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Kimolos Travel Guide
History
Kimolos Island Name

The beautiful and pristine island of Kimolos was named after its first inhabitant Kimolos, while another theory has the island’s name deriving from the word kimolia (meaning chalk in the Greek language) but it is actually the other way around.
Kimolos has given its name to the Greek word, kimolia (chalk) since it was one of the major mineral deposits found in the island. Other recorded names are, Echinousa (island of the sea urchins), Echidnousa (island of the vipers), since there are many vipers on the island even today, and Argentiera (silver) by the Venetians during the Middle Ages because of its silver colored coastline and its many silver-barite mineral resources.

Kimolos & Milos

The island of Kimolos was part of the Athenian Alliance in 5th century BC and its government was organized according to the Athenian Democracy. In the 3rd century BC the island minted its own coins to help with the extensive exports of chalk and other minerals found in the island and later became the trade hub of the Cyclades. The Goddess Athena was the patron saint of the island and Hermes, Artemis and Poseidon were worshipped as well.

Civilization

The island of Kimolos was part of the Athenian Alliance in 5th century BC and its government was organized according to the Athenian Democracy. In the 3rd century BC the island minted its own coins to help with the extensive exports of chalk and other minerals found in the island and later became the trade hub of the Cyclades. The Goddess Athena was the patron saint of the island and Hermes, Artemis and Poseidon were worshipped as well.

History & Inhabitants

During the Middle Ages Argentiera (Kimolos) was ruled by the Venetians and was then part of the Venetian Duchy of the Cyclades up to 1537. In 1638 Kimolos was attacked and destroyed by pirates who conquered and inhabited the island. Kimolos was then ruled by the Ottoman Empire from the 16th century up until 1829 and later became part of the cluster of the Cyclades islands in Greece.

Mythology
Kimolos Mythology

During the 1st century AD an earthquake separated the island of Milos in two smaller islands known today as Milos and Kimolos. According to mythology Kimolos was named after its first inhabitant Kimolos who married Side, the daughter of Poseidon, the Greek God of the Sea. Side (from the Greek work sideros meaning iron) was associated with metals and minerals, giving reason to why the island is filled with deposits of all kinds of minerals and semi-precious stones forming an astonishing silver like coastline.  The island of Kimolos is like a myth too: unequaled natural beauties and landscapes of pristine tranquility.

Hotels
CATEGORY: 3 star,   STYLE: Boutique
Location: Psathi
Starting price per night: 80.00 €

Authenticity at it's best

CATEGORY: Apartments ,   STYLE: Traditional
Location: Horio
Starting price per night: 90.00 €


CATEGORY: Studios,   STYLE: Rooms Apartments
Location: Aliki
Starting price per night: 45.00 €


CATEGORY: Studios,   STYLE: Rooms Apartments
Location: Bonatsa
Starting price per night: 60.00 €


CATEGORY: Studios,   STYLE: Rooms Apartments
Location: Prassa
Starting price per night: 90.00 €


CATEGORY: Studios,   STYLE: Rooms Apartments
Location: Psathi
Starting price per night: 80.00 €


Sightseeing
Horio & Attractions

Horio is not only the main village in Kimolos, but also the island’s capital with inhabitants accounting for 90% of the island’s entire population which is nearly 800 residents. Situated in the southeastern part of Kimolos on the foot of mount Xaplovouni, the capital exudes a sense of old-world charm adorned with the brilliant architectural style of the Aegean.  The silver lined beaches, the white washed walls with the blue painted windows and the narrow pebbled streets surrounding them create an artistic landscape of tranquility. Filled with places of interest it is the principal spot of attractions and sightseeing on the island.

The Medieval Castle

Dating back to the 14th or the 16th century the Medieval Castle is located up town and comprises of the inner castle (in ruins) and the outer castle that still stands even after the pirate attack of 1638.  The castle is a characteristic example of the Aegean fortification architecture with houses side by side built from solid rock, white washed walls and steel doors.

 The Archeological Museum

Situated opposite to the Metropolitan church of Panagia Odigitria, the Archeological Museum hosts exhibits and archeological findings showing the history of the island including vessels and utensils from the early 7th century B.C.

