The fame of this island is due to sponge fishing, although in reality sponges have been rare in the seas of Greece for many years and local fishermen are now forced to go as far as the northern coasts of Africa in order to continue this their traditional business.

For many tourists theKalymnos island it is only a passing stage to reach the islands of Kos and Patmos, but in reality this island hides countless surprises including the interesting Archaeological Museum, where finds ranging from prehistory to the Byzantine era are kept and where you can admire the beautiful bronze sculpture of the Kyria of Kalymnos, and the ruins of the Castle of the Knights of St. John near the village of Chorio.

Between the 19th and 20th centuries, the island experienced a very flourishing period linked to fishing and the trade of sponges, while tourism has only been developing for a few years, but it is still limited and not mass tourism; the few hotels and rooms for rent are mainly concentrated in Myrties and in Massouri on the western coast about 10 kilometers from the town of Pothia.

From the pier of Myrties it is possible to take a boat to reach the beautiful island of Telendos characterized by a small village, some small beaches, a couple of which are reserved for nudists, and good fish taverns!

In the northern part of the island we can find some bays including Arginota and Emboriò; from here starts a road that leads to Vathy where an inlet forms a natural fjord that drops sheer into the intense blue of the sea waters; not far away you can also reach the beautiful beach of Akti with its fine sand and lots of shade!

How to get there

In the city of Pothia, the capital, there are both the port and the airport. The airport is about three kilometers from the city, and there are daily flights to and from Athens. Ferries to Athens and other main islands of the Dodecanese archipelago leave regularly from the port, as well as a ferry and hydrofoil to Samos.
From Myrties, on the other hand, boats leave for the islet of Telendos and some ferries for Leros, Patmos and Lipsi.
From the village of Vathi instead some private boats and those of excursions to the island of Kos dock.


Seen from above, the island has the shape of a man who holds onto the island so as not to fall into the sea: mythology, in fact, narrates that the man is Titan, who thus saved himself from the fury of his father, who wanted to throw it into the sea. Kalymnos has always been known for its vessels, of which 30 were sent to participate in the Trojan War. In the 7th century it was part of the Doric Hexapolis, a commercial union with Kos, Rhodes and Halicarnassus. Under the latter he found himself after the defeat of the Peoponnesian wars.


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