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Welcome the opportunity to visit the “island of the sponge-fishers”, an internationally known alternative tourist destination. After WWII, Kalymnos retained the Greek sponge-fishing industry, supplying both domestic and international markets with sponges.


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The capital of Kalymnos is Pothia, a multi-colored island settlement built amphitheatrically around the foot of two facing hills. The village retains its noteworthy architectural features, and along its narrow streets, one can see, on both sides, old mansions, imposing captain’s houses and the one-room huts of sponge fishermen. Every district has its own church, but the most impressive ones are the church of Christ the Savior (1861), with its silver dome and marble icon screen carved by the sculptor Gannoulis Halepas, and the church of St. Nicholas. Imposing buildings such as the Provincial Offices and the Town Hall bear witness to the architectural influence of the Italian occupation.
It is worth visiting the Archaeological Museum, and the Nautical Museum, the latter of which contains objects from shipwrecks that represent the tradition and methods of sponge fishing, while in the Kalymnian House you will learn more about the islanders’ way of life in the late 19th and early 20th century. Another required visit is to the imposing Castle of Chrysoheria, built in the 15th century by the Knights of St John. Around it you will see three stone windmills, the island’s trademark.
Around Hora, picturesque communities can be seen such as Panormos, Horio, Skalia and Myrties. One of the jewels of the island, a green brushstroke on the barren rocky landscape, is Vathys, a fertile valley with citrus trees that ends in a deep gulf.
It is said that Kalymnos owes its name to the “beauty (kallos) of the waters that wash its shores”. Thus it is not strange that one finds countless superb beaches on the island. One of the most popular is the sandy beach of Masouri, 9 km west of Pothia. The organized beach closest to Pothia is at Therma, which is 2 km. away, while Vlyhadia consists of two beaches, one with sand, the other with pebbles. Linaria is regarded as a family beach, while young people prefer cosmopolitan Kantouni. Platys Gialos is famed for its black sand and is ideal for fishing; Emporios is ideal for wind and kite surfing. For more privacy, select the bay of Arginonta or the beaches of Almyres, Drasonta, Pezonta, Palionisou, Sikati and Petronta, accessible only by caique.
The entire island is a unique natural pathway, having more than 1300 trails with varying degrees of difficulty. The appropriateness of the island for climbing was ascertained by accident in 1997 by Italian climbers, who initiated 40 routes. These routes were further developed with the contribution of the local authorities and thus the island today is regarded as the top destination for climbers.
Beside Kalymnos are the rocky islets of Pserimos and Telendos, an ideal choice for anyone seeking a quiet, peaceful holiday.

Source: Visit Greece - The Official website of the Greek Tourism Organisation