Kimolos Island: Guide to the Small Volcanic Greek Island

Kimolos Island stole my heart! This tiny volcanic island is 25 minutes by boat from Milos. There is no airport on the island. You’ll only find one gas station on the island, which is closed on Sundays. And, there’s just a handful of restaurants around. 

Kimolos has one main village on the island with picturesque streets made for a photo lover like myself. At night you’ll find a few bars where you can enjoy a cocktail on the quiet yet picturesque streets. 

And the best part? I had the whole place practically to myself when I visited in May. This Greek Island is lesser known to tourists and I found it to be one of the best hidden gems in Greece! The costs are also lower to visit here if you’re looking to visit Greece without breaking the bank.

This is especially great if you’re going to Greece alone too!

Now tell me, do you prefer to travel to a place as quiet as this or would you get bored? 

For me, I love this kind of travel. Going to a place that’s hidden and quiet with the perfect views and cutest streets makes me smile. So be sure to add Kimolos to your Greece itinerary.

Now, let’s get into the best things to do on Kimolos Island in this post.

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About Kimolos

Kimolos is located in the Aegean Sea, belonging to the Cyclades island group in Greece. It is situated southwest of the larger island of Milos, which you can reach by a short ferry ride. The other closest islands to Kimolos include Sifnos to the north and Serifos to the northwest.

As I alluded to earlier, Kimolos is a small volcanic island with only 900 residents who stay year long. The island spans about 36 square kilometers (14 square miles). There is not entirely a lot to do here but if you love a peaceful escape without a ton of crowds, then this is the place for you. With quaint streets in its one and only village and a few peaceful beaches, you will surely have an idyllic time here.

How to Get To Kimolos

There is no airport on the island of Kimolos. To get to Kimolos Island, you can take a direct ferry from Athens. This will take about 7 hours or more but I found it to not be so bad. The boat I took was huge and so it wasn’t too rocky and I could buy wifi for €5 and work on the way there.

The other way to get there would be by exploring other islands first such as Milos. Milos is the closest island to Kimolos and has its own airport. The airport in Milos, however, is only accessible from Athens. From Milos, you can reach Kimolos in 25 minutes to one hour depending on which ferry tickets you book.

Best time to visit Kimolos Island

I visited in May and things were very quiet as the island just started to open up. The weather can be a bit variable at this time. I’d recommend visiting during summer so you can experience Kimolos in its full glory. You’ll find the best weather and most things open at this time. If you’re instead looking to do some hiking, I’d visit during the spring or autumn time.

How to Get Around

When you get to Kimolos, you’ll likely need a car. The island is very small and remote so you won’t be able to call a taxi easily or take public transport. I’d recommend renting a car in Milos or Kimolos. If you rent one in Milos, you can drive it on to the ferry (be sure to book one that lets you bring a car). Just note, the gas stations in Kimolos are not open on a Sunday so fill up before then!

Kimolos, Greece Hotels & Where to Stay

The Windmill

I stayed at the most gorgeous hotel – The Windmill by Aria Hotels. From here, you could walk to the only village on the island. You had views of the town and views of the sea from this perfect stay. 

The Elephant Beach House

Another wonderful stay is The Elephant Beach House. It’s situated right in front of the water with colorful boats and houses. This is such a unique place to stay and relax during your time in Kimolos.

Best Things to Do on Kimolos Island

1. Have Breakfast with a view at the Windmill Hotel

Not many places are open for lunch on Kimolos Island so be sure to prepare with a big breakfast! If not, check out Kalamitsi Tavern for lunch near Bonatsa Beach.

The breakfast at the Windmill Hotel was so delicious. Each morning, I’d get to pick what I wanted and the staff were so friendly. I had Valentina service me and she was the sweetest.

I loved the selection of eggs, local cheeses, juices, and bread I could have here. Plus, the views were unbeatable. One side had views of the town and the other views of the sea!

2. Stroll through the main town, Chorio

Chorio, the main town of Kimolos, is a charming Cycladic village characterized by its whitewashed buildings, narrow cobblestone streets, and traditional blue-domed churches.

