Monastiria and Soufi
These two beaches are on the opposite side of the island and difficult to access without a four-wheel drive Jeep (the road is not good) or a sailboat. You can also walk from Chorio, which takes about an hour and a half. The first beach you arrive is called Monastiria, a long sandy beach great for swimming. 15 minutes further is Soufi, another beautiful sandy beach. Even though there are no services here (so take water!), Soufi was my favourite beach on Kimolos. If you don’t have a Jeep or sailboat and don’t feel like walking, the sea taxi makes a round-the-islands tour and stops here for a swim.
Hike to Skiadi
Skiadi is a very unique geological formation on the northwest side of the island. It looks like a large stone mushroom and was formed through erosion. The harder rocks at the top of the monument stayed while the softer rocks at the based have eroded away due to wind. The monument, which has spectacular views across the island, is part of the Atlas of Geological Monuments of the Aegean. It’s rare formation is very important to not just Kimolians but to Greeks as a whole and to the world. We hiked to Skiadi from the car park, which is located just off the main road between two churches. The hike takes about 30 minutes from the car park, but if you choose to walk from Chorio it will take about 90 minutes. Avid hikers can continue on to the beaches at Ellinika and Mavrospilia and back around to Chorio. There are a lot of hiking paths on Kimolos for travellers interested in walking.
Prassa (Agios Giorgios)
Prassa Beach has excellent swimming; you can spot sea urchins, corals, and colourful reef fish as well as maybe a monk seal or two. There are also sea caves near here to explore. Prassa is accessible by car and by bus and has a small beach bar.
Aliki is next to Bonatsa. It is a pebbly beach lined with tamarisks, and shallow like Bonatsa, so it is also perfect for swimming and relaxing. In the spring, there is a lake here also, that has a lot of interesting birdlife. Aliki Beach has two tavernas, Sardis and the Blue Tavern. There is parking here.
Bonatsa is a long, golden sand beach perfect for families with kids because it is shallow. It is an organised beach with beach bars, umbrellas and chairs for rent, and activities. You can access Bonatsa by car or bus and there is ample parking.
Karas Beach isn’t actually a beach; it is a low coastal rock area popular with younger people and divers. It’s an easy walk from Chorio.
Polyaigos is a beautiful and fascinating island that is very close to Kimolos Island and can be visited with a rental boat or excursions organized by Kimolos Travel.
The relief consists of imposing rocks and various volcanic rocks, as well as beautiful beaches such as Panagia and Faros. At Mascoula Cape there is a lighthouse for navigation since the late 19th century. In the northwest part there are ruins of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary built in 1622 AD.
In the eastern part of the island one can see Manolonissi or “Manolis Island” while in the south are found the Kalogeri islets. Polyaigos is protected by the Natura 2000 network because it is a very important habitat for the seal Monachus-Monachus which is being born on the island.