Archaeological Museum of Melos


This handsome neoclassical building contains some riveting exhibits, including a plaster cast of local lass, the Venus de Milo, who now resides in the Louvre (much to the consternation of her fellow islanders). The enigmatic clay goddess and perky little herd of tiny bull figurines in the adjoining rooms were already ancient when the famous statue was carved. Recovered from a shrine in Phylakopi, they date from between 1400 and 1100 BC.

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1. Milos Folk & History Museum

0.11 MILES

Peruse traditional costumes, woven goods and household artefacts in a series of traditionally furnished rooms, right by the main church courtyard.

2. Kastro

0.13 MILES

Signs mark the path climbing to Plaka's hilltop fortress, built by the Venetians on the ancient acropolis. Little of the structure remains, but the views…

3. Ancient Theatre & Catacombs

0.44 MILES

Clinging to a lonely patch of hillside just below Trypiti, this large Roman-era theatre entertained the citizens of Ancient Melos from the 1st to the 4th…

4. Catacombs of Melos

0.44 MILES

Greece’s only Christian catacombs, on the slopes below Trypiti, date from the 1st century and were the burial site for some of the earliest believers…

5. Syrmata

0.59 MILES

Tiny, photogenic Klima clings to the beachfront cliff face below Trypiti. It offers the best example of Milos’ syrmata (traditional fishers' huts), where…

6. Plathiena

0.92 MILES

Sitting at the end of a valley beyond Plaka in the north of the island, this pebble-strewn sandy beach is exceptionally pretty. The water is a vivid…

7. Firopotamos

0.98 MILES

The road is sealed all the way to Firopotamos, a picturesque little cove embraced by craggy limestone cliffs and lined with syrmata (boat-house dwellings)…

8. Mandrakia

1.41 MILES

Village cats form the welcoming committee at this tiny fishing harbour, with brightly coloured boat sheds, cute wee cottages and a sweet little…