Hike on Profitis Ilias
Since Profitis Ilias, the highest mountain on Milos (748 m) can be seen from almost any point on the island, sooner or later the idea of getting close to it at some time will probably surface. Although there is said to be a path on the eastern side of the mountain, I see more point in a hike via the access path to the summit from the west. If you start from the fork in the road leading to Agios Ioannis Monastery, the height to be overcome is reduced to about 500 metres.
When the sun is shining, of course, a fantastic panorama awaits you from the summit of Profitis Ilias. However, since there is no shade at all on the entire walk, there’s certainly no harm in the protection of a few clouds during this endeavour. Unless you set off on a sunny winter’s day.
On Profitis Ilias at full moon
A romantic classic is, of course, a drive up Profitis Ilias by full moon. Provided you trust both your car and your driving skills, the bumpy road to the summit is quite manageable. The view over Milos and its neighbouring islands is just as impressive as in daylight, though not as detailed, but the moonlight shimmering on the sea clearly shows the outlines of the distant islands. And their towns appear as small strings of lights, from Chora on Kimolos to Fira on Santorini.
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