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Day 5: Leipsoi - Kalymnos

Route from Bodrum to the northern islands of the Dodecanese

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, 2019
Lagoon 42
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Batten mainsail
GPS plotter
Roller furling genoa
From 28/05 to 04/06
6 690 5 352
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2017
Bavaria 46 Cruiser
Booked 3 times recently
Mandraki Marina, Rhodes
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Spinnaker
Sprayhood
From 28/05 to 04/06
3 970 3 573
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2016
Bavaria 41 Cruiser
Booked 6 times 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 28/05 to 04/06
2 805 2 525
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Lagoon, 2015
Lagoon 450 - 4 + 2 cab.
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bimini
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter in cockpit
Hot water
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Snorkeling gear
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 28/05 to 04/06
7 200 5 760
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Lagoon, 2008
Lagoon 440
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
CD/DVD
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Safety net
Spinnaker
From 28/05 to 04/06
6 084 5 050
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2019
Sun Odyssey 519 - 5 + 1 cab.
Booked 6 times recently
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
Deck shower
GPS plotter
Hot water
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Snorkeling gear
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 28/05 to 04/06
6 000 5 400
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat