Visit of Plaka

Visit of Plaka

The oldest town in Milos

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Main, the oldest and highest town in Milos – all this is Plaka. Although you will not find here any great attraction, walks through the romantic streets and nooks are worth it. Additionally, after seeing the town you can ascend to the church of Panagia Thalassitra and even higher to the castle (Kastro), from where are amazing views virtually throughout the island.

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Plaka in sight

Almost from all parts of the island is nicely visible a small hill rising above the fertile upland plains inhabited from large extent by three towns – Plaka, Tripiti and Triovassalos. From its top is a beautiful view, and therefore, it is a favorite destination for trippers heading to Plaka.

 

Plaka in sight

Parking below Plaka

If you do not want to have a problem with parking and driving in very narrow streets of Plaka, park comfortably at a great big parking lot directly below the town. It is from the center only a few minutes’ walk.

 

Parking below Plaka

Aisles in Plaka

Most of the streets in Plaka are very picturesque.

 

Aisles in Plaka

Greek still life

Some parts of town are as done for the painters of still life.

 

Greek still life

Stairs up and down

Since Plaka is built on a hillside, count with the fact that during your walks here you will always be going up and down.

 

Stairs up and down

White and blue

In some places you will understand why is Greek flag white and blue.

 

White and blue

The ascent to the castle

The best in Plaka, however, is the ascent to the castle on the hill, from where you can see almost the entire island. Sometimes you will see a sign with an arrow showing Kastro, but the way up is more than obvious. Already after the first meters will open a nice view of the town, which looks from the hill far more interesting than from „inside“.

 

The ascent to the castle

View of Antimilos

Looking west you will also see on the horizon uninhabited rocky island Antimilos.

 

View of Antimilos

The western part of the island Milos

On the other side of Milos gulf is practically deserted mountainous landscape. Quite the contrary of the bustling eastern part.

 

The western part of the island Milos

View from the church of Panagia Thalassi

The first part of the ascent up the hill ends at the Church of Panagia Thalassitra, from where is an amazing view of the entire Plaka. 

View from the church of Panagia Thalassi

Above the church of Panagia Thalassitra

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The final part of the ascent from the church of Panagia Thalassitra leads along the sunny slope. So if you are not here early in the morning or evening, it will be very demanding due to the sun. Do not forget to have enough water.

Above the church of Panagia Thalassitra

View of Triovassalos

In the east direction is visible the most developed part of the island – small town Triovassalos lying on upland plains at about 140 meters above sea level.

 

View of Triovassalos

Beach Plathiena

In the northwest direction is the view of beautiful bay with beach Plathiena. It is a convenient place to visit after seeing Plaka.

 

Beach Plathiena

Bay Firopotamos

When viewed from above, it is not at all apparent how beautiful bay Firopotamos is.Way back to Plaka is the same; there are no possible variants of descent.

Bay Firopotamos

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