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Greece Travel Guide|Greek Islands

Kimolos is exactly what you ask a traveler who seeks to avoid mass tourism and to live, even in summer, the authenticity of a place in purely Aegean character.

At Kimolos picturesque villages with traditional island architecture, beaches very different and a unique morphology, created by the volcanic character of the area.

According to tradition, Kimolos got its name from its first settler, Kimolos. Later, the Venetians told Argentiera (which means "silver"), probably from the rocks southeast of the island, which have silver color. The island has been known since antiquity for the earth chalk, clay rock as a powder that was used as soap and in medicine. He was famous also for the figs and the sea urchins. Of the latter, indeed, was named Echinousa.

Knowing Kimolos
The ferry or boat from Milos will disembark at the port, Psathi, which is the harbor of the village, the central settlement of Kimolos. The Village is just one kilometers and stretches around the imposing castle at the foot of Xaplovouni. The area is protected from north winds and a safe haven in the winds of the summer for visitors.

Portaria is four passes to go by Outside the settlement of the village of Castle Inside the Castle. The same, however, the houses form, with their unity, the fortifications which had in the old days Kimolos. Their walls are one then the other and small windows resembling loopholes, ready to serve to repel any attempt to attack the island.

This walk through the houses of the Castle, with its narrow streets and old mansions, witness the island's history and past adventures through the centuries, is one of the first things you should do, dedicating time to familiarize with the Kimolos. The houses are small, white, true to the Aegean architecture, with flower gardens and whitewashed alleys, with cute little designs painted on the taps.

Making your walk in the Village, you will be able to get inside the Medieval Castle, but in front of museums, the Archaeological and Folklore, hosting important finds from the excavations of the area and remarkable objects of everyday life, costumes and photographs from the work of local people in times past.

From the first time will find that in every corner there is a church. Most are post-Byzantine, built between the 16th and 19th century and dominate in central parts of the settlements. In the village stands the church of Panagia Odigitria, which is the Cathedral of Kimolos. Celebrated on November 21 and, as you know, these days the whole island dressed in festive and the few visitors at that time, they get a taste of what it means Aegean feast. Inside the church you will see the image Hodeghetria, created in the 15th century and moved to Kimolos metoikous from Sifnos.

Inside the castle is the oldest church on the island, the Nativity, built in 1592. Such as the church of St. John Chrysostom considered the most important religious monuments of the island and for this reason have been declared preservable.

On your walk through the Village and the Castle, do not forget to relax in one of the quaint cafes and taste local dishes in one of the taverns. Arriving at the square that is the school, students will be jealous of the breaks that enjoy the magnificent view from the privileged position.

If you love beautiful sight, keep the area Tsoukalas, towards the Xaplovouni and old windmills. Continue until the Almighty and to select your return path to the entrance of the village (cheese). Old mills and grinders are Karkani area.

At the southern end of the village, take the time to the fishing village Goupa with "wires" (caves carved into the soft rock, which kept the boats). This is one of the most beautiful island images that one sees in Kimolos and the singularity will win enough of your time shooting with the artistic touch that add to one, anyway, a separate site.

Kimolos, spring, beach of Salt Lake, the "lake" became a place of temporary migration of birds, while the landscape would have been worn with festive green and flower prints to dominate.

Continue wandering in Kimolos, with areas outside the Village. Near Cape St. George, Kalamitsi, you will see carved into a rock format, which is an unknown artist. Then, head back to Greek and Mafrospiliatha, where the ancient submerged city on the island. The most stubborn will dive mask to see the remains of the ancient town under water. But the beach, a sense of historical memory creates chills, with the image of the ancient necropolis. These are many ancient tombs, covering a wide historical period from the Mycenaean to the Hellenistic period. If you are patient and stay here until dusk, enjoy the spectacular sunset Aspragremna.

For the next day, however, necessary to continue the tour by boat, so you can see the cave in Pelekiti Kakopotamo and swim in the warm mineral waters at Honeysuckle Beach. See, also, the cave in the Cape Gerakias that will enable you to dive into the waters of anoichtogalaza. It is also worthwhile to get to the location of "The Geronicola Apsila t" to see up close the greyish volcanic rocks. The island of Kimolos is the attraction of the region, and excited the imagination of visitors with its strange geological formations created by lava ifasteiaki. Around the Polyegos is the most popular "cruising" for visitors to Kimolos.

Another route that should take the time, is the picturesque fishing harbor of Aghios Nikolaos, with its impressive waste from the manufacture of Pori, and the little harbor of Agios Minas, where the old ladder loading of ferromanganese. To get there, you should take the asphalt road at the southern entrance of the village, and move east northeast direction, towards Leek. At the end of the route of the leeks to the beach, you will find the spa facilities, while further north, on Cape St. George, you will enjoy a wonderful sea view. Here are the caves used as shelter monk seals that frequent the area. In fairly short distance, there is the point from where mining was bentonite, but cave in the misovythismeni Vromolimnos, who was a catacomb or mine.

Returning to the village and moving towards the interior of the island you can visit the ruined citadel Paliokastro and "trademark" of the island, geological monument Skiadi. This is a huge mushroom stone, imaginative whimsy of nature and geological monument with great interest, both for travelers and for scientists. To get there, but you have to walk far enough, through a path that starts from the town.