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CAVE TOURISM

The largest cave on the coast of Kimolos is Bromolimni which can be visited only by boat.

On the northeast side of the Castle, at Achladia, there are two more carved caves with an entrance overlooking the beach of Monastiria. In Choni, east of the Castle, there is a press carved into the rock. At the top of the Castle, there is the famous Consolina Cave, built to store water. According to tradition, she owes her name to the wife of the French Consul (consul) who found refuge there.

ECOTOURISM

Kimolos is mainly the birthplace of intense volcanic activity, as it is located in the outer zone of the volcanic arc of the Aegean. Wonderful geological formations and hot springs are evident throughout the island. Much of the island is covered by tuffs and tofites. The visitor can also notice the chalk earth, a unique type of clay, from which the island got its name.

GASTRONOMY TOURISM

In the traditional flavors of the island, ladenia has a special place. A purely chalk product made with dough, olive oil, fresh tomatoes and onions. The visitor should not miss to try the cheese (a kind of open cheese pie with a sheet of bread dough), the elenia (bread stuffed with olives) and the nuts with skin.

The island is also famous for the excellent honey, the sour (sour fresh mizithra), the manoura (dry cheese), the cucumbers, the capers and the pulp of local tomatoes.

In the taverns of the island the visitor can try the fresh spaghetti of Kimolos, the tomato meatballs and the village salad with cucumber and sour from Kimolos.

On local feasts, in addition to cheese, they serve amaranth, zucchini, gingerbread and sweet pastries.

HIKING TOURISM

Kimolos is a paradise for the hiker. All hiking starts from the picturesque village and runs through wonderful rural landscapes with terraces and old huts.

Many paths are paved or move between dry stones, while there are sections of paths carved into the rocky ground. Signs have been  placed at the beginning of the paths and signs numbered along them. There are a total of 7 routes for hiking enthusiasts.

  • Chorio – Seladi – Mavrodasos – Ellinika beach
  • Chorio – Skiadi – Mavrospilia beach
  • Chorio – Paliokastro – Kastro beach
  • Chorio – Perrou – Monasteria – Soufi
  • Chorio – Chimeli – Agioklima beach
  • Chorio – Patelida – Makropounta beach
  • Chorio – Roupas – Monastiria beach – Sufi beach

MARINE TOURISM

Surfing on Aliki beach.

The visitor can make sea excursions, both on the beaches of the island and on the uninhabited islands around Kimolos: Agios Efstathios, Agios Andreas, Thermopetra, Polyaigos and Prasonisi through professional tourist boats as well as by renting a private boat.

Polyaigos: in the southeast of Kimolos, with an area of 17 sq.km. Its name refers to the number of sheep and goats that it had (poly means a lot, aigos <aiga means goat). Polyaigos has been a well-known pasture since antiquity. Today it is uninhabited, however it has wonderful and also dangerous beaches.

RELIGIOUS TOURISM

In the Castle is the oldest church of the island, the church of Christ, built in 1592. Another old church is that of Evangelistria built in 1608 with icons of the famous hagiographer Emmanuel Skordilis. The Diocese of the Island is Panagia Odigitria to which many miracles are attributed. Other important churches, built in the 17th century, are Chrysostomos, the old Diocese north of the Castle, Panagia of Konomos, west of the Castle, Chrysopigi, near Panagia tou Konomou and Chrysostomos, the Savior, on the west side of the Castle, Agioi Anargyroi, opposite the Lower Gate of the Castle and Pantokratoras, in Xaplovouni, with a stunning view from its courtyard.

The most important religious holidays of the island are on November 21 the Entrances of the Virgin Mary, who is the Patron Saint of the island and is celebrated in the metropolitan church. On the 15th of August, the preparation begins with daily, evening “prayers” in the church of Ag. Spyridon, in Kampos, from the 1st of August. Also, an important religious holiday on the island is of Saint of Kimolos, who is Saint Methodia, on October 5. 

On the island there are still ruins of a catholic church, Madonna di Rosario.

The population of Kimolos is quite religious and this is evident from the fact that most of the churches on the island are “family”, with their care being passed down from generation to generation to the descendants. Churches are unique in their architectural value, their iconostasis and their icons.

SPA TOURISM

The largest natural heating pool in the Aegean, Therma. On this hot beach, thanks to the volcanic soil of the island, you will have the opportunity to see the water temperature change and reach up to 50 degrees Celsius.

At the entrance of the settlement Prasa there are unexploited thermal baths.

MUSEUMS

Archaeological Museum of Kimolos: The Archaeological Museum of Kimolos is located in the village, opposite the Metropolitan Church of Panagia Odigitria. It is housed in a traditional two-storey house, one of the oldest in the village. The museum presents the story of Kimolos. Some of the most important exhibits are the headless female tombstone, carved in local rock, one of the oldest in Greece (8th century BC), a headless female statue, 1.30 m high (2nd century BC) and two copies of resolutions (originals are in other museums). One is the decision for the owner of Polyaigos (4th century BC) and the second, among others, shows the structure and prosperity of the then Municipality (3rd century BC). The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday  08:30 – 15:00, while on Monday it is closed.

Kimolos Folklore & Nautical Museum: The museum is housed in a privately owned two-storey building, located inside the traditional complex of Kimolos Castle. The purpose of the Folklore Museum is to save and preserve the old folk heritage, the culture of the past of Kimolos and to pass them on to the next generations. The museum keeps objects of the farmer, the carpenter, the shoemaker, the tailor, etc. that take you to another era.

SIGHTS

Skiadi: A rare monument worldwide, due to its size and shape is Skiadi. It is located in the northwest of the island and looks like a huge stone mushroom. A natural monument located in the middle of a bare plateau with a wonderful view.

The “painting of nature”, Skiadi, owes its creation to the different rocks that make it up and the strong winds that blow in its area. The softer rock at the base is attacked and eroded by the wind, which carries dust or grains of sand. The result of this process, called ” corrosion”, is that the base is constantly “eaten” and narrows, while the top, which is harder, remains almost intact.

Gerakia Cave: an exotic cave in the cape of Gerakia. No one can resist the dives from the boat in the wonderful turquoise waters of the cave.

Paleokastro: in the northern part of Chora, in the area of Paleokastro, parts of houses of the ancient settlement are preserved.

Ellinika: where the ruins of the ancient city are located, parts of which continue to the sea. Archaeological excavations in the same area proved that there was a necropolis with tombs carved into the rocks of the Mycenaean period.

The Stream of the Village: It is located near the Village and its waters resemble a swimming pool. Here are the “wires”, where the fishermen closed their boats for protection.

In Xaplovouni the visitor can admire the windmills.

Near the northern exit of the village there is the stone, old bridge in Panoklima, with a
magnificent view.

FESTIVALS & EVENTS

The most important festivals take place on the 15th of August, on the feast of the Prophet Elias, on the 20th of July and on the feast of Saint Panteleimon, on the 27th of July.

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