According to mythology, Kalyndos was a son of Ouranos (Sky) and Gaia (Earth). When his father threw his children into the sea because of a legend, Kalyndos, one of his sons, fell on a piece of land which emerged back to the surface and formed a large island surrounded by smaller islets. The island was named the island of Kalyndos. Today the islets surround the island of Kalymnos (Did you know: Until 535 AD. Telendos was connected to Kalymnos? After an earthquake, the islands were separated!)
Kalymnos is the fourth largest island in the Dodecanese and is located between Leros and Kos. It is known as the “sponge island.” The sponge diving is an occupation which for centuries exists on this island and although very hazardous it was the main source of income. After WW2 Kálymnos remained the only Greek sponge-harvesting industry supplying both domestic and international markets with sea sponges.
Many occupiers of the island of Kalymnos (Romans, Venetians, Turks, Italians and Brits) have made their mark in the field of architecture. Basilicas, castles, monasteries, churches and ancient temples show the rich history of the island. Pothia, the capital, is famous for its brightly colored houses built in amphitheater style around the harbor or to the mountains. Small white churches are scattered through the villages, stand on the slopes or on top of impressive cliffs.
In recent years the island has developed its tourism sector with a special thanks to the unique and world famous rock climbing opportunities offered by the landscape. Coming to Kalymnos as a climber is like discovering Nirvana. The style of the rock climbing is varied, but often very steep and three-dimensional. The broad variety of the difficulty of the climbing makes this place fun for climbers at all levels. You can often see people who are climbing for the first time in their life and elite level climbers at the same crag.
The beaches on the island are partly gravel and partly sand and have crystal clear water where you can go scuba diving, wind surfing, canoe-kayaking or explore the ancient city sunk between Kálymnos and Télendos! Some of the famous beaches are Myrties, Palionisos Bay, Vlychadia, Kantouni, & Emporios.
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