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Milos

  • 3 min read
 
Hello dear Nudists.

As I am writing this, I’m listening to greek music, and I’m letting myself being taken back to Milos and its beautiful sights.

I want to tell you all about it, but first I would like to share a bit of general information about the island that I found interesting, so maybe you will too!

Milos is one of the islands that constitutes the Cyclades, an archipelago of around 220 islands in the Aegean sea, southeast of mainland Greece.

According to e-kyklades.gr, the Cyclades are actually the tops of the Aegais mountains, a mountainous terrain that submerged some 5 million years ago. The most popular Cycladic islands are Santorini, Mykonos, Paros and Naxos, which I think you’ve all heard of. 

Milos belongs in the Eastern Cyclades, along with Kimolos, Sifnos, and Serifos.

Something I never knew, and only found out when being there, is that Venus of Milo came from Milos. It was found by a local who didn’t really understand its value and decided to keep it on his farm. It took some persuading on the part of a French soldier to buy it and it finally made its way to the Louvre Museum. And it was during this whole conundrum that Venus of Milo lost her arms. You can read the full story here. 

We found Milos bathed in sun and warm air, with the traditional white Cycladic houses and hospitality. A short drive from the airport ( not kidding, it took 15 minutes) and we were at our humble abode: a recently renovated fisherman’s house right by the sea.

What was very surprising was the amount of tourists on this small island. The beaches are filled with people, the restaurants have waiting lines. Apropos, make sure you make a reservation at least a couple of days in advance, if you want to get a table. 

Milos has unique, beautiful beaches. And it has a lot of them!! They say around 70. Some of them accessible by car, some by foot, and some of them only by boat. When we were there it happened to be very windy (it’s a thing in the Cyclades) so we weren’t able to visit the beaches only accessible by boat. We did, however, greatly enjoy the others. The most interesting, we thought, was Sarakíniko. With its white rocks and the most beautiful turquoise water, it’s perfect for swimming, cliff diving, or just reading a book and relaxing. The best part: no chairs, no beach bar, no loud music. Just the sea, and you. And plenty of other people, of course! Bring food and lots of sunscreen ( mineral sunscreen) and leave the stress at home, because this is one of the most relaxing places I have ever been to.

And after spending all day in the scorching sun, you will for sure be hungry and looking for a place to eat. You can go down to Adamas, up to Plaka or to the northern Pollonia for some of the best greek food and wine you’ll ever have. 

Probably our favourite thing to eat was Pitarakia, a traditional appetiser from Milos. It’s a deep fried (oops) pastry filled with savoury cheese. And it keeps you coming back for more. The pitarakias below are from Medousa restaurant, which is actually in Mandrakia, and O!Hamos. I added a photo of a greek salad from O!Hamos too because it was delicious! Mostly everything we had was made with local ingredients, or sourced from nearby islands. 

When dinner is over, and if you are still able to move, a stroll around the narrow streets is a must. The shops stay open late, there is live music at some tavernas, and the temperature is perfect at night.

I believe the reason Greece is so famous is not only due to beautiful beaches and white houses. It’s also in their hospitality, their warmth, the pride they take for everything they make and what it means. And that’s what makes it a place you always want to come back to. So, until next time!

 

With love,

The Nudist