Kimolos is an island in the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea. The highest point on the island is Mount Paleokastro at 364 meters. The island has only one town, Chorio, which is located on a hill on the west side of the island. Smaller settlements include: Psathi (port), Goupa, Prasa, Dekas, Kara, Aliki, and Bonatsa.
Kimolos is part of a group of island that belong to the Aegean volcanic arc. The island of Kimolos consists mainly of acidic volcanic rocks. Larger areas of Kimolos are covered by tuffs, which is a rock made of volcanic ash. Volcanic activity can be seen at the hot springs. The island is rich in minerals of the silica group as well as industrial minerals. The island of Kimolos is home to a notable geologic formation named Skiadi. Skiadi is a large mushroom-shaped stone that sit in the middle of a small valley.
According to tradition, the island of Kimolos was named after the first resident of the island. Another possibility is that the name Kimolos comes from the Greek word for chalk (kimolia). The island of Kimolos was once part of Milos Island, but during an earthquake, they were separated.
During ancient times the island was called Echinousa, likely after a type of viper snake called an Echidna, which is still present on the island. Since the ancient era, the island was used as a battlefield between Ancient Athens and Sparta. During the Middle Ages, the island was known as Argentiera due to the silver-colored rocks on the southern coast. From the 13th century until the 16th century, the island was part of the Venetian Duchy of the Cyclades. Until 1829, the island of Kimolos was under rule of the Ottoman Empire. The island was then annexed by the Greek state.
Administrative Region for Kimolos Island, Greece
Area of Kimolos Island, Greece
53.3 km2 (20.6 sq mi)
Population of Kimolos Island, Greece
Top Attractions in Kimolos Island, Greece
Kastro – Located in Chorio, Kastro is a picturesque quarter. The area was once surrounded by strong walls. There are narrow streets and old houses in this oldest quarter in Chorio.
Folk and Maritime Museum – Housed in a restored mansion inside the walls of the Venetian Castle in Chorio. The personal collection of local doctor Manilos Christoulakis as well as donations from other resident are showcases in the museum. Also housed are daily items from the 18th and 19th centuries including cooking items, agricultural tools, textiles made by local women, and more.
Archaeological Collection – Located in Chorio Village. This collection includes ancient items that were found at the beach of Ellinika, the most well-known archaeological site on the island. View relics, pots, and other items dating from the 8th and 7th century BC.
Bonatsa Beach – 3 km south of Chorio. The area has rooms to rent as well as other beaches close by. Restaurants and taverns are also in the area when you want food and drinks.
Agios Georgios Beach – A calm and beautiful beach, perfect for a day of relaxation. The beach is sandy and there are rooms to rent in the area. Agios Georgios Beach is nudist friendly.
Psathi Beach – Located next to the port, just 1 km from Chorio. Thanks to its location, this beach has plenty of accommodations and taverns. Psathi Beach is organized and family friendly.