Milos is already gorgeous, as all of the Cyclades’ volcanic islands tend to be. It speaks volumes, therefore, that the village of Klima in Milos stands above others as especially picturesque. It is also called “the most colorful village” and with good reason! Its characteristic fisherman’s houses called ‘syrmata’ are painted with many bright, vibrant colors as they line the seaside, with the waves lapping at the base.
Klima’s multi-colored beauty isn’t the only thing that makes this village must-see for everyone that visits Milos. The gorgeous sunsets that seem to coat everything in gold as the sun slowly sinks into the Aegean are yet another irresistible attraction.
Though it is now a quiet, sleepy village, Klima has things for you to discover. Here is everything you need to know to make the most out of your visit.
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A brief history of Klima
Klima’s history spans well into antiquity, with the Dorians settling there in the 7th century BC as settlers from Sparta. The settlement developed into a town with remarkable activity, so much so that it developed its own alphabet. The decline of Klima began with the Peloponnesian war, especially after the Athenians sacked Milos.
However, as the centuries passed it remained an important port for Milos, as attested by the existence of the ancient theater of Milos in the area. In modern times, the characteristic fisherman’s two-story houses called ‘syrmata’ were built in Klima to protect fisher boats from bad weather during winter.
In 1820, a farmer named George Kentrotas discovered the famous statue of Venus of Milos buried in his field. You can still see the spot where it was found in Klima, thanks to a sign that commemorates the find.
How to get to Klima
You can reach Klima by car on the road downhill, past Tripiti. It is around 5 minutes from Plaka and 15 minutes from Adamas. Be careful on the winding road, but follow it to the village as there is a car park waiting for you.
Where to stay in Klima, Milos
Panorama Hotel: Located in the picturesque village of Klima just 50m away from the beach it offers air-conditioned rooms with sea views, and free shuttle from/to the airport.
Captain’s Boathouse, Klima Beach: If you want to stay in a traditional boat house (syrmata) this is your chance. A small house with one bedroom, bathroom and fully equipped kitchen in front of the beach at the village of Klima.
What to see and do in Klima
Explore the ‘syrmata’
These fisherman’s houses are quite unique. They look like they have a sea garage on the ground floor, for their boats to get in. The living quarters are above, on the first floor. It sounds simple but ‘syrmata’ is a lot more than that.
The bright color with which they paint the shutters, doors, and wooden fences are usually picked to match the boat color of the fisherman who owns the house. Currently, many of these houses have been converted into tourist accommodations. You can rent one and stay in the ground floor, with the sea literally at your feet.
Walk along the seaside
The waterfront is an authentic, gorgeous experience. Stroll along the ‘syrmata’ and enjoy the waves that often will chase your feet. Make sure that you don’t mind getting wet, especially if you go there on a windy day, but don’t miss out on the experience!
The view, the sounds, the textures will certainly reward you. People are also quite friendly and so are the cats, so you will have a lot of company if you wish it, as you take in the quiet force that is the sea.
Enjoy the sunset
Klima is famous for its gorgeous sunsets. Take a seat near the waterfront and enjoy the view over the bay, expanding into the horizon, and watch as the colors become lyrical. As the sun sets, everything slowly turns to a fantastic gold hue that makes Klima feel otherworldly.
Visit the ancient theater of Milos
Right above Klima village, you will find the ancient theater of Milos. Once renowned and full of life as locals kept organizing plays there, it is now quiet but perfect for a visit in the morning or the afternoon, right before the sunset. Take a seat and enjoy the quiet of the surrounding nature!
Explore the catacombs of Milos
Very near Klima, you will find the unexpectedly alluring and mysterious catacombs of Milos. Dated to have been created and used from the 1st to the 5th century AD, these catacombs are among the top three most important ones of the 74 existing in the world! The other two are the catacombs of Rome and those of the Holy Land- and Milos’ catacombs may be older than those of Rome.
The catacombs are in reality an entire underground necropolis, with an estimation of more than 2,000 early Christians having been interred there. Excavations began in the 19th century but only a portion of the complex has been unearthed.
Explore the various underground corridors and passages, see the ancient inscriptions on the walls, including several early Christian markings, and take a moment to travel back in time during an era of secrecy and prosecution.
Where to eat in Klima, Milos
Astakas: This restaurant has it all! A great terrace for a romantic dinner while enjoying the gorgeous sunset and the beautiful view over the bay, excellent food with a focus on Greek and Mediterranean dishes, great service, and good pricing. Wrap up your day at Klima with an excellent meal there.