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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, 2007
Bavaria 50 Cruiser
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 18/07 to 25/07
3 470 2 603
for 1 week, bareboat
Lagoon, 2020
Lagoon 42
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Hot water
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Snorkeling gear
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 18/07 to 25/07
7 200 6 480
for 1 week, bareboat
Jeanneau, 2018
Sun Odyssey 449
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Sprayhood
From 18/07 to 25/07
4 200 3 150
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2008
Bavaria 40 Cruiser
Booked 1 time recently
Mandraki Marina, Rhodes
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Sprayhood
From 18/07 to 25/07
2 360 1 888
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2018
Bavaria 37 Cruiser
Booked 1 time recently
Mandraki Marina, Rhodes
(Greece)
Bimini
Bow thruster
Deck shower
Dinghy
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Spinnaker
From 18/07 to 25/07
2 545 2 291
for 1 week, bareboat
Beneteau, 2014
Oceanis 48
Mandraki Marina, Rhodes
(Greece)
Audio input
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Inverter
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Safety net
Snorkeling gear
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
Swimming ladder
From 18/07 to 25/07
5 255 4 730
for 1 week, bareboat