Kalymnos Island Travel Guide

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  • Kalymnos Island
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  • Kalymnos Island
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Kalymnos Island Things to Do

  • Archaeological Museum of Kalymnos

    The last attraction on the island was a visit to the Archaeological museum of Kalymnos. This new museum (it opened in 2009) houses items that were founded on the island and date from prehistoric up to post byzantine period.Small or big tools from prehistoric era, bronze and marble sculptures, statues and figurines, items from the excavations at the...

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  • Metamorfosi Sotiros/Christos church

    Eklisia Christou (or officially Metamorfosi Sotiros) is the main church of Pothia and the cathedral of the island.It was built in 1861 near the harbor but the truth is it didn’t impress me when I got closer. Don’t let the exterior disappoint you though as it is worth a visit because of its beautiful marble temple that was made by the famous greek...

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  • Nautical Museum of Kalymnos

    The Nautical Museum of Kalymnos was founded in 1994 and it is housed on another building that was donated by Vouvalis family. It has only four rooms but it is full of items dedicated to the naval tradition of the island. What I loved most was the old methods of the sponge diving/hunting and the stories of those people that risked their lives for...

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  • Folklore Museum

    Folklore Museum of Kalymnos is housed on the same building with the Nautical Museum (which was my main purpose of my visit) but it was nice to see this small collection too. It houses some traditional costumes along with music organs, many old photographs of locals, some old furniture and small items of a typical house but I have to admit I just...

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  • monument for the fallen ones in Imia...

    Imia are two small uninhabited islets in Aegean sea, in between Kalymnos island and the Turkish coast. Noone really cared about them until 1996 when the two countries came close to war when they gathered some of their naval ships around these islets. The war never really happened but 3 greek officers died because their helicopter crashed into the...

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  • sculptures in Pothia

    Apart from the numerous busts in Pothia I saw some interesting sculptures too. You can try some different angles in some of them while you do the usual photo shooting but also wait for some funny moments... eg pic pic 3 was taken when the dove decided to stand on top of the head of the statue (pic 4) that actually is the doctor Skevos Zervos...

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Kalymnos Island Restaurants

  • Neon cafe

    It was time for the last coffee break before we take the ferry to Kos. This time we chose one near the harbor, Neon Café was again one of the numerous café facing the harbor on the noisy (too many bikes) main street. But the music and the fact we had a table further back made things easier.They suppose to offer Wi-Fi too but the signal was really...

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  • Sirocos cafe

    The second day we returned to Pothia, the noisy port and main town of Kalymnos. We decided to have a quick coffee first before we start touting the museums and other attractions, have in mind that the back streets are more quiet anyway. Sirocos is one of the numerous café facing the harbor, a small quiet place (considering most other café were full...

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  • dramatic sunset at Veliero

    After lunch we went down to the beach of Masouri for some extra beers. As expected there was a beach bar there. Veliero beach bar has nice music, friendly service and good view of Telendos. It was just before sunset when we saw the sun hiding behind Telendos in a dramatic light tone… The music was in the expected feel good mood although I crossed...

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Kalymnos Island Nightlife

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    Scorpion Rock Pub: Scorpion Rock Pub

    by mindcrime Written Sep 4, 2015

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    Walking along the main road at Masouri we saw Scorpion.

    It is a rock pub and of course we had no other option, we had to stop! :) what better of having a pint of beer while listening to some rock tunes? I’d like some heavier stuff (I saw some Manowar posters on the wall…but ok it was next to a U2 poster so it’s a bit of everything…) anyway that evening they focused on Dire Straits which was ok…

    Friendly service by the owners (Becky and Nick) and nice decoration fully dedicated to Native Americans so plenty of peace pipes, arrows, portraits of Indians etc

    They had several beers but we had 2 Amstel beers (4e for 500ml, 3e for 330ml) but we didn’t stay long because we had to catch the last bus back to Kamari…

    The pub is open from my May to November only.

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Kalymnos Island Transportation

  • how to go there

    Kalymnos is located at Dodecanese islands, south of Leros and NW of Kos.By ferryAs expected this is the usual way to reach Kalymnos, all ferries arrive at the main port Pothia. There are daily ferries from Mastihari in KOS (Olympios Apollon or Olympios Zeus if you have a car and Kalymnos Star that is passenger only, much faster but also more...

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  • how to move around

    WalkThe main town/port is Pothia and we had no problem to walk around. We also walked from Kamari down to Myrties (in about 15’), the view was great as we walked downhill but later in the night we preferred to return back by bus.BusThe bus network on the island many not be large or frequent (eg.only one bus to Emborios!) but it turned out handy in...

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  • boat trips

    From Myrties’s small pier you can take the small boat to Telendos island, a popular and easy to do half day trip for the beach and the fish restaurants in a small island where you can also walk around (there are no cars). One way ticket was only 2e, the boats depart every 30’ (from 8.00am to midnight) and the ride takes about 10’.Also from Myrties...

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Kalymnos Island Shopping

  • Papachatzis sponge factory

    Arriving in Kalymnos you will see the sign The Sponge Divers Island! This is no surprise as traditionally Kalymnos was always famous for its sponge harvesting which was for decades the main income for locals, hence the quate the Kalymnian gold! The interesting thing is to learn how dangerous this business was the first years when they do it without...

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  • Makrynakis bakery

    We love the local bakeries all over Greece so we tried some in Kalymnos too. One of them was Makrynakis bakery at the central square of Pothia.It’s a typical greek bakery offering several kinds of bread but also cookies, cheese pies, desserts, paksimadia etcWe bought some bread but also some koulouri, small circular bread encrusted with sesame...

