Holidays In Kalymnos
Kalymnos Holidays at a glance
Holidays to Kalymnos are largely undiscovered and is widely regarded as one of the most interesting islands in the Dodecanese group. Kalymnos is also referred to as the "Island of Statues" because it is the location where the sculptors Mixhalis and Irini Kokkinou built many statues as a tribute to the island. Kalymnos was once most well known for sponge fisherman but in recent times has become a popular rock climbing destination.
Who goes to Kalymnos?
Kalymnos holidays are a haven for those in need of a laid back and tranquil destination perfect for a relaxing holiday away from noise and crowds. Kalymnos holidays are wonderful because of its beaches, scenery and culture promising to be a stress free destination.
Key Facts - Kalymnos
- CapitalKalymnos City
- Time Difference+2 GMT
- Flight Duration from UK3 - 4 hours (Approx)
- Nearest AirportKos (KGS) - Ferry to Kalymnos
Kalymnos Holidays - Destination Profile
Kalymnos holidays allows you to experience an unspoilt Greek island that are perfect to kick back and relax. There are some surprisingly lively tavernas and bars in the main town, Pothia, where life tends to revolve around the sea front. A one hour ferry ride away from Kos (you will need to fly to Kos) this small island enjoys marvellous hot summer days and warm evening breezes.
Holidays in Kalymnos - Things to see
Pothia: The islands capital is a picturesque and full of colourful houses piled high on the hills around its harbour which is in the shape of an amphitheatre.
Folkore Museum of Kalymnos: A place you must visit in order to see and learn about the rich history of the island, its people and their customs.
Mountain Top Fortress at Hora: The island's ancient capital and was established as a fortress in the Byzantine period and was occupied until the 18th century. Now, just nine chapels remain standing.
The Citadel of the Knights: It is on a steep rock just inland from Pothia. It was built by the Knights of St John and the chapel of the Virgin, within its walls, is on the site of an ancient temple. The citadel overlooks three ruined windmills and has great views of both Pothia and the central part of the island.
Things to do on a Holiday in Kalymnos
Diving: The island's main activity, an integral part of the Kalymnian way of life available both at diving centres and at the local school for divers.
Windsurfing: Experience the excellent wind surfing around the island. Windsurfs are available for hire.
Sailing: Set sail from the island by chartering the yacht of your dreams, bareboat or with a skipper and discover the Greek Archipelagos.
Fishing: Try out the local fishing methods by embarking on a small wooden fishing boat or by joining an organised fishing trip.
Trekking A variety of walks will allow young and old alike to enjoy the impressive scenery and the profusion of wild herbs and flowers which cover the mountain side.
Eating/Drinking During Kalymnos Holidays
Greece holidays are truly a paradise for food lovers; speciality dishes include keftedes (meatballs with oregano and mint), dolmades (rice and herbs wrapped in vine leaves) and souvlaki (grilled skewers of meat). Try a Greek meze (a selection of different Greek dishes to taste a little of everything). To compliment your meal, restaurants offer a number of delicious, inexpensive local wines varying from area to area. Or try a glass of ouzo, Greece's national drink.
Major resorts provide a wide variety of bars and restaurants with something to suit all tastes, from all-night discos and international restaurants to cosy little tavernas serving typical Greek fare. Nightlife in the smaller resorts tends to centre round the latter where the charm lies in their authenticity and more traditional feel.
Getting Around on Kalymnos Holidays
Taxis: Taxis are metered and are in plentiful supply in the resorts.
Interurban Buses: There are various bus companies linking all major towns, with daily routes at specified intervals.
Urban Buses: These operate frequently during daytime and in certain tourist areas, summer timetables are extended until midnight.
Bicycles: Bikes are available for hire in most resorts.
Kalymnos Holidays Shopping
Popular items purchased by those who take holidays in Kalymnos include:-
- Natural Sponges - (Kalymnos is well known all over the world for its fine sponges)
- Local hand woven fabrics
Holidays in Kalymnos - Beaches
Therma and Gefira: The 'Town' beaches. Both close to Pothia.
Wlihadia: The main resort to the south of the island. It has a beautiful bay, great for swimming and there are an abundance of traditional tavernas.
Kantouni/Linaria: Both of these resorts have beautiful sandy beaches.
Melitsachas: Wonderful small beach facing the neighbouring island of Telendos.
Myrties: Small but pleasant shingle beach. From the jetty you can jump on the little ferry boats across to the island of Telendos.
Telendos: Extremely hot in the height of the season but worth a day trip. Main beach is Chohlakas.
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