Kalymnos is a sun-drenched Greek island marooned in the Aegean Sea. Part of the Dodecanese archipelago, it will captivate you with its sandy beaches, rugged mountains and flower-strewn valleys. Relax in the laid-back town centre, dine at traditional fish tavernas and explore some of the best dive and snorkel spots in Greece.
Things to do in Kalymnos
The lively capital of Pothia is a launchpad to the island. Stroll around the lively town centre, browse the colourful souvenir shops and stop for lunch at a waterfront seafood restaurant. Save your appetite for local specialties like octopus balls, salted mackerel, smoked tuna and sea urchin salad. You’ll also see spinialo on the menu, a traditional dish featuring sea squirts marinated in seawater.
The Nautical & Folklore Museum is one of the best cultural attractions in the city, perched on the waterfront and featuring excellent exhibits on the island’s sponge fishing heyday. Visit the Archaeological Museum to admire gleaming bronze statues, colourful glassware and gold jewellery. Some of the oldest artefacts date back to 5300 BC.
Kalymnos is a mecca for climbers, with enthusiasts from around the world flocking to conquer the sheer rock walls and rugged peaks. The mountains along the western flank of the island are particularly impressive, with challenging routes and spectacular views over the Aegean Sea.
While Kalymnos was once a sponge diving hub, today it’s one of the top scuba destinations in Greece. Descend underwater to discover vibrant coral reefs, hidden caves and shipwrecks teeming with sea life. The hiking on Kalymnos is excellent, with trails taking you along the coast and into the island’s postcard-perfect interior.
Getting around Kalymnos
Car and scooter rentals are a fast and easy way to get around Kalymnos, while Pothia is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Ferries depart from the main terminal in Pothia and run to the Greek mainland. Kalymnos Airport is three kilometres from the Pothia town centre. Climb aboard a water taxi for the 10-minute ride to Telendos, a car-free island just off the coast of Kalymnos.