Setting your foot on Kimolos you feel like stepping back in time. The tiny island of Kimolos almost touches the north-eastern tip of Milos and just half an hour ferry ride away from Milos it is perfect for a day trip, but if you really want to wind down you should stay for more days enjoying the little old town, the sparkling bays, and the pristine beaches.
Even though it sits next to one of the most popular Greek islands, Kimolos has managed to keep its tranquillity and unspoiled charm. Little Kimolos is of another world with amazing beaches, crystal-clear waters, and quaint village. Kimolos Greece is becoming one of the hottest alternative travel destinations in Greece.
Why visit Kimolos?
In the Cyclades archipelagos Kimolos Greece is one of the most picturesque islands. With its tranquil atmosphere and stunning landscape, it is the perfect travel destination for relaxing days away from the more touristy, busy islands. Situated so close to Milos, Kimolos is a great spot for island hopping. With only half an hour between (by ferry) Kimolos and Milos it is a breeze to cross over, bringing along your rented scooter or car. Kimolos is the perfect opportunity to get away from it all for a couple of days.
Kimolos – where to stay?
Kimolos Chorio is the only village and capital of the island. Therefore, it is the centre of activities in Kimolos. Chorio is a picturesque settlement stretching around the port of Psathi. Here you will find most Kimolos hotels, restaurants, shops, and tourist facilities.
You will also find accommodation in Agios Georgios (at the best beach of Kimolos) and rooms are to be let in Bonatsa at Aliki beach.
Where is Kimolos island?
Kimolos belongs to the line of the western Cyclades, situated close to Milos. Kimolos island is the administrative centre of the municipality of Kimolos including the uninhabited islands of Polyegos, Agios Efstathios and Agios Georgios. Agios Georgios is a private island purchased by a local shipowner family. Kimolos is much smaller than its bigger neighbour, Milos, with only 36 km2. The highest point on Kimolos is Mt. Paleokastro with 364 meters.
Map of Kimolos
Kimolos – what to do?
Hiking and trekking in Kimolos
Rather small with great viewpoints to the sea and the coastline Kimolos is perfect for hiking. The walking trails are well equipped with signs everywhere, guiding you to other destinations. The routes are not too difficult but do remember drinking water, and wear sunscreen, a hat, and your most comfortable sneakers.
A special natural attraction on Kimolos island is the Skiada stone, which is a giant lump in the shape of a mushroom.
Swimming and snorkelling in Kimolos
With its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters Kimolos is perfect for spending your days in and out of the waters. Visit some of the gorgeous beaches around the island. If you bring your snorkelling gear, you can see the “hidden city” in front of Ellinika beach. It is the ruins of ancient Hellenic buildings. If you start from the beach (and not a boat), you must swim out quite far – best from the North end of the beach and directly towards the headland opposite. It is not difficult to find.
Like in nearby Milos, the conditions in Kimolos are also perfect for sea kayaking. From Ellinika beach on the west coast you can rent equipment and go on tours among the beautiful rock formations.
Kimolos – what to see?
Kastro Kimolou is the most picturesque part of Chorio. It was once surrounded by strong walls, and the neighborhood has incredibly old houses and narrow streets.
Folk and Maritime Museum of Kimolos – you will find it inside the old walls of the Venetian castle (Kastro) in a restored mansion. It exhibits the personal collection of the local doctor Manolis Christoulakis with everyday objects from the 18th and the 19th centuries as well nautical items.
The Archaeological Museum of Kimolos is also to be found in Chorio. It exhibits ancient findings from the beach of Ellinika, the most wellknown archaeological site in Kimolos. You will see relics, pots, funerary gifts, and other objects dating from the 8th and the 7th centuries B.C.
Guide to Kimolos beaches
In Kimolos you will find beautiful beaches close to the port, but some of the most pristine beaches around the island can be reached either on foot, by scooter or by boat. Except for the harbour beach Psathi which is partly organized, all the other beaches in Kimolos are non-organized. Being a small island Kimolos is famous for its quiet white sandy beaches with a relaxing atmosphere. The most popular beaches in Kimolos are the ones close to Chorio, the capital village of the island, and Psathi, the beach next to the port. If you enjoy hiking you can access many other great beaches in Kimolos.
Kimolos Best Beach
- Prassa (Agios Georgios) beach – located 5 km northeast of Chorio with a long, sandy stretch and crystal-clear waters it is the best beach in Kimolos. It is nudism friendly.
- Kalamitsi beach – located 3 km south of Chorio is a long, sandy beach with a tranquil atmosphere
- Aliki beach – located 2 km south of Chorio is a long and sandy beach, one of the most popular in Kimolos island
- Bonatsa beach – located 3 km south of Chorio is a secluded, pebbled beach. Bonatsa has rooms to let and other nice beaches nearby.
- Psathi beach – located at the harbour, it is a sandy and family friendly beach with several accommodation options and taverns
- Dekas beach – located 5 km west of Chorio, it is a secluded, sandy beach. It is nudism friendly and ideal for couples who enjoy privacy.
- Ellinika beach – located 5 km west of Chorio, it is a pebbled beach, nudism friendly with a tranquil atmosphere
- Fikiada beach – located 4 km west of Chorio, it is a secluded, narrow beach stretch surrounded by rocks. It is not suitable for children, but perfect if you seek privacy and enjoy snorkeling.
- Mavrospilia beach – located 6 km west of Chorio, it is a secluded, sandy beach. Nudism friendly.
- Karas beach – located 1 km east of Chorio, it is a secluded pebbled beach on a rocky coast.
- Klima beach – located 2 km north of Chorio, secluded but quite popular among tourists because of its proximity to the village, its sandy shore and clean water.
- Pigados beach – located 4 km north of Chorio, it is a narrow, pebbled beach on a rocky coast. Unsuitable for kids.
Kimolos – how to get there?
You can reach Kimolos island by ferry from the port of Piraeus in Athens. There are regular routes (daily during summer) to Kimolos, but the trip lasts 7-8 hours. Kimolos is connected to some of the other Cyclades islands by ferry, like Milos, Serifos, Sifnos, and Kythnos. It is an obvious choice to embark the ferry from nearby Milos, the ferry ride lasts only about 30 min. There is no airport in Kimolos, but you can fly to Milos Island National Airport from Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” several times during the week. The flight duration is only 45 min. Milos airport is located 5 km away from Milos port. Upon arrival in Milos island, you can reach Kimolos by ferry. Another option during the summer season is to embark the catamaran from Piraeus, this way the travel duration is only 4 hours. In other seasons the ferry connection can be rather bad.
Kimolos weather and climate
Like in the rest of the Cyclades islands the climate of Kimolos is Mediterranean. On this beautiful island summers are mainly sunny, and the beaches are the most popular places to stay. In Kimolos June to August are the hottest months and December to February the coldest. Most rainfall occurs during winter. During the summer months the winds grow stronger during the evening. Beware that temperatures can get extremely high during summer varying between 30°C to 40°C. During winter, the temperatures rarely go below 0°C.
Kimolos is an island with rich history records. Its name is derived from the very first resident of the island, named Kimolos, according to the tradition. Since the ancient era, it was a battlefield between Ancient Athens, the ruler of the island, and Sparta, the ruler of Milos.