Kalymnos Pothia Town

General information

Pothia Town Kalymnos: Pothia is the capital and the main port of Kalymnos. The picturesque settlement is built amphitheatrically around the port, on the slopes of two hills whereas a small part of it lies in the beautiful verdant valley. This traditional and attractive town concentrates most of local population that reaches 10,000 inhabitants, most of whom are engaged in sponge fishing and tourism.

Kalymnos Town is a real paradise with whitewashed and bright coloured houses, colorful doors, shutters and balconies and atmospheric narrow alleys. A stroll around the streets of Pothia reveals elegant mansions, well-preserved buildings and numerous old churches.The green valley offers an enchanting scenery and is definitely the most beautiful part of the town. Houses lie amidst the lush green trees between the imposing hills.

Apart from the natural beauty, visitors will enjoy a plethora of modern amenities, most of which are found on the main road of Pothia like shops, banks, an open-air cinema, a cultural centre, small bars and picturesque cafes. Accommodations for all tastes and budgets are also available in different locations.

The main attractions of Pothia are found close or within a couple of km from the centre. Among them is the Church of the Christ, the Chryssoheria Castle and Kefala cave. Also you shall visit the Archeological Museum where important findings are exposed, the Folklore Museum and the Maritime Museum.

Things to See & Do in Pothia Town

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Sponge FactoryMonastery of Agios SavvasChryssocheria CastleFolklore MuseumChurch of Saviour ChristMonastery of Agioi PantesArchaeological Museum

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2 Reviews
  • E arthur 23 Sep 2023
    Pleasantly surprised
    As part of a boat tour we had a visit to this factory. I wasn't expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. Interesting to see and learn about and came home with lots of sponges. Definitely visit if your in the area, why not!?
  • irini27 18 Nov 2008
    Many things to see in Pothia
    Pothia and Massouri are the main tourist spots in Kalymnos, Personally, I prefered Pothia as it has more things to see. The Venetian Castle and the windmills on the way to the castle were just lovely. I also enjoyed much the workshops of the spongers, it was a unique thing to see that you hardly meet it in other places. A nice man was there and explained us in mediocre English the history and the old process of sponge-diving. I only regreted that I didn't do climbing on Kalymnos, it is a pity I am afraid so much of heights, because the landscpaes were trully wild.