Kalymnos is regarded as being one the most beautiful places in the Dodecanese, welcoming visitors with a mesmerising mermaid statue.
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 port's 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.
- A few tavernas and bars
Things To Do
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.
Things To See
Pothia: The island's 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.
Mountaintop 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 Nisyros.
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 onto a sponge factory. We also visit Vathi the mandarin valley followed by the church of Agios Savvas and Vlichadia 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.