The Greek Islands and Athens

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The Greek island of Milos, has a dramatic coastline that contains spectacular volcanic rock formations. Milos is a combination an industrial and tourist island, it has vast mineral deposits which continues to bring wealth to the island. Milos has remained comparatively undiscovered by the package holiday industry, but is a firm favourite with holidaying Greeks.


The port of Adamantas is inside a large bay and is considered to be one of the safest natural ports in the Aegean. In the summer the area around the waterfront, lined with cafes, restaurants and shops, can become quite busy.

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On the top of the hill, over 200 metres above the port of Adamantas stands Plaka, the main town on the island. It consists of a picturesque mix of white washed Cycladic style cubed houses, in narrow, flagstone paved streets.

One place to visit in Plaka is the Archaeological Museum. The Museum is housed in a neo-classical building dating from around 1870. It houses a collection which includes Neolithic finds from the island, Mycenaean pottery, and the famous ceramic of an early Cycladic goddess, the Lady of Philakopi. In the entrance hall stands a plaster copy of the Venus de Milo which was found nearby on the island, the original was shipped to France, and is now in the Louvre Museum in Paris.

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South east of Plaka, and adjacent to the village of Trypiti, carved into the hillside, are the Christian Catacombs. This is a huge complex of galleries, which is in fact a complex of three catacombs, comprising of large low passages from which other smaller passages have been carved.  Contained in this complex is a total of 291 tombs. It is thought that at one time many thousands of bodies were interned here. The Christian community on the island, created the cemetery towards the end of the 2nd century A.D. and it continued to be used right through to the end of the 5th century.

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The ruins of ancient Milos are well worth a visit, with what remains of massive Dorian walls, some fragments of once huge coulombs, and best of all, the remains of an amphitheatre. construction of the theatre probably dates back to the Hellenistic period, but the remains visible today originate from Roman times.

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The small village of Klima is one of the most photogenic of the many small fishing villages that can be found on the island, although there is little in the way of a beach. Around the island can be found many small beaches and rocky coves, many are backed by quite interesting rock formations, which are a feature of the island.