The Folk & Maritime Museum

Situated in the traditional castle of Kimolos, the Folk and Maritime museum preserves and displays the heritage and culture of the island through a wide variety of household items including handmade ornate embroideries, weaving textiles and furniture showing the progression of life in Kimolos through time.

The Windmills of Xaplovouni

The picturesque windmills of Xaplovouni are definitely worth seeing. All together there are 8 windmills on Kimolos Island, none of which is still operational, but serving as a worth visiting monument of the past.
Churches on Kimolos

•    The Metropolitan Church of Panagia Odigitria (Blessed Virgin Mary)
•    The Church of the Birth of Christ (1592)
•    The Church of Pantokratoras
•    The Church of Saint Hrisostomos (17th century)
•    Panagia of Konomou (17th century)
•    Taxiarches (17th century)
•    Hrisopigi (17th century)
•    Sotira (Savor) (17th century)
•    Agioi Anargiroi (17th century)

Popular Settlements

Psathi

The picturesque settlement of Psathi is situated southeast only 1 km away from the capital. It is the main port of Kimolos and the second inhabited place right after Horio. In Psathi visitors can relax on the golden sandy beach or enjoy their coffee and local specialties at the few taverns and cafe bars found in the area.

Prassa

The quaint area of Prassa is known for the extraction of chalk, its pristine white sandy beach and the picturesque sea caves right beyond the church of Saint George were the Mediterranean monk seals breed during autumn.

Goupa Karra

Situated only 1.5 kilometers from Psathi the small settlement of Goupa Karra is a place of exceptional beauty. The few houses of the settlement are carved into the rocks were guests will also find the syrmata caves chiseled into the rock were local fishermen keep their boats.

Cave Vromolimnis

The cave of Vromolimni is the largest cave of a series of caves carved into the rocks. It comprises of two caves, the outer cave and the inner cave which is not accessible due to the water overflow.

Ellinika & Mavrospilia

Situated approximately an hour from Horio the area of Ellinika is a place of great archeological and historical interest since it is where an ancient necropolis was found with tombs brilliantly chiseled into the rocks. Visitors can experience a unique diving adventure to the submerged ancient city of the island. While in the area, make sure to stay and enjoy the incredible sunset.

Skiadi

This natural monument lays on the Northwestern part of Kimolos. It is a geological marvel shaped as an exceptionally large mushroom formed by rocks and high winds which are common in the area. You can reach Skiadi either by car or by hiking.

Tou Geronikola Ta Apsila

At the northern coast of Kimolos there is a marvelous cliff formation of white and grey rocks that is worth visiting. The view of the sea by this cliff is just breathtaking!

Polyaigos & Other Small Islets

Only 2 km from the island of Kimolos lays the island of Polyaigos, literally meaning many goats, which is the largest uninhabited island of Greece and the best preserved natural island in the Mediterranean. It is a barren island mostly owned by the Greek Orthodox Church. Its only inhabitants are a few goats, the rare Mediterranean monk seal as well as other endangered species such as some rare species of vipers and falcons. The only things you will find on this island are a church dedicated to Virgin Mary dating back to the early 16th century and an automated lighthouse. Because of its unspoiled and utterly immaculate natural beauty the island was part of the European program “Natura 2000”.

Other than Polyaigos, in the municipality of Kimolos the islands of Agios Georgios and Agios Efstathios are also included. These two small islets are owned by a local ship owner family, are uninhabited and gifted with extreme natural beauty.
Eat & Drink
TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Bio-organic restaurant
Location: Horio


