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Holidays In Kalymnos

Kalymnos Holidays at a Glance

Kalymnos is a small holiday destination located on the southern coast of the island and is home to the island's main port. Kalymnos is widely regarded as being one the most beautiful places in the Dodecanese. At the ports entrance sits a mesmerising mermaid statue that welcomes all her visitors. The style of architecture in Kalymnos is very neoclassic with some Venetian influences. Kalymnos is renowned for sponges and is the islands main industry, sponge elaboration workshops can be found everywhere.

Kalymnos is a popular resort for tourism with a range of hotels, bars and restaurants but still has a wonderfully traditional feel. During your holidays in Kalymnos your are presented with countless opportunities to visit the countless churches displaying beautiful icons produced by local artists.

Who goes to Kalymnos?
Kalymnos offers a little of everything for everyone and ideal for people looking for a quiet relaxing holiday.



Key Facts - Kalymnos

  • LanguageGreek
  • CurrencyEuro
  • Dialing Code00 30
  • Time Difference+2 GMT
  • Flight Duration3 - 4 hours (Approx)

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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.

Folklore 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. This 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.

Nearby islands - Patmos, Lipsi, Leros, Kos and Nisirros.

Kalymnos Holidays - Excursions


Picnic Cruise: Top up your tan whilst cruising around the neighbouring islands of Plati, Pserimos, Almires and Vathi where we drop the anchor and enjoy a delicious lunch on board.

Island Tour: Explore the real Kalymnos. We first visit the temple of Apollon, then move on to a sponge factory. We also visit Vathi the mandarin valley followed by the church of Agios Savvas and Vlihadia to enjoy our local specialities.

Turkey: Join us on this adventure as we explore and absorb another continent with its rich Ottoman history. Plenty of time for exploring and picking up some bargains in the street bazaar.

Sunset Cruise Sail: Visit the mystical island of Telendos and take in the colourful sunset. We continue to Emborios where you will have time for an evening stroll and dinner at a local restaurant serving traditional cuisine.

Due to high demand and limited places available, we advise you to confirm your places on any of our days or nights out at the Welcome Get Together, on the day following your arrival.

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.

Folklore 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. This 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.

Nearby islands - Patmos, Lipsi, Leros, Kos and Nisirros.

Kalymnos Holidays - Excursions


Picnic Cruise: Top up your tan whilst cruising around the neighbouring islands of Plati, Pserimos, Almires and Vathi where we drop the anchor and enjoy a delicious lunch on board.

Island Tour: Explore the real Kalymnos. We first visit the temple of Apollon, then move on to a sponge factory. We also visit Vathi the mandarin valley followed by the church of Agios Savvas and Vlihadia to enjoy our local specialities.

Turkey: Join us on this adventure as we explore and absorb another continent with its rich Ottoman history. Plenty of time for exploring and picking up some bargains in the street bazaar.

Sunset Cruise Sail: Visit the mystical island of Telendos and take in the colourful sunset. We continue to Emborios where you will have time for an evening stroll and dinner at a local restaurant serving traditional cuisine.

Due to high demand and limited places available, we advise you to confirm your places on any of our days or nights out at the Welcome Get Together, on the day following your arrival.

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, bare boat 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

Boat: An inter-island boat service links Kalymnos with other islands of the Dodecanese. There are boat trips to the nearby isles of Telendos and Pserimos and you can also do a day trip to the volcanic island of Nisyros.

Bus: Use Municipal Bus Service for your transportation around. The local buses connect Pothia with some of the beaches, as well as the villages Myrties, Masouri, Vathy and Emporio.

Foot: The distances from Pothia to villages, beaches or climbing places are very short and offer stunning views of the island.

Car Hire: An excellent way of getting around during Kalymnos holidays, car hire gives you complete flexibility as well as the ability to see more of the island.

Kalymnos Holidays Shopping

Good buys during holidays in Kalymnos include:

  • Natural Sponges (Kalymnos is well known all over the world for its fine sponges)
  • Jewellery
  • Local hand woven fabrics
  • Pottery.

Holidays in Kalymnos - Beaches

Therma and Gefira are 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.

Weather and climate information

Max Temp F Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Kalymnos 68 75 80 84 85 78 70
London 56 61 68 71 70 66 56
Sunshine Hours Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Kalymnos 8 10 12 14 13 10 7
London 5 6 7 6 6 5 3

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