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Day 5: Patmos – Kalymnos

7 days route from Kos to the Northern Dodecanese 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, 2010
Jeanneau 53
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 18/12 to 25/12
3 470 2 776
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Beneteau, 2015
Oceanis 45
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Electric toilet
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Safety net
Spinnaker
Sprayhood
From 18/12 to 25/12
2 412 2 050
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2012
Sun Odyssey 509
Booked 2 times recently
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 18/12 to 25/12
3 340 2 839
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria, 2020
Bavaria Cruiser 46
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Hydraulic gangway
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Sprayhood
From 18/12 to 25/12
2 869 2 271
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2008
Sun Odyssey 42i
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
CD/DVD
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Spinnaker
Sprayhood
From 18/12 to 25/12
1 537 1 306
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Beneteau, 2020
Oceanis 46.1
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bow thruster
GPS plotter
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
From 18/12 to 25/12
2 981 2 608
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat