Discover Kalymnos in one day!
We named the island of Kalymnos as Kilimli -- (Rugged) because it is close to our language, but the island is more famous for sponge diving and mountain climbing than rugs. The center of Kalymnos, Pothia, is a port city surrounded by high hills. As it is an island, the traffic is quite comfortable. It is one of the most rational ways to participate in bus tours by paying 10 Euros per person to see the island. But it is possible to find small nice air-conditioned rental cars for around 30 Euros if you wish, and up to 25 Euros if you bargain... As soon as you arrive on the island, the Monastery of Saint Savvas, one of the important places on the hill, attracts you with its magnificent form... To get here, you must either take a bus tour or take a taxi, but the Saint Savvas Monastery is a worth-seeing place... Especially watching Kalymnos from here is as enjoyable as watching Kalymnos from an airplane. Lots of photos can be taken here.
The locals living in Kalymnos make their living from sponge diving. That's why sponge sellers here attract a lot of attention. The Sponge Factory is among the places to see... There are beautiful beaches such as Massouri, Mirties and Vlyhadia if you join the bus trip on the island. We would like to state that you will not have an idea about Kalymnos without seeing these beaches. In addition, Vathy is one of the interesting places with its narrow recess that cannot be seen from the boat while you are wandering around the island. As souvenirs, you can buy Ouzo (equivalent to our raki) produced in this region, various products made from Gum, local cheeses, the famous scarves and sponges of the region...
If you have the opportunity for lunch, we recommend the taverns in Vathy. Here, the octopuses, which are dried in the sun, are grilled whole and brought to your table... Again, don't be surprised that they sell foods such as cacık (cacık) mousakka and baklava as their national food. 30-35 You pay Euros, but this is the real equivalent of what you eat in Kalymnos. The island of Telentos, located opposite Mossouri and Mirties, immediately attracts attention with its view. It is possible to reach the island in 10 minutes by boat from Masouri. The steep volcanic slopes in this part of the island are very suitable for mountain climbing and are world-renowned... International festivals and competitions related to mountain sports are organized every year in summer... Greek music and Sirtaki are heard and played most abundantly. Remember that you are on one of the islands. Here, you can spend a nice night with music, dancing and food for 30-35 Euros in taverns with live music.
Kalymnos is one of the Dodecanese Islands of Greece. Kalymnos is located 12 km north of Kos (Kos), 2 km south of Leros and approximately 26 km west of the Bodrum Peninsula. Pserimos, Telendos, Kalymnos and Plati around Kalymnos together with many islets form the Kalymnos administrative region. Located at the end of a bay on the southeast coast and hosting the majority of the island's population, the administrative center of Kalymnos (Pothia), is the island's largest port and an important commercial center in the Aegean. The surface area of the island, which is mountainous, is 110 km2. The volcanic Vathis Valley, which stretches towards the middle of the island, is fed by spring waters and allows the cultivation of citrus, olives, figs and grapes. It is thought to have been settled by a Doric colony from Epidauros in Peloponnesos. The island, which has its own currency, is the name of Athens in BC. He took part in the two unions he formed in the 5th and 4th centuries.
While a Persian satrapy, it was captured by the fasts of Alexander the Great in 332 BC. It was later attached to the Asian Province of the Roman Empire. It remained under Venetian occupation until 1310. After this date, it passed into the hands of the Knights of Rhodes. In 1522, when it was under Ottoman rule with the other islands, unlike Rhodes and Kos, there was no Turkish migration to Kalymnos. It was occupied by the Italians in 1912. Most of the people of Kalymnos, who resisted the assimilation policies of the Italians, II. He fled to Turkey during World War II. The island passed to Greece in 1947. Agricultural activities in the Vathis Valley have a small share in the island economy. The most important economic activity is tourism. Apart from tourism, sponge fishing and traditional scarf production are the main sources of income.