General features Milos

Name: According to mythology, the island was named after its first inhabitant, the Milo. According to legend, he was the son Milos Cyprus royal family, whom the goddess Venus sent to populating the island, after the suicide of his parents. But terminological probably the name of the island is the evolution of pre-Hellenic word “Vilos” which mean sheep.

Population: Approximately 5,000 residents (4744 people according to the 2001 census).

Location: Milos is the fifth largest island of the Cyclades and is located on the southwestern tip of the archipelago .. It is 86 miles (138.40 km.) From Piraeus and is in the middle of the Piraeus-Crete route. The geographical width is 36 46 27-36 38 37, while the geographical Length 24 19 01-24 32 47.

Land area: 158 km2.

Coastline: 125 km.

Shape: The shape of the island is irregular and resembles a horseshoe. Its length from north to south reaches 11.2 km., And from east to west 17.6 Km. In the center shrinks and the sea penetrates deep into the land creating the port of Milos, one of the largest and safest natural Mediterranean ports.

Terrain: The island is relatively mountainous, without arboreal vegetation in bulk and low altitude mountains that do not exceed 400 meters.

The highest peak: Profitis Ilias – 751 meters.

Climate: The climate is mild Mediterranean with enough sunshine most of the year. From mid July to mid August blow very often winds (northerly winds periodic), while southerly winds usually are neither frequent nor strong.

Administration: Milos establish a municipality, the Municipality of Milos and its capital Plaka. He belongs to the Cyclades prefecture with its capital Ermoupolis of Syros.

Sectors: In the past, Milos had developed agricultural production enough. Today the important position held by the secondary sector to the mining industrial materials, while the tertiary sector and in particular the tourist industry is growing rapidly.