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Introduction

Kalymnos

Kalymnos

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The quiet and undisturbed Kalymnos is one of the best Greek islands to live on. Previously the island was best known, because tourists from Kos took over on day trips to enjoy the peace and buy the famous natural sponges. But today there are many who come here for a vacation with peace and beautiful scenery.

At first glance, Kalymnos look quite harsh, but when you come around a little, then you discover that the landscape becomes more varied. At the coast cliffs plunge abruptly into the sea, and among them there are small, fine bays, where you can bathe. In the fertile valleys grown lemons, mandarins and wine are grown, and the air hums with bees, which brings together the famous kalymnos honey.

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Cities

Pothia is the main town on the island and it is there you will arrive with the ferry.

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Sights and Activities

Savas Monastery

Savas Monastery

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  • Savas Monastery - Located behind the woods, stands a large cross, a symbol of Kalymnos. In the monastery today live about eleven nuns. You can visit it, but think of being properly dressed, that is: have the knees and shoulders covered.
  • Mandarin Valley - The only place on Kalymnos where there is agriculture, due to a large irrigation system. In the fertile valley mandarins, oranges, lemons, olives and vegetables are grown. The city of Vathi is located at one end of the valley, right by the sea.
  • Pera Kastro Castle - Located high up on the mountain in Horio. It is Byzantine and was built in the 10th century. Later came the knights, and built on. Inside the castle are nine small chapels, which are guarded by Horios women.
  • Virgin Mary Church - Was formerly the island's cathedral. Fantastic murals and a very fine chopped altarpiece. The Church's six pillars oringally stood in the ancient temple of Apollo outside the town of Hora.
  • Apollo Temple - The island's ancient temple which was demolished to provide building material for the two Christian churches. Therefore, there no ruins remain, but the area is being dug out, and they still makes new discoveries. Located outside the city Horia.
  • Kefala Cave - Located on the southwest side of Kalymnos, is 80 metres long and has an area of ​​a total of 1,000 m2. The cave has six chambers. In the largest of them is a huge stalagmite that resembles Jupiter, sitting on a throne.
  • The cave at Skalia - The island's finest cave, but also the most inaccessible. A road there in two places is very steep down hill leading to the cave with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. It is located on the mountain near the town Skalia.
  • Chrysoheria - Medieval castle, built by the English crusading knights to protect the harbor. In the wall is engraved a shield from Genoise Vignolio, which was the last Byzantine governor of the Dodecanese. The castle is situated on a hill by the main road to Pothia.

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Events and Festivals

Kalymnos is located on the northern side of Dodecanese, in a very close distance to Turkey. In the past and until the end of 20th century, local people used to make their living from sponge fishing. Today, this activity has declined due to its significant dangers, but you can find many sponge sellers at the beachfront of Pothia, the capital of the island.

Kalymnos is a relaxing, family-friendly island with picturesque architecture, lovely beach resorts and beautiful promenades by the sea. Very interesting is Telendos, the small island near Kalymnos, which is a popular nudist destination. You should definitely visit it during your vacation in Kalymnos, if you want to explore a totally off-the-beaten-path place and an alternative way of living and spending your holidays. Kalymnos is also located in a close distance to other Dodecanese islands, such as Patmos, Leros and Kos, so you can easily combine your vacations in Kalymnos with these islands for a top island-hopping experience.

Kalymnos is characterised by the wild rocky mountains, which are ideal for climbing. This is why the island turned into a climbing destination over the last years and developed important sports tourism that is vivid also during the off season.

In 1996, the world famous climber from Italy Andrea di Bari visited Kalymnos for his summer vacations. What impressed him was the excellent quality of the rock and the huge potential of the area in climbing. Thus, he returned again and again. Climbers from all over the world began coming to Kalymnos as world spread of giant cliffs and seaside ambience. Surrounded by some of the finest limestone crags in the world, as the Grande Grotta cave forms a giant limestone amphitheatre, Kalymnos became a climber's paradise.

