After a really successful workshop last spring I’m running this course again with a few added extras in April 2017. Milos is a volcanic Greek island in the south western Cyclades. The scenery is breathtaking and the photographic opportunities are almost limitless. The dramatic coastal landscape encircles a surreal terrain of volcanic rock formations. In April, if they have had a wet winter, the island will be green and lush with a mass of wild flowers. Similar to other Greek islands, Milos is known for its picturesque fishing villages, white-washed houses and exquisite churches.
The island is rich in minerals. Its mining history dates back to the Neolithic period and the industry is still thriving. Today the main exports are bentonite clay extracted from volcanic ash and widely used in the building trade – and a horticultural compost additive, perlite.
Milos is also known as The Island of Lovers, because the sculpture of Venus de Milo was discovered here. The original is now in the Louvre in Paris, but you can see a replica at the Archaeological Museum in Plaka, Milos.
Location: Milos a Greek island in the south western Cyclades
Dates: Saturday 22 to Friday 28 April 2017
Accommodation: We will be staying at En Milo studio apartments overlooking the sea at Pollonia, a fishing village on the north coast of the island.
Travel: You will need to make your own flight arrangements including transfer to the island from Athens.
I’ll meet you at Milos airport and take you back to En Milo at Pollonia - a 30minute journey. We’ll spend the morning at the apartments to allow the overnight travellers to recover from the flights. After a light lunch at a local taverna and a discussion about what’s in store for the week, we’ll head off to the charming fishing village of Mandrakia to take some pictures. In the evening there will be a ‘Welcome’ barbeque.
We’ll be photographing the colourful beach front settlement of Klima, with its traditional ‘syrmata’, fishermen’s dwellings carved out of the rock. Originally used to store the boats in rough weather, they have now been turned into weekend retreats. If there’s time we’ll visit the Roman theatre and the Catacombs nearby.
We’ll get up early to photograph the sunrise over Pollonia, then have breakfast before heading off to the hillside towns of Plaka and Trypiti to explore the labyrinthine lanes, the windmills and the white houses with their signature blue doors and shutters. Then it’s a short climb up to Kastro, the ruins of a 13th-century church, where there are stunning views across the island.
We catch the ferry to the small island of Kimolos a 30 minute crossing from Pollonia. It is a step back in time with a traditional harbour, quaint town, enchanting churches and deserted bays.
Today we’ll visit the old manganese mine at Vani on the west side of the island offering lots of scope to get some great images of the ruins and colourful rock formations. We have to walk the last part of the route, about three kilometres. We will stop off and take pictures of the wild flower meadows that we pass on the way to the mine.
An early start for a trip to Sarakiniko, a sculpted inlet, to photograph the lunar like landscape of bleached rock formations and terraces in the soft morning light. We will return to En Milo for breakfast and then visit the mining region of the island.
In the morning we will have time for a final review of your favourite images taken during the week before heading off to the airport. *The itinerary might alter due to the weather and ferry crossings to Kimilos and I have allowed time to return to previous locations if the group desires