Kimolos, the tiny and secret paradise in Cyclades

Kimolos, the tiny and secret paradise in Cyclades

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This tiny Greek island embodies the essence of “Greek summer” in the best possible way. Its turquoise waters, majestic beaches, the picturesque Chora and the original and hospitable people make Kimolos an ideal destination.

The beach of Prassa is recognized as one of the best in the island and the country. Its cream white sand and emerald water create an idyllic scenery for every visitor to get lost in.

Prasa beach with turquoise crystal waters.
Prasa beach with turquoise crystal waters. © Shutterstock

For many Kimolos regulars, though, nothing can compare with the romantic sunset of Mavrospilies beach, which the locals claim is on par with Santorini’s famed sunset.

While the sun is setting, a golden path forms on the sea and the beach is showered on the colors of the sunset, forming a dreamlike picture, taken out from a Terrence Malik film.

The biggest attraction of the island is just a few nautical miles away from it. We’re talking about Polyaigos, the biggest uninhabited island of the Mediterranean.

Rocks into blue water, Polyaigos island.
Rocks into blue water, Polyaigos Island. © Shutterstock

Two towering rocks, which the locals call Kalogeroi, emerge out of the sea forming the entrance to this secret paradise.

Polyaigos clear waters are ideal for swimming, while the volcanic hills, the unique rock formations and the hidden caves are waiting to be explored.

For lovers of nature the adventures continue back on Kimolos. In the mainland stands the natural monument of the island, Skiadi, a rock in the shape of a mushroom. For many years the wind has been “sculpting” the rock giving it its extraordinary shape.

To experience new things, though, you ought to have your stomach filled and to get a good night’s sleep. Kimolos has plenty of choices to offer for both.

Skiadi stone - a giant lump in the shape of a mushroom, a unique natural attraction of the island.
Skiadi stone – a giant lump in the shape of a mushroom, a unique natural attraction of the island. © Shutterstock

The elegant rooms and homemade breakfast at Kimolis, the well-tended suites of Mezzo Lovero and Sofia’s apartments guarantee a relaxed and pleasant stay at the island.

Kimolos’ food scene displays great variety, too. From the gourmet fish dishes at “Kima” restaurant to the meat-packed choices of Meltemi restaurant, the traditional dishes of “Kali Kardia” and the delicious souvlaki of “Palaia Agora”, there is a plethora of choice for every taste and budget.

The island’s nightlife is the cherry on top of a satisfying day. Getting lost in the tiny alleys of Chora is a blessing, rather than a problem, the locals say.

Table and chairs under the shade of a fig tree in Chorio Kimolou.
Table and chairs under the shade of a fig tree in Chorio Kimolou. © Shutterstock

Hidden in these alleys lies “Agora”, a great cocktail bar offering creative variations of popular drinks, while in Chora’s main square you can enjoy your drink or ice-cream in “Stavento” under the sounds of live percussion.

Saying goodbye to this secret paradise is definitely hard. Before boarding the ship, getting a souvenir from “Ble” is a must. It can contain lots of treasured memories and work as constant reminder of the summers to come.

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