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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

Beneteau, 2015
Oceanis 45
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Outboard engine
Safety net
Spinnaker
From 03/07 to 10/07
4 141 3 520
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Hanse Yachts, 2014
Hanse 575
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Gennaker
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Inverter
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Safety net
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
From 03/07 to 10/07
8 500 7 225
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2019
Sun Odyssey 519 - 6 cabs
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
Dinghy
Electric winches
GPS plotter
Hot water
Outboard engine
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Snorkeling gear
Sprayhood
From 03/07 to 10/07
6 300 5 387
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2007
Bavaria 44 Vision
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Outboard engine
Safety net
Spinnaker
From 03/07 to 10/07
2 924 2 485
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2007
Bavaria 44 Vision
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Hydraulic gangway
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Solar panels
Spinnaker
Sprayhood
Teak
From 03/07 to 10/07
2 631 2 105
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2016
Bavaria Cruiser 46
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Electric toilet
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter in cockpit
Hot water
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Teak
From 03/07 to 10/07
4 210 3 494
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat