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Day 4: Leros - Kalymnos

6 days route to the Southern Sporades islands

Kalymnos

Though it shares the same mountainous terrain and cove-dotted coastline as its northern neighbours in the Dodecanese Islands, the island if Kalymnos is unique in its own special way. Kalymnos, situated between Kos and Leros, is also a whole chain of islands of the same name. It has plenty of churches, a few museums, and dozens of fantastic beaches. The population is sparse and in the past, the local residents crafted handmade sponges. The history of Kalymnos has the same history of governing bodies as the nearby Southern Sporades: from the Byzantines to the Venetians, the Knights of Malta, the Turks and the Italians. Yet, it does have one standout feature that sharply distinguishes the island from its counterparts, and that’s mountain climbing.

The terrain of Kalymnos is so mountainous and yet so varied that it manages to pack in more than 1,500 climbing routes of varying difficulty. Once every two years, it’s the scene of the Kalymnos International Mountain Climbing Festival.

Aside from alpinists, the island also draws diving enthusiasts. Kalymnos boasts Greece’s only state-run scuba diving school.

Recommended boats for this region

Jeanneau, 2016
Sun Odyssey 449
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Sprayhood
From 31/10 to 07/11
2 310 2 079
for 1 week, bareboat
Jeanneau, 2015
Sun Odyssey 409
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Sprayhood
From 31/10 to 07/11
1 980 1 782
for 1 week, bareboat
Jeanneau, 2018
Sun Odyssey 479
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Roller furling genoa
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 31/10 to 07/11
2 750 2 475
for 1 week, bareboat
Lagoon, 2019
Lagoon 42 (4 dbl / 1 single )
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bimini
CD/DVD
Dinghy
Electric winches
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter
Hot water
Hydraulic gangway
Inverter
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Snorkeling gear
From 31/10 to 07/11
4 210 2 947
for 1 week, bareboat
Jeanneau, 2020
Sun Odyssey 519 - 6 cabs
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Electric winches
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter
Hot water
Hydraulic gangway
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Snorkeling gear
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Teak
From 31/10 to 07/11
3 470 3 123
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2016
Bavaria 41 Cruiser
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bathing platform
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Fishing gear
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Inverter
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
From 31/10 to 07/11
1 500 1 110
for 1 week, bareboat