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Your authentic Cyclades experience on Kimolos Island.

Kimolos is what many call the "real Greece" and has it all: sheer natural beauty, picturesque villages, volcanic rocks, rich flora, azure skies, turquoise and aquamarine waters, secluded beaches, happy people, rich flora and fauna, amazing rock formations, delicious food, the castle, many wonderful churches and it's unspoiled with far less tourism than other islands in the Cyclades.

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 full of churches. The religious islanders have built more than eighty churches throughout the island, some in the most remote places on the island. Each church reflects experiences and faith in God. The religious islanders scattered churches around the island that were built because of a dream or a sign. Many of them are unique regarding their architectural importance, their screens and their icons. At Chorio you will find some remarkable post-Byzantine churches that will take your breath away. Eight have been characterized as historical monuments. The crown jewel is the cathedral of Panagia Odigitria. The church of "Christos" or God is of particular interest as it is the oldest church on Kimolos. Another gem is the small church of Panagia Eluosa, which was built in the ruins of St. Methodia's cell.

At the south end of Kimolos there is the beach of Ellinika. At the end of the beach the visitor can see the remains of the sunken ancient acropolis of Kimolos, called Ellinika. Close to that, you will see the unique rocky formation of Aspragremna, a favourite spot for watching the sunset. In the same area, there is also Mavrospilia beach. It is accessible by car or on foot – about 20’walk from the last bus stop.

Kalamitsi, Bonatsa and Aliki are three beaches in a row that are easily accessible. There is also a taverna and a beach bar there, which makes them suitable for everybody, including families. Besides, shadow is available too, provided by tamarisk trees, those characteristic and thoughtful friends of the Greek beaches.

Close to Chorio there are some really nice small beaches, Goupa and Karras. There you can see the famous Syrmata – holes in the stone used as shelters for fishing boats from the wrath of the sea. There is also the Elephant – a formation of rocks looking like an elephant. Water is crystal clear and tempting, so gear up for long swims!

The most famous and beautiful beach of Kimolos is Prassa, also known as the White Beach, thanks to the white sand that accounts for the amazing colours of it.

Kimolos has been famous since the ancient times for its supplies in white rock that provides chalk. Actually, the Greek word for chalk is “kimolía”, and that is what the island is named after. 

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.

For day trips, you can also visit the islands of PolyaigosMilos or the neighboring island of Sifnos. Polyaigos (meaning “island of many goats”) is accessible by boat from Psathi. Those who have visited it are still under the spell of the colour of its waters. Some speak of it as a small piece of heaven! Negotiate the price with the boat renter, as larger groups get better prices. The only thing you need to take into consideration is the winds, especially meltemia (north-north east winds that blow over the Aegean Sea in August). 

If you are a hiking enthusiast, and similar to many Greek Islands, the best way to explore the land is by foot. There are numerous paved narrow streets and marked paths all over the island. You will be spellbound and take in experiences of a lifetime.
 
Another highlight is the Gerakias cave. Dive into the sparkling waters, and walk its shallow waters inside the cave.
 
For the perfect ending to any day on Kimolos Island, take a drive to Ellinika Beach for its impressive sunsets, and marvel at the spellbinding rock formations straight out at sea of Aspragremna, where there are remains and wreckages of the ancient city of Kimolos as well as the ancient tombs.
 
Where to swim

Kimolos island has many beautiful beaches (most of them secluded whith not a soul in sight) :

Rema :  Sheltered from the wind, it features a giant rock and ‘sirmata’ (caves carved into the rock where locals keep their boats during winter). You can walk to Rema from the Windmill Hotel.

Klima : Sandy beach has a calm and serene atmosphere, and is on the way to Prassa.

Prassa :  This beach features a beach bar with music and is the most popular of the island. It has natural beauty with white sand and light-blue water. At the entrance are soothing baths, with set opening times.

Aliki, Bonatsa, Kalamitsi : These beaches are clustered together and all feature clean, shallow waters with numerous tavernas nearby. Bonatsa also features a beach bar.

Elinika, Mavrospilia : Mavrospilia is a beautiful, long beach on the western side of Kimolos. If the sea is calm, you can see the nearby underwater ruins of the ancient city of Elinika while Mavrospilia is recommended for taking in the sunset. Both beaches are highly exposed to the north wind. They may be reached by car, by private boat or as part of an island tour by sea taxi.

The Gerakia cave :  An exotic cave with wonderful turquoise waters that can be explored. It is reachable by sea taxi as part of an island tour.

Monastiria, Soufi, Agioklima : These are remote seaside hideaways. At Agioklima there is a natural hot spring. It is reachable by sea taxi as part of an island tour or with a 4x4 vehicle.

Hotel Information Recommended For
Type: Small Hotels & Inns Architecture & style :
Rooms: 5 Cheap & Chic :
Pool: No Marvelous view :
Dining: Cafe/Bar Nice atmosphere :
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Closed: November to March Beach/Seaside :

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