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Milos is the in the very southwest of the Cyclades and like at least two other islands claims to be the largest island of the group. Known as the “island of colours” it has maintained its charm by still being relatively remote—though during the summer there are several daily ferries from Piraeus. It is very time consuming, however, to include it in the same itinerary as Paros and most other popular Cyclades.

The colours come not only from the sea and buildings as other islands but from the rich and varied rock formations that dominate the views. Some say that the volcanic island is still releasing fumes from the not too deep magma. You can get the facts at the Mining Museum of Milos, a modern facility that puts the geologic structure as well as the history of the people in perspective. Unless you are strictly a beach bum, this museum is a must see.

The other activity that most people enjoy is a boat excursion around the island to get a sea level perspective of the colours and shapes of the landscape, as well as delightful coves that are only accessible by boat.

For more on Milos see the Milos Travel web site.


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