In the Chorio of Kimolos, ruins were scattered about among quiet stone paths. Walking among them was just part of the experience exploring this Greek island untouched by tourism.
Chorio of Kimolos
Kimolos calls its main town its Chorio. That is a bit different from what other Cyclades call their main town which is Chora. Slight difference but a difference.
Located on the foot of Mount Xaplovouni, the Chorio of Kimolos exuded a sleepy village mood. It had the typical Cycladic characteristics I’ve gotten to know: whitewashed lanes, stone paths, bright blue doors and shutters and blue domed whitewashed churches.
However, when compared to other Cyclades, it was bit rough around the edges giving it a kind of authentic charm. Certain parts to the town featured very old buildings that seemed to be falling apart without much repair in sight.
The Castro of Kimolos
The dwellings in the castro or castle part of the main town, stood as they have been for four centuries.
The castro was once a refuge for locals to escape invading pirates, as was the case on the islands. now The castle remains abandoned, a landmark that recalls the medieval realities of Greek island living.
Two parts comprise of the remains of the castro, the messa kastro which means inner castle and exo kastro which means the outer castle. In the messa kastro, the walls of the houses have loopholes for windows which once formed a defending wall.
During our afternoon walk we admired the mix of architecture that spanned centuries. Unfortunately, it was common to find some of these historic places simply crumbling away. I wasn’t sure if there was a plan to fix them up. It was kind of a sea of crumbling bricks and stone walls against whitewashed walls. We were free to walk through much of it.
The People of Chorio, Kimolos
What I really loved about my visit to the Chorio was meeting the locals. We’d strike up a conversation quite easily and they’d tell me a few things about themselves. Some even offered us to come in and sit for a coffee. It was truly Greek hospitality in every sense of how they approached us. They seemed to like that I was from New York, living in Greece for so long. I was more of a curiosity to them, I guess!
The Churches of the Chorio of Kimolos
Many of the churches were built around 16th and 18th century.
There were just a handful of cafe bars in the Chorio, but mostly it was a calm quiet place – a place where hip and happening bars wouldn’t fit anyway.
A visit to the Chorio of Kimolos turned out to be a calm and laid-back experience. A lovely glimpse into life on a Greek island that has been virtually untouched by tourism. From what I understood speaking to locals, that was just fine with them. If you do go, they’d be happy to welcome you just the same.
How to Get to Kimolos:
You can take a ferry from the Athens port of Piraeus to Kimolos. The journey typically lasts 3 – 6 hours depending on the speed of the boat.
Another option is to take a flight from Athens International Airport to the neighboring island of Milos and take a short ferryboat ride from there.
Kimolos is also connected with Paros, Santorini Greece, Serifos and other Cycladic islands.
What to Do in Kimolos:
Kimolos is a fantastic island to explore, unspoiled by mass tourism. To decide where to go to the beach read up on The Best Beaches of Kimolos Island.
There are fantastic windmills you can hike to as well, click on my earlier post called The Abandoned Windmills of Kimolos.
Kimolos has tons of white stuff: chalk. Check out my earlier post called Kimolos: The Chalk Island.
Definitely head to Goupa Village, an authentic little fishing village on the island.
Have you ever been to Chorio in Kimolos?