Some of the colourful syrmata (fishermen’s boathouses) that line the narrow seashore at Klima village on Milos
Chora, the scenic main village on Ios, is viewed in this panoramic photo shot from a hilltop on the south side of town. Click on the photo to view a larger-size image.
No more squinting: The narrow display column on my blog limits the size of photos I can publish — and that simply doesn’t do justice to panoramic or widescreen pictures that must be scrunched to fit the tight space. But the new app I mentioned in my previous post (the one below, featuring photos from our hike in the valley above Aegiali on Amorgos) now lets me publish pictures that will literally pop out of the page into a larger, easier-on-the-eyes format when you click on them.
This gives me the chance to share some shots of what is not only one of the most picturesque towns in the Cyclades, but also one of my favourite Greek Island villages — Chora, on Ios (often called Ios Town by many).
A typical Cycladic village of whitewashed buildings and blue-domed churches, Chora straddles the top of a wide hill roughly midway between the Gialos port and beautiful Mylopotas beach. The village actually is wedged between three other hills, including one to the south, one to the east, and an even bigger rocky peak to the north.
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This is how the village of Plaka, the charming mountaintop capital of Milos, appears when viewed from a sailboat in the Gulf of Milos …
… and this is how Plaka looks when viewed from the white Kastro church at the top of the mountain peak that towers above the village. Several mountains, including the 748-meter Profitis Ilias, rise across the Gulf on the west side of Milos.
Spectacular landscapes surround Sarakiniko beach and bay …
… which have great views toward nearby Kimolos island
There’s a small sandy beach with a shade tree at the foot of the bay…
… and incredibly fascinating, unusual terrain all around
Beyond compare: I’ve got to say at the outset that photos simply do not do justice to Sarakiniko beach on Milos. You truly have to see it to believe it and fully appreciate the grandeur of what, to me, is one of the most extraordinary coastal swimming areas I’ve ever seen.
I’ve been to dozens of beautiful beaches elsewhere in Greece, as well as in North America, the Caribbean, Central America and Hawaii. While Sarakiniko doesn’t boast a palm tree-lined crescent of soft white sand like some of the postcard-perfect beaches I have visited in other places, its remarkable landscapes and seascapes offer a unique sensory experience that’s almost out of this world.
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