Here, you can wander through the labyrinthine alleys, admiring the picturesque architecture and vibrant bougainvillea that adorn the quaint courtyards.

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Panagia Odigitria Church, a prominent landmark in Chorio known for its striking blue dome and intricate frescoes depicting scenes from Greek Orthodox tradition.

There’s also a lot of shopping to be done with the most instagrammable store being, Arzantiera (pictured below).

3. Visit the Castle

Explore the medieval castle of Kimolos, also known as Chora Castle. Walk along its narrow alleys, visit the churches within its walls, and enjoy panoramic views of the island and the Aegean Sea from the top.

4. Hike the Trails

In Kimolos, hiking is one of the best activities of the island due to its diverse landscapes. It will give you the opportunity to admire the views and enjoy nature. One popular hike is the trail leading to the Agios Ioannis sto Lenio, a picturesque chapel perched on a hilltop overlooking the sea.

Another scenic route takes you along the coastline from Chorio to the beaches of Prassa or Aliki, passing by rocky cliffs, hidden coves, and charming fishing villages along the way.

For those seeking a more challenging trek, the path leading to the archaeological site of Ellinika offers a glimpse into Kimolos’ ancient history, with ruins dating back to the Hellenistic period.

5. Watch a film at Rema Beach

Rema, located on the northeastern coast of Kimolos, is known for its famous “elephant-shaped” rock structure. It resembles an elephant dipping its trunk into the sea.

The rugged coastline and towering cliffs surrounding Rema provide a stunning backdrop for this remarkable formation. All around, you’ll also find colorful fisherman’s boats and houses.

During the summer months, locals gather in this picturesque setting to watch outdoor films, taking advantage of the warm evenings bringing their own drinks and snacks.

There’s also a really cool hotel situated right at Rema called The Elephant Beach House.

6. Have relax time at one of the beaches

Kimolos boasts beautiful beaches with crystal-clear waters and golden sands. Some popular beaches include Prassa (Agios Georgios), Aliki, Bonatsa, and Kalamitsi.

Prassa is one of the best sandy beaches on the island (pictured on the right above).

7. Take a boat ride to Polyaigos

Poliegos is the largest uninhabited island located southeast of Kimolos in the Aegean Sea. You can take a boat ride there and explore this great spot.

The island is characterized by its rugged coastline, dramatic cliffs, and secluded coves. Poliegos is also known for its unique geological formations and archaeological sites, including ancient quarries and ruins.

Boat tours to Poliegos are popular from neighboring Greek islands like Kimolos and Milos. You can book a tour like this one that visits both Kimolos and Polyaigos from Milos.

8. Enjoy dinner at Kali Kardia

Kali Kardia is a small local eatery on Kimolos Island. The name of the restaurant translates to “Good Heart.” You will find the cutest cat to accompany you for your meal.

This is probably the best place to eat out of the small choices on this island! You will find some true authentic homemade Greek cuisine. I tried Pastitsio, a classic Greek baked pasta dish made with layers of pasta and ground meat. It is baked and topped with creamy béchamel sauce.

9. Watch the Sunset at Mavrospilia Beach

Watching the sunset at Mavrospilia Beach in Kimolos is a breathtaking experience. Perched on the rugged coastline, Mavrospilia offers unobstructed views of the town with the shimmering Aegean Sea. The rugged cliffs and rock formations make the perfect backdrop to watch the sunset.

10. Grab a drink at Agora Cocktail Bar

One of the few cocktail bars on the island is Agora Cocktail Bar. Here they open at 7pm and stay open pretty late for a small island! Online it says they close at 2am but it of course also depends on if they are busy or not. I loved relaxing here in the heart of the town with a cocktail in hand on one of the most picturesque streets of the island.

11. Island Hop to Milos

As mentioned, Milos Island is so nearby you’d definitely would be heading here too if you are visiting Kimolos. Known for it’s many beaches and picturesque towns, Milos is a must-visit.

Hopefully, this post helps you plan the most ideal 5 day itinerary to Greece! Leave a comment below to tell me how your trip ended up!

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