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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
Safety net
Outboard engine
Spinnaker
Roller furling genoa
CD/DVD
Outside speakers
Bow thruster
Roller furling mainsail
Internet connection
Sprayhood
From 27/07 to 03/08
3 609 2 707
for 1 week, bareboat
Hanse Yachts, 2006
Hanse 400
