Klima is a small fishing village in Milos Greece, famous for its quaint, colourful houses. Here’s how to visit Klima Milos, and what there is to do and see.
Klima Fishing Village in Milos Greece
Milos island in the Cyclades is known for its unique landscapes, lovely beaches and quaint fishing villages. The most colourful village is Klima, close to Plaka, the capital town of the island.
Klima village is famous for its pretty colourful houses and beautiful sunset views. There are a handful of hotels and rooms to let, a restaurant, and a couple of Cycladic churches.
Here’s what makes Klima Milos so special, starting with its long history.
Short history of Klima village
The volcanic island of Milos has been inhabited since at least 3,000 BC, when people lived in the ancient city of Fylakopi.
Towards the beginning of the 1st millennium BC, the locals founded a settlement in the region stretching between village Klima, the nearby Trypiti and Plaka.
Due to its location and natural landscape, this area was naturally protected from pirate attacks. The residents fortified the town with walls, and constructed several buildings.
In the next centuries, Milos was successively occupied by the Athenians, the Macedonians, and the Romans. They constructed more buildings, such as a market, a gymnasium, an aqueduct, a cemetery and an ancient theatre.
At that time, Christianity started becoming popular in Milos. Those early Christians constructed the Milos catacombs, to use them as a place of burial.
Like the other Cyclades, Milos was conquered by the Venetians and the Ottomans. It was liberated after the Greek Revolution, and became part of the newly founded Greek state in 1830.
The fishermen’s houses in Klima Milos
After Milos was liberated, people turned to activities like mining, agriculture and fishing. The fishermen living in Klima built small boat garages in the volcanic rocks, to protect their wooden fishing boats from bad weather conditions.
Above these garages, they built another floor, to serve as their living space. So the ground floor, which is at sea level, is the boat garage, and the top floor is the fisherman’s home.
Often, the fishermen painted the doors and windows of their homes with the paint that was left over after painting their boat. Some of the most common colours are yellow, red and blue.
These fishermen’s houses, which are called “syrmata” or “sirmata” in Greek, have survived until today. They are a unique feature of Cycladic folk architecture, and their bright colours will immediately catch your eye.
Apart from Klima, there are a few more fishing villages all around the island, like Firopotamos, Mandrakia and Agios Konstantinos.
What is there to do in Klima Milos
Klima is a popular attraction in Milos. Visitors love the pretty, colorful houses, and the quaint atmosphere.
The village itself is very small. You can stroll around Klima waterfront, and take in the details of the unique little houses. You will also find a small souvenir shop and some friendly fishermen.
There is no proper beach in Klima, though you can swim off the rocks if you want.
The best time of the day to visit Klima is around sunset, as the views towards the Aegean Sea are really wonderful. Warning – as the waterfront is quite narrow, prepare for a bit of a splash on windy days!
A meal at the popular Astakas restaurant is a fantastic way to enjoy the sunset. Reservations are essential, especially during the high season, July and August. The nearby hotel Panorama also offers meals – check in advance.
Attractions close to Klima village
The sleepy village might be tiny, but there are plenty of things to do, only a short distance away.
Visit the Ancient Theater of Milos
The Ancient Theatre of Milos was first built in the 3rd century BC, and reconstructed in the 1st – 2nd century AD by the Romans. During the ancient times, it could host over 7,000 spectators.
The theatre was excavated in the 1800s, and was used for various performances throughout most of the 20th century. After modern restoration works, more performances were held here in recent years.
You can visit the theatre for free, through an easy hiking path beginning from the nearby car park.
Visit the Milos Catacombs
The catacombs in Milos are the biggest in Greece. They were built in the 1st century AD, and were originally an early Christian cemetery. Around 2,000 Christians were buried in the Catacombs until they were closed down due to landslides, in the 5th century AD.
The Milos catacombs are about 2-2.5 metres tall, and the corridors are 184 meters long. The small entrance fee includes a short guided tour.
There is an easy hiking path connecting the catacombs with the theatre.
Explore Plaka, the capital town
No trip to Milos is complete without a visit to the capital town, Plaka, with its pretty whitewashed houses and churches.
