Located in the Aegean Sea, Kalymnos is the fourth largest Dodecanese island situated between Kos and Leros. The island is a mecca for rock climbers and divers with its stunning views and crystal-clear waters. Kalymnos also hosts the annual Kalymnos Climbing Festival in autumn, a must-attend event for climbing enthusiasts. Aside from rock climbing and diving, Kalymnos offers a plethora of activities such as hiking, stargazing, sailing, and fishing. The island is also famous for its sponge divers, and visitors can purchase sponges at the many shops on the island.
The main town of Kalymnos is Pothia, home to the castle of Chryssocheria and a beautiful little chapel atop a hill. Visitors can also check out the Folklore Museum, the Church of Saviour Christ, and the Monastery of Agioi Pantes, which boasts stunning views. The seafront Archaeological Museum and Maritime Museum are also worth a visit. Pothia has an abundance of cafes, restaurants, and shops to explore.
Kalymnos has numerous beaches to explore, including the family-friendly Arginonta Beach, the popular Myrties Beach, the crystal-clear Kantouni Beach, and the black-sandy Platys Gialos Beach. Panormos Beach is also a popular choice.
Venture outside of Pothia to visit the village of Vathy, famous for its natural fjord called Limanaki Rinas. The valley is filled with tangerine and orange trees, and visitors can enjoy sea activities such as kayaking, fishing, and boat trips.
For island hopping, visitors can take a short boat trip to the nearby island of Telendos, which offers beautiful tavernas and stunning views. Another island to visit is Pserimos, where visitors can relax on the beaches and explore the few shops and restaurants. Ferries to Telendos depart from the pier of Myrities village and cost only €3 and to reach Pserimos it takes slightly over 3 hours, as there are no direct ferries and you have to go via Turgutreis.
To get to Kalymnos from Athens, visitors can take a flight or ferry. Visitors can also reach the island from the nearby island of Kos or Bodrum in Turkey. Kalymnos is a hidden gem with plenty to offer for those seeking adventure and relaxation.