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Island in South Aegean

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, Sights & Things to Do on Kalymnos

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

By the homonymous capital, it hosts routes to Piraeus (mainland) & other islands, daily connection to Kos (Mastichari), & summer day excursions.

The front side and the main entrance of the Navy & Folklore Museum of Kalymnos.
↑ N   < 1km

Navy & Folklore Museum of Kalymnos

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

A photo of the central narrow pedestrian road of the Póthia town in Kalymnos.
↑ 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.

A picture taken inside one of the rooms of the Archaeological Museum of Kalymnos with exhibits and displays.
↑ N   ≈ 1.2km

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.

A picture of the interior of a room of the Traditional Kalymnian House (Folklore Museum).
↙ SW   ≈ 1.2km

Traditional Kalymnian House (Folklore Museum)

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

A picture showing the exterior walls of Chrysocheri Castle on the island of Kalymnos.
↖ NW   ≈ 2.3km

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.

Sea World Museum Valsamidis, Vlichadia

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

The medieval castle town of Kalymnos just above the Chorio, the old capital of the island.
↖ NW   ≈ 4.4km

Town-Castle of Chorio (Chora), Kalymnos

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

A picture of the relics of the Christian church built above the Sanctuary of Delian Apollo on the island of Kalymnos.
↖ NW   ≈ 5.2km

Sanctuary of Delian Apollo, Kalymnos

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

A photo of Kalymnos National Airport takes from the airplane.
↖ NW   ≈ 6.2km

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.

A picture of a climber during the climbing process on the island of Kalymnos.
photo: Mike Bean / CC BY 2.0
↖ NW   ≈ 9.8km

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.

A picture of the Masouri beach on Kalymnos with the sea and the island of Telendos in the background.
↖ NW   ≈ 10km

Masouri Beach, Kalymnos

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

A panoramic photo of the Telendos island taken from the island of Kalymnos.
↖ NW   ≈ 11.3km

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.

A white house and palm trees at the area of Kardamena on the island of Kos.
↘ SE   ≈ 18.8km


Birthplace of the "Father of Medicine" Hippocrates with rich history starting from 3000 BC while today attracts over 1 million visitors per year.

Cruise ship by the coast of Pserimos island and the Greek flag that was drawn on the land.
→ E   ≈ 19.8km

Pserimos Island

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

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.