Plaka is the main town and capital of Milos. Constructed on the slopes of a hill, Plaka distinguishes for its typical Cycladic architecture. White houses, paved streets, small squares, churches with blue domes and flowered gardens are the main characteristics of Milos architecture in Plaka. Visitors walk around this Medieval village and get a sight of rural Greek life.
On their way, visitors will find traditional taverns, cafeterias and lounge bars for an evening drink, as well as many shops. In Plaka, there is a small Archaeological Museum with findings from excavations around Milos island and also an interesting Folklore Museum with items from the 18th until the mid 20th century.
On the hill top above Plaka, there is the quarter of Kastro, the oldest quarter of the town. Kastro literally means Castle and the castle walls actually surrounded the town in the Medieval era and protected the inhabitants from enemies and pirates. After piracy in the Aegean Sea was confronted in the middle 19th century, the inhabitants started to move lower on the hill and gradually founded a new village called Plaka. Actually many houses in Plaka were constructed by ruins from houses and walls of Kastro.
A walk in Kastro is more impressive during the sunset time. Visitors will be amazed by the amazing sunset as seen from the top of the Castle and from the church of Panagia Thalassistra, probably the most photographed church in Milos.
At a distance of 2 km from Plaka, right outside the village of Trypiti, there is an important early-Christian monument, the famous Catacombs of Milos. According to historians, these catacombs were probably constructed as early as the 1st century AD. This shows that the spread of Christianity quickly reached Milos, probably because the mining activity and trade had already made Milos...
The Archaeological Museum of Milos is housed in a Neoclassical building in Plaka, the capital of Milos island. This building was constructed in the 1870s based on the designs of Ernst Ziller, a famous Bavarian architect of those times. After the building was renovated, it finally housed the museum in 1985. Although this is a small museum, it has many interesting exhibits. In...
In close distance to the Catacombs of Milos, just outside the village of Trypiti, there are the ruins of an ancient theatre. According to archaeologists, this theatre was originally constructed in the Hellenistic period (around the 4th-3rd century BC) and used to host religious ceremonies. Made of local stones, this ancient theatre is today under restoration process.