Kimolos is an island in the Aegean Sea and is part of the island complex of the Cyclades. It is an ideal destination for families with children, offering a less touristy experience. On booktickets, you will find all ferry schedules, departure times, and ferry companies. Compare prices and easily book cheap ferry tickets with all discounts for passengers and vehicles.
History of Kimolos
From the Minoan period until the 18th century, Kimolos exported a unique type of clay called "kimolia ghi," which possessed whitening, cleansing, and medicinal properties. Thanks to these exports, the island minted its own coins around the 3rd century BCE. After the spread of Christianity, Kimolos remained overshadowed by Milos.
In 1204, after the fall of Constantinople to the Crusaders, Kimolos came under Venetian rule. In 1617, during the Ottoman occupation, Kimolos fell under Ottoman control. During the Russo-Turkish War in 1771, both Kimolos and Milos were captured by the Russians. In 1830, following the Greek Revolution, Kimolos and the rest of the Cyclades were incorporated into the newly established Greek State.
During World War II, Kimolos was occupied by Axis forces in 1944 and remained under occupation until May 8, 1945. During this period, the inhabitants suffered from hunger and forced labor imposed by the Germans. These events inspired the movie "The Cannons of Navarone."
In the following years, Kimolos developed into an ideal destination for peaceful vacations due to its distance from the central islands of the Cyclades.
Beaches in Kimolos
- The beaches worth visiting besides Prasses are Goupa and Mavrospilia. Goupa Beach is located very close to the island's main town. To reach it, you'll need to follow a downhill road that leads directly to the beach. You might need to do a little walking depending on where you find parking, but the beauty of the beach is well worth it. At Goupa Beach, you'll encounter two of the island's most famous landmarks: the Elephant and the "wires." The "wires" consist of bright white rocks resembling Sarakiniko in Milos and include small caves with colorful wooden doors, where fishermen used to store their boats.
- Additionally, you can continue along the rocky path that leads to the edge of the beach, where you'll come across a stone elephant formation formed by the rocks. It's the perfect spot to take a dip in the crystal-clear blue waters.
- To the western part of the island, after the main town, there are several beaches in a row that are sheltered from the wind and make an ideal choice when it's windy on the island. Among these, Bonatsa and Mavrospilia are worth mentioning. Especially Mavrospilia is perfect for an afternoon swim, and you can enjoy the sunset from there.
Activities in Kimolos
- In the Village, you can visit the Medieval Castle, as well as the Archaeological and Folklore Museums, along with the Byzantine churches.
- Today, seven windmills are preserved on the island. You can climb up from the road that starts from the Tsoukala area, to Xaplovouni, to see the windmills. You can continue to Pantokrator and descend from the path to the entrance of the Village (Myzithrou).
- At the southern exit of the village, visit the picturesque fishing settlement of Goupa with the "wires" (caves chiseled into the soft rock, where boats are stored).
- If you have access to a boat, you can visit the Pelekiti Cave in Kakopotamos, rejuvenate in the warm thermal water that springs on Agioklima Beach, or explore the cave in Kavo of Gerakias and dive into the magnificent turquoise waters.
- Finally, "Tou Geronikola t' Apsila" is impressive, with thin layers of grey-white volcanic rock.
- Exiting from the southern Ag. Minas and following the asphalt road towards Prasa, shortly after the junction to Goupa, you will see the picturesque fishing harbor of Ag. Nikola, the impressive waste from the processing of pumice, and the windless resting place of Ag. Minas with the old loading ramp for manganese.
- At the entrance of the settlement of Prasa, you will encounter the facilities of the thermal baths, while you can admire the view from the cape of Ag. Georgiou, with the caves of the Mediterranean seal.
How to travel to / from Kimilos?
The ferry routes to Kimolos include:
- Ferry routes from Piraeus to Kimolos: During the peak season, there are usually 1-2 ferries departing daily from Piraeus to Kimolos. The duration of the journey is 6-10 hours, and the cost of a regular seat ticket is €43.5.
- Ferry routes from Milos to Kimolos: During the summer, there is at least one daily ferry connection between Milos and Kimolos. The duration of the journey is about 1 hour, and the cost of a ferry ticket is approximately €5.
- Ferry routes from Folegandros to Kimolos: There are typically 2 ferry routes from Folegandros to Kimolos each week. The duration of the journey is 1.5 hours, and the cost of a ticket is €6.
- Ferry routes from Serifos to Kimolos: In the summer, there is at least one ferry per day from Serifos to Kimolos. The duration of the journey is 2-3 hours, and the cost of a ferry ticket is approximately €9.
The types of ships traveling to Kimolos include conventional ferries and high-speed/catamaran vessels, and the ferry companies serving routes to Kimolos are Zante Ferries, Blue Star Ferries, and Seajets. Book online your ferry tickets to Kimolos quickly and affordably at booktickets! Here, you will find all available information about prices and ferry schedules to Kimolos to organize your trip!