Milos Island Off The Beaten Path

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    Erimomilos Part II

    by andreasfmpro Updated Jul 16, 2009

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    Aegagrus Pictus in Erimomilos
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    Erimomilos is a natural preserve and its mostly barren, desolate landscape is home to a rare species of wild-goat, "Aegagrus Pictus", a close relative to the "Kri-Kri" of Crete. The only source of water to this endemic species of wild-goat that call Erimomilos home, is a small pond that fills up with rainwater in the fall and winter. In the hot and dry summer season, large leaves shed by one of the few trees on the island prevent the pond water from evaporating.

    Some time ago, a shepherd from Milos brought his goat herd to Erimomilos, which cross-bred with the wild-goats of the island. However, nature took care of itself soon afterwards. Within a few years, a prolonged dry spell coupled with intense heat in the area threatened the animal population of Erimomilos. Milos locals who came to the aid of the wild-goats discovered that a large number of the animals had already succumbed to the adverse weather conditions. However, most of the animals that perished were the mixed-breed ones, leaving the "Aegagrus Pictus" population largely intact.

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    Spectacular many-colored mines

    by mitla Written Mar 27, 2009
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    Who would have ever said that "ugly" mines could be an attraction... In Milos they are!!! Just go on the north east to a desert road looking out for the running trucks coming from and going to the mines. You have to give always way to them (read the signs) and pay attention because they go very fast. But it is really worth it: mines are little pyramids made of differently colored layers of minerals. A trip I suggest to anybody going to Milos, it takes little time (just an hour) but you you reaaly can say you saw something different!!!

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    Mission: Ghost Mine!!

    by mitla Written Mar 27, 2009

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    If you want to spend some "thrilling" hours in Milos go explore the east part of the island to the old abandoned sulphur mine. You have to take the road to Zefiria and then go on until you reach a country road (watch out the potholes). You have to go on for a 20 minutes until you seeing possibly nobody (!!) until you reach this spectral place! We saw it just before sunet and I can assure you it was a little "disturbing"!! We didn't go further due to late time but we could see the old sulphur mine with our binoculars, just over a little nice beach. All around there was just deep silence and heaps of stinky yellow sulphur and gray gypsum. Not even cicadas dared interrupt that silence!!! If we had had more time I we think we would have gone there again going on to swim next to the old abandoned mine!!!

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    Arkeuthos hiking trail

    by andreasfmpro Updated Sep 2, 2007

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    Arkeuthos - Main gate
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    Arkeuthos

    Arkeuthos is a beautiful hiking trail in Chalakas, a natural preserve area in the Milos southwest. It includes several acres of wooded areas, plantations, hiking pathways, old trees, caves, small abandoned mines, even a small, domestic animal farm including a goat stable and a quaint Greek Orthodox church called Agios Panteleimonas (pron. AH-yee-oss pan-tel-eh-EE-mon-ahs). There is even a waterfall, but it is dry most of the year, except for the few rainy winter days.

    Arkeuthos offers magnificent views of the bay of Milos looking north, while to the south, the imposing Mt. Prophet Elias and Mt. Hondro Vouno cast their shadows in the late afternoon over the trail.

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    Directions: In the remote SW part of Milos called Chalakas, 4 km. after the end of the asphalt road beyond the monastery of Agia Marina and a total of 16 km. from the seaport of Adamas.

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    See the Arkoudes (bears) rocks - Part II

    by andreasfmpro Updated Sep 1, 2007

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    Close-up shot of the main Arkoudes rock
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    The Arkoudes rocks are accessible within a few minutes of swimming from the beach of Plathiena. The Arkoudes are a recommended snorkeling destination, as both the rocks themselves as well as the underwater scenery are breathtaking. Similar to the iceberg principle, most of the Arkoudes rocks lie underneath the water surface. The vast mass of the Arkoudes rocks seemingly disappear into the Aegean deep blue.

    The Arkoudes rocks provide just a glimpse of the spectacular geology available for the visitor of Milos to marvel at, a small sample of the magnificent scenery of the island awaiting to be discovered by the sightseeing enthusiast.

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    See the Arkoudes (bears) rocks - Part I

    by andreasfmpro Updated Aug 22, 2007

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    The Arkoudes at sunset
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    As if they stand guard to the entrance of the harbor of Milos, the Arkoudes (= bears) rocks greet the visitor as the passenger liner enters the bay. The Arkoudes rocks are visible on the left right after the beach of Plathiena, before the fishing village of Fourkovouni, as the villages of Plaka, Kastro and Tripiti start to line up atop the steep, mountainous north side of the island.

    Most sailboats feature the Arkoudes as the last sightseeing stop of the first leg of their daily cruise, right before they sail across the entrance of the bay of Milos to cape Vani to begin cruising down the west coast of the island.

    (Continued on Part II)

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    Do not miss Glaronissia (Seagull islands)

    by andreasfmpro Updated Aug 22, 2007

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    A cave formed by the lava columns of Glaronissia
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    Glaronissia (= Seagull islands) are a couple of small islets off the north coast of Milos. As their names would suggest, these uninhabited islets are refuges to flocks of seagulls. Visible from Sarakiniko, Papafrangas and Phylakopi, Glaronissia are made up of almost vertical, solidified, dark lava columns the diameter of which are perfect hexagons.

