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Kimolos Gulet Charter Guide

Kimolos is part of the group of the western Cyclades, and is located next to Milos. Despite its small size (area: 39 sq. km, coastline: 38 km and population: 770), it possesses numerous sites that are worth visiting. It is a volcanic island with a startling variety of rock formations, such as bentonite (or chalk land), a type of primary rock that was used to make porcelain. Kimolos is endowed with lovely beaches of fine sand and pebbles in small picturesque coves. The Mediterranean monk seal Monachus monachus takes refuge on its shores.

Kimolos history has always been connected to Milos, having shared its fate. In the Middle Ages it was conquered by the Venetians and was named Arzantiera. Throughout the Venetian and Ottoman rule it suffered pirate raids and that was why it was almost deserted by the late 18th century.

Chorio Kimolou
The capital town of the island is made up of two settlements, the Old and the New Village (Chorio). Built around the original nucleus of the mediaeval castle, the Old Village bears all the features of the Cyclades architectural style and is particularly picturesque. In the original castle, built in the 13th century, the houses formed the outer wall and had windows – embrasures. The islanders used to hide in the castle during the pirate years up until the Second World War. The New Village was built in the 17th century on the outer side of the castle, and extended around the Old Village, with square austere buildings, unlike the domes and arches typical of the Old Village’s buildings.

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