Island in South Aegean

Its terrain makes the island an internationally acclaimed climbing destination, and locals have a long tradition in natural-sponge fishing.

Two climbers by a steep cliff on the island of Kalymnos and the deep blue sea in the background.
photo: Mike Bean / CC BY 2.0

Attractions & Things to Do in Kalymnos

An overview of the Port of Pothia on Kalymnos island.
photo: Κοντοζαμάνη Μαρία at Greek Wikipedia

Port of Kalymnos

Main port of the island of Kalymnos, it hosts routes to Piraeus (mainland) & other islands, daily connection to Kos (Mastichari), & summer day excursions.

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Navy & Folklore Museum of Kalymnos

Founded in 1994, it hosts a rich exhibition of sponge fishing methods. It has limited opening hours.

↑ N
< 1km

Kalimnos Town «Pothia»

Administrative and commercial center as well as the port of the island. Its foundation started in 1850 with the diminishing pirate raids.

↑ N
< 1km

Archaeological Museum of Kalymnos

Since 2009 depicts the history of the island with exhibits like the «Lady of Kalymnos» a bronze statue found in a fisherman net in 1995.

↑ N
≈ 1.2km

Traditional Kalymnian House - Folklore Museum

Private folklore museum including items and rooms of a typical house of the 19th and 20th century.

↙ SW
≈ 1.2km

Chrysocheri Castle, Kalymnos

Frankish castle of the 15th century that gets its name from the church of the Virgin Mary of Chrysocherias hosted inside its walls.

↖ NW
≈ 2.3km

Sea World Museum Valsamidis, Vlichadia

A private collection of 1700 exhibits related to the profession of sponge fishing and the seabed.

↙ SW
≈ 3.5km

Town-Castle of Chorio (Chora)

Old capital & Byzantine fortification that after Frankish renovations bacame a Medieval castle town.

↖ NW
≈ 4.4km

Sanctuary of Delian Apollo

Destroyed and closed political and religious center dedicated to the ancient patron saint of the island.

↖ NW
≈ 5.2km

Kalymnos National Airport

Small but well-functioning airport that connects the island of Kalymnos with Athens as well as with other islands of the Dodecanese.

↖ NW
≈ 6.2km
A picture of a climber during the climbing process on the island of Kalymnos.
photo: Mike Bean / CC BY 2.0

Climbing in Kalymnos

One of the best climbing spots in the world and a huge amount of climbing rock, with approximately 3400 routes spread in 66 different crags.

Masouri Beach

The most famous and cosmopolitan beach of the island that offers an amazing view over Telendos island and its iconic mountain.

↖ NW
≈ 10km

Telendos Island

A huge rock in the sea that hosts only one settlement with 20-30 permanent inhabitants and stands for the clear waters and the nice food.

↖ NW
≈ 11.3km


Birthplace of the Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, this island's history starts in 3000 BC. Today, it's a famous nightlife and beach life getaway.

→ E
≈ 18.8km

Pserimos Island

One of the smallest islands among the Dodecanese complex with approximately 80 permanent inhabitants, and no roads or cars in its settlement.

→ E
≈ 19.8km

Questions & Answers about Kalymnos

Why Visit Kalymnos?
  • Alternative destination of climbing, diving, mountain biking, & wind or kite surfing.
  • Lovely beaches and traditional settlements with accommodation & food options.
  • Lifetime experience of joining a local fisherman on an organized fishing trip.
What is Kalymnos, Greece?

It is a Greek island is located in the southeastern Aegean Sea, between Kos, Leros, and Asia Minor, while it is the fourth largest island in the Dodecanese. Its surface area is 109.67 km2 and its coastline reaches 96 km. The population of Kalymnos is approximately 20,000 inhabitants and most live in the island's capital, named Chora. The terrain of the island includes numerous deep ravines, rocky hills, and mountains, while the original name of the island was Kalydna.

Who were the rulers of Kalymnos, Greece during history?

Kalymnos had many rulers during history. Those who left their mark on the island architecturally, culturally, and in many other ways. The Venetians occupied the island from 1257 to 1277 AD. The Genoese and the Knights of St. John ruled Kalymnos from 1306 to 1522. The Turkish presence on Kalymnos started in 1522 and lasted during the Ottoman period. In 1912, Kalymnos enters the era of the Italian occupation, which lasts until 1943. Then during the period 1943 - 1945, the island is occupied by the Germans. And finally, after the Second World War, along with the other islands of the Dodecanese, Kalymnos joins the Greek state on March 7, 1948.