Kimolos is a nice island of the Western Cyclades, 38 square kilometers in extent, pentagonal shape and its higher peak climbs up to 364 meters.
The main settlement of the island is “Chorio” (village), located at the foot of Xaplovouni hill. It is populated throughout the year, unlike other smaller ones, like Psathi, Prassa, Alyki , Bonatsa and Goupa, that are populated mostly during the summertime. Poliegos has two residents.
Houses are built in the characteristic architectural style that prevails in the Cycladic islands: huge walls built of stone, narrow small windows, flat roofs. Hundreds of snake-like, lime washed, narrow streets, a lot of covered passes,dozens of arcades and churches create the unique character of this place.
What to see
The Medieval Castle (“Kastro”) is the historical center of Chorio. People started building their houses outside the castle by the late 17th century, when the danger of the pirates had decreased.
On the island you can find many post byzantine churches. Eight of them are protected by the Ministry of Culture due to their historical and artistic value.
East of Chorio, there is a nice and picturesque fishermens’ settlement “Goupa” with “Sirmata” , caves carved in the mild rock by the locals , in order to keep their boats in, during the winter. In the summertime “sirmata” are used as houses, as well.
Sailors of the Medieval Age, Venetians and Franks used to call the island “Argentiere” which means Silver Island, probably due to its silver white stones. “Kimolos” is an ancient name which means “white stone” and it was always in use by the natives.
In the ancient time it was also called “Echinoussa” (island of the sea urchins), due to its, full of life, sea.
The sea is still clear and blue. It keeps numerous species of seaweeds, meadows of Posidonia oceanica, many kinds of fishes and invertebrates as well as monk seals, dolphins and sea turtles.
You can swim almost everywhere. You’ ll be excited! The most famous beaches we can suggest are:
Prassa-Agios Georgios, with white, coarse sand in and out of the sea, turquoise sea, loved by many, Psathi is the port of Kimolos but also a beach, busy, lovely place with local colour, Karas has rounded rocks, ideal for taking a dive. Young people love it!
Kimolos – Skiadi
On the northwestern part of Kimolos, west of the “Sklavos” height, there is a huge stone mushroom, which the people of the island call “Skiadi”. A natural monument that lies in the middle of a barren plateau with excellent view: overlooking the southwestern and western coasts of the island (Ellinika, Mavrospilia, Athinia) and a large part of Milos.
“Skiadi” owes its creation to the various rocks that is composed of and the very strong winds that blow in that area. The softer rock that lies at its basis is corroded by the wind, which transfers dust or grains of sand. The result of this process is that the basis slowly becomes narrower and narrower while the top, which is harder, remains almost intact.
A rare monument, not only for Greece but for the whole world, impressive due to its size and shape, which is part of the Atlas of Geological Monuments of the Aegean.
Like every greek island, Kimolos is a paradise for water sports. You can find many spots for windsurf, kitesurf and many more!
The most usual way to get around in Kimolos island is walking. Visitors walk from the main village to the port and from the port to close beaches. If the weather is not hot, walking is an enjoyable acitivity in Kimolos and very romantic at night.