Where is Kimolos?
Kimolos island is located north of Milos island. The distance between the two islands is less than one mile at the closest point. From the village of Pollonia at Milos one can see the coast of Kimolos clearly! The ferry that connects the two islands daily takes around half an hour to cover the distance from Pollonia, Milos to Psathi, the port of Kimolos.
Why visit Kimolos island?
For the scenic village of Kimolos: Chora, as referred to by the locals, is the main and only village on the island. As is usual at most Greek islands, the village is built on a hill overlooking the port of Psathi. Once you arrive you will be gripped by the unique romantic aura of its alleys and traditional buildings. Especially during the evening, when the little square lights up and fills with people scrolling around, there is a sweet feeling of coziness that you cannot miss. Wander around and follow the remains of the old castle wall which used to encircle the town, enjoy the blossomed yards of the islandic houses, and greet the sweet old ladies sitting by and tattling over a cup of coffee.
For the beauty of its nature: Carved out of volcanic rocks, the island’s shores hold true to its name. Kimolos means “chalk”, like its chalky white beaches and cliffs. Take a boat tour with Salty Rides and reach all the beaches not accessible by car! Goupa Kara, with houses carved in rocks, Kalamitsi with its serene beach and secluded tavern, Soufi bay at the far and rarely visited north. Prassa beach and Prassonisi island just opposite of it, will impress you. But, there is more: if you are into hiking, throw on a pair of walking shoes and head to Skiadi, a gigantic nature-sculpted rock in the shape of a huge mushroom. And for divers, the underwater beauty can offer nice chances for exploration.
What to eat in Kimolos island?
Here you can find real delicious traditional food and authentic local recipes. Ladenia, tirenia and kolokithenia are delicious pies which will complete the perfect breakfast to start your day. Local manoura cheese can be found in a lot of different foods here and it is worth tasting even on its own. Kimolos’ tasty local produce can be found at the few tavernas of the island, where you can taste also tomatokeftedes (fried tomato balls with sundried tomatoes – our favorite) and fresh fruit of the sea: shrimps, calamari, octopus, mussels and fresh fish!
What to see with a boat at Kimolos?
Kimolos has a lot to offer for the ones who visit it with a boat. Numerous bays, beaches and caves compose a scenery which will have you taking photos at every turn. Goupa Kara, this fishing village with the elephant-like rock formation, if visited from the side of the sea, offers the best photo scenery. Kimolos fjord at the north is also a place where you can only go with a boat. It is a narrow seaway with high volcanic rocks on each side. We slide slowly through it so you have time to admire this nature wonder. The North of Kimolos has also a lot to offer, places only seen by boat. Soufi bay is one example and one of our standard stops on the island. Serene and lonely, this bay with the few trees and the only small fishing house, is a place not to be missed.
How do you get to Kimolos?
How do you get to Kimolos?
Kimolos island does not have its own airport. During summer there are ferries connecting the island with Milos or Piraeus several times per day. Specifically, the ferry from Milos, Pollonia village goes to Psathi, Kimolos and comes back more than five times per day, with the trip duration being around half an hour. The ferry from Piraeus or Adamantas port passes also once or twice per day during summer season. During winter, the ferry schedule is more limited. Another option is private transfer by powerboats. With Salty Rides boat the trip from Pollonia to Psathi will last ten minutes! Salty Rides can also take you to Kimolos from anywhere in Cyclades.
Milos or Kimolos?
This is an often asked question among travelers. The answer is simple: combine both! You can either choose to stay In Milos and do a day trip to Kimolos, or stay for a few days at both and live the most out of each. Milos admittedly offers more choices in terms of gastronomy and entertainment, but the easygoing life of Kimolos will offer you an unparalleled sense of relaxation! Another point to consider is that the touristic season is longer for Milos than Kimolos, and with much more crowd, especially during August. With a full day boat trip to Kimolos you can visit the most well-known beaches and seaside villages. And if you choose to take the e-bike activity of Salty Rides with your tour, you will also visit the Chora (the capital of Kimolos) in one day!