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The two most important residential areas on Kimolos island of the Cyclades are the Hora and Psathi, where the main port is situated. You can reach the place by plane to Athens or Milos, and then by ferry. The territory of the island is 38 km2. The highest point is Mount Paleokastro, 367 m. There are no banks, no internet, and no cash machine on the island, so you must be prepared for that - and if you seek for a real peace and quiet, away from the hectic world around us, then Kimolos is your place. Lack of luxury brings about another merit - the prices at the island are below the average for the islands, and for Greece, for that matter. The most interesting fact about the island of Kimolos is that it was part of Milos, but an earthquake separated the two, and now Kimolos is at 1,6 km north-east of Milos, inhabited by only 770 people. It includes administratively also Polyaigos, Agios and Agios Efstathios (which all three are uninhabited).

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The old name of the island was Echinousa. On the sea-bed between the Milos and Kimolos archaeologists have found remnants of the town Ellinika and they suppose it has sunk during the earthquake . When it was under Venetian rule, it was known as Argentiera. It joined Greece together with most of the other Cyclades in 1829, after the whole country won its independence from the Ottoman Empire. The white cliffs, the small villages (almost like neighbourhoods), the scenery, the friendly people, last but not least the wonderful beaches, make this place an ideal for relaxation seekers. The name "kimolos" comes from the word for chalk, because the houses are whiter than white, as if made of chalk (which is simply an effect of the reflected light). Chalk is the export product for the island, the other means to earn a living is fishing and to a certain extent tourism.
Most of the inhabitants live in the Chora (main town of Kimolos). Due to the constant attacks by pirate during ancient times, the chora has been built like a labyrinth to confuse the intruders. There's an archaeological museum, impressive church (with blue dome, probably influenced by Venetian style) and an old kastro. At Ellinika at the diving school, you can have fun diving round the sunken city and observing the marine life - but you should not expect too much from the city, as most valuable things have been pulled out. Snorkeling and fishing are other challenging things to do, if you have a flair for diving
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At Prassa you can try out the hot spas, which according to some people have healing powers, but even if they don't, it's good for your skin, and also very relaxing to just bathe in them. As we said, Kimolos is a tranquil island, so bring along books, good music, camera, and, of course - good company.
Kimolos does not have so many great beaches, but there are a few really nice places for enjoying the sea. Mavrospilia is a long, deserted beach, Aliki has a quite good sand and stone beach and in Goupa there are some cliffs you can get into the water from. You can also get the taxiboat to the little island Polyaegos where actually the best beaches are to be found. The nightlife is not much vivid, yet it is worthy - you can enjoy a few, quiet bars in Psathi and Chora. Quite often, the locals arrange traditional singing and dancing, and you are more than welcome to join in - you will immerse yourself in the real Greek atmosphere. The complete pleasure will be fulfilled by the traditional meals and drinks - in the small cozy taverns, you should definitely try the local kind of pizza called "Ladenia", and the various "mezedakia" You can get around the island by bus, by rented motoped, or ultimately, on foot. Also, you can hire a fisherman with his boat for a romantic cruise around Kimolos island.

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