Kalymnos

The Aegean Islands

Kalymnos

Welcome to
Kalymnos

If one wants to talk about Kalymnos and be honest, should first get to know its sea and love it, because, as long as there is sea, we can talk about Kalymnos and its people. We can talk about a special kind of people who are passionately attached to a dry rock in the Aegean; because this is where their last and most desirable port exists. According to Herodotus, the first residents of Kalynda (this was the name of Kalymnos in the 4th century) were Dorians coming from Epidaurus. As soon as they set foot on this dry, rocky island they couldn’t find any recourse apart from the sea. The conservative and immovable spirit of Dorians stopped being attached to the land, became restless and bold, adventurous and insatiable. What was Kalynmos? An important mark in the Aegean, as it was the place where their family lived and it was them who had to feed this family. No matter how many years passed, no matter how many changes people of Kalymnos have seen, their truth is exactly the same and their life is uniquely attached to the sea, as well as to danger. Sponge divers, fishermen, adventurous, resourceful, cunning, conscientious, hospitable people…these are some descriptions concerning people who made this island famous all over the world.

Nowadays, Kalymnos, natural and simple as always, is proud not only for the authenticity of its character, but also for its own rocks. Some of the most beautiful rock climbing routes in Europe can be found on this island and the name of Kalymnos has again become known all over the world. It’s time you got to know it closely…isn’t it?

Beaches

BEACHES

Wreck findings in Valsamidis Sea World Museum

CULTURE MUSEUM

Climbing

ACTIVITIES CLIMBING

Naval museum

CULTURE MUSEUM

The castle of Hrysoheria

CASTLES-TOWERS SIGHTS

Κalymnos (or Pothia)

CHORA SIGHTS

Diving

ACTIVITIES DIVING

Sponge diving in Kalymnos

PROJECTS OF THE PEOPLE SIGHTS

The castle of Pothia

CASTLES-TOWERS SIGHTS

Archaeological museum

CULTURE MUSEUM

Vathis

SETTLEMENTS SIGHTS

Churches

CHURCHES CULTURE

More Info

In Kalymnos, you should definitely buy some sponges from the processing workshops. Moreover, “panes”, i.e. the Kalymnian wovens, are quite famous. As far as the regional specialities are concerned, we suggest you try the traditional bread named “Eptazimo”, as well as corn bread, citrus fruits, vegetables, wine and honey.

Local dishes

You should taste the stuffed lamb “mououri”, which is cooked in a big tall clay pot, so as the whole lamb will fit. It is baked from the previous day and it slowly roasts at 100-120 degrees Celsius until the next day, i.e. during at least 24-26 hours, into an oven with a door that is built with mud. It is said that this way of cooking was adopted during the Ottoman occupation in Greece, when Turks and pirates used to swoop on the island. With this way of cooking, there was no smoke or smell and no one could know that people were cooking lamb in order to celebrate Easter. You should also taste the “kapetanato” (pork cooked in the Dutch oven with potatoes), the “eptazimo” (bread with anise and ouzo), the famous “filla” (dolma), the “mirmizeli” (barley bread with oil, tomato and cheese), the “anama” (wine), the grilled octopus, fish and definitely the “spinialo” (seafood with lemon).

As far as sweets are concerned, there is the traditional sweet called “galaktompoureko”.

In Kalymnos there is an airport.

Additionaly, in order to get to the island, you can travel by ship. The ship departs from Piraeus and you will be traveling at least for 12 hours. If you are lucky, when returning, you will be traveling for at least 9 hours. In summer, there are 1-2 ships that travel to and from the island on a daily basis.

Another way to get to the island is to fly to Leros or Kos and, then, travel to Kalymnos by hydrofoil. The transportation (by ship and high-speed craft) to other islands of the Dodecanese is more frequent.

Airport of Kalymnos

+30 22430 59370

City Hall of Kalymnos

+30 22430 59141

Police

+30 22430 29301

Port Authority

+30 22430 24444

Hospital

+30 22430 22166, 23025, 50499

USEFUL LINKS

www.kalymnos.gov.gr