My Kimolos - Excursions & Sightseeing
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.
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 which, to this day, are undiscovered.
Unlike most of the islands of Cyclades which mainly consist of rock formations, Kimolos is, for the largest part, the product of immense volcanic activity. Due to its placement on the outer zone of the Aegean’s volcanic arc, hot springs and unusual geological evolution create sites of extraordinary beauty.
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 it 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 for the whole world, impressive due to its size and shape, which is part of the Atlas of Geological Monuments of the Aegean.
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.