• Kalymnos

Kalymnos

The island of sponge divers, who with great danger spend five months in the sea searching for sponges. Their departure and return are reasons for happy celebrations all over the island. There are sponge factories worth visiting.

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Name of place: Kalymnos

Capital: Pothia

Basic tourist information
  • The island of sponge divers, who with great danger spend five months in the sea searching for sponges. Their departure and return are reasons for happy celebrations all over the island. There are sponge factories worth visiting.
  • One part of Kalymnos was in the past separated by the island after an earthquake and now forms the little island of Telendos.
  • In Kalymnos you can go diving and climbing. It is said to be a climbers paradise for the unique formations it offers.
  • Pay a visit to the several churches, and to the amazing monastery of St Savvas.
  • Try the local recipes, and do not forget the delicious Mermizeli salad.
  • If you happen to be on the island round August 15th, there are traditional celebrations for Panagia, all over the island as well as in Telendos. Be at the all night long beach party, taking place for the fool moon of August in Telendos.


Main port
  • Main port name: Pothia
  • Mooring: Moor stern-to the mole, on the SW side of the harbour in order not to obstruct the ferries. Holding good but needs attention because of gusts, bottom of mud.
  • Shelter: from the meltemia (N winds) but open to S winds.
  • Available services: water on the quay, ask for electricity outlets. Fuel is delivered by track. Market, repairs, bank.


Alternative bays
  • Vathy. N of the harbour Pothia, it offers excellent shelter from the meltemia but there may be strong gusts. Go stern-to the mole. Bottom of mud and weed. Be careful as the W side is too shallow.
  • Myrtia. A little bay across Telendos. Lovely settlement and pebbly beach with tavernas and cafes.


Useful Telephone Numbers
Port Authorities phone number  Hospital Police Tourist police
+30 22430 29 304, -24444 +30 22430 28851 +30 22430 22100, -29301 +30 22430-59095, 59097