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Kimolos: Sights

Hora Kimolos
A picturesque Cycladic settlement built in the hinterland of the island around a Venetian castle of the 17th century. The settlement includes the Palio Horio and the Neo Horio and is strongly characterized by its beautiful houses and its traditional windmills.

Harbour of Kimolos is the settlement Psathi, in the eastern coasts of the island, at a distance of 1,5 Km from Horio.Characteristic of the settlement are the "sirmata" with their colourful doors-caves in the coast where fishermen tie up their boats.

Kastro is constituted by the settlements of Mesa Kastro and Exo Kastro- marvelous samples of Aegean fortification architecture whire are connected with the "portares"(passages). The western gate of Kastro,the southern lower gate with chronology of 1650 and the eastern upper gate with chronology of 1646 are still preserved. The church of Hristos of the 16th century-oldest in the island,is found in Kastro.

Kimolos has appreciable churches. Among them the following are included:The church of Hristos, the church of Evaggelistria, the church of Agios Chrysostomos and the church of Panagia Odigitria. Also the churches Agios Nikolaos, Agios Georgios, Agioi Anargyroi, Taxiarches, Agios Spiridon, Agios Ioannis Chrysostomos are some of the rest.

In the archaeological museum of the island, which is found in the entry of Hora, one can see discoveries from excavations that took place in Ellinika.More concretely in this museum there are vessels and splinters of vessels from the Geometric and Archaic years, utensils from graves and a tomb column from the early 7th century B.C.
The folklore and Naval museum of the island includes many exhibits and a representation of a classic Kimolian house. The museum is found at the pano gate of Kastro and opens from 9.00 until 13.00 each day.
The picturesque windmills in Xaplovouni,are definately included to the sights of KimolosΑνεμόμυλοι.
The cave of Vromolimni
It is found in the northern side of the island and one can go on foot or with a fishing boat from Psathi, or with a donkey from Hora.
In the north-western part of Kimolos, to the west of the elevation Sklavos, there is an enormous stone that looks like a mushroom that residents call "Skiadi". A rare monument, not only for Greece but for a global level, a thing that made the place to be characterized as "Geotope" and it is included in the Atlas of Geological Monuments of the Aegean.
The seal Monachus- Monachus, the endemic blue lizard Podarcis milensis and the endemic red viper Macrovipera schwizeiri( formerly known as Vibera lebetina) are the distinguished species of the local fauna and testify for the island's unique natural environment.In addition, falcons(gadinelia), thalassokorakes, partridges,gulls,wild pigeons,"strouthiomorfa"and a number of endemic birds, constitute the permanent winged residents of the island. Herons, swans and other migrating species as "valtokirkoi","ammosfyrichtes", various species of "skalidron"(Calidris sp.), "leptoramfoglaroi' etc. they are hosted until late in spring in the hydro biotope in Aliki.

Rare sea urchins, corals, lobsters, decorate the sea bottom while many species of fish find shelter in the underwater meadows of posidonia. The presence of marine turtles in waters and sandy beaches is also frequent.

Altough a brought species, the prickly pear is so much well adapted in Kimolos that you will find it August perhaps you will have the occasion of trying some of the largest and most tasty prickly pears of Greece.

In the natural vegetation of the island, common and rare Mediterranean species(more than 400 recorded) are included.Among them many aromatic and pharmaceutical plants.

Myrtles, thymes,cedars,vermicelli,sand lilies, bushes, capers, tamarisks, wild honeysuckle and canes, that along with olive trees, fig trees and vines paint a landscape much more green than one would expect from a Cycladic island.
At a small distance from Kimolos(1 naval mile) we find the uninhabited island of Polyaigos with an extent of roughly half of Kimolos. It is the most well maintained geological island of the Aegean. Its vegetation(mostly bushes) is untouched and with its animal wealth, renders it a particularly important scientific and ecological place. It has been included in the program Natura 2000.

Polyaigos has an intense ground with a small plain in the centre. In past times there was a small settlement and excavation of heavy spar took place.

There is the church of Koimisis Theotokou which belonged to the deserted now monastery that was founded in 1622.

In the island you can enjoy your swim in Pano and in Kato Mersini, at "Panagias t' aulaki' and "Ammoura"

See the lighthouse, the Diamantospilia cave and the rocky island Kalogeroi and if you are lucky, some wild goats.
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