The island Kimolos has only 720 inhabitants living in three villages: Mesa Kastro, Exo Kastro, (sometimes these two are referred to as Chora or simply as Kimolos) and Psathi, the little harbor. The people are dominated by the ruthless Venturis family who have become very successful owners of ferry boats.

Kimolos  was called “Argentiera” by the Venetians, and takes its name from the Greek word Kimolia, which means chalk. Both names recall the white rocks of the Island. And in effect,  a white/silver quality of perlite is still being extracted today, along with cimolite, chalk.

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