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MY KIMOLOS GUIDE

 

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The area of Kimolos island is 36 km2 and the length of the coasts is 38 km with a lot of bays, sandy and rocky beaches and numerous sea caves. Its shape is an almost regular pentagon and the terrain is hilly with highest summit Paliokastro (365 m).

It has approximately 600 permanent residents, most of which live at Chorio where there is no great central square but several smaller ones like: Theoskepasti, Giorgila (with a well), Kambos (where the Children’s Playground is), while, the largest one, of the School, has beautiful view and is ideal for someone to watch the full moon of August rising.

Smaller settlements that are inhabited mainly in the summer, while in the winter few of them have residents: Psathi (port), Goupa, Kara, Prassa, Aliki, Bonatsa and Dekas. Opposite the church of Odigitria there is the new Archaeological Museum and in the Castle the Folklore Museum.

To learn more about the island you can visit the Archaeological, Folklore and Maritime museums.

With the sea taxi you can tour the island and enjoy the beautiful beaches of the north side of the island. You can also visit the islands of Polyaigos, Milos or the neighboring island of Sifnos.

If you enjoy trekking there are a couple of walking routes that take you to every corner of the island.

 

Geology

The Venetians and the Franks called the island “Arzantiera”, that is Silvery, for the grey-white rocks they saw as they approached the island. Some travelers believed that the name was due to ancient silver mines, but they have not been discovered so far.
In contrast with most of the islands of Cyclades which belong to the Attica-Cyclades Mass and consist mainly of transformed rocks, Kimolos is for the largest part the product of intense volcano activity as it lies on the outer zone of the volcanic arc of the Aegean and the traces of volcanic activity are visible all over the island: hot springs and unusual geological formations that create sites of extraordinary beauty.

 

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.

 

Churches

In spite of its small size, Kimolos is filled with churches. Not one or two, but eighty churches and chapels were erected with toil and faith by the religious people of the island. Many of them are unique regarding their architectural importance, their screens and their icons.

The Windmill Kimolos, Cyclades
The Windmill Kimolos, Cyclades

Kimolos, Cyclades

The Windmill Kimolos, Cyclades

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The Windmill in Kimolos

The Windmill, dating from 1852, remains one of the few traditionally restored windmills in Greece and has been renovated to create a stylish boutique hotel.

Τhalassa Beach House, Cyclades
Τhalassa Beach House, Cyclades

Kimolos, Cyclades

Τhalassa Beach House, Cyclades

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Τhalassa Beach House in Kimolos

This self-catering holiday home is located on the beach and features all modern comforts.

Milaki Kimolos, Cyclades
Milaki Kimolos, Cyclades

Kimolos, Cyclades

Milaki Kimolos, Cyclades

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Milaki in Kimolos

Located just a few minutes’ walk from Kimolos’s port, and very close to the island’s principal village, Milaki comprises six rooms, all newly furnished.

Bonatsa Beach House Kimolos, Cyclades
Bonatsa Beach House Kimolos, Cyclades

Kimolos, Cyclades

Bonatsa Beach House Kimolos, Cyclades

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Bonatsa Beach House in Kimolos

Bonatsa Beach House is located just a few steps from the water’s edge and comprises three newly furnished rooms.

Alikaki Kimolos, Cyclades
Alikaki Kimolos, Cyclades

Kimolos, Cyclades

Alikaki Kimolos, Cyclades

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Alikaki in Kimolos

A traditional three-studio complex offering panoramic views of Aliki beach.

Kimolos Blue, Cyclades
Kimolos Blue, Cyclades

Kimolos, Cyclades

Kimolos Blue, Cyclades

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Kimolos Blue in Kimolos

A traditional complex featuring ten rooms and a swimming pool, just a few steps from Aliki beach.

Psathi Blue, Kimolos, Cyclades
Psathi Blue, Kimolos, Cyclades

Kimolos, Cyclades

Psathi Blue, Kimolos, Cyclades

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Psathi Blue in Kimolos

Three traditional holiday homes just a few steps from Psathi, Kimolos’s port.

Aria Kimolos Residence, Cyclades
Aria Kimolos Residence, Cyclades

Kimolos, Cyclades

Aria Kimolos Residence, Cyclades

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Aria Kimolos Residence in Kimolos

A self-contained traditional holiday home at the entrance of “Chorio”, Kimolos’s principal village.