As a part of a series of measures to develop and promote Kalymnos as international climbing destination, the Municipality of Kalymnos organises every year in autumn the Climbing Festival, which this year will take place on 6-8 October.

Get ready for this amazing event that tests your limits and shows you the spectacular mountainous beauty of the island of Kalymnos! This event is an excellent opportunity to explore a Greek island (and also, if you want, the nearby Dodecanese islands) during the off season. Then, you can find top accommodation deals in Kalymnos, enjoy the authentic hospitality of the locals and admire the beautifully melancholic scenery of autumn, while the weather is still good and the sea warm and ideal for swimming.

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Weather

kalymnos church

kalymnos church

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Weather on Kalymnos is sunny and very warm with temperatures between 30 °C and 35 °C from June to September. Thunderstorms can sometimes lead to slightly lower temperatures. Furthermore, the sea breeze along the coast of Kalymnos brings a slightly lower temperature. Inland it is also hot in the beginning of september, but later more pleasant with temperatures between 25 °C and 30 °C.

In October and November Kalymnos gets more cool and unsettled weather. Generally, the winters are mild, but cold air from the north occurs, sometimes with snow. The weather stabilizes quickly in spring and from april is it mostly sunny with a few local showers.

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Getting There

By Plane

Kalymnos Island National Airport (JKL) only has flights to/from Athens.

By Boat

To get to Kalymnos you need to take a ferry from Mastihari on Kos island. The trip to Pothia on Kalymnos takes approximately 1 hour.

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Getting Around

By Car

You can rent a car or otherwise a scooter to get around. Taxis are fairly expensive.

By Bus

There are only two bus routes on Kalymnos. One goes from Pothia to Kastelli. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday continues two of the trips to Emborios. The second line goes between Pothia and Vathi. Both lines run the same route back and forth. Buy tickets before you get on the bus. In Pothia bus station is located at City Hall near the port.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet access is widely available throughout the country. Almost all hotels provide internet access, either free or paid. Local coffee shops usually offer free Wi-Fi access, as many other public places do. Feel free to ask for the password, if the network is locked. Internet cafes however tend to be expensive, about €1.5-2 per hour.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The cheapest way to call someone abroad is to use a pre-paid calling card and call from a land line anywhere (also from your hotel room). Pre-paid calling cards are sold in many shops and kiosks. The calling card is not much more than a phone number and a pin code, which you dial prior to dialing the usual phone number. If you want to call internationally, ask for an international calling card. For one euro you can call for about 45 minutes, so buy a card in the cheapest value (which is about €3). Calling someone for half an hour is cheaper than sending one email from an internet café. Cards expire usually 90 days after first use. You can also use this pre-paid calling card at public phone boxes, which are widely available.

Mobile phones are prevalent in Greek's communication, and if you need to talk with your co-travelers it is advised that you buy a local prepaid plan instead of using roaming, as it is far cheaper. There are at least three mobile carriers, Cosmote, Wind and Vodafone all of which require by law presenting some form of identification in order to activate your prepaid plan. Choose whichever has better reception in your area, keeping in mind that GSM 900, GSM 1800 and UMTS 2100 bands are supported. Data usage is cheap, costing about €3 per 100 MB. Ask the mobile carrier for more information.

Post

Hellenic Post is the Greek postal service. On their website you find more information about options to send letters, postcards and parcels and there is a search function regarding post offices and post boxes. It also has information on services like paying bills, transferring money, financial products etc. Greek post codes are five digits long and are usually written as follows; 123 45. The first three digits are used to identify the city, municipality or prefecture, for example the digits between 100 and 180 relate to the city of Athens. The last two digits identify a street or part of a street. Most post offices are open Monday to Friday from 07:30-14:00, although the largers ones usually have longer opening hours. For sending packages, you can also use international courier services like DHL, UPS or TNT.

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