|Transportation||Air, ferry, hydrofoil|
|Main Attractions||Rock climbing, beaches|
|Food||Many excellent choices|
|Accommodations||Many excellent choices|
Kalymnos, lying between Kos and Leros, is the 4th largest island of the Dodecanese. Kalymnos' population is 18,253, with a land mass of 111 sq. km and 96 km. of coastline. It is 183 nautical miles from Piraeus. This island is mountainous and dry with fertile valleys. There are two medieval castles on Kalymnos, therapeutic springs, caves and many churches.
The interior of Kalymnos remains pristine and wonderful for hiking. Three almost parallel mountain ranges divide Kalymnos running from NW to SE. Between these lie two fertile plains upon which the two main villages lie. Vathis or (Deep) in the north and Kalymnos Town (Hora) or Pothia, its main harbor, in the south. The north coast of Kalymnos is virtually uninhabited.
Arriving in Kalymnos at twilight is a wonderful experience if you can arrange your schedule that way. The sunset with the moon rising in the east as you sail into the harbor is Greek island perfection. With the colorful houses draped over the hills, it's photogenic even if you arrive by daylight.
The down-to-earth and welcoming citizens are a relief after visiting islands catering to mass tourism. Pothia is a refreshing glimpse into the real Greece of tradition.