In spite of its small size, Kimolos has a lot of attractions:
At Chorio you can visit the Medieval Castle and the Museums (Archaeological and Folklore), and the post Byzantine churches, many of which are protected by the Ministry of Culture. You can admire excellent view to the surrounding area and the nearby islands from the square of Chorio and the courtyard of Pantokratoras at Xaplovouni. The whole village is beautiful with characteristic Cycladic touches that you can discover at the winding alleys.
Follow the road that starts from the area of Tsoukalas and climb to Xaplovouni to see the windmills. You can continue until Pantokratoras and descend through the path to the entrance of Chorio (Mizithrou).
There are mills at the area of Karkani as well.
Near the north exit of Chorio, just after the church of Agios Efstathios, there is stone, old bridge at Panoklima, with interesting view to steep ravines and terraces in the interior of the island.
See the cistern at Xemvri, on the road to Skiadi, before the church of Agioi Anargiroi.
On the southern exit of Chorio, visit the picturesque fishing settlement of Goupa with the “sirmata” (caves carved in the smooth rock, where they keep the boats).
If you visit Kimolos in the spring, at the beach of Aliki, the “lake” will host numerous feathery immigrants and nature will astound you in your every step with colours and scents. At the beach, next to the promontory of Agios Georgios in Kalamitsi, you can see the carved figure on the rock, work of an anonymous artist.
In the areas Ellinikah at Ellinika, Mavrospilia you will have an appointment with history, since there in the shallow waters lies sunk the ancient city of the island, while on the beach you will see a lot of tombs from the Mycenaean to the Hellenistic period.
At the same area, the Aspragremna provide a spectacular sunset, while the more observing among you will discover fossils of sea organisms.
If you have a craft at your disposal, you can see the Carved Cave (Pelekiti) at Kakopotamos, revitalize yourselves at the hot spring flowing at the Agioklima beach or explore the cave at the Promontory of Gerakia and dive into the fabulous turquoise waters.
Finally, impressive are “Tou Geronikola t’ Apsila” with thin layers of grey-white volcanic rock.
Leaving Chorio through the southern exit and following the asphalt road to Prasa, just after the fork towards Goupa, you will see the picturesque fishing little harbor of Agios Nikolas, the impressive waste from the processing of “poria” and the leeward mooring of Agios Minas with the old stairs, used to load ferromanganese.
At the entrance of the settlement of Prasa, you will find the facilities of the bathes, while you can admire the view from the promontory of Agios Georgios, with the caves of the Mediterranean seal (Monachus-monachus).
A few hundred meters from there, lies the area where bentonite was mined. You can also visit the half-sunken cave at Vromolimno (a catacomb or a mine tunnel?).
In the interior of the island you can visit the ruined citadel at Paliokastro and, the “trademark” of the island, the geological monument, Skiadi.
Text: George A. Ventouris, Despoina Athanasiadou-Ventouri