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The bustling and touristically developed port of Milos is one of the safest ports in the Cyclades, as the bay where it is located is very narrow. In the past it was called Alamanto. It was founded by Cretan refugees from Sfakia who reached the area in order to be saved from the Turks during the unsuccessful revolutions of the 19th century.
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After the 14th century the capital of Milos was transferred from the castle, where it was located at the beginning of the Venetian occupation, to the centre of the island, in Zefyria, with the fertile plain. The new capital, Chora, flourished specifically in the 17th and the 18th century, as it was there that the merchants settled as they were dealing with the purchase and sale of the booty which the pirates used to bring to Milos, or they provided the pirate ships with provisions, thus creating a very profitable market that used to bring wealth to Milos.
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The small settlement, across Adamantas, where you can go either by boat, or by vehicle, was once a mall. Today it has few buildings and a picturesque tavern right next to the sea, which reminds us of past times. Near Emporio there is Fatourena beach.
The two villages are almost joined together and you will pass by while driving from Plaka. Public services are housed here and there are traditional cafés and stores on the central road. Among Plaka and Triovasalos there is Plakes, a small village with Cycladic houses, where the church of Agios Charalambos stands out.
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The small, highly photographed settlement is located below Trypiti and the ruins of ancient Milos. It is a set of multicoloured “syrmata”, rooms dug into the soft rock of Milos, which were –and still are– used to keep the boats in the winter. Since the middle 20th century they were also used as residences. The “syrmata” in Klima are about 35 and they are still inhabited in the summer. Above the place where they keep the boats there is one more floor in order for the owners to stay with their families and their relatives (some of these rooms can actually be rented).
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Bays of unique beauty on the north side of Plaka. The small settlement is built around the church of Zoodochos Pigi at Mandrakia. Below it, in an enclosed bay, there are the “syrmata”, the cave buildings for the boats, with their multicoloured doors and the stairs carved into the rock. They are surrounded by white rocks. By adding the rocky islets and the green-azure waters, the images become spectacular. Fyropotamos is located 2.5km north of Triovasalos. It has “syrmata” and a wonderful sandy beach, crowned with tamarix trees and cliffs with white rocks, extends right next to the settlement.    
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  The small fishing village with its port, from where boats depart for the little port of Psathi, in nearby Kimolos, is a dynamically developing tourist settlement today. In Pollonia (or Apollonia) the church of Agia Paraskevi stands out. There are quite a few houses in Cycladic style, rooms to let, hotels, remarkable taverns and cafés. It maintains the image of the peaceful village and the tranquil sandy beach with the tamarix trees is still an attraction for families and children in the summer. Tourist boats depart from here for the cave of Papafragas and Glaronisia.
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Joined with Plaka, Trypiti is an amphitheatrically built traditional settlement with white houses and windmills. The church of Agios Nikolaos rises in its centre. There are taverns and cafés. You will pass by Trypiti in order to go to the Catacombs and the ancient Roman theatre.
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