close to Milos lies Kimolos, the hilliest island
in the Cyclades and one whose predominent colour
is as white as blinding as the chalk it produces.
The necropolis found it produces. The necropolis
found at Elinika, in the south-west of the island,
and the remnants of the ancient city of Kimolos
on the islet of Agios Andreas (facing Elinika)
are testimony to habitation as far back as the
Mycenean period. Much later, in the Middle Ages,
pirates used the well-concealed caves of Kimolos
as places of refuge. In general terms, the island's
history has been that of Milos.
the quiet harbour of Psathi a road leads uphill
to the capital of Kimolos or Hora, where almost
all the islanders live. The houses of Hora, in
the authentic Cycladic style, are clustered around
the nucleus of the castle, which is itself divided
into two setlements, Messa Kastro (Inner Castle)
and Exo Kastro (Outer Castle). In the former,
the outer walls of the houses form a defensive
wall with loopholes for windows and four entrance
gates. The overall impression is of a painting
in white against a blue background. Flowers are
grown in all the courtyards, and the alleyways
in the North of the island is where the chalk
is mined. There are also medicinal springs with
sulphurous waters. The little tavernas in Hora
can provide a basic range of flood, and there
are some rooms to rent. Apart from the beaches
at Psathi and Prassa, there is a good swimming
at Aliki, Limni, Bonatsa, Klima and Monastriria.
general, Kimolos is a little off the tourist track.
Yet it has superb beaches and would be an ideal
spot for those who are fond of quiet and solitude
in an idyllic setting.
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