TYPE: Beach Bar,   STYLE: Cafeteria
Location: Prassa


TYPE: Beach Bar,   STYLE: Cafeteria
Location: Bonatsa


TYPE: Café & Bar,   STYLE: Cafeteria
Location: Horio


TYPE: Café & Bar,   STYLE: Cocktails Bar
Location: Horio


TYPE: Sweets House,   STYLE: Mainstream
Location: Psathi


TYPE: Café & Bar,   STYLE: Cafeteria
Location: Horio


TYPE: Café & Bar,   STYLE: Cafeteria
Location: Horio


TYPE: Café & Bar,   STYLE: Cafeteria
Location: Horio


TYPE: Café & Bar,   STYLE: Cafeteria
Location: Horio


TYPE: Café & Bar,   STYLE: Greek Music
Location: Horio


TYPE: Café & Bar,   STYLE: Cafeteria
Location: Horio


TYPE: Café & Bar,   STYLE: Cafeteria
Location: Psathi


TYPE: Restaurant,   STYLE: Modern Meze & Local Delicacies
Location: Aliki


TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Horio


TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Aliki


TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Prassa


TYPE: Restaurant,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Bonatsa


TYPE: Restaurant,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Horio


TYPE: Restaurant,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Horio


TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Kalamitsi


TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Fresh Fish & Seafood
Location: Psathi


TYPE: Taverna,   STYLE: Traditional Greek Cuisine
Location: Psathi


Practical info
Useful Numbers

•    Radio Taxi: +30 6945 464 093
•    Tourist Police: +30 22870 51205
•    Port Authority: +30 22870 22100
•    Hellenic National Meteorological service: +30-210-9699101-3
•    Elpa (Car breakdown tourist information service): 174

INTERNATIONAL PRESS                                           
International Press cannot be found on the island but you can always buy what you need from Piraeus or Milos Island.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS
•    Police: 100
•    Fire Department: 199
•    Ambulance: 166

HEALTH
Infirmary at Horio:+30 22870 51222

PHARMACY
Pharmacy at Horio: +30 22870 51222

Local Services

BANKS & ATMS
There are two ATM machines in the two major towns of Kimolos, one in the capital of Chora and one in the port town of Psathi.

•    ATM of the National Bank of Greece at the port of Psathi
•    ATM of the Agricultural Bank of Greece at Horio

MONEY EXCHANGE
Banks exchange all major currencies in cash, travelers’ checks or Eurocheks; the commission is lower for cash. Post offices exchange cash but not travelers’ checks and usually charge lower commissions than banks. Travel agencies change cash and travelers checks but usually charge higher commission by banks. ATM machines can be found in most tourist areas.

POST OFFICE
The Greek post office is called ELTA and you can find the main post offices of the island in the capital of Horio were there is also a branch of the Hellenic Post Bank. Post Boxes in Greece are YELLOW for normal post, usually with 2 slots for INTERNAL POST (meaning inside Greece) and post for ABROAD. RED Post Boxes are rarer and they are used for URGENT mail. You shouldn’t expect to find such boxes in the island. REGISTERED mail is always handled and given a receipt for at the POST OFFICE.

Post Office in Horio Tel.: +30 22870 51304

POLICE STATION
In the capital of Horio.
Tel.: +30 22870 51205

MUNICIPALITY OF KIMOLOS
In the picturesque capital of Horio.          
Tel.: +30 22870 51218                 
Fax.: +30 22870 51768
E-mail: kimolos@hol.gr                                                                                                  
Website: www.kimolos.gr

Local Transportation

Due to the limited transportation sources in Kimolos, where you cannot find car rentals or mopeds, you'll have to settle with walking. The distances are not very long though and if you're lucky you might be able to hitchhike. You may, also, rent a car or motorbike from nearby Milos Island. In the harbor there is usually a taxi boat, and sometimes you can get a fisherman to take you where you want to go for a small fee.

All vehicles are permitted in the island of Kimolos but during the summer months the lack of parking spaces can cause great difficulties especially in the most populated areas of Horio and Psathi. There is one fuel station, a bus that follows scheduled routes and a taxi.

LOCAL BUSES
Tel.: +30 6946 249 524
There is a bus in Kimolos that follows a scheduled route between Kimolos and the picturesque village of Psathi.

TAXI SERVICE
There is only one taxi in the island so if you wish for a ride you need to make an appointment. It is preferable to prearrange the cost of your journey.
Tel.: +30 6945 464 093

WATER TAXI
A sea taxi is available to take visitors to the magical and unspoiled beaches in the northern part of the island. Make sure to prearrange the cost of your journey with water taxis as well.
Tel.: + 30 22870 51150, 6972272111.

BOAT
You can charter a boat from the port of Psathi to reach all the beautifully secluded beaches of Kimolos.

