Milos boasts spectacular coastal cliffs with multicoloured volcanic rocks on display.  It is exceptionally rich in mineral deposits and has a particular scenic beauty leaving visitors breathless.


As with its more famous neighbor Santorini, 75km to the southeast, Milos is composed almost entirely of volcanic rocks. Unlike Santorini, which was formed from a single volcanic centre, Milos is composed of dozens of eruptions that occurred over a period of about one million years, 3-4 million years ago. This complex volcanic origin is responsible for the wide variety of useful rocks and minerals mined over the millennia and for the unique, colorful rock formations that comprise the coastline. Although the volcanic activity has ceased, earthquakes occasionally rock the island – the last major one was in 1993. Geothermal activity continues to the present day, and can be seen in the form of steam vents, native sulphur deposits, hot springs and a natural sauna cave.

Bears | Αρχούδες
Two rock stacks, affectionately known as the bears, lie just off Plathiena headland.
Three big stacks and numerous rock gardens make a sensational kayaking playground.
The "lunar landscape" of smooth white rocks and the deep blue sea make Sarakiniko the most famous, and Instragrammed, place on the island.
A group of three small islands, less than 1km off the north coast. The name means “sea-gull islands”, so called because of the large seagull colony, active in the spring months.
The islands are composed entirely of vertical columns of volcanic rock, known as columnar jointed basalt. Each column is a polygonal prism, formed by the contraction of volcanic lava during cooling.
Another idyllic paddle spot and one of the most impressive complex of caves and arches on the island. It features 3 main caves, all have multiple chambers and entrances. Some are so low that caution and a calm sea is required to enter; one takes a bend and becomes dark - a torch is needed for further exploration.
Kalogeros, meaning "the Monk" is a 60m tall rock stack composed entirely of columnar jointed basalt. Each column is a polygonal prism, formed by the contraction of volcanic lava during cooling. Individual columns are about 20 cm in diameter, for the most part, however larger columns in the lower right are 50-80 cm in diameter.
The beach of Kastanas is known for its brightly coloured rocks and pebbles . The grey colour is the original rock, the reds and oranges are iron oxides that have pervaded the rock. There is also a nice arch!
Spathi (meaning "sword") is a sheltered bay on the south-eastern corner of Milos. The 'sword" has also been described as superman rock, the statue of liberty and the "finger", among other interpretations.
The largest and most beautiful beach on the island and as there is no land access, it is the most pristine.  Layers of soft volcanic ash erode to produce abundant coarse sand, which then runs down huge scree slopes to the beach. The crystal clear waters are perfect for swimming, snorkeling and rolling practice.
Cape Pounta is composed of poorly consolidated conglomerate. The cobble and boulders clasts are composed of andesite lava fragments, a hard, resistive rock. However, the clasts are supported by a soft , volcanic ash matrix, making the formation easily eroded by wave action.
Formed on the eastern most headland of the Kleftico formation, on the south coast. A sedimentary sequence with layers of soft volcanic ash is host to numerous sea caves and arches from Psathi to Sikia.
Gerontas Arch
A a popular Milos icon, due to its position adjacent to the popular, but remote, Gerontas beach
Cape Zefiros | Triades
The northern headland of Triades Bay.
The fluted pattern is due to weathering along parallel fractures in the rock. Composed of a coarsely crystalline intrusive rock it is similar in texture to a granite.
A hard layer of rock at the top of the cliff results in these jagged overhangs resembling gargoyles on gothic cathedrals.
Cape Vani
The most impressive promontory on Milos, the western face of Cape Vani stands a proud 85m tall.
Just south, a large slab of the cape has slumped into the sea leaving an impressive tunnel 30m long and less than 2 m wide at its narrowest.
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Of particular interest to kayakers, is the abundance of sea caves, which occur all around the island. Numbering well over 150, they are particularly abundant in the southwest of the island, around an area called Kleftico and on the North coast at Sarakiniko and Papafragkas. Many of the caves form impressive arches with others forming tunnels up to 50 m long. Other caves have massive, cathedral like roofs, while some have small entrances and crooked passages.

Sarakiniko Caves
The rocks between Mandrakia and Sarakiniko are composed of layers of white, volcanic ash. These soft rocks are easily eroded by wave action to form sea caves. There are about 20 caves and arches along this stretch of coast, making it the the second biggest concentration of sea caves after Kleftico.
Cape Roma
Pappou Cave
The only large cave on the east coast and one of the biggest on the island.
Fisherman's Cave
A large cave used by local spearfisherman to tie up their boats while out fishing.
Blue Cave
The blue cave is immediately to the west of Gerontas bay. A long narrow cave with a low ceiling and a water depth of 10m, results in the cave with the deepest, bluest water colour.
Flidas Caves
To the east of Kleftico are the coves of Filidas. Walled with shear cliffs and connected by a tunnel over 50m long, it has to be paddled to be believed.
Rasis cave
A sea cave formed along a liner fracture.
Sikia Dyke
Just south of Sikia, a large basalt dyke has intruded into white sandstones, creating a dramatic contrast in colour and texture.
A dyke is a rock unit, formed when molten lava gets forced into pre-existing rocks along planes of weakness, such as a fault or fracture.
Mavros Kavos
Th "Black Cave: this sea cave occurs along a fault line which caused a weakness that was subsequently eroded by wave action. The cave is over 50 long and the roof is very low at the back... and watch out for ferry waves!
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Milos  is exceptionally rich in mineral deposits and has a particular scenic beauty leaving visitors breathless.

The inhabitants of Milos are economically dependent on Mining and Tourism. Tourism has only recently developed and the island remains untouched by hotel chains and package tourism. Mining has occurred since ancient times and currently occupies half the workforce for the island. This dual economy has preserved an authentic local culture that is not found on many of the other islands that are entirely reliant on tourism.


The abandoned Sulphur mine
Built in the 1930's when sulphur production was at its height, it worked up until 1959, when the sulphur price plummeted and the operating company went bankrupt. 
Old Sulphur mine
Situated behind one of the islands most beautiful beaches is this spectacular industrial age ruin. The old mines are now left to the elements, the locals and the sun seekers.
Vani beach and Manganese mine
Behind the cobblestone beach at Cape Vani is an old Manganese mine. Worked from 1890 until 1927, it must have been a sizeable operation for its day, judging by he amount of material moved.
Manganese mine
The material mined was manganese oxide, dark-grey to black in color. The ore occurs in sedimentary rocks containing a high percentage of Iron oxide (red colors), as well as manganese.
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