Kalymnos island belongs to the Dodecanese island group and is located close to the Turkish mainland. The island is known for its rocky natural landscape and it houses several rock climbing clubs, as well as an annual climbing festival. In addition to its lovely scenery, Kalymnos boasts a long sponge-diving tradition.

Our travel guide contains everything you need to know to plan an amazing trip to Kalymnos in Greece, including sightseeing and other things to do, beaches to visit, hotels and restaurants. Also, check out our selection of photos to find out more about the striking beauty of the island's landscape!

Since Kalymnos is located quite far from the mainland, the fastest way to get there is to fly to Kalymnos airport from Athens. Alternatively, you can get there by ferry from Piraeus port in Athens. Kalymnos is also connected to Rhodes island.


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Kalymnos is located close to the Turkish coast, in the southeastern Aegean Sea and belongs to the Dodecanese group of islands. Thanks to its location, it’s perfect for island hopping to the nearby islands of Kos, Leros, and Patmos.

Kalymnos is today famous for one thing in particular: its rocky landscape. Due to it, the island has shaped up to be a top climbing destination and already counts many climbing clubs.
What’s more, the International Climbing Festival is taking place every year in Kalymnos, attracting climbers from all over the world!

If you dream of holidays by the beach, Kalymnos is also a go-to destination. In general, the best seaside resorts are located on the western side of the island.
In Myrties, Kantouni, and Emporios, you’ll find many hotels, studios, and apartments. These seaside resorts also have amazing organized beaches with crystal clear waters.

A thing to know about Kalymnos is that it also has a long sponge-diving tradition. Even though the islanders don’t fish sponges for a living anymore, you’ll find many sponge sellers at the beachfront of Porthia, the island’s capital.

One of the must things to do is a trip to the neighboring island of Telendos. Telendos is a tiny remote island that boasts an incredible natural landscape. There, you’ll find many naturists beaches, secluded coves, and traditional settlements- the perfect place to relax away from the bright lights!

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Kalymnos offer various hotels with a relaxing atmosphere for your accommodation. Apartments and studios are the most common hotel type, while regular hotel rooms and villas are also among the options.
Many hotels are located near the beach and other ones provide swimming pools to their guests.
The most convenient areas to stay are the Town, Kantouni, Myrties and Massouri.


Kalymnos has a national airport with direct flights from Athens. You can also reach Kalymnos by ferry from Piraeus port, in Athens, but the trip is very long. An alternative is to reach the neighboring island of Rhodes and then take a short ferry.
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Discover the best of Kalymnos! From sightseeing to activities, we give you the best recommendations for the ultimate holiday experience!

  • Pothia town
    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 beach
    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.
  • Rock climbing
    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.
  • Telendos islet
    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.
  • Emporios beach
    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.
  • Monastery of Agios Savvas
    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.
  • Sponge factory
    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.