FERRY-BOAT
Those wishing to visit the exceptional island of Milos can use the ferry-boat Panagia Faneromeni
Tel.: +30 6948308758
You could also hire Captain Kostas boat to reach the village of Apollonia
Tel.: +30 22870 51 061

RENT A CAR OR MOTORBIKE
Those who wish to explore the beautiful and pristine island of Kimolos at their own pace can rent a car or a motorbike through a travel agent in Kimolos or directly from the neighboring island of Milos.

Getting There

BY AIR (via MILOS)
The beautiful island of Kimolos does not have its own airport. However, that does not exclude air travel. The closest airport to the island of Kimolos is the national airport of Milos which you can reach by plane from Athens International Airport Elefterios Venizelos and then with a small ship or an open boat which you will take from Apollonia port in Milos you can reach the port of Psathi in Kimolos.

The duration of the flight is approximately 30 minutes and the boat ride from Milos to Psathi, Kimolos, is approximately 20 min.

Milos National Airport Tel.: +30 22870 22090

Athens International Airport Elefterios Venizelos www.aia.gr

Olympic Air: For accurate timetables and tickets costs visit the Olympic Air website www.olympicair.com Tel.:801 801 0101/+30 210 3550500      
Office at Milos National Airport Tel.: +30 22870 22381       
     
                                                                                         
BY BOAT
Kimolos Island features one port, the port of Psathi.
The main port to take you to Kimolos from Athens is Piraeus from where you can travel with a conventional ferry boat, by High-speed.

To reach the island of Kimolos by sea there are two types of ferries, the high speed ferry which takes approximately 3 ½ -4 ½ hours and the regular ferry which is much slower and takes approximately 5-7 hours.

You can also travel to Kimolos by ferry from Kithnos, Serifos, Sifnos, Milos and other Cycladic islands.

In Kimolos you will arrive to Psathi, the island’s main port, which is only 1 km away from Horio, the capital of Kimolos.

Ventouris Sealines (regular ferry).  For accurate timetables and tickets costs visit the Ventouris Sealines website www.ventourissealines.gr

Aegean Speed Lines Kimolos (fast ferry). For accurate timetables and tickets costs visit the Aegean Speed Lines website www.aegeanspeedlines.gr

General Info

CLIMATE
The climate of Kimolos is the typical Mediterranean climate, dry and mild with sunshine most of the year. During the summer months between the end of July and the middle of August the island and its sandy beach are affected by the north winds Meltemia.

TELEPHONE

The national prefix for Greece is +30 if you are calling from abroad. All numbers in the capital Athens start with the prefix 210 and are followed by 8 digits (e.g. 210-3227400).
The Area Code for Kimolos is: +30 22870 xxxxx. If you wish to call abroad, you have to start by dialing the other country’s national prefix (i.e. 0049 for Germany, 0044 for England etc.) and continue with the area code and the number where you wish to call.

CURRENCY
Euro €
Euro Coins:
1 and 2 euro coins (gold and silver color)
10, 20 and 50 cents (gold color) 1, 2 and 5 cents (copper color)
1 euro = 100 cents/centimes
Euro Bank Notes: Are available in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is not always easy to receive change for 200 and 500 Euro Notes.

Swim
An intimate beach hideaway
Location:Soufi

An obscure beach destination embraced by jade sparkling waters and hills sloping down beyond the golden sand. The seductive coastline is surrounded by wild trees providing adequate shade to the bathers. On the Northern part of the island next to the Monastiria bay it is only reachable by boat and well protected from summer winds. An oasis of tranquility for couples seeking a romantic interlude.


A popular golden beach of Cycladic charm
Location:Psathi

In the beautiful Cycladic village of Psathi with the chalk colored houses and the narrow cobblestone streets lays the homonymous sapphire beach of Psathi with the golden sand only a kilometer away from Kimolos' little harbor. Due to its location it is quite popular to tourists during summer months and it is ideal for swimming & fishing, beach walks, seaside dinners and chill out entertainment.


