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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

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 31/07 to 07/08
7 180 6 139
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2016
Bavaria 51 Cruiser
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 31/07 to 07/08
5 700 3 990
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2018
Sun Odyssey 479
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Roller furling genoa
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 31/07 to 07/08
5 700 4 874
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Dufour Yachts, 2008
Dufour 455
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Safety net
Spinnaker
Sprayhood
From 31/07 to 07/08
3 655 2 741
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2003
Bavaria 38
Booked 2 times recently
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Outboard engine
Safety net
Spinnaker
From 31/07 to 07/08
2 515 1 886
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2011
Sun Odyssey 409
Booked 2 times recently
Mandraki Marina, Rhodes
(Greece)
Outboard engine
Safety net
Spinnaker
From 31/07 to 07/08
3 451 2 588
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat