It is the third most populated island in the Dodecanese and one of the most affluent islands in Greece; its inhabitants’ occupation with sponge fishing led to economic growth and the island flourished. This is evident by the numerous neoclassical stately homes found in every corner.
Kalymnos is a mountainous island with a wild, rocky landscape and a complex topography. The island has recently opened its borders to tourism and became famous for rock climbing. It hosts international climbing festivals, especially in September and October. The rocks have excellent traction and there are with 60 stunning climbing venues and 1300 marked routes. It also attracts all sorts of adventurers with hiking and scuba diving being among the most popular activities.
Kalymnos is a relaxing island with strong character, an ideal destination for all age groups. Life on the island seems to be unaffected despite the recent surge in popularity; its inhabitants have preserved their traditional way of life and customs that create a unique atmosphere and charm. The island is rich in picturesque villages, where time stops, and days go by pleasantly and quietly. Some villages board on the wonderful coast, while others are hanging inland on the steep slopes of the verdant mountains. Some of the most famous villages in Kalymnos are Emporio, Kantouni and Massouri. The gorgeous Esperidon fjord with its olive, tangerine and orange trees, and its slopes ending in the azure waters of Vathis bay, is one of the most beautiful fjords of the Aegean.
There are several beaches around the island the most popular being Myrties, Kantouni and Emporios, all on the west side. There are numerous other swimming spots such as the peaceful Vlyhadia, Gefyra beach with its small pebbles and transparent waters, the distant Palionisos, and the stunning and completely untouched private beach of Kapi with its crystal-clear turquoise waters (only accessible by boat).
If you are into diving the magical spots of Nera, Platy and Telendos await you. The sunken ancient city hidden under the Myrties – Telendos sea channel is a must. Telendos lies across from Kalymnos; you can get there by boat to swim in its crystal waters and enjoy the naturist beaches and secluded atmosphere.
Pothia is the picturesque capital and the main port of Kalymnos. It is built amphitheatrically around the port and is full of impressive well-preserved mansions, whitewashed and bright coloured houses, atmospheric narrow alleys and numerous old churches. Here you will find a plethora of cosy bars and terraces and a vibrant nightlife. There are also numerous food options where you can dive into the rich gastronomy of the island. If time permits, visit to the Monastery of Agios Savvas to enjoy the incredible views to Pothia and the Aegean.
Pserimos is 1.5 hours sail from Kos marina, lying between Kos and Kalymnos. It is a tiny island with a reported population of 80 inhabitants, although in winter only 30 people live here. On your way here we recommend a stop for a swim at the beautiful Vathy bay on the East side.
Pserimos is a great one-night stop to experience life in one of the remotest inhabited corners of Greece. Several boats offer day trips from the nearby islands and the harbour may feel busy during the day. However, when the crowds leave in the late afternoon, you will witness the true identity and beauty of this place; feel free to engage with the friendly locals and talk about the life on the island, taste the catch of the day by the local fishermen and enjoy the tranquillity.