Kimolos Greece in the Cyclades has a rare beauty characterized by simplicity, elegance, wilderness, and unique volcanic-shaped rocky landscapes. The island’s name, Kimolos, is derived from the abundance of white chalk rocks (kimolia in Greek) found throughout the region. This profusion of chalk rocks makes Kimolos one of the whitest islands in the Aegean!
For such a small island, there are surprisingly a lot of great things to do in Kimolos Greece. From fantastic turquoise and wild beaches, whitewashed tiny settlements, underwater ancient towns, impressive rock formations, and status as a sanctuary for Mediterranean monk seals, Kimolos is sure to captivate and delight any traveler.
This guide to Kimolos Greece includes information about:
- How to Reach Kimolos: if you are traveling from Athens or Milos or elsewhere
- Tips for Visiting Kimolos: when to go, how long to stay, and what to wear
- Where Best to Stay in Kimolos: I recommend budget, mid-range, and luxury properties for efficient traveling
- An Interactive Google Map
- Best Things to Do in Kimolos Greece: All my favorite sites, local foods, hiking, and of course the Kimolos beaches, which I highly recommend you try for yourself!
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Top Things to Do in Kimolos Greece
If you’re visiting Kimolos from Milos, a day trip can cover a lot, but I highly recommend staying at least one night. This beautiful island has so much to offer, and more than a day is needed to fully explore all its attractions
1. Explore Chorio, Kimolos’ Main Town
If you are looking for a peaceful, traditional village with whitewashed houses, blue windows, and limestone alleys, then Chorio will be your favorite Cycladic settlement. Especially its many small squares feel like time has stopped and everything is simply beautiful. Chorio sits nestled at the base of Mount Xaplovouni, just 1 km from the port.
While there are some tourist shops in the area, Chorio primarily retains the ambiance of a village inhabited by its residents. Kafenia serve traditional Greek coffee and emante an old-world charm. About an hour is likely sufficient to leisurely explore the picturesque streets, adorned with beautiful potted flowers and the distinctive Cycladic houses.
One of the best things to do in Kimolos Greece is to buy from the bakeries their local pies: ladenia (olive oil pie), kolokythenia (pumpkin pie), tyrenia(cheese pie), and their own mouth-watering ice cream.
Some interesting sites that you can visit in Chorio are:
The Archaeological Museum, right across from the impressive Panagia Odigitria church, has important findings from the 7th and 8th centuries BC. Open daily Tuesday – Sunday 8:30 – 15:00. Mondays closed.
The small Folk and Maritime Museum in Kastro with traditional objects that Kimolos residents used during the 19th and 20th centuries. Open between 11.00 am-13.00 pm & 19.00 – 21.00. Museum number: +30 693 629 7143
2. Discover the Kastro of Kimolos Greece
The Venetian Castle (Kastro) in Chorio was constructed during the period spanning the 14th to the 16th centuries. It was definitively shaped in the late 16th century by the shipowner Ioannis Raftos, whose coat of arms with the date 1592 is embedded in one of the walls. It comprised an inner castle, which now lies in ruins, and an outer castle where houses still stand to this day.
The houses are built with the hard stone of the area (schist) and feature decorative details made of tufa stone. There are a total of 123 houses, two-story, small, with one family accommodated on the ground floor and another on the upper floor.
The two parts of the castle were separated by a small alley. In Kastro, you can also see the oldest church of Kimolos, devoted to the Birth of Jesus, dating from 1592.
Visiting the Kastro of Kimolos is like stepping back in time. It’s a must for anyone who loves history, charming streets, and a real taste of authentic island life. Don’t miss it!
3. Watch an Outdoor Movie
I don’t know if you have heard of the open-air movie theaters all over Greece but it is one of the best things Greeks enjoy during summer. In Kimolos, the open-air movable summer Cine Kalisperitis organizes screenings in various spots around the island. The most popular spots are the Medieval Castle and the beaches of Kimolos.
This is a unique experience and I suggest watching a movie if you are visiting Kimolos, you are going to love it! You can easily find info about screenings from posters in Chorio.
4. Enjoy the Best Beaches in Kimolos Greece
I find that one of the best things to do on Kimolos Greece is to check out a different beach every day – sometimes two beaches!
