Milas is a geographical area in the province of
Mugla with great natural beauty and boasts 30 ancient cities and
settlements throughout the county.
The town spreads out over the slopes of mount Sodra and the plain
that bears its name, has been inhabited since 1000 B.C. Milas takes
its name from Mylasos, a descendent of the wind God, Aeolis. lt was
the capital city of Caria and a place of pilgrimage during Carian
times as it was the site of the famous temple of 'Zeus of the
Doubleaxe' in antiquity.
In ancient times Milas was called the city of temples because of the
extensive use of marble in its buildings. Milas's 3000 years of
continuous culture and history is visible at every corner.
Nowadays Milas also plays an important part in yacht tourism with
its two gulfs of Mandalya and Gökova. After Captain Cousteau visited
these bays he said "Whoever wants to see paradise should visit the
The western Menteshe Mountains are rich in fauna and floraon in the
high plateaus. These mountains are ideal for hunting and trekking
Iasos: History dates back to 3rd century B.C. Only 18 km away from
Milas. Trade center in Roman times.
Eromos: Built in 6th century B.C.; with its 16 columns standing -
still one of the best preserved Zeus temples
Labranda: this ancient place once was the site that was dedicated to
Zeus with priest houses, treasure houses thombs and sacred way.
Herakleia: close to Bafa lake, between Latmos gulfs and Aegean sea
with temple of Athena.