A paradise of unspoiled natural beauty and silky white sand
Location:Prassa

Prassa is a half organized stunning beach of powdery white sand and sapphire sparkling waters. With a family friendly vibe It attracts those in search of peaceful relaxation and fun memorable moments under the sun. Situated at Prassa with the invigorating natural hot spring spa providing therapeutic minerals for natural healing this magnificent beach is ideal for swimming and playing in a carefree environment surrounded by the splendid natural beauty.


Irresistible pool like waters and pure sand
Location:Polyaigos Islet

A strip of white sand awaits visitors for a tranquil escape. The gorgeous pure sand runs straight into the transparent crystal clear waters creating the most perfect setting for sunbathing and snorkeling in the Cycladic group of islands. The beach is situated on the beautiful island of Polyaigos known for its exceptional natural beauty surrounded by exquisite rock formations due to former volcanic activity and wind erosion.


A calm environment to swim and dive into the rich sea bed
Location:Monastiria

Surrounded by bush land and high mountains ending down to rolling hills its wild beauty is mesmerizing. This beautiful completely non organized beach is situated on the Northern part of the island right next to  Soufi and it is accessible by car, boat or water taxi. A quite fine pebbled beach invites sunbathing and strolls along the coast line when not affected by the Northern winds.


A beach of authentic natural beauty
Location:Mavrospilia

Accessible only through a coastal dirt road, Mavrospilia is a beach of unparalleled beauty.  This unspoiled sandy beach is offered for swimming and diving into the archeological underworld. Surrounded by strange rock formations and emerald colored waters it is a fantastic spot for snorkeling explorations. This incredible beach is standing next to Ellinika facing the islet of Agios Andreas and shares its remarkable historical legacy.


Pleasantly secluded sandy beach
Location:Livadaki

A sandy beach were you can relax within a peaceful environment while swimming or sunbathing. Situated on the east coast of the island it is sometimes affected by cool Northeastern winds. One of the many beautiful beaches of the island where you can play with the fine white sand, enjoy the gentle sunshine and dive into the crystal clear waters.


Smooth pebbled beach surrounded by hulking rocks
Location:Klima

Right by the old quarries that used to extract limestone lies a long shore of large pebbles and golden sand easily accessible from the main road. Slightly shaded by marram grass and hidden in a natural rock formation jutting into the azure sea, Klima Beach is the perfect spot for enjoying the sun and the summer breeze. Despite its idyllic location this beautiful beach is exposed to the Etesian winds, therefore it is not always suitable for swimming.


Divers' paradise!
Location:Karas

Karas beach it is not a very crowded beach.This beach is ideal for young people and divers. It is connected with regular bus routes from the main settlements of the island but does not facilitate any food or drink. So before going to Karas, be sure to have with you all ecessary supplies.   


A picturesque beach surrounded by vivid scenery
Location:Kalamitsi

This is one of the largest beaches of the island surrounded by beautiful trees providing shade to the bathers. It is preferred for its shallow waters and the crystalline emerald waters. Relax under the sun as you watch the authentic Cycladian fishing boats go by and enjoy unobstructed views of the island of Milos. A traditional tavern on the beach is ideal for a savory Cycladian experience.


A magical escape into turquoise waters
Location:Gerakia

An exotic sea cave has been formed above the water line approaching Gerakias cape. Accessible only by boat or water taxi it is an interesting landform offered for unique adventures. Walk into a shallow turquoise-jade pool of water and explore the majesty of the sea. This enchanting area is also suitable for swimming and boat diving excursions depending on the weather conditions.


An underwater pass to the ancient city of Kimolos
Location:Ellinika

The primitive beauty of gold sand and tiny pebbles is worthwhile seeing but difficult to access. A beach of great tourist importance standing over the ancient civilization of Kimolos and the necropolis of the Geometric period amazingly curved onto the rocks. Its cherished history makes it ideal for swimming and snorkeling adventures back through time as well as taking pictures of underwater troves.


Turquoise waters extending to the infinity of the horizon
Location:Bonatsa

Escape from the sun under the natural shade of trees and admire the stunning sea daffodils. Vast stretches of fine sand provide a fun friendly family environment for swimming in the shallow waters and playing on the beach. Due to its privileged location on the south side of Kimolos, this beautiful sandy beach is not affected from the Northern winds therefore it is a very popular destination.