Tips about Kimolos Beaches:
- Psathi, the port, has a small sandy beach that you can swim as well as taverns and cafes
- Ennias Beach in the south has too big pebbles for my liking so I wouldn’t go to this one
- All beaches are connected by the public bus except Soufi and Monastiria beaches (you will need a Jeep), long, sandy, quiet Dekas & Mavrospilia (you need a private car or motorbike), Athinias and Gampa, which are accessible only by boat
- The northwest beaches of Makrypounta, Vroulidi, Therma & Kastro will need both transportation and hiking to reach them
- Most of the beaches are near the Chorio with the longest one being 8.5 km far
- You will need water shoes for the rocky surfaces
Rema Beach and the Elephant Rock
Rema is located close to Chorio, offering a small, sheltered beach nestled near the village of Goupa. It features pebbles, natural shade from trees, and a delightful view of the iconic Syrmata boat houses.
In Goupa, you’ll come across a unique rock formation known as ‘the Elephant,’ which strikingly resembles an elephant. Right nearby, you’ll find Karras, a rocky beach with smooth white stones that are perfect for snorkeling.
Kalamitsi Beach in Kimolos Greece
It is about 4.3 km from Chorio, with a charming tavern and magnificent views of Milos Island just across the water. Actually, on the side of Kalamitsi beach, there is a small port facilitating boat connections to Milos. If you are a fan of snorkeling, you’re in for a treat, as this beach offers beautiful views of the seabed.
For many visitors, Prasa, situated in the northeast and approximately 6 km from Chorio, stands out as the most beautiful beach on Kimolos. It features fine white sand and turquoise waters. At the entrance of the settlement, you’ll find thermal baths.
Prasa offers a canteen, umbrellas, sunbeds, car parking, and the added comfort of small trees providing natural shade. To reach Prasa, you’ll take a partially unpaved road, which, although not challenging to drive, rewards you with breathtaking sea views.
During strong meltemia winds (July and August), many visitors seek refuge at Bonatsa for a tranquil swim. Bonatsa is located just 3.3 km from Chorio and boasts a spacious sandy beach with shallow waters, making it a favorite choice for families. You will find some cedar trees for shade, a very nice tavern, and a beach bar.
Therma Beach is accessible only by boat, and it’s a stunning destination with turquoise waters and towering yellow rocks that seem to ‘melt.’ The rocks at Therma are quite literally melting due to the thermal waters that emerge from a small crevice in the rock. As you explore, you’ll notice the rock on your left, where the water gushes out. But, be cautious not to make the mistake of touching it, as the water temperatures can reach up to 50°C.
Ellinika Beach, the Sunken City & Mavrospilia
In Mavrospilia if you snorkel, you will see the sunken ancient city of the island (coordinates: 36°47’16” N 24°31’49” E), while on the beach you will see a lot of tombs from the Mycenaean to the Hellenistic period.
5. Go to ‘Syrmata’ in Kimolos Greece
Syrmata are seaside areas with colorful doors where the inhabitants tow and store their boats in winter. Goupas and Karras are just a couple of the most colorful coves that make up the island’s most distinctive postcards. You can also find Syrmata in Klima village on Milos island.
VIEW TIP: For an excellent view of the surrounding area and the nearby islands, head to the square of the school and the courtyard of Pantokrator in Xaplovouni.
6. Read a Book from the Outdoor Library
The Open Lending Library of Kimolos Greece, provides books to residents and visitors of the island without any formal procedures. This unique library is located outdoors in four different parts of the village: the Sotiras square, the Karkani area, opposite the church of Agios Ioannis Chrysostomos and in the Agora.
There are also 4 new showcases, already waiting for the bibliophiles at the port of the island, Psathi, and the beaches of Aliki, Bonatsa, and Prasa. You can find more about the library and the wonderful volunteer work of Kimolistes here.
Just pick a book you like, and perhaps leave one behind when you are leaving as a contribution to this cause 🙂
7. Hike to Skiadi Rock
Skiadi is the trademark of Kimolos in the shape of a huge mushroom-shaped rock. This rare natural monument has been included in the Atlas of Geological Monuments of the Aegean and is located to the west of the hill of Sklavos, in the northwestern part of Kimolos.
You can complete the full hike in 1.5 hours each way (via path 2), walking from Chorio to Skiadi. This is a loop trail that starts and ends at Skiadi. Along the way, you can enjoy the wonderful rugged landscape, the Aegean Sea, and views of the neighboring island of Milos.
If you don’t want to hike the entire trail, you can drive to the area between the two churches of Profitis Ilias and look for the sign indicating trail 2 leading to Skiadi. The walk from there to Skiadi takes approximately 30 to 35 minutes each way. However, please note that there is no shade, so it’s advisable to be well-prepared with:
- good hiking boots
- organic sunscreen,
- Sun Shirts Long Sleeve with UPF 50+
- and at least 2 liters of water and salty snacks.
Kimolos offers seven well-signposted and easy trails, all of which are based on ancient donkey paths that have been used by the locals.
