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Milos Car Hire Greece Greek Rentals

It's well worth hiring a car, motorbike or moped for at least part of your visit to Milos because the island offers a wealth of unspoilt hidden coves, picturesque fishing hamlets, bizarre volcanic rock formations and historic sites to explore.

You'll find car and motorbike rental firms along the waterfront in the port of Adamas, in the capital Plaka and in Pollonia, the fishing village cum resort in the north east corner of the island. If you're staying at Milos Camping, seven kilometres south of the port, the site reception will also be able to arrange car, moped or bike hire for you.

With a moped you'll be able to wind your way along the island's network of tracks, originally created for transportation by mule. Explore the deep valleys squeezed between volcanic mountains of red, yellow, white and black rock and find secluded beaches where you'll probably be the only visitor. But make sure your travel insurance covers you for motorbike accidents because many policies don't.

If you're staying in Adamas you'll want to make the five kilometre trip up the hill to the island's clifftop capital Plaka and the neighbouring village of Trypiti. Visit the town's excellent archaeological museum which has some superb exhibits including treasures unearthed at the ancient site of Filakopi in the north east of the island.

A peep inside the Christian catacombs near Trypiti is a must. They're the only ones of their kind in Greece and as many as 8,000 bodies are thought to have been buried in the tomb lined corridors. Visit the well preserved Roman amphitheatres and see the spot where the world famous Aphrodite of Milos statue was discovered by a farmer in 1820.

Having visited the archaeological museum you may want to take a trip over to Filakopi on the north coast to see the excavated remains of three towns dating back to Neolithic times. From there it's a short drive to the north east resort of Pollonia, a popular spot with windsurfers and watersports enthusiasts and the place to catch an excursion boat over to the island of Kimolos. Make sure you have a full tank of petrol if you're visiting this sleepy island as there are no petrol stations on it. Visit the island's magnificent 16th century kastro, built to protect the islanders from the marauding pirates who once plagued these waters. It's the best preserved fortress of its kind in the Cyclades. Have lunch in one of the island's traditional tavernas before exploring its unspoilt beaches and the radioactive springs at Prassa, seven kilometres from the main town of Hora.

Milos has its own hot springs which warm the shallow waters at certain points around the island. You can swim in the springs at Voudia, south of Pollonia, at the popular beach of Paleochori on the south coast and half way along the coast between Adamas and Milos Camping (where the main road meets the road leading east to Zefiria).

Other "must see" sights on the island include the sulphurous green blue pools of Papafragas on the north coast and the extraordinary moonscape of Sarakiniko where the white pumice landscape will make you feel as though you're shadowed by snow covered mountains.