Stretches of golden sand dip into the azure waters
Location:Aliki

The golden fine sand meets with calm waters and abundant marram grass is casting shade over the long beach making it ideal for recreation and casual swimming. Aliki Beach is one of the most visited beaches on the south of Kimolos, particularly popular with families due to its shallow and crystal clear waters. Well protected from summer winds it attracts many visitors during summer.


Unspoiled beauty surrounded by rocky mountains
Location:Therma

A hot spring gushing down to the azure waterfront is the perfect choice for completely relaxing moments. Situated near Palaiokastro on the west side of the island, the main path almost leads to this untouched beach and then again disappears but is still not hard to reach. Accessible by boat or water taxi it is one of the island's hidden treasures waiting to be discovered.


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Local Specialties & Recipes
Kimolos Delicacies

Like all Greek regions and islands, Kimolos Island also offers a number of local specialties to its visitors. From traditional Kimolian recipes to local products, the island of Kimolos has nothing to envy from the larger islands of Cyclades.

Kimolian Pies

Ladenia is a traditional pie with handmade dough in the form of a pizza topped with fresh tomatoes, onions and olive oil. Tyrenia also is a traditional bread pie stuffed with local cheese.
You should also not miss Elenia, a type of homemade bread filled with Coronian Olives, and Atherinopita, a fish pie made with small fishes and onions.

Cheese Made In Kimolos

Xino, a sour fresh skim-milk cheese produced in Kimolos is a must when you visit the island. Try it in a Greek tomato salad and you will take some of it home with you. Manoura is a dry local cheese wrapped in grape must, for the ones with most exquisite tastes.

Local Specialties & Snacks

In Kimolos you should really try the delicious tomato paste, a local snack prepared with flavorsome tomato paste and maybe combine it with the local rusks with lentiscus aroma.
Other local delicacies are the courgette croquets prepared by locally produced courgettes and the tomato meatballs which are prepared in rich tomato sauce or prepared with sundried tomatoes.

Easter Specialties

During the Easter celebration guests can enjoy a variety of authentic local recipes and flavors. Marathopita is a traditional cheese pie sprinkled with fennel and Kolokythenia is a different version of zucchini pie. For the sweets lovers, honey-pie is a delicious choice of sweet pie made with exquisite quality local honey.

Wedding Specialties

Guests attending Kimolian weddings will enjoy traditional locally produced delicacies, such as homemade ornamented bread rolls and the nutritious and delicious “Pasteli”(sesame & honey bar)

Local Products
Local Kimolian Products

Due to the island’s mild climate and plenty rainfall the soil is quite fertile, ideal for growing vegetables and fruit. The island produces a special type of cucumbers, which are small and crispy round cucumbers with stripes that sweeten as they ripe. The prickly pears locally produced have an exquisite flavor and aroma. You should also try in your salad the capers the island produces.
Fresh pasta is among Kimolian traditional products and it can be found not only for buying but also for trying in most of the island’s restaurants and tavernas.
And like the majority of Greek countryside, do not forget to try the Kimolian honey. It is indeed of excellent quality nad exceptional flavor.
Kimolos is also known for the fresh local meat, used to prepare many traditional Greek dishes.

Events
Cultural August

This is an extraordinary month long festival, part of the Isolario project, organized with the cooperation of the island’s community to give life to the quiet island of Kimolos all through August. During the festival guests can enjoy numerous art exhibitions, traditional dance courses, photograph exhibitions, workshops, theatrical performances, dance nights, live music and competitions.

Religious Feasts in Kimolos

Regardless of its size the island of Kimolos has more than 80 churches in total; as a result many religious celebrations take place throughout the year as well as other festivities.

•    July 20th: The Prophet Elias festival at Horio with traditional dances and a feast until early morning hours.
•    July 26th: Celebration of Saint Paraskevi at Xaplovouni
•    July 27th: The festival of Saint Panteleimon at Prassa
•    August 15th: The festival of Panagia of Konomo, celebrates the Assumption of the Virgin Mary with an icon procession followed by traditional music and dances as well as a traditional feast. Guests may experience an exceptional ritual on the eve of the celebration as well. Preparations for this festival start on the 1st of August with evening supplications at the church of Agios Spiridonas in Kampos.
•    October 5th: A celebration in the memory of Osia Methodia, a local nun who attained sainthood. Guests may attend the church service in the evening and follow the procession of her relics. The night ends with a succulent feast accompanied by live music.
•    November 21st: On this day the island celebrates the Presentation of the Virgin (Eisodia tis Theotokou), the patron saint of the island during which guests can follow the procession of the icon and enjoy a traditional feast accompanied by live traditional music.

