Travel to Kalymnos, the natural treasure of the Aegean
At the SE end of the Aegean between Leros and Kos of the Dodecanese, is Kalymnos, the famous island of sponges, with its long history and varied naval tradition. High and steep mountains and a multitude of emerald beaches of crystal clear waters, compose the natural beauty of the island, which with its picturesque settlements, its historical monuments and the climbing and diving tourism, which develops, uninterruptedly, in recent years, becomes a top choice, for all those who are looking for an alternative form of vacation.
The capital of Kalymnos is the picturesque Pothia, built in an amphitheatrical way on the outskirts of the hills that surround it, a beautiful island state, full of lively and relaxed atmosphere. A labyrinth of narrow and picturesque streets reveals beautiful mansions and imposing captain houses, excellent examples of the economic prosperity that the place experienced, while the buildings of the City Hall and the District still reflect the architectural elegance of their Italian aesthetics.
The church of the Savior Christ radiates with the impressive silver dome, while in the Archaeological and Naval-Folklore Museum of Kalymnos, aspects of the historical and cultural tradition of the island are revealed. Of great interest is the Traditional House of Kalymnos, but also the excellent museum of marine finds in Vlychadia, which stand out as real jewels of popular culture. In the village of Chrysocheria, the homonymous castle of the area, a great fortification work of the Knights of St. John reveals the hidden secrets of the famous castle, while in the sanctuary of Delios Apollo and in its remaining ruins the heart of ancient Kal beats. The beaches of significant beauty in Massouri, Kantouni, Platis Gialos and Emporio captivate the senses, while the most beautiful fjord of Greece in Vathi, leads to the fertile, homonymous valley and the extremely picturesque port of Rina, with its crystal clear blue waters. Finally, climbing and diving activities in selected parts of the island, will reveal the extremely diverse mosaic of natural beauty of Kalymnos, which will have managed to captivate everyone.
Food and local cuisine
The local cuisine of Kalymnos offers a wide variety of dishes from local ingredients of excellent quality. Fresh fish and seafood star in the local menu, while the island is famous for its honey and citrus fruits (mandarins and oranges), its excellent cheese products and barley rolls. Try dishes such as spinach (from fresh urchins), skates, mulberry (lamb or goat stuffed in the hull with rice), dolmadas and other cooked dishes, which will be accompanied by fine sweet wine of local production.
When to visit Kalymnos
Visit Kalymnos during the summer until the end of October and enjoy your swim in its amazing beaches, traditional festivals and events, as well as other activities - excursions to its unique nature.
Moving from/to Kalymnos
Transportation in Kalymnos
Kalymnos is connected by air with Athens. Also, by ferry with the port of Piraeus, Rhodes and the other islands of the Dodecanese, with the Cyclades and Samos, while during the summer with Chios, Lesvos and Thessaloniki.
Transportation in Kalymnos is available through private car or rented motorbike for routes in Chora and the nearby areas and beaches. Discover the beauties of Chora by walking it.