The Greek island of Milos is characterized by mining. Above all, a trip to the old sulfur mines worth, one of the many places on the island, which look so unreal, as if they were built for a movie set.
Like a mushroom, the rock protrudes from the ground, it stands on a very narrow foot, becomes wider at the top, as if it were carrying a parasol. Only a few meters further on a rock arch spans the rolling sea and the many holes in the rock show that the island once grew out of volcanic activity. Although Milos is one of the Cyclades, it is not a Cycladic island like the others. There the gods seem to have been more generous. When it came to the distribution of mineral resources, they spread their gifts especially richly through Milos. The ages are changing as well as the fashion of raw materials. But no matter what is urgently needed in the world, Milos somehow always finds the right mineral, stone or precious metal.
In the Paleolithic period obsidians were needed for weapons and tools, because they were so sharp-edged, later millstones, which may have been responsible for the island name, and more recently kaolin and sulfur, but today concrete and perlite are no longer underground, but won in the open pit. Especially at Pollonia but also on the way to the disused sulfur mines in Paliorema you can see again and again on the wayside the big holes. They are like huge amphitheaters, dug into the earth by powerful excavators to get raw materials. What today holds with technology, big engines and a lot of machine power, the people on Milos once worked hard.
They picked their mountains with pickaxes, hammered into narrow passages. Time and again they pushed to their limits, as a film in the mining museum shows, it was burning hot in the volcanic mountains under the Greek summer sun, after all, Milos is at the same height as Tunisia. It must have been hard, tough conditions that are still written on some of the older people in Milos to this day. In the film in the mining museum in Adamantas some tell so impressively of their hard work at that time, that it already terrifies me when listening. It sounds like dust, physical exhaustion and enormous heat. But mining belongs to Milos as we do to the Ruhrgebiet.
Many caves and passages are located under the roads and paths of the island, but probably the most beautiful mine are the abandoned sulfur mines of Paliorema on the east coast of the island. The woman from the rental car rental had already warned us and looked me in the eye: "Do not drive on these streets. But our cars are not made for that. "Of course we did, because the way to the sulfur mines with children in the heat is much too long for hiking. And we came a bit too far, but finally we had to leave our sweet Fiat Panda and run the rest of the track. And that was a good thing, otherwise we might never have discovered the sulfur yellow stones on the way.
The huge potholes on the unpaved road, in which one could get stuck so beautifully, have only confirmed us in the decision not to drive here. It was not bad either, but a nice hike - with a really movie-ready endpoint - a factory site like a ghost town. Loren rust on old tracks in front of him and can be loud squeaky move piece by piece. Rails lead into the mountains, sometimes ending in larger holes. Later, buildings become visible in which the workers and the administration were active.
The fact that the mines were shut down in 1958 must have come somehow suddenly. This is what happens when you visit this abandoned place on Milos. As if people just did not come to work the next day, left their bed, their plates or their tools and left the sulfur mines to themselves. A typical Lost Place, which not only arouses the spirit of discovery among the children. They push the old wagons a bit over the rusty tracks and are faster than you can see disappeared in the factory buildings. Inside, it's scary-exciting: mattresses are blubbering, in some rooms there are even dishes.
The children want to hurry to another building, but there they are quickly given out again: A group of amateur photographers (all men) gather around a naked woman and try to set her nicely in scene. Yet there is still plenty to discover between the houses and even a small beach lures. For bathing but we prefer to find another job .
You want to read more about Milos? Then have a look at my other articles. I also wrote about the most beautiful beaches on Milos . Sarakiniko is probably the main attraction of the island and got its own report. Another story is dedicated to the various activities on Milos . Are you interested in the spiritual side of the island? I describe Milos as a place of power here.