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Milos - Adamas, Plaka and environs - Triovasalos & the north coast harbours


Triovasalos & the north coast harbours

To the east of Plaka and Trypiti­, and virtually contiguous with them, are the villages of Triovasalos and Pera Triovasalos, separated from one another by a low ditch across which a symbolic war of gunpowder explosions takes place at Easter in recollection of the 1821 Independence Revolution. During the rest of the year they are business-like villages of a welcome normality. Far from normal—in terms of landscape—is the coastline to their north, however. The road northwest to Firopotamos descends through an unexceptional scrub for 2km, but the last 500m are a revelation as the road drops to a harbour consisting of half a dozen boat-houses and the church of Aghios Nikoloas, set amidst cliffs of perlite and white kaolinite which are shot through with pinks, pale mauves, magentas and a strong russet orange. There are the ruins of old mine-buildings, where the perlite stone—which constitutes almost the entire peninsula to the north—was loaded. Similar colour effects can be seen at Mandrakia, slightly to the east. But perhaps the most bizarre land scape of all is at * Saraki­niko Bay, 4km east of Triovasalos on the north coast. Here the earth is of purest white kaolin, almost identical in nature to that in the deposits at Aghios Giorgios on Kimolos. It allows virtually no vegetation to gain any purchase, leaving the smooth bleached slopes open to the wind and water to erode and sculpt them according to their whims. A small seasonal water course descends a shallow canyon, perforated with caves and small quarries, towards an inlet of emerald water.


Milos Island is part of the Cyclades Island Group, Greece.
Triovasalos & the north coast harbours.

 

access

Milos Island, Greece.

By air: Olympic Air operates two 40-minute flights from Athens to Milos daily. The airport is 4.5km from Adámas.
By boat: Ventouris Lines run a daily car-ferry service from Piraeus (dep. 7.05 am, arr. c. 3 pm), which calls at the other Western Cycladic Islands both on the outward and return journey, guaranteeing daily connections with them. This is supplemented by at least one high-speed connection (4 hrs 30 mins) every day in the summer only.
There are three weekly connections between Milos and Santorini. The F/B Panaghia Phaneromeni makes 5–6 crossings daily from Pollónia (in northeast Milos) to Kimolos; it accommodates vehicles, and the journey takes 25 mins.

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beaches

Milos Island, Greece.

 

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eating

Milos Island, Greece.

To Petrino in Zephyría is one of the most trustworthy places on Milos for simple, fresh Greek cooking, and it remains out of the tourist loop.
The Mezedopoleion Phocas in Pláka, and Zygos in Adámas, prepare their dishes well and freshly, and offer local wine in the spring.
For good fish, Pelagos, the easternmost taverna on the beach at Palaiochori, is to be recommended: it remains open all year.
The speciality of the tavernas at Palaiochori is a succulent lamb dish, slow cooked in terracotta vessels on the geothermically heated sand of the beach outside.

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further reading

Milos Island, Greece.

An Island Polity: the Archaeology of Exploitation in Melos, edited by Colin Renfrew and Malcolm Wagstaff, CUP, 1982.
Disarmed—The Story of the Venus de Milo, by Gregory Curtis, Vintage Press, 2004.
Milos—Geologic History, by Ian Plimer, KOAN Publishing House, Athens, 2000.
James Theodore Bent, The Cyclades (1885), reissued 2002 by Archaeopress, Oxford in the ‘3rd Guides’ series.
Thucydides’s Peloponnesian War, V, 84–116 is poignantly relevant to Milos.

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lodging

Milos Island, Greece.

The island offers mainly simple accommodations.
In Adámas, Giannis Apartments are spacious and pleasant and in a quiet neighbourhood (T. 22870 22204, fax 22144, www. giannisapartments.gr).
Attractively situated above the harbour of Klima, and close to the archaeological areas, is the Hotel Panorama (T. 22870 21623, fax 22112); while higher up in the alleyways of Pláka are two charming alternatives with good views: Archondoula Studios (T. 22870 23820) and Betty’s Studios (T. 22870 21538).
Across the island, be hind the beach at Palaiochóri, are the pleasantly appointed Artemis Bungalows (T./fax. 22870 31221).
At Pollónia, the Kostantakis Farm and Studios offers comfortable and attractive studios, as well as wine and produce grown on its own farm, (T. 22870 41357, fax 41500, www.kostantakis.gr)
The most unusual solution of all, is in a converted windmill on the ridge at Trypití: there are three units at the Marketos Windmill and its out buildings, all with clear views (T. 22870 22147, fax 22384).

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museums

Milos Island, Greece.

Ecclesiastical Museum
Milos Archaeological Museum
Mining Museum of Milos

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practical info

Milos Island, Greece.

848 00 Milos: area 158sq km; perimeter 139km; resi dent population 4,736; max. altitude 748 m. Port Authority: T. 22870 23360. Travel information: Milos Travel, T. 22870 22000, fax. 22688, www.milostravel. gr, (Pollónia) Blue Waters Travel (Patrick and Sheila Warwick), tel. 22870 41234. General information: www.milos-island.gr

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