Milos, Greece: The Island of Colors and Venus de Milo



Due to its volcanic origin, this horseshoe-shaped island in the Western part of the Cyclades has over 70 beaches with white and black sand that sit alongside white, pink, and red rocks. Most of these beaches — with clear waters of blue, azure, emerald, green, red and violet colors — are accessible by roads and dirt paths.

However, some of the most beautiful features of the island can only be reached by boat. One such gem is the famous cove of Kleftiko (Bandit’s Lair), which is said to have been an old pirates’ hideout. With its imposing rock formations and crystal-clear water, swimming and snorkeling through the natural caves are popular activities.


Venus de Milo

Venus de Milo

One of the most famous marble sculptures in the world, the Aphrodite of Milos, better known as the Venus de Milo, was discovered within Milos’ ancient city ruins by a Greek farmer in 1820. The statue, which dates from ~100 BC, was purchased from the farmer by a French Consul. It was then presented to King Louis XVIII of France, who later donated it to the Louvre Museum in Paris where it still stands today.

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