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.
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It's amazing how well-preserved the castle is given its turbulent history.
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. P
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.
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.
You can get to Plaka Castle through various alleys from Plaka, l
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.
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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.