Kalymnos

So authentic, you can’t help but dive right in
Kalymnos is an international climbing destination, overwatching the island of Telendos
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Home of the famous sponge divers, this island in the Dodecanese is ideal for modern-day adventurers and aspiring rock climbers

Are you looking for pure and pristine places? Do you crave simplicity and authenticity in the Greek islands? Do you like serenity, relaxation and outdoor recreation? Are you mad about rock climbing, scuba diving, or both? Well, if this is what you’re after, Kalymnos is a hidden gem in the Aegean, a unique piece of Greece that you must discover.

 

What to do on Kalymnos

Treasures of the Aegean Sea

Arid and rocky Kalymnos. The only exit for its residents is the sea. Generously, the sea provided the locals with its valuable sponges, which they gratefully began harvesting. Exactly when Kalymnians started sponge diving is lost in the mists of time. Today, they have one of the largest fishing fleets in the Aegean and they produce about 30,000 sponges annually. You’ll be able to see the numerous species of sponge, as well as witness the various stages they go through before reaching the market.

International climbing destination

Some of the most beautiful rock faces in Europe can be found here, and Kalymnos has become world-famous for its 60 stunning but safe climbing venues. The rocks on the island have excellent traction and access to climbing areas is a breeze. There are also an additional 1,300 marked and secure routes to be found here. It’s an adventurer’s paradise in the Mediterranean!

Diving in the deep of Kalymnos

The International Diving Festival convenes here every year. Magical worlds – like Nera, Telendos, Platy and the nearby island of Pserimos – will stay carved in your memory as you dive into their depths. Explore the sunken ancient city hidden under the Myrties-Telendos sea channel.

Esperidon fjord

Perhaps the most beautiful fjord in Greece. A deep, wonderful and centuries-old world captivates visitors.The valley, embroidered with tangerine and orange trees, slopes down to the waiting waters of the Aegean. Inhabitants from the Neolithic period onwards have all left their mark.

 

Hidden gems of Kalymnos

Telendos: once a peninsula, now an island

A terrifying earthquake in 554 AD sliced off a piece of Kalymnos, which sunk into the water at Pothaia.Today the island of Telendos lies across from Kalymnos, with ruins and vestiges of that era. During your holiday here, you can take the boat across, go for a swim, and walk the length of the island to feel the spirit of a lost civilisation.

Holidays and Dorian gastronomy

The cuisine of Kalymnos is based on the simplicity and austerity of the Dorians. Mououri is lamb stuffed with rice, mirmizeli is a bread rusk salad with oil, tomato and cheese, fylla are stuffed vine leaves. Delicious!

The Sanctuary of Dalios Apollo

The sanctuary constituted the most important place of worship of the patron saint of the island, but it also functioned as a political and religious centre for ancient Kalymnos. There were places of worship here, such as temples to Apollo and Asklepios, as well as a theatre and a gymnasium. It can be found to the west of the hora, on the road that leads to Panormo. As you explore the area, you’ll find two large Christian churches from the 5th and 6th century.

 

  • International climbing destination
  • Diving in the deep of Kalymnos
  • Telendos: once a peninsula, now an island
  • Dorian gastronomy
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