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Next to the island of Kimolos you find the uninhabited island of Polyaigos which is 18 km2 in size. The name Polyaigos means "many goats, and these are also the only inhabitants of the island. Polyaigos belongs to the municipality of Kimolos, which is at a 2 km distance. The island has two mountains (Stroggylo 330 meters high and Psilo Vouno 370 meters high). The island is mostly owned by Greek Orthodox church that rents land to shepherds in Milos and Kimolos. Milos is about 6 km away. Polyaigos is a barren island but there are some nice beaches, mainly in the south. On Polyaigos you can also find the rare and protected Mediterranean monk seal. Polyaigos is the largest ununhabited island of Greece and one of the largest uninhabited islands in the Mediterranean Sea.

Once the island of Polyaigos was inhabited, but now everybody has left the island. A former small village on the island has become a ruin. There is still a church dedicated to The Virgin Mary which dates from 1622, which was part of a now deserted monastery. There is also a lighthouse on the island (this is automated, so there is no lighthouse keeper). The peace on Polyaigos> has ensured that it is now considered the best preserved natural island in the Mediterranean and a number of rare and endangered animals live here, some of which live almost nowhere else (including a viper, a falcon species, various birds). The beautiful unspoilt scenery and beautiful beaches are only accessible to people with a private boat because there are no ferries going to the island of Polyaigos.

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Polyaigos island, Milos Polyaigos island, Milos Polyaigos island, Milos Polyaigos island, Milos Polyaigos island, Milos

We made a boat trip to the island of Polyaigos with a private sailing boat. This is a great idea for people who want to decide for themselves what they want to see, without other people around. The Kirki sailboat is berthed in the port of Adamas and can be rented for day trips, but it can also be rented for several days. There are sleeping accommodations on board. You can discuss your plans with Captain Petros. The Kirki boat can accommodate up to six guests and is really not that expensive. The price ranges from 300 euros in 2013 (low season) to 500 (high season) per day, and this includes food and drinks (for day trips). There are not that many private boats for rent on Milos and captain Petros is the cheapest. The normal excursions from the port of Adamas that you share with people you do not know cost 50 euros per person, so if you are with six people, you can have your own boat for the same price The most popular routes are the trip along the beautiful coast of the island of Milos to Kleftiko with swimming stops at various locations, or the trip to the Glaronissia islands and then around the beautiful uninhabited island of Polyaigos.

Telephone: +30 6944659914 - Send an e-mail to captain Petros on Milos.

Long ago the island of Polyaigos was donated by a Byzantine emperor to the church and it is now (thankfully) uninhabited. It is right next to the island of Kimolos (about 2 kilometers away) but it is totally different from it. Where the coastline of Kimolos mainly brown and gray, the coastline Polyaigos has wonderful colors of white, pink and orange. Instead of people there live goats on Polyaigos and in the caves along the coast you find the protected Monachus Monachus seal. The Greek Orthodox Church lends some pieces of land on the island out to local shepherds that live on Milos and Kimolos. Polyaigos is about 18 km2 and the coastline is about 25 kilometers long. At several places along this coast are nice pristine pebble beaches. Our first stop was in the "Blue Bay". Why it is so called so really needs no explanation. The bay looks a bit like an amphitheater with white rocks around the sea and has a beautiful blue water.

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Polyaigos island, Milos Polyaigos island, Milos Polyaigos island, Milos Polyaigos island, Milos Polyaigos island, Milos

From the Blue Bay we sailed along the coast where a little further a bunch of beautiful pointed rocks rise from the sea. We pass by the remains of an old building that was once used at the time that there was a mine on the island (mining is now banned). The rocks looked majestic as a kind of castle towers coming out from the sea and we sailed close past them. It almost seemed like we had landed on another planet or in a science fiction movie. We are now on the south side of the island and go around Polyaigos further to the east.

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Polyaigos island, Milos Polyaigos island, Milos Polyaigos island, Milos Polyaigos island, Milos Polyaigos island, Milos

Cruising along the beautiful white-pink-orange-red coast we see more lovely deserted white beaches. We also pass several places where the water has a beautiful turquoise color. You can choose a beach where you can lie all by ourselves.

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Polyaigos island, Milos Polyaigos island, Milos Polyaigos island, Milos Polyaigos island, Milos Polyaigos island, Milos

We make a stop at one of the beaches on the eastern side of Polyaigos and swim over there from the yacht, while captain Petros is going to make the meal. It is a fairly large pebble beach with beautiful white, but also many nice coloured pebbles. The water is clear and again turquoise and the beach is clean. There is also a path leading to a lighthouse which is located above the beach. Remarkable in the landscape are the strangely pointed shaped rocks that stick out of the ground. After half an hour "free" we swim back to the boat. I can put a new island on the list of islands where we put foot on shore. Petros has made some nice food and there was cold white wine for us.

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After we have finished eating, the boat trip goes further along the coast of Polyaigos and we sail through an arch into what appears (or is) a collapsed cave. The color of the water is getting sort of predictable but it is indeed again turqoise. We continue along the north side of the island of Kimolos and sail around the island on the west side back to Milos. The difference with Polyaigos is quite extreme. Not that Kimolos is not charming, but the coastline lacks the beautiful colors that we encountered on Polyaigos all the time. The water is not as gorgeously blue as what we have seen all the time. The west side of Kimolos also makes a deserted impression. There are some nice rocks in the sea and we see some beaches, but there are hardly any houses on this side of the island. We arrive again at the island of Milos and we first pass some special rocks that come out of the sea. The water here is of a beautiful greenish color and very clear. So far the story of our trip around Polyaigos. We visited other interesting places that same day. You can read about it on Milos Boatcharter Page.


Hans Huisman, http://www.angelfire.com/super2/greece/ 2013
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