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KIMOLOS - THE ISLAND OF CHALK

Kimolos is located near Milos and took its name from the white rock that gives the raw material for the well-known chalk. The main feature is the chalk earth,a kind of clay which is due to the amazing blue color that the waters of the island have. It is an ideal destination for those looking for a quiet vacation in a landscape with unique historical and geological monuments. The capital is the Village, a picturesque settlement built around the Venetian castle of the 17th century. It includes the Old and the New Village with the beautiful white houses and the traditional windmills. The port of the island is the resort of Psathi with the characteristic "wires", the colorful doors and the caves where the fishermen moor their boats. Prasa is known for its chalk mining, the all-white beach and the unique caves that host the Mediterranean seals. Ellinika is a settlement of archaeological and historical interest in which is the ancient city submerged in the sea which can be admired by diving.

The castle is the fortified settlement of the old village from which the houses of the outer castle are saved while the inner one of the castle were abandoned. At the West Gate you can find the most beautiful and oldest church, the birth of Christ, characterized as a Byzantine monument, as well as the entire settlement. Skiadi, which in the local dialect means hat, is a stone mushroom made of volcanic rocks. It was created by the wind that affects the rock depending on its hardness as its base is made of softer material while its top is made of harder. In Xaplovouni one can admire the windmills and the unique view of the island. To the north are "Geronikolas high" which are thin layers of gray and white, volcanic rocks a landscape enchanting especially for those who visit by boat. The "Vromolimni" cave is also admirable, which can be visited by boat. The boat makes the tour of the island where one can admire the rocks with unique shapes such as the Elephant and the Mushroom.

The Archaeological Museum with finds from Greek is housed in a two-storey traditional house opposite the church of Panagia Odigitria. Among the finds are vases, fragments, gravestones and a tombstone. The Folklore and Naval Museum is housed in the house of Manolis Christoulakis, inside the settlement of Kastro. His collection includes items used by the Kimolians in their daily lives, while the naval department is also of particular interest. On the island there are more than 100 churches that have been designated Byzantine monuments and belong to families involved in their maintenance and celebration. The island of Polyaigos where the Mediterranean seal Monachus Monachus gives birth is located 2 km from Kimolos. It is the largest uninhabited island in Greece and the best preserved island in the Mediterranean. Most of it belongs to the church and the inhabitants are the goats from which it got its name.

The beaches of Kimolos enchant visitors with the color of the waters. Psathi is the beach of the port with fine pebbles and Aliki is one of the most famous beaches of the island. Mavrospilia is a sandy beach with a few trees ideal for those who want to explore its caves. Monastiria and Sufi are two beaches with difficult or sea access. Also noteworthy are Ai Giorgis, Ammoura, Pano and Kato Mersini, Livadaki, Klima and Sufi. Every visitor should try the unique flavors of the island such as zucchini, "ladenia", eggs with potatoes, horseshoes with pilaf and red mullet with capers. The village salad with sour (soft sour cheese) and capers is a special suggestion.On Easter, in addition to the cheese, the amaranth and the gingerbread are served, the most popular dessert without a leaf, made from a mixture of eggs, unsalted mizithra and flower honey. At weddings they offer sweet buns with elaborate designs and pastels. Local products are Xino, manouri, honey, peltes, nuts with shinokoko and prickly pears.

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