Cycladia Tips
Small Tips for a Pleasant Stay

The charming island of Kimolos is an island of pristine natural beauty ideal for travelers seeking serene tranquility and peacefulness.  Far from the cosmopolitan lifestyle of other Cycladic islands, Kimolos has developed a very limited tourist infrastructure so visitors should not expect to find luxury and modern conveniences.  There are not many hotels in the island, except for a few lodgings, and transportation is scarce.

Tourists should wear a hat during the day and pack their bags with bottled water, sun block and maybe some snacks every time they leave their room in order to avoid missing food or water due to the scarcity of small stores. Most beaches are utterly secluded and unorganized, so other than a bag filled with necessities, visitors should consider carrying a sun umbrella and folding beach chairs or loungers.

Getting around the island requires a lot of walking so women should avoid high heels and long dresses and men should avoid long pants. Guests should plan their excursions ahead since there is only one taxi and one bus serving the entire island and reserve their transportation in advance after setting the rate of the fare. Those who enjoy reading should bring along their own magazines or books because the island does not offer any foreign press.
The best time to visit the island is in August when the August festival is on and travelers can enjoy the exceptional holiday festivities.  

Trekking Routes

For nature lovers wishing to explore the island hiking is the best way to dive into its divine nature and unique landscapes. There are many routes to follow which can be found on the island’s municipality website at www.kimolos.gr.

Shops & Galleries
Souvenirs & Gifts Shops

ARZANTIERA
This charming little shop is a mystic world of art with exquisite pieces of handmade jewelry by the sculptor Christina Brati. Guests may also find theatrical creations, painted wooden objects, wooden boat models as well as works of art all made by local artists. The shop is situated near Kato Porta, the southern entrance of the Castle in the capital of Horio.                                                                                                 
Tel.: + 30 22870 51588
Mob.: +30 6974827583, +30 6945172977
E–mail: focus_style@yahoo.gr

KANISKI
Carved into the rocks of Psathi in one of its numerous caves the charming little shop Kaniski (meaning wedding gift) offers a variety of souvenirs and a wide range of remarkable gifts such as embroidered purses, shirts, scarves, knickknacks, paintings, postcards, clay decorations, key chains, miniature boats and jewelry.
Tel.: +30 22870 51142
Mob.: +30 6970482326 (Andriani), +30 6977315893 (Eleni)

MILLENIUM SHOP
A beautiful shop in Horio offering clothes, souvenirs and novelties                                                                
Tel.: +30 22870 51775

KAMARA
Situated in the area of Kampos, in Horio, this jewelry shop offers handmade jewelry, paintings and other original creations.                                                                                                      
Mob.: +30 6973252518

TO ENTHIMIO
Amidst the picturesque cobbled-paved alleys of Horio this store offers a variety of charming gifts, jewels and pieces of folklore art.                               
Tel.: +30 22870 51630

Mini Markets & Various Stores

•    Ap. Ventouris (Super Market), Horio, Tel. 22870 51219

•    Ipapanti (General Store-Novelties), Horio, Tel. 22870 51150

•    Antonis (General Commerce), Horio, Tel. 22870 51214

•    Moustakas (Mini Market), Horio, Tel. 22870 51068

•    Papadioulis (General Store-Greengrocer’s shop), Horio, Tel. 22870 51060

•    Logothetis (Green Grocer’s shop), Horio, Tel. 22870 51782

•    Ventouris Nikolaos (Bakery), Horio, Tel. 22870 51440

•    Paradosiakos (Bakery-Confectionery), Horio, Tel. 22870 51257

•    Samplo’s Farm (Butchers-Greengrocer-local products), Horio, Tel. 22870 51224

•    Palia Agora (Butchers), Horio, Tel. 22870 51498