An island in the Aegean Sea like no other, the most westerly of the Cyclades. The Greek island of Milos has been inhabited for at least five thousand years. It was first colonised by the Phoenicians, who called it Byblos or Byblis, and afterwards by the Lacedaemonians, or at least by Dorians.
The position of Milos, between Greece and Crete, and its possession of obsidian, made it an important centre of early Aegean civilisation. Excavations of the British school revealed a Minoan palace and a town wall.
The length of the island is about fourteen miles from east to west, and its breadth from north to south eight miles.
Milos owes its distinctive topography and the pattern of its economy to its origin as the caldera of a volcano of the Pliocene period - an origin to which the sulphurous springs in the northeast and southeast of the island still bear witness. The island's main economic resources are its rich deposits of minerals, including pumice, alum, sulphur and clay. The tourist trade now also makes a contribution to the economy.
Milos has one of the best harbours in the Mediterranean sea, formed when the sea broke into the crater through a gap on its northwest side. The northeastern half of the island is flatter and more fertile than the hilly southwest, which rises to 751m/2464ft.
In 1820, among the ruins of the ancient city of Milos near the theatre was found the exquisite statue usually called the Venus of Milo (Venere di Milo), now in the Louvre at Paris, having been purchased by the Marquis de Rivière, and by him presented to Louis XVIII. It is composed of two blocks of marble, which unite just above the garment which covers the legs.
This volcanic island offers many outstanding locations for landscape and seascape photography, as well as potential for long exposures, the latest fashion in waterscapes.