Kalymnos Architecture

Kalymnos architecture
About the architecture of Kalymnos, Greece

Kalymnos, known as the sponge diver island, has beautiful architecture. Pothia, the capital and port of the island, is considered as one of the most picturesque towns in Dodecanese, renowned for its naval history and trade.

Many of the houses that climb the hill follow the Neoclassical style, while other houses have elements from the Italian architecture. Among the most beautiful buildings that were built during the 19th and 20th century is the Town Hall standing in the heart of the town. Equally interesting is the Metropolis church and the remains of the ancient city on top of the hill, including the Venetian castle of Chryssohera.

Plenty of ancient remains are found in the villages of Vathy and Chorio, both sharing characteristics from the traditional architecture of Kalymnos, for example the whitewashed houses with colorful windows and many wooden fish boats moored on the small and picturesque bays.

The island's defensive structures such as castles and forts that retain its historical and tourist interest were built by the locals as a protection from the piratic constant attacks matching perfectly with the bright coloured small houses and the local style of Kalymnos Greece. Along the port and streets of Pothia, you will also admire the statues of Michael Kokkinos, a famous sculptor born in Kalymnos island.

Visitors can enjoy their stay in many of the traditional hotels that have respected the traditional architecture.

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Kalymnos july 2012, Platis Yialos is one of the most beautiful beaches of Kalymnos, located 7 km northwest of Pothia, the island's capital and close to the village of Panormos. The fine beach has soft black sand and azure clean waters. An excellent tavern stands on the beach, serving delightful dishes. From Platis Yialos, the visitor will have the chance to admire the most astonishing sunset of Kalymnos. A mini-market and some restaurants are available near the beach. To reach this paradise, one has to take the local bus from Pothia. In close distance to the north are the beaches of Kandouni and Linaria.
Kalymnos july 2012, Platis Yialos is one of the most beautiful beaches of Kalymnos, located 7 km northwest of Pothia, the island's capital and close to the village of Panormos. The fine beach has soft black sand and azure clean waters. An excellent tavern stands on the beach, serving delightful dishes. From Platis Yialos, the visitor will have the chance to admire the most astonishing sunset of Kalymnos. A mini-market and some restaurants are available near the beach. To reach this paradise, one has to take the local bus from Pothia. In close distance to the north are the beaches of Kandouni and Linaria.
Kalymnos july 2012, Kalamies beach
Kalymnos july 2012, Kalamies beach
Kalymnos july 2012, Kalamies is one of the most isolated beaches of Kalymnos located 23 km north west of Pothia, the island's capital. Unlike the rest of Kalymnos beaches, Kalamies provides a unique and relaxing day at the beach. With no tourist facilities but an amazing mountain backdrop, Kalamies reflects the most beautiful part of Kalymnos. The beach uniquely combines the lush greenery that covers the top of the cliffs with the clear blue sky, leaving an everlasting impression on mind. The only sound that you will have in your ears is the water splashing against the rocks. Otherwise, Kalamies is a true paradise without any kind of distractions. Boats of local fishermen and sponge divers interrupt the view momentarily providing a peek into the lives of the people of this sleepy hamlet.
Kalymnos july 2012, Kalamies is one of the most isolated beaches of Kalymnos located 23 km north west of Pothia, the island's capital. Unlike the rest of Kalymnos beaches, Kalamies provides a unique and relaxing day at the beach. With no tourist facilities but an amazing mountain backdrop, Kalamies reflects the most beautiful part of Kalymnos. The beach uniquely combines the lush greenery that covers the top of the cliffs with the clear blue sky, leaving an everlasting impression on mind. The only sound that you will have in your ears is the water splashing against the rocks. Otherwise, Kalamies is a true paradise without any kind of distractions. Boats of local fishermen and sponge divers interrupt the view momentarily providing a peek into the lives of the people of this sleepy hamlet.