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Milos Gulet Charter Guide

Milos is located at the southwestern edge of Cyclades and is the group’s fifth largest island. It has an area of 151 sq. km, a coastline of 126 km and there are 4,770 inhabitants. The strange shapes of its rocks, the beautiful colours, the ensnaring white sandy beaches and sculpted rocks are due to the island’s volcanic terrain. Milos is rich in mineral resources. The extraction of obsidian (a jet black volcanic glass rock) contributed to the island’s booming economy in ancient times.

This is the location of one of the oldest mines in the Mediterranean. Milos Island has been inhabited since prehistoric times. During the Persian Wars, the locals fought against the Persians in the naval battle of Salamina and they kept a neutral position later during the Peloponnesian War. Trade thrived in Roman times. In the Byzantine period, the island suffered frequent pirate raids, with locals taking refuge mainly in the south side, in caves and coves. The island was later ruled by the Venetians and after that by the Turks. In the 20th century, Milos has become a major mining area, as extraction of perlite, kaolin and bentonite continues to the present day.

Plaka is the capital town of the island, built on a hill 220 metres up Adamantas bay. It is one of the most picturesque towns in Cyclades, built in the architectural style that is typical of the Aegean islands, having picturesque churches and narrow streets laid with stone. Close to Plaka there are many small picturesque villages such as Fyropotamos, Plathiena, Fourkovouni and Klima.

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