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

Kalymnos Museums


Kalymnian House - Folklore Museum

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


Navy - Folklore Museum of Kalymnos

It hosts a rich exhibition on the history of sponge-fishing, its contribution to the economy, and stories of sponge divers.


Archaeological Museum of Kalymnos

The museum hosts many findings from the island but also the sea, like its famous "Lady of Kalymnos" bronze statue found by a fisherman.


Sea World Valsamidis Museum


A private collection of 1700 exhibits on sponge fishing collected by the founder during his life. The museum is now taken care by his children.

Kalymnos Things to Do


Pserimos Island

One of the smallest islands of the Dodecanese with approximately 80 permanent inhabitants, no roads or cars. A place for meditation.


Telendos Island

A huge rock thrown probably by some Greek God in the sea. Crystal-clear waters, beauty, and views of wilderness. Fantastic food too.

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

Climbing in Kalymnos

Approximately 3400 routes spread on 66 crags and a climbers' community equipping new routes make Kalymnos a top destination for rock climbing.

Kalymnos Attractions


Chrysocheri Castle

Frankish castle of the 15th century that gets its name from the church of the Virgin Mary the Golden-handed (Chrysocheria).


Kalymnos Chora Castle

The Franks restored the old Byzantine fortifications here and turned the sparsely-populated settlement into a Medieval castle town.


Sanctuary of Delian Apollo

Early Christians built the Basilicas of Christ of Jerusalem and St. Sophia on top of Apollo's Sanctuary. The site is closed to visitors.

Kalymnos Why visit?

  • Climbing, diving, mountain biking, wind surfing and kites.
  • The island emerged from the sea to cushion the falling Titan Kalydnos.
  • Kalydnos means the Good Water.

Kalymnos Beaches


Masouri Beach

Kalymnos' most famous and cosmopolitan beach has an amazing view over Telendos island and its iconic mountain. It could get crowded and noisy.

Kalymnos Settlements

Kalimnos Town «Pothia»

Pothia has a few narrow streets, many colorful houses, and it's surrounded by brown-rocked hills as it's built in a valley.