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    There are 4 main ways to view these interesting geological marvels from up close:

    1) Take a round of Milos daily cruise. The "Milos round" boats pass close to Glaronissia in the afternoon, but they do not stop.

    2) Hire a sailboat or a speedboat for the purpose of visiting Glaronissia. The Sarakiniko-based "Bouba" is your best speedboat bet.

    3) Take a kayaking trip with Rod Feldtmann on a day he and his group start from Sarakiniko.

    4) Go on a scuba expedition either on your own, or through one of the diving centers in Pollonia

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    Erimomilos Part I

    by andreasfmpro Updated Aug 22, 2007

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    Erimomilos surrounded by a cloud of moisture
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    Erimomilos (= Desert Milos) or Antimilos (= Opposite [of] Milos) is an uninhabited isle off the northwest coast of Milos. It belongs to the Milos island group, together with Kimolos, Polyegos and a few other smaller islets, all sharing a unique geological character and endemic species of plant and animal life.

    Erimomilos has few points of access by boat, including only a small beach. The imposing mass of that desolate island can be observed from the northwest points of Milos, the beach of Platiena, and particularly the vintage points of Plaka and especially Kastro.

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    1. Erimomilos surrounded by a cloud of moisture, as the SuperJet goes by

    2. A couple of tourists enjoying the view from the cafe-bar "Utopia", with Erimomilos in the background

    3. Anna-Maria enjoying the view of Erimomilos from the cafe-bar "Utopia"

    4. A couple of tourists admiring the view of the entrance of the bay of Milos from "Marmara", Plaka, with cape Vani on the left and Erimomilos in the background

    5. Erimomilos as seen from Marmara, Plaka, as the luxury cruise sailboat "Wind Star" goes by

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    Milos Rocks - Part II

    by andreasfmpro Updated Aug 22, 2007

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    Ancient monument?
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    (Continued from Part I)

    Volcanic rock formations are scattered all over the island, both inland as well as the coastal areas.

    Renting an SUV to travel to the remote parts of Milos is an excellent way to discover, admire and photograph those amazing creations of nature. In addition, a daily sailboat excursion or a round-of-Milos cruise will expose the undiscovered side of the island to the discerning traveler.

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    - Andreas

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    Milos Rocks - Part I

    by andreasfmpro Updated Aug 22, 2007

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    Arkoudes (Bears)
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    Due to its volcanic origin, the rugged landscape of Milos is characterized by rock formations that vary greatly in both composition and shape. Anthropomorphic, animal-like, or simply peculiar, volcanic rock formations are scattered all over the island, both inland as well as the coastal areas.

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    - Andreas

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    Milos Goats Part II

    by andreasfmpro Updated Aug 22, 2007

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    A wildgoat across the bay from Adamas
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    Wild goats can be seen mainly in the area of Halakas (the leading "H" sounds more like a breathy "h"), a natural preserve in the southwest of Milos where settlements are scarce and there has been a moratorium on new construction for several years.

    You may be able to taste great local goat or lamb dishes at various restaurants, most notably "Alevromylos" in Parasporos.

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    You may also view a short iMovie of a goat herd in Milos at: www.iMilos.com

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    Milos Goats Part I

    by andreasfmpro Updated Aug 22, 2007

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    A goat along the coastal road close to the airport
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    Goats are a common sight here in Milos. It is not unusual to see a shepherd, his herd and the obligatory dogs crossing a road to/from the "stani" ( pron. STAH-nee) the place where the herd is kept when not out grazing.

    Local farmers in Milos produce excellent quality goat milk as well as cheese products using traditional methods. However, as production is not industrialized, output is limited. You'd be very lucky to find the authentic goat cheese products Milos is famous for in the high season. By August, the locals and the early tourists would have most likely emptied the shelves of the few stores that carry traditional Milos products.

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    You may also view a short iMovie of a goat herd in Milos at: www.iMilos.com

    - Andreas

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    Sarakiniko Shipwreck

    by andreasfmpro Updated Jun 22, 2007

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    Aerial View of Shipwreck in Sarakiniko
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    This is the shipwreck of the Turkish cargo ship "AFRIKA" off the north coast of Milos, close to Sarakiniko. It ran aground there in 2003, broke off in two and sunk on its last voyage, just before it was supposed to be scuttled. The whole incident sounds eerily like an insurance scam.

    The emergency response team was called in, all of the crew were rescued and contamination of the beaches was averted. The wreck was throroughly cleaned up, and the authorities decided to leave it there as a tourist attraction, a point of interest to scuba divers, and as a potential fish colony.

    Included are 5 photos of this shipwreck, and there is a short iMovie as well available at www.iMilos.com.

    - Andreas

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    Discover secluded beaches

    by andreasfmpro Updated Jan 14, 2004

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    The little known beach of Paliorema, Milos

    A lot of the beaches of the island are not accessible by car or even by motorcycle. Some of the most beautiful and romantic, secluded beaches are seldom visited by tourists, and to find them you need to rely on a detailed map or on the advice of knowledgable locals.

    Just look for the gravel roads, bring a mountain bike along and be prepared to go on foot for the last mile or two. Do not forget to bring along plenty of water, your sunscreen and a cap to protect you from the relentless summer sun. At your destination, clothes will most likely be optional.

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    Take A Boat Tour

    by 88Starflite Written Sep 11, 2006

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    I wish I had a chance to take one of the many tours of the island. I've heard that the smaller boats are better to take do to the fact that they can go where the larger boats can't.

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