Kalymnos is the fourth largest island of the Dodecanese and has emerged as an alternative holiday destination
One of the most unique islands of the Dodecanese, the charming Kalymnos, the famous island of sponge retains its authenticity and invites you to discover its secrets, in a summer getaway that you will never forget.Between Kos and Leros, the fourth largest island of the Dodecanese has emerged in recent years into an alternative holiday destination, as it offers the opportunity to lovers of adventure, to make climbing the impressive rock formations, diving in the fascinating depths and mountain hiking .
Arriving at the port of Kalymnos, the beautiful capital of the island, Pothia, welcomes you to the charming settlement, built amphitheatrically between two mountains. Stroll through the narrow streets with colorful houses, old mansions and captain, with prominent architectural influence from Italian conquerors.
In an elevated position, on a steep hill dominates the monastery of Agioi Pantes, while on the beach you will see the Cathedral of the island, the Church of Christ the Saviour, with its impressive marble temple, sculptor Giannoulis Halepa, while worth a visit and the church St. Nicholas.
The museums of the country will definitely win your attention. At the Maritime Museum will learn a lot about the maritime history of the island and the tradition of sponge diving, the Archeological Museum will see the bronze female figure “Lady of Kalymnos” and the Museum of Marine Findings Valsamidis in Vlychadia will see a rare collection consisting of maritime discoveries.
On the way to Vlychadia you will find the Kalymnian House, a private folklore museum, a representation of a traditional house of the 19th century and will take you to the Kalymnian lifestyle, living history of a traditional house, the main daily activities, social events and of course the epic life Kalymnian sponge.Climb the great Byzantine Castle Country with small churches and admire the magnificent view from above, and the Venetian Castle Chrisocherias, built in the 15th century and home to the church of Panagia Chrisocherias.On the coastal road you will enjoy your ride beside the boats will go shopping in the beautiful shops with sponges and taste local specialties in cozy taverns. Try urchin salad, octopus, mirmizeli (the salad of the island) and mououri lamb, cooked in a pot. For dessert, do not miss kopechai Kalymnos Kalymnos and donuts with honey.
The beautiful villages of Kalymnos stand each in his own way. Panormos and Masouri will find many options for coffee, food and drink, and beautiful accommodations, while in the Deep will amaze natural fjord, formed in the port of Rina.
In kosmopolitan Panormos you will discover Platis Gialos, Linaria and Kantouni while Massouri relax at bars on the sand, along with the youth of the island.The Arginonta is a small village in the wooded area in the homonym gulf. The beach is pebbled, is quite large, with several trees and turquoise waters.
The diversity of coasts, cliffs and mild climate make this island an ideal place for climbers. For those climbers have traveled, the rock of Kalymnos resembles that of Thailand. The whole island is a unique natural track with more than 1300 engraved climbing routes every degree of difficulty.Today, Kalymnos there are about 200 walking routes and 77 climbing areas, making it one of the major destinations where the climber visitor can find what you want.This island is also home to world-renowned festivals such as the Festival of Kalymnos Climbing, an international meeting climbers non competitive, which takes place every two years.
On the other hand, diving enthusiasts can watch the Diving Festival of Kalymnos, during which a full program of activities is offered for those who love freedom and scuba diving.In Kalymnos you will find organized diving centers that offer diving in shipwrecks
, underwater caves and other places of enchanting beauty.Yet the island has beautiful hiking paths
, but also opportunity to visit about 50 caves
, meeting the needs of every traveler.