Aphrodite of Milos, was found on the island in 1820 by a farmer, who had no knowledge of the statue's worth, thus using it as a fence for his field. Once the French archeological services found out the value immediately bought the finding from the farmer at a minimal price. Many looters and locals tried to steal it but without success.
The statue was loaded, and transported to the Louvre Museum in Paris, where it can still be found today.
So... Milos island is an ideal place - and not only for Swimming holidays!