8. Explore the Caves of Kimolos
Visit the Pelekiti Cave at Kakopotamos, where you can dive from a boat into the stunning turquoise waters and explore the cave by walking through its shallow waters.
Another noteworthy cave with historical significance is the Konsolinas Cave in Paleokastro, essentially consisting of one large cave room. It’s situated 365 meters high on Paleokastro Peak, near the remnants of an ancient castle, and reaching it requires a hike. This route offers a fantastic hiking experience, and it’s best to embark on it as early in the morning as possible.
9. Take the small boat to Polyaigos Island
Just 2 kilometers southeast of Kimolos, Polyaigos island, with only 2 permanent residents, will captivate your senses with its untamed and unspoiled beauty. Crystal-clear blue waters beckon you to take a plunge, while the volcanic hills, unique rock formations in the sea, and intriguing caves await your exploration. Here’s what you can do to make the most of your visit to stunning Polyaigos:
- Swimming and Snorkeling: Dive into the pristine waters of Ammoura, a white sand beach with strange rock formations. Discover the vibrant marine life beneath the surface such as colorful corals and shells.
- Hiking: Explore the volcanic hills and scenic trails on the island, taking in panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. Visit the lighthouse and the Monastery of Panagia and admire a magnificent vista from its top.
- Rock Formations: Marvel at the unique rock formations in the sea, which make for fantastic photo opportunities.
4. Cave Exploration: Delve into the island’s caves, each with its own mysterious allure. A good example is Fanara, a cave with large holes in its roof.
5. Wildlife Observation: Keep an eye out for the diverse birds and marine life that call the island home. If you are lucky, you may glimpse some of the rare and protected species such as seal Monachus-Monachus, viper Microvipera(poisonous), and blue lizard Podarcis. Not to mention the zillions of goats roaming the island 😀
6. Kayak to the Kalogeri, the famous rocks of the island, located in the middle of the sea.
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10. Go to Kimolos Windmills
While Mykonos is renowned for its iconic windmills, it’s worth noting that windmills can be found on many Greek islands, typically scattered across the landscape. Kimolos is no exception, boasting seven charming windmills of its own. To catch a glimpse of these picturesque structures, follow the road that begins in the Tsoukalas area and ascend to Xaplovouni Mountain, where you’ll find the Chorio and the windmills.
Where to Stay in Kimolos Greece
Whether you seek the quaint charm of Chorio’s traditional whitewashed houses, the tranquil seclusion of remote beaches, or the convenience of accommodations near the island’s port, Kimolos offers a small variety of lodging options. Most of the properties are family-run guesthouses. Find below my favorite list of where to stay in Kimolos for all kinds of budgets:
Milaki Kimolos is a modern, tastefully decorated property near the port (self-catering, budget).
The Windmill Kimolos is a fantastic whitewashed hotel at a stunning location overlooking Psathi and almost the whole island (mid-range).
Apanemo Beach House Agios Nikolaos Kimolos is an amazing renovated fisherman’s house 3 meters from the sea (self-catering, luxury).
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Tips for Visiting Kimolos Greece
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How to Get to Kimolos Greece
Flights to Kimolos
Kimolos has no airport, and you can only reach it by ferry arriving at Psathi, the main port of Kimolos. The island is located literally 900 meters from Milos island in the Cyclades and is connected daily by many ships, especially during summer.
If you prefer a private full-day tour, I highly recommend Milos Experience Daily Kimolos Road Trip.
Kimolos from Athens
If you wish to visit Kimolos from Athens, there are ferries going from Piraeus (operating throughout the year), 6 times per week. The ferry takes 4 to 8 hours, depending on the type of vessel. There are also ferries once a week from Lavrio, Athens’ smaller port of Lavrio but it takes 14 hours to reach Kimolos! (I would totally avoid taking this ferry).
Kimolos is also great for island-hopping as it is directly connected with many Cycladic islands such as Syros, Milos, Sifnos, Andros, Ios, Kythnos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Serifos, Sikinos, Tinos, Folegandros.
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- Bus: If you are arriving at Athens International Airport you can travel straight to the port by taking the X96 express bus (€5.5, children <6 yo, free entrance), which departs every 40 minutes and the average trip lasts 1 hour – runs 24/7.
- Metro: (€9) is easily found across airport arrivals (blue line – M3) going directly to Piraeus port. The average trip to Piraeus lasts 1 hour.
- Taxis are available in front of the airport (around €40 to Athens, €55-60 to Piraeus (depending on the traffic in Kifisos), and take up to 3 or 4 people with small luggage)
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