A must see Cycladic Paradise.

As soon as you step foot on this tiny slice of Cycladic paradise, you know you are exactly where you should be. Right next to historic Milos, this unique and peculiar spot on the map is vibrant with several different minerals and a volcanic soil endowing it with a very special energy, as well as fantastic sandy or pebbly beaches, and private little coves.

Step by step

The best way to know the island is by following the trekking routes of the Kimolistes group. Back in 2013, a visit by EPOS FILIS (Hellenic Cultural Mountaineering Club) cleared and marked certain traditional paths, that today are to be found on the Kimolistes website, https://www.kimolistes.com/. What are Kimolistes, you may wonder, and the answer is what describes the very heart of the island. What started as a group of volunteers that wished to clean up the beaches and discover their land, has today become a major player in the cultural scene of the island, with open – air cinema nights called Kalisperitis, open libraries around the island, where you can leave or take any book you like, as well as their “Experience festivals” that draw in, each summer, those types of visitors that truly want to get a feel of the place.

Magic of nature

Get in tune with the land by visiting a masterpiece created simply by the forces of nature. Skiadi is a huge stone mushroom on the northwestern part of Kimolos. This natural monument sits at the center of a barren plateau, offering exceptional views to the Ellinika, Mavrospilia and Athinia costs, and endless Instagram moments for those who like a touch of the mysterious on their feed.

Step back in time

Feel like living in a page out of the history books? The Castle in Chorio stands here in its current form since it was built by the ship-owner Ioannis Rafos, late 16th century. Similar to other Venetian fortified settlements of the first half of the 15th century in Cyclades, its center was protected by 2 homocentric groups of houses stuck to each other.


Up for some exciting scuba diving? The ancient city of Kimolos lies submerged in “Ellinika” beach. Tombs, houses, water-wells, and walls testify to a civilization that flourished before a great earthquake dating back to the Mycenaean period, perhaps even earlier.


You’ll need to jot these beaches down: Prasa is a long, sandy beach, ideal for basking in peace and quiet. Dekas and (forth mentioned) Ellinika are located on the south western side of Kimolos. The bay can be reached through a track road. Aliki, Bonatsa and Kalamitsi are your best choices if you have little ones with you, as they are easy to access and packed with tavernas. Goupa and Karras are probably the most picturesque spots of the island. Yes, that’s right. This is exactly where you are. Feel like taking a hike? Follow the dirt road that leads to a point where a short trail starts, leading you to Soufi beach. And, lastly, for all you sunset freaks, Mavrospilia is the place to be.


The food here is divine. Try the ladenia, a sort of traditional kimolian pizza with fresh tomatoes and onions, and you’ll get hooked. Lunch at its best is to be found at Prasonisi (Prassa beach), or Kima (at the port), and diner is ideally had in Kali Kardia. Got a sugar itch to scratch? Visit Lostromos for a lovely breakfast, Raventi for an after-dinner dessert and Stavento for delicious ice-cream. If you want to rub shoulders with the locals, simply order a Greek coffee at Sunandisi café, at the chorio.


Arzantiera is one of the names given to Kimolos island by pirates and European sailors, in order to describe -and pay tribute to- its silver rocks appearing as they sailed near its harbor, during venetian times. This is the name given to two elegant shops close to the Castle, where art meets jewelry. The people here will steal your heart.