The most important attractions in Kalymnos

Interesting landmarks of Kalymnos or the island of marine mushrooms - so called Kalymnos, since diving for hunting sponge has been and continues to be one of the main activities of the island, as well as a source of income. Because of its predominantly mountainous and stony relief, the island is also known among climbers and has developed over the past two decades as one of the top rock climbing destinations.

Kalymnos is part of the Dodecanese island group, located between attractions of Kos and Leros, occupying an area of ​​about 21 km in length and 13 km in width. Potosi, the main port, is connected by ferry lines with all the other islands in the group, and mostly with Kos and both of his ports, Kos Town and Mastihari. There is also a small airport on the island that serves domestic flights to and from Athens, a larger airport to the neighboring Kos.

Due to its volcanic origin, Kalymnos is almost entirely mountainless and vegetated, with the exception of two valleys in the southern part, where almost all settlements are located. Around a third of the island is not accessible by car and is completely deserted, especially to the northeast.

Mostly the rocky landscape is what makes the island a paradise for rock climbers, and Kalymnos can boast of 65 different climbing zones. One of the most exciting places for climbers is the Sikatti Cave, a huge cave without a roof, over a picturesque secluded beach. The cave is accessible only by sea or by foot (walking on the trail takes about 50-60 minutes). Bookmark and Share

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Natural attractions in Kalymnos

Other favorite places for practicing this sport are the Grande Grotta areas above the Armeos and Masuri villages, as well as a large rock called Ghost Kitchen. The small island of Telalendos, which was formerly part of Kalymnos but separated after an earthquake, is also attempting to develop rock climbing because it is occupied almost entirely by tall rocks.

There is only one small village in Telalendas, with several restaurants and beaches, and is a nice destination for a one-day visit. The capital city of Kalymnos is Potos, also known as Kalimnos Town. It is located in a large bay in the south and is densely populated, and many public buildings and services. The island's oldest capital, Chorio, is 3km from Poti, but both have merged over time. The walls and the remnants of a medieval fortress, which is also the main historical landmark of Kalymnos, rise above Horio.

The tourist resorts of the island are concentrated to the west - Panormos, Miriès, Masuri and Armeos. Emborios, the northernmost village of Kalymnos, is a quiet place that offers less tourist compound but more relaxation and relaxation. Most of the beaches of Kalimnos are rocky or mixed, but there are also several sandy beaches on the west coast. These include Kandouni, Plattis Gialos and Linaria, all in the area of ​​Panormos. Interesting places to visit Kalymnos are:

The old fortress over Chorio, The Chrysocheria fortress with the church Panagia Chrissoheria, built on a hill between Podia and Horio, The Maritime Museum and the Marine Mushroom Processing Plant, The ruins of the Castries fortress over Emboios, overlooking Teltilos and the Gulf of Emborios, Dilio Apollo Sanctuary between Chorio and Panormos, The Church of St. Sava, situated on the top of a hill over Podia, offering panoramic views, a one-day excursion to the island of Telalendos (boats from Miriès) and the small islands of Pserimos and Plati (from Pothia), cave Monastery of Panagia Kira Psili, east Sun Watiss (part of the itinerary includes walking and climbing steep steps), Kefalas Caves, Epta Parthenon and Rock for Enthusiasts (not recommended for young children).

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