Kalymnos Island Holidays
Kalymnos is one with very beautiful landscapes, filled with rich forests and natural bays, where the blue waters of the Aegean lap up against the soft sandy beaches.
As with the other islands in the Dodecanese, Kalymnos is an island with a history dating back to the ancient years. The island is also one with a very important Nautical history, as the brave and dedicated inhabitants of the island helped significantly in the success of the Greek revolution against the Turkish occupation in 1821.
Kalymnos is also a famous island for the local divers who daily venture into the waters to collect the beautiful sea sponges from the seabed. One charming aspect of the landscape of Kalymnos is that it is surrounded by lots of small islets such as Telendos, Pserimos, Agia Kyriaki and Imia.
Visitors to the island have the opportunity to visit some of these islands, and enjoy the remote and isolated beaches that are found scattered along the coastline of the islets. There are small boats from the port that operate such excursions to these small islands.
The capital and harbour of the island is Kalymnos, or Pothia, as it is also known. It is a very picturesque small city, with a great deal of traditional architecture. There are many renovated neoclassical buildings that blend in perfectly with the modern villas and houses that have been built here.
It is well worth visiting the Nautical Museum that operates in the city, where you can see a wonderful exhibit of sea sponges and the story of the importance that they played in the history and development of the island. Other places of interest on Kalymnos include the cave of the Nymphs, and the old Byzantine churches and monasteries, which house a wonderful display of impressive frescoes and religious icons.
Other popular destinations on Kalymnos include Emborios and Panormos, as well as some charming traditional villages such as the mainland village of Vathis. The island has some wonderful beaches to visit, including some with pebbles and other with golden sand.
Kalymnos is an island that offers a wonderful destination for peaceful and calm holidays. For accommodation there are a variety of hotels, rooms, studios and apartments to let providing comfortable and quality accommodation. There are also many traditional cafes and tavernas serving a variety of fresh fish and other local cuisine.
Kalymnos has boat connections with Athens via Pireaus and also North Greece via the port of Alexandroupolis. There are also connections with the Dodecenese islands of Kos, Leros, Patmos, Lipsi and Astypalaia. The island also has air connections for both domestic and international flights. During the summer season, the airport caters for charter flights from many of the leading European cities.