Plaka is a popular place to stay in Milos, and it has a lot to see and do. Hiking up the Venetian Plaka castle, and staying for sunset, is one of the best things to do in Milos.
Apart from that, you should visit the Archaeological Museum. Among other exhibits, it hosts a replica of the famous statue of Aphrodite of Milos, which was discovered in 1820.
Here is a complete article with some more things to do in Plaka Milos, including information about restaurants.
Best time to visit Klima in Milos
Like many other Greek islands, Milos is a seasonal destination. The peak season is in July, August and early September. April, May and mid October onward are considered the shoulder season.
Though Klima is much smaller than the other towns, it’s a beautiful place and gets busy with tourists. The best time to visit, especially if you have a serious interest in photography, is outside the high season.
Here’s some more information on the best time to visit Milos.
How to get to Klima village Milos
At the time of writing, there are no public buses going to Klima Milos. The closest you can get to Klima on the bus from Adamas, the port, is Trypiti village. Here are the bus timetables.
Once you are in Trypiti, you can walk down to the picturesque village on either the main road, or the footpath. It’s actually a lovely walk, but on your return it’s a steep hike up on the hill. Overall, it’s more enjoyable during the shoulder season.
Another way to get to Klima village is to rent a car, ATV or scooter. Like in many other places in Milos, you’ll have to drive down a narrow, winding road to get down to the waterfront.
It should take you around 15 minutes to drive to Klima from Adamas. Parking space is generally limited, and even more so around sunset, so try to arrive early if you can.
If none of these ideas sound appealing, you can always arrange a taxi ride. Here is more information on how to get around Milos.
Needless to say, you’ll have to get to Milos first! If you are in Athens, the quickest way is to take a short domestic flight from Athens airport. Alternatively, you can take a ferry from Piraeus port or many other islands, like Santorini or Mykonos.
Is it worth staying in Klima?
As mentioned earlier, some of the fishing houses in present day Klima have been converted into rooms to let. Others belong to the fishermen, who still live above their traditional boat garage.
Some of the popular fishing houses to stay in Klima are Captain’s Boathouse, Blue Sea House, Vasealis and Seafis Sirma, The Monk Boathouse, and Kalimera Boathouse.
The syrmata houses are among the most unique accommodation options in Milos. Moreover, you can enjoy the beautiful sea views, at the time the sun sets behind the mountain, from your own little balcony!
If you prefer a traditional hotel, there’s also Panorama Hotel, though it doesn’t get as high ratings as the syrmata houses.
You can check accommodation in Klima here: Hotels in Klima Milos.
In terms of practicality, the village of Klima is not as centrally located as Adamas or Plaka. If you don’t have your own vehicle, you’ll most likely have to rely on a taxi, or perhaps a road tour of Milos.
Here is a complete article on where to stay in Milos.
FAQs about Klima Milos
Here are a few questions visitors ask about Klima village and Milos:
Where is Milos located?
Milos belongs to the Cyclades group of islands. It is located in the Aegean Sea, to the east of mainland Greece, close to Santorini and Mykonos.
Where is the main town in Milos?
The main town and capital of Milos is Plaka. Adamas, the port town, is also very central, and this is where most buses depart from.
What is Milos known for?
Milos is known for its amazing natural landscapes, its iconic beaches, its long history and its quaint fishing villages, like Klima.
Can you swim at Klima?
Klima is on the coast, but there is no proper beach. If you want, you can swim off the rocks.
Where should I stay in Milos?
Some of the most popular places to stay in Milos include Adamas, Plaka, and Pollonia. You will also find accommodation at the smaller villages, like Klima.
More travel guides about the Greek Island of Milos
If you are planning to visit the Greek island of Milos, why not check out our Amazon travel book about Milos and Kimolos. Available in Kindle and paper format!
Or you can check my other articles about Milos:
- 10 Beautiful Villages in Milos Greece
- Top reasons to visit Milos in Greece
- How to get to Milos Greece
- Hiking to Kleftiko Milos – Yes, you CAN hike!
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