Kimolos lies very close to Milos at the south-western corner of the Cyclades 150Km south of Athens, and is one of the smallest inhabited islands, with a population of less than 1000. It’s relatively quiet, with a few day trippers from Milos and a small summer tourist population. Kimolos remains rural, farmed and undeveloped, with plenty of appetising walking tracks over rugged hills and has several overlapping sets of marked trails.
Geologically interesting with eroded volcanic rocks and active mineral extraction
Edged with an eroded coastline of caves, arches, stacks and plenty of quiet beaches
Unspoilt, with a hilltop Chorio, with few bars, tavernas, narrow streets and tiny squares
Studded with churches and there are also a few remote monasteries
Rich in wild flowers in spring and early summer
...and many other unusual attractions
Getting to Kimolos
The usual way to reach Kimolos is from Milos via the little twice daily shuttle ferry, taking about half an hour. Big car ferries occasionally stop here between Piraeus and Santorini. Milos has an airport, for flights to Athens, so you may be able to reach Kimolos on the day you arrive in Greece this way.
Getting around Kimolos
Kimolos really is a walker’s island, with rudimentary taxi and car hire options, and an old green bus that may run in high season. So circular walks work best, but the chances are you’ll be offered a lift by the very occasional passing vehicle if you need one.
Staying on Kimolos
There’s quite a range of options, from basic rooms to up-market apartments in Chorio or on the south and east coasts, many offering advanced booking online or by telephone.
Maps and other information
Anavasi Map 10.45 with Milos (http://www.anavasi.gr)
Terrain Map 306 with Milos (http://www.terrainmaps.gr)
Terrain “Map for All” just of Kimolos
Miloterranean Geo Walks booklet 5 incorporates a map at 1:25000 based on the Terrain map (http://www.miloterranean.gr), in addition to detailed descriptions of two routes, with a wealth of geological information
http://www.kimolos.gr/ is an informative and well-structured website written by the Municipality, and includes three handy downloadable maps, tourist, geographical and churches and a downloadable PDF of the churches booklet, in Greek and English. “Kimolos, The Island, The Churches, Saint Methodia”, published by the Municipality in July 2013.