GETTING TO MILOS
in the Cyclades is situated on the ancient sea-trading route from
Athens - Crete and Continental Africa. Since the first millennia BC
Milos has been known for its minerals and has always been visited by ships
of many nations. The shoals and shallow seas between the three islands of
Milos, Kimolos and Polieagos have been the cause of many shipwrecks.
Access to Milos is more difficult than to other neighbouring islands and
this is perhaps why it retains its charms and has not been discovered by
mass tourism. The small airport cannot accommodate charter flights only
the little 'Island Hopper', a twin engined 40 seater operated by Olympic
Air. These old flying trashcans are to be taken out of service at the
end of 2001. Because of their shortcomings there is not always a reliable
service to Milos. There are currently three daily flights scheduled in the
high season (July-August) and only one at other times. In Autumn 2001
another company will provide more modern aircraft for the Milos - Athens
connection. Next year may also see the realisation of the plan to lengthen
the runway on Milos but in the meanwhile it is probably better to arrive
by sea. If there are problems with the flights and you must spend a night
in Athens look at the page "Piraeus"
hotel at the foot of the Acropolis" or An
hotel near to the new airport,
will find some helpful information.
The very comfortable ferries that run a regular service between Piraeus through the western Cyclades to Milos and back take about 6-7 hours depending on the number of ports of call. There are several ferry lines supplemented by the 'Flying Dolphins' hydrofoils and the recently introduced high-speed catamarans that take less than 4 hours or 3 hours on the direct service. Milos is also the port of return for the high-speed services although there are some ferries that connect onwards to Thira (Santorini) and Crete. In the following pages I list some important information on ferry timetables, transport in Athens and comfortable hotels.
A useful advice
© 1999 Lapaire Jean-Marie - last modif.: 19.12.2009