Thanks to its volcanic grounds and its magic geographic bas-relief, Milos is a natural geologic park ready to be explored. For all those interested in such an extraordinary tour, the Mining Museum of Milos organizes geologic walks to the most important locations of geological and mining interest on the island. You can find additional info at www.milosmminingmuseum.com . We recommend the following footpaths that present a geologic and mining interest:
Submarine leaks of hot gasses and the gushing of hot water of a temperature from 35- 5 C. They are used as hot springs. Alyki /Salt-pan Old facilities for the production of salt, through natural evaporation of sea water.
Zefyria or Hora
A medieval city of Milos. It flourished till the end of the 17th century. The inhabitants abandoned the city because of the volcanic fumes and the pidemics. In the area there is one of the world’s best geothermic fields.
A volcanic formation, the shape is mostly caused by the sea erosion and the rainwater. The presence of sea fossils is obvious. Fyriplaka crater Remains of the last volcanic activity on the island.
A characteristic sample of fumaroles’ action on the island. The overheated steams are released by wheezing from the underground leaving accretions of salts and sulphur.
Traces of mineral activity in the classic antiquity era and in the Roman period.
Visit a natural park
“Arkeuthos” is a field in a gorge of about 500 acres in size, with two waterfalls, in the center of the Natura 2000 area in Milos, in the region of Halakas (2,5 klm away from Emporios village). A small part of it is an orchard, a vineyard and an old house and another one is a waste land with a small chapel where divine liturgies are held. The visitors of this natural park can admire cypresses, cedars, vermicelli (a kind of wild-cypress tree) and other species of rare flora, he or she can be informed of the Melian viper, see rare animals and walk on a indented 5km path.
Milos has the biggest network of accesible dirt roads and paths of Cyclades.Paths lacking signs and are not organized, but according to the route you are going to choose you will have the chance to go through volcanic formations, archaeological sites, traditional chapels, old mines, beautiful beaches and in general meet and enjoy through those routes the natural beauty and the long cultural tradition of the island.
Tripiti – Catacombs – Ancent Roman theatre – Profitis ilias – Old baptism area – Black wall – Aphrodite of Milos: Reaching the village of Tripiti , optionally you can go up the hill to see the windmills and the amazing sea view. After that you go downhill to the catacombs, where if you have transportation vehicle you can park it there. After you see the catacombs, going up the stairs for the return, you will see on your left a path. You are taking it and it will lead you to the Ancient Roman Theatre. From there you follow the path on your right and after you find yourself on top of the Ancient theatre make a turn on the small dirt road on your left. It won’t be long till you reach the location Three Churches where the baptism area is located and when you do so you will continue walking towards the small chapel of Profitis Ilias which is going to be visible on a hill top in front of you. You will pass through a field and you will have to go up about 50 stairs which will lead you at the chapel where the magnificent view will make it worth your while. On your return you will follow the same road that took you there and keep going towards the baptism area until you meet an information sign that will point you to the location where Aphrodite of Milos discovered.
Plaka – Panagia Thalassitra – Kastro : On the slope above the capital city of Plaka is the location of Panagia of Thalassitra. The distinctive coat of arms of crispy’s family will make it easily recognizable. Going up the stairs you will find yourselves on Castle top where you can enjoy magnificent view and experience romantic sunsets.
Pollonia – Filakopi : Near the village of Pollonia you will find Filakopi, one of the most important cities of prehistoric agean sea. There you will find ruins of the magnificent cyclopean wall so as ruins of the settlement that used to be there in ancient times.
Filakopi – Papafragas – Pachaina – Agios Konstantinos – Mitakas – Sarakiniko – Mandrakia (Length 9 kilometers. Duration : 3 hours): On this expedition you will have the chance to see the infamous Sarakiniko and Papafraga, the archaeological site of fylakopi which is the starting location, and the beautiful settlement of Mandrakia where you will end your expedition
Cape Vani (Old mines) – Agia Marina (length 12 km, duration 5 hours): This route starts from the old ferro manganese mines at Cape Vani. You will walk down the dirt road of Xerokampos towards Ampourdektaki ( located near Agios Dimitrios bay) and you will continue towards the hunting path which will lead you close to empourio. From there (central dirt road) you will reach Rivari lagoon, Fatourena and in the end you will go up towards Agia Marina.
Milos thanks to the volcanic activity and the meta-volcanic hydrothermal action has a lot of hot springs, well-known in antiquity for their therapeutic powers. The island is full of hot springs of different temperature and water composition. Below you can be informed of the most important ones:
Adamantas Hot Springs, Alikes, Provatas, Paliohori, Tria Pigadia, Kanava and Skinopi.