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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

Lagoon, 2014
Lagoon 380 S2
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
CD/DVD
Dinghy
Gennaker
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Safety net
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
From 03/07 to 10/07
4 600 3 910
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria, 2019
Bavaria Cruiser 51
Mandraki Marina, Rhodes
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 03/07 to 10/07
5 330 4 797
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Beneteau, 2015
Oceanis 45
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Spinnaker
Sprayhood
From 03/07 to 10/07
3 726 2 981
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Jeanneau, 2016
Sun Odyssey 54
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
Dinghy
Gennaker
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Safety net
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
From 03/07 to 10/07
7 600 6 460
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2006
Bavaria 39 Cruiser
Mandraki Marina, Rhodes
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Spinnaker
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 03/07 to 10/07
2 085 1 877
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2017
Bavaria 41 Cruiser
Booked 1 time recently
Mandraki Marina, Rhodes
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Solar panels
Spinnaker
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 03/07 to 10/07
3 105 2 795
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat