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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

Bavaria Yachtbau, 2018
Bavaria 41 Cruiser
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 29/05 to 05/06
2 950 2 655
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2016
Bavaria 51 Cruiser
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Outboard engine
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 29/05 to 05/06
4 900 3 675
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2020
Jeanneau 54
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Electric winches
Fans in cabins
GPS plotter
Hot water
Hydraulic gangway
Inverter
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Snorkeling gear
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Teak
From 29/05 to 05/06
6 460 4 971
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Lagoon, 2015
Lagoon 450
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Bimini
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Electric winches
Fans in cabins
Gennaker
GPS plotter
Heating
Internet connection
Inverter
Microwave
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Safety net
Snorkeling gear
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
Swimming ladder
From 29/05 to 05/06
6 500 5 525
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2008
Sun Odyssey 42i
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Outboard engine
Safety net
Spinnaker
From 29/05 to 05/06
2 381 2 024
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Catana, 2018
Bali 4.1
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Dinghy
Electric toilet
Internet connection
Roller furling genoa
Safety net
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
From 29/05 to 05/06
5 600 4 760
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat