Kalymnos is a relaxing family island with strong character. This place distinguishes for the picturesque architecture, the long tradition in sponge diving and the impressive rocks ideal for climbing. Holidays in Kalymnos can be combined with other islands of Dodecanese, like Kos, Leros or Patmos.
Things to see and do
The island of Kalymnos, in Greece, is one of the Greek islands of the Aegean Sea and it belongs to the Dodecanese islands group. Kalymnos island is an island with relaxing atmosphere and many interesting sightseeing. Over the last years, Kalymnos has developed as a rock climbing destination due to the wild mountains in the inland. There are many climbing clubs to offer courses and the neighbouring island of Telendos and also there is an International Climbing Festival taking place there every September.
Kalymnos island is also a great place for beach holidays. The most popular beach resorts are found on the western side of the island, including Myrties, Kantouni and Emporios. They have crystal beaches and many tourist facilities. Sightseeing also includes a day trip to the island of Telendos with the naturist beaches and the secluded atmosphere. Do not also miss a visit to the Monastery of Agios Savvas with incredible view to Pothia Town and the Aegean Sea.
Highlights in Kalymnos
Pothia is the capital town and main port of Kalymnos. This is a picturesque place with earthy colours and surrounded by wild landscape. This town has long tradition in sponge diving.
Myrties is a tourist organized village in Kalymnos with relaxing atmosphere. Right in front of the village, there is a large crystal beach with soft pebbles.
Over the last years, rock climbing is gradually developed in Kalymnos, particularly in mountains on the northern side of the island and in Telendos. A large climbing festival takes place in autumn.
From the port of Myrties, you can take the boat to the secluded island of Telendos. Very few people live there permanently, but day visitors are many in summer. Telendos island is popular for naturism.
Located on the western side of Kalymnos, Emporios is among the most beautiful beaches on the island. It has an organized and a secluded part.
Located on a hill above Pothia Town, the Monastery of Agios Savvas offers great view to the island and the sea. This is the protector saint of the island.
Kalymnos has a long tradition in sponge diving. Although this tradition has largely vanished today, some sponge divers continue to fish and sell natural sponges.
In close distance to Pothia Town, there is an interesting folklore museum with a large collection of folk items, traditional furniture and old photographs.