Milos Tourguide

Milos, situated at the southwestern edge of the Cyclades, is the group’s fifth largest island, covering an area of 151 sq. km with a coastline spanning 126 km and a population of 4,770 inhabitants. Its unique landscape, characterized by peculiar rock formations, vibrant colors, stunning white sandy beaches, and sculpted rocks, owes its allure to the island’s volcanic terrain.

In ancient times, Milos thrived on its rich mineral resources, particularly obsidian, a jet black volcanic glass rock, which fueled the island’s economy. It hosts one of the oldest mines in the Mediterranean. Inhabited since prehistoric times, Milos played a role in historical events such as the Persian Wars and the Peloponnesian War, while flourishing in trade during Roman times. Throughout history, the island endured pirate raids and changed hands between various rulers, including the Venetians and the Turks. In the 20th century, Milos emerged as a significant mining area, extracting perlite, kaolin, and bentonite, activities that continue to the present day.