Cultural destinations & activities

Visits to the proto-Christian catacombs, the Archeological and the Folklore Museums, as well as the Ecclesiastical Museum-Reliquary of Agia Triada, are a must; an additional visit to the Archeological Museum at the adjacent small island of Kimolos is also worthwhile.

The Milos Catacombs


The catacombs, a paleochristian cemetery on the island of Milos, are situated in the area of the present-day hamlet of Trypiti. They were probably founded at the end of the 2nd century AD and, according to surviving inscriptions as well as the ornaments on several graves, it seems that they were used as burial grounds until the end of the 5th century. The wider area of Trypiti is full of caves, carved in the porous volcanic rock, that were used by the island’s population in antiquity as family funeral chambers. The catacombs were known to the locals as “the Greek Cave”. In 1844, archeologist Ludwig Ross, then the French archeologist Charles Marie Adolphe Louis Bayet in 1878 and later Georgios Lampakis in 1907 visited the catacombs that were subsequently studied systematically by Professor Georgios Sotiriou.
The catacombs in their present-day configuration constitute a network of three large underground galleries, interconnected through artificial passages that were opened up in the 20th century. Each of the three large galleries is also connected to smaller ones, as well as to a recently constructed chamber. In addition to the graves that were carved in the rock walls, there is also a large number of rock-cut tombs in the floor, covered with untreated plaques of unequal size.

Excerpt from a larger text by archeologist Niki Tselenti-Papadopoulou

Useful information:
2η 2nd Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities
Trypiti, Milos, Prefecture of Cyclades

Admission: Full price: €2, Concessions: €1
Telephone: +30 22870-21625


Milos Mining Museum

milos mining museumThe Milos Mining Musem is located in Adamas. The Museum’s aim is to promote the rich geological and mining history of Milos and to pay homage to all those who have worked hard in order to develop the island’s mineral wealth that contributed greatly to its financial and cultural affluence during its long and uninterrupted history.

For additional information


Address: Milos Mining Museum, Adamas 848 00

Tel:+30 22870 22481 – Fax: +30 22870 23984

Milos Archeological Museum

The Milos Archeological Museum, in Plaka, is housed in a beautiful neoclassical building designed by the famous German-Greek architect Ernst Ziller. One can admire a number of very interesting exhibits:
• A prehistoric collection from Fylakopi
• A Sculpture and Bas-relief collection
• An obsidian collection
• A collection of inscriptions.

Useful information:
Opening hours: 8:00-15:00; Mondays closed

Admission: Full price: €3, Concessions €2 (over 65), free for students and children under 10
Telephone: +30 22870-21620


Historical and Folklore Museum of Milos

Behind the church of Panagia Korfiatissa, in Plaka, one can find the Historical and Folklore Museum of Milos. It was created in 1967 by the “Association of Milos islanders in Athens” and presents aspects of everyday life on Milos after the 17th century, and mainly between 1850 and 1930, which was the island’s heyday.

Useful information:
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00-14:00 & 18:30-21:30, Sunday: 10:00-14:00; Mondays closed
Admission: Full price: €3, Concessions: €1.5 (children and students)
Contact person: Ms Tzina Grigoriou
Telephone: +30 22870 21292, +30 22870 28121, +30 6937693794


Ecclesiastical Museum-Reliquary of Agia Triada

The church of Agia Triada, very close to the harbor of Adamas, houses the Ecclesiastical Museum. This thousand-year-old church is characterized, from an architectural point of view, as a “cruciform three-ailed basilica with dome-vault”. This type of church is extremely rare (there is only one more of the same type to be found in Levidi, Prefecture of Arcadia, in the Peloponnese) and is architectonically very interesting: it consists of three aisles, while the cupola, in the same shape as the church itself, was raised laterally to the length of the building.

Useful information:
Opening hours: every day 09:15-13:15 & 18:15-22:15
Admission: Free
Contact person: Mr. Grigoris Belivanakis (
Telephone: +30 22870-23956.


Nautical Museum of Milos

The Museum opened to the public in September 2008 and is housed in the old Municipality building, on the harbor’s front. It was created thanks to the tireless efforts of one of the island’s doctors, Petros Armenis, who collected a large number of exhibits relating to the nautical traditions and activities of Milos. Exhibits cover the whole period of the island’s habitation from prehistory, such as obsidian tools, to historical times, such as exhibits from the naval battle of Salamis, and all the way to the modern era.
In the Nautical Museum one can see rare maps and portolan charts, drawn by expert map makers, as well as “Irini”, a famous wooden dinghy.

Useful information:
Opening hours: 18:00-22:00
Telephone: +30 22870-22013


Kimolos Archeological Museum

The Kimolos Archeological Museum is situated in the center of the village, opposite the Church of Panagia Odigitria. It is housed in a traditional building, one of the village’s oldest, and opened to the public in 2006.
The first floor is dedicated to the island’s ancient history, starting from the Upper Neolithic; the exhibition includes numerous objects and text panels; a short film is projected regularly. The reconstruction, under a transparent floor board, of an ancient tomb as it was discovered is the most impressive exhibit.

Pictures from an invitation of the Kimolos Archeological Museum


Useful information:
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 08:30-15:00;
Mondays closed

Telephone: +30 22870-51291
Fax: +30 22870-51719

Thermal Baths

iamatika loutra milouMilos, thanks to its volcanic make as well as to its post-volcanic hydrothermal activity, is blessed with many thermal baths, famous since antiquity for their medicinal, therapeutic and curative actions.
Hippocrates, in the Fifth Book of “Epidemics”, mentions the full recovery of an eminent Athenian who suffered from skin disease, after visiting the Lakkos Baths on Milos. Another mention of the island’s therapeutic potential is by Joseph Pitton de Tournefort, a famous French botanist, in his traveler’s texts written in 1771.
The island is host to numerous hot springs with different temperatures and water composition.


Miloterranean Geo Experience

Maps with seven detailed routes complemented by concise text guide the visitor’s discovery of the island’s unique geology, wealth of mining history and present, and beautiful natural environment revealing a so-far “secret” Milos. Geologists, mining engineers, foresters, cartographers, and historians combined their expertise and insights to take the traveller on a journey to unprecedented aspects of this Cycladic scenery.

The Miloterranean maps are available through the Milos Mining Museum

For more information go to www.miloterranean.griding box content

Milos Festival

The Cultural Milos Festival is held every summer with great success; S&B Industrial Minerals S.A. was the original founder of the Festival, 11 years ago. In recent years it is organized by the Municipality of Milos, with S&B being the major sponsor. The Milos Festival, along with music events, includes also art events and theater performances, held on several sites of the island. Several of these events are hosted at the Milos Conference Center installations.

Local feasts

The inhabitants of Milos, loyal to their customs and traditions, are inviting you to attend feasts and events where you will have the chance to taste traditional food and local wine, to dance and have fun under the sounds of popular island music.

Dates of local feasts:

50 days after Easter at Aghia Trias (Holy Trinity), in Adamas
June 30 at Aghioi Anargyroi
July 6 at Aghia Kyriaki
July 16 at Saint Marina, in Chalakas
July 19 at Prophet Elias, in Chalakas and Komia
July 21 at Saint Markella, in Kipos
July 25 at Saint Paraskevi, in Pollonia
July 26 at Saint Pandeleimon, in Plakota and Korfos
July 31 Procession of Holy Cross, in Golgotha, Plakes
August 5 the Transfiguration, in Parasporos
August 14 at the Dormition of the Virgin, In Zephyria
August 15 at the Dormition of the Virgin or St. Charalambos, Adamas
August 17 at Saint Floros, in Komia
August 22 at Panaghia Giatrissa (Our Lady the Healer), in Komia
August 22 at Panaghia (the Virgin) of Kipos
August 22 at Panaghia Faneromeni (Our Lady who appeared), in Trypiti
August 26 at Saint Phanourios, in Pollonia
August 28 at Saint John the Baptist, in Agrilies and Provatas
August 29 at Saint Alexander, at Katsoulis’ place
August 31 at Pantocrator, in Mytakas
September 6 at Saint Sostis, in Provatas
September 7 at Panaghia Eleoussa (the Charitable Virgin), in Psathadika
September 8 at Panaghia Korfiatissa, in Plaka
September 13 the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, in Kaneria
September 16 at Saint Sophia, in Chalakas
September 25 at Saint John, in Chalakas