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  • Natural Sponges

    You can treat a sponge from Kalymnos as a piece of local craft or as a gift. Two things are for sure:1. the sponge will come from Kalymnos,2. the sponge will be most expensive.Actually the Kalymnos sponges mostly come from South America so don't believe that they've been brought by the divers two days earlier. You'll be able to purchase the same...

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Kalymnos Island Local Customs

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    Coolig Off...

    by nickandchris Written Mar 23, 2006

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    I don't say this is a local custom specific to Kalymnos, but we were amused when we saw it happen. Having not been long in Myrties, we had a look at the beach and were witness to a Greek lady wading into the water up to her neck, dressed in full black widow's garb. Was this bath time or was she just cooling off?
    We have seen builders doing this when they were covered in plaster and dust, but never a middle aged, or older, woman.

    Bath time??
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    • Beaches
    • Women's Travel

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Kalymnos Island Tourist Traps

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    Plummeting Tourism

    by nafum Written Feb 23, 2008

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    During 2007 there were less than 600 'tourists' a week staying on Kalymnos - the rest of the visitors are Australian/ American Kalymnians with family ties there. The BUSIEST night of the year is 15th August. You will always find a room - even in August - expect to pay MAX 40 euros a night per room (for 2 people) and as cheap as 20 euros a night.

    Come at the end of May for peace, quiet, good weather and spectactular flora - it only lasts a few weeks.

    There are only around 15 restaurants in Masouri - the main 'tourist' destination - mostly serving local greek cuisine. The biggest problems are the litter and the noisy bikes.

    Unique Suggestions: Make sure you visit the facing islet of Telendos - Telendos makes Kalymnos.

    Also, buy a copy of 'The Slow Guide to Kalymnos' if you can find 1 - it is cheap and PACKED with everything you will possibly need to know when visiting Kalymnos.

    Fun Alternatives: Take a short trip with the boats 'Scooby Doo' or 'Carpe Diem' - who will transport you for less than 15 euros to a secluded remote beach - where you may well be alone! They will collect you too :-) They leave from Myrties Jetty - same place as the small boats to Telendos.

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    • Beaches
    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel

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Kalymnos Island What to Pack

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    Use Mosquito Repellant

    by nafum Written Feb 23, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: AUTAN sold locally seams to work the best - and I have tried them all. Also, use plug-ins in rooms BEFORE you go out and keep windows closed. The mosquitos walk through gaps but stay out if the plug-ins are working :-) If you are REALLY organised, a mosquito net would help.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: from June to September it is HOT and peaks around the last week of July/ 1st week of August - and regularly touches 40 degrees in the shade at 2pm. Take shorts, sit in the sea, drink a cool drink :-) Always wear a hat.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take an amonia based spray to apply to mosquito bites - or in an emergency you can pee on the bite!

    Photo Equipment: Essential to capture the stunning sunsets over telendos - Take photos from the 'Top Road' above Myrties.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping on the beach is forbidden, as is building any kind of fire.

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Kalymnos Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Agios Georgios chapel

    Agios Georgios is a small chapel I saw in Pothia on my way to the Archaeological museum. The front door was locked but the relief above the door showing the usual for east orthodox church image of Saint George killing the dragon. But then I realized how different that part of Pothia was comparing with the noisy harbor road. I walked a bit around...

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  • Telendos island

    When we checked in at our hotel (Aiolos studios) in Kamari we noticed the great view as had Telendos island in front of us (pic 1). 20’ later we were down to Myrties where we took the small boat to cross to the other side, it’s one of the easiest day trips from Kalymnos, the ride takes only 10’ and the tickets costs only 2 euro.The small island of...

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  • Visit the monastry

    On the hill over Ellies there is an old monastry - it's now uninhabited since the last monk left - I bet he had fun climbing back up the hill form his evening taverna visits. You climb up the old goat path - you can let yourself in and have a look around. There is a visitors book for you to autograph. It's a little hairy walking back down the track

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Kalymnos Island Sports & Outdoors

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    climbing in Kalymnos

    by mindcrime Written Sep 5, 2015

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    While other islands get empty at the beginning of September Kalymnos see thousands of visitors coming in October! There’s a simple reason for this, it is because the island is famous for climbing, no surprise they have an annual climbing festival that started in 2004. That’s the first thing we notice in summer 2014 when they advertise it all over the place (pic 1). In 2015 the festival takes place between 8 and 11 of october.

    Climbing in Kalymnos is popular because of the numerous limestone cliffs, the diversity of the coast, dozens of caves and the mild climate. I’ve read that there are more 80 sport crags with more than 2000 organized climbing routes (ranging between F4a to F9a for those who know the difficulty levels). Most of the routes are located on the west/northwest side of the island. Although you can climb all year round the experts say autumn is much better, ideally on October due to comfortable temperates, lack of rain (it rarely rains during September/October) and the sea is still warm enough.

    As expected there are local climbing courses/guiding. Pic 2 shows a poster of a local climbing school that offers guiding by the hours, courses of all levels, indoor gym, equipment etc I found the following site very informative:
    http://climbkalymnos.com/

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Kalymnos Island General

  • Information Center

    Information Center is located just opposite the port. It’s convenient for some basic information at the start of your tour and it has plenty of indoor seating if you don’t want to wait for the next ferry plus free toilets.But most of all they have free lockers! We were surprised to find them, actually we went there to ask for lockers and they said...

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  • Approaching the island

    It's great to see the houses and hills become larger and larger as the boat approaches the island. More details are visible as you enter the harbour and you suddenly realize that what you thought was just another piece of land in the middle of the Aegean Sea is actually a place where the life is busy and there are so many interesting things that...

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  • clock tower

    There isn't that much to do on this tiny island of only 109km² and about 14,500 inhabitants, so, just walk around a bit, explore the town or enjoy the beach, ... I find this architecture of the clock tower very interesting somehow for it doesn't look very Greek, does it?

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