Villages in Milos
Like in all other island of the Cyclades area, the foundation of villages in Milos was a product of thorough thinking and has taken into consideration all the climatic, social and other circumstances. Most places that were inhabited in antiquity did not evolve into modern-day villages, as they failed to fulfill the needs of modern life. On the other hand, inhabitation choices after the Medieval years led to the foundation of greater villages on low mountains and hills, where the villagers could protect themselves from the pirates and could enjoy milder climatic conditions. Even the farmers and animal breeders that were scattered all around the island had houses in those villages so they could take refuge during a crisis. Apart from Zefyria village, that used to be the capital of the island a few hundred years ago, the villages located on the hills of the north part of the island, namely Plaka, Plakes, Tripiti and Triovasaloi, were the products of such a choice. In the last couple of centuries, the inhabitation of seaside locations started to take place, with Adamas village being founded by Cretan refugees in the 1830’s and, more recently, the inhabitation of Pollonia village and other traditional and tourist villages.
The architectural style varies throughout the island, depending on the purposes it had to serve. Thus, in Plaka village you will find the traditional Cycladic style (which mainly consists of houses with white walls and blue windows), while Adamas village has a less distinctive style, with a more modern Greek architecture. Also, in the many small traditional villages around the island, there are tiny houses, called ‘syrmata’, located just next to the sea, each painted with a special colour.What is for sure is that Milos island is not densely-built, like other islands, as its western part is mostly uninhabited, with just a couple of small villages.