Milos is located in the south-western part of the Cyclades, one of the most representative tourist destinations of Greece. Its surface area is about 151 sq. km. Although Plinius considers it as “most round” (rotundissima), and one apple (“milo” in greek) referring to its name as depicted on its ancient coins, Milos’ shape reminds rather of a horse-shoe, its interior being the natural harbor of the island, where the town of Adamas is located.
Milos’ volcanic ground is rich in minerals, the exploitation of which has traditionally been the main financial resource for the island, since the Neolithic era (when the trade of obsidian was already thriving there) to date, with one only decline during the Turkish domination. Discovery of new minerals, after the Turkish rule, gave great impetus to local mining, offering jobs to a large number of inhabitants.
In the beginning of the 19th century, the statue of Venus was found on Milos, today exhibited in Louvre’s museum, which made the island famous all over the world. The unrivalled beauty of the island and the deep blue water of its sea attract more and more tourism.
Further information about Milos can be found on the the official Milos Municipality website www.milos.gr.