Kalymnos, situated between Kos and Leros, is the fourth largest island in the Dodecanese (a group of fifteen larger and 150 smaller Greek islands in the southeastern part of the Aegean Sea). The island is very rocky, known for being the worlds top destination for rock climbing with more than 4500 climbing routes. However, it’s also very relaxing, with visitors and locals enjoying on one of many beaches with crystal clear waters and beautiful views. Kalymnos is a unique island that will satisfy any traveler no matter what they are looking for. If you are an adventurer you will find yourself climbing, hiking or diving in the Aegean Sea looking for underwater treasures. If you want to unwind however, you can have a drink at one of the many cafes or restaurants who will welcome you with the typical Greek “filoxenia”.
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One of the ways to make your way to Kalymnos is by a ferry from the island of Kos. The ferry takes travelers to the capital city of Pothia, which is famous for its brightly colored houses built in amphitheater style around the harbor and into the mountains. Small white churches are scattered through the villages, stand on the slopes or on top of impressive cliffs.
From Pothia it’s only a short ride by taxi or bus to Myrties (The village owes its name to the plant Myrtia (Myrtus Communis)) Here, you will find the modest complex of Aphrodite Studios in the heart of the island. Situated within walking distance of the beaches of Myrties, Masouri and Melitsachas and the ferry to Telendos
While in Kalymnos, you must visit the Monastery of St. Savva, located on the top of a hill above Pothia. The church is stunning, made of stone with a red tiled roof and is dedicated to Agios Savva, the patron saint of the island. Agios Savva was known as a miracle worker, and you can find numerous items, like photos, crutches, trophies, and awards that people have given to the church as tributes to him. The location is also one of the best places to see amazing views of the town, the port, and the sea. These panoramic views of the entire town of Pothia are simply magical; so make sure you visit the monastery while on Kalymnos.
Kalymnos was well known for sponge diving, which helped this island succeed since the ancient times. The southeastern Mediterranean waters provide the best conditions for the sponges to thrive and where you’ll find the finest quality of sponge. Sponge diving has been called “the oldest profession” in Kalymnos and for centuries, the island remained as the center of the sponge diving industry in Greece.
Even though you won’t find as many sponge divers today, you can still find numerous shops selling sponges, as well as a nautical museum showcasing articles related to times when sponge diving flourished on this island.
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. Therefore visitors should check out a few of the museums. Three of these museums are located in Pothia and include the Archaeological Museum, Sea World Museum and Folklore Museum. Housed in an impressive mansion constructed in the 19th century and exhibiting numerous ceramics, statues, and traditional furniture is the Archaeological Museum. The Sea World Museum showcases items related to sponge fishing, with photographs, ship models and folk pieces about traditional life on Kalymnos. Lastly, one of a few traditional houses of Kalymnos has been turned into the Folklore Museum, exhibiting local costumes, kitchen items, and old furniture
Imagine waking up and opening your balcony door to views of a never-ending ocean with mountains aligned with one another and zero clouds in the sky.