Perched on top of the hill overlooking Milos island, the Venetian Castle of Plaka (a.k.a. “Kastro” which literally means “Castle”), is a must-see during your trip.

Plaka castle is one of the historical sites in Milos and dates back to the 13th century AD when Milos was under Venetian rule. In fact, it's the only thing left in Milos that bears the influence of the Venetians, and it's worth the effort it takes to see it.

At the very top of the hill, you'll find Panagia Skiniotissa church (also known as Mesa Panagia). The bigger church, often seen in photographs, is Panagia Thalassitra, built in the 19th century and named after the patron saint of the sailors. The castle was abandoned in 1821 and was used as a based by Germans during World War II.

It's amazing how well-preserved the castle is given its turbulent history.

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Views from the Top

The way up to the castle is mostly in ruins, but there are a few houses and churches you can see on the way up. The castle and the surrounding area was inhabited for years until the village couldn't accommodate the growing population. People started establishing themselves lower and lower down the hill, towards what is now known as Plaka.

Once at the top, you'll be able to see some of the best beaches in Milos.

The way up takes less than an hour, depending on how fast you are going up and how much you stop. I stopped a lot to take pictures, the views from the hill are unbeatable in Milos.

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view of Plaka and Milos Bay from the top of the hill

The top of the hill also rewards you with the best panoramic views of the island. Start climbing a couple of hours before sunset and see Milos in the best and warmest colors.


Getting There

You can get to Plaka Castle through various alleys from Plaka, look for directional signs to “Kastro”.

You can also reach the castle from Triovasalos and Plakes, which is how I stumbled upon it the first time I went.

It's a “back way” to the castle, and on the way up you'll come across the Three Cross Monument and sweeping views of the other villages: Plakes, Triovassalos, Pera Triovassalos, and Trypiti.


Accommodation Nearby

There are two main hotels you can rent a room in if you're looking to stay on the hill. Kastro Milos and Piazza Castelo both offer killer sunset views over Milos bay.

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Recommended Milos Tours

Kastro on the Map

To help you plan your stay, I marked the beaches in blue, villages in pink, and attractions in green. If you love history and castles, you may also enjoy visiting the Ancient Amphitheater of Milos and the Catacombs.

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