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Kimolos - general

General

The ‘Aegean Volcanic Arc’, which sweeps from the Argo Saronic Islands, through Santorini to Nisyros and Kos in the east, lies just to the south of Siphnos. Leaving the limestone hills and watered valleys of Siphnos and head south to Kimolos and Milos it is clear one is enter a different geological world. The coast of Kimolos is shot through with veins of orange and purple, and the shoreline is fenced with outcrops of jaggedly eroded volcanic rocks. The first glimpse of the island is of the staring white gashes of its easternmost point, Cape Aghios Giorgios, where the promontory has been reshaped by man’s relentless quarrying of the native earth so as to extract a kind of kaolin, known as ‘fuller’s earth’, which was widely exported through the centuries for use in medicine and in the finishing of cloth. Were it not for this natural re source—whose brilliant silver-gray colour led to the island being referred to later by the name of ‘Argenteria’—Kimolos, because of its lack of water and its infertility, might have remained virtually uninhabited, like the island of Polyaigos to its east. On the contrary, it had a flourishing centre in antiquity, often in conflict with its more powerful neighbour Melos. It also had an important settlement at Chorio in the Middle Ages, which is one of the few examples of mediaeval town-planning ex novo in the Cyclades.
   Kimolos is a delightful island: peaceful, unpretentious and full of striking landscapes. Its pale sandy earth and low stone buildings shaded by outsized cactus plants give it an almost African feel. Its wildlife is interesting too: the waters between Kimolos and Polyaigos to the east are home to an estimated 20–30 Mediterranean monk-seals and schools of dolphin are frequently seen. The quite rare semi-collared flycatcher breeds in the west of the island; and a perhaps less-welcome native is the Ottoman viper (Vipera xanthina) which is populous and grows to a considerable size on Kimolos—well over a metre in length. Its rocks are also fascinating, and in areas achieve positively Cappadocian forms: most famous is the ‘skiadi’ or ‘sunshade rock’, not far from the impressive ruins at Palaiokastro, which is in the form of a giant fungus large enough to shade a whole group of people.


Kimolos Island is part of the Cyclades Island Group, Greece.


access

Kimolos Island, Greece.

The easiest access to Kimolos is via Milos, which is amply connected by air and ferry to the mainland and other islands.
The F/B Panaghia Phaneromeni makes 5–6 crossings daily from Pollónia (in northeast Milos) to Kimolos; it accommodates vehicles, and the journey takes 25 mins.
Ventouris Lines runs two morning services (6 hrs 30 mins), and G.A. Ferries one afternoon service (7 hrs), per week from Piraeus to Kimolos.
This is supplemented in the summer season by two weekly services by Aegean Speed Lines (4 hrs 30 mins).
All these services continue to Milos going south and to Siphnos and Seriphos going north.

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beaches

Kimolos Island, Greece.

Ellenika Beach
Dekas Beach
Psathi Beach
Aliki Beach
Bonatsa Beach
Kalamitsi Beach
Prassa (hot springs)

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eating

Kimolos Island, Greece.

Taverna "Panórama", at the heart of Chorió, is busy and serves a fresh local wine, which is delicious and of a deep golden colour, to accompany its simple home cook.
A couple of the shops in Chora sell the island"s excel lent goats" cheeses, ranging in intensity from a soft fresh "pattie", to a seasoned and pungent, flaky hard cheese. Both the wine and the cheeses are excellent.

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lodging

Kimolos Island, Greece.

The island offers only basic lodging. Sardis Rooms at Aliki is pleasantly set near the island’s south-facing beach; the rooms are simple, and there is a taverna run by the owners (T. 22870 51458).
Nearer to habitation, Villa Maria on the road between the harbour and Chorió (T. 22870 51392, fax 51752, www. hellasislands.gr/kimolos/villa maria) is an inexpensive and welcoming alternative.

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practical info

Kimolos Island, Greece.

840 04 Kimolos: area 37sq km; perimeter 45km; resident population 838; max. altitude 365m. Port Authority: T. 22870 51219. Information: www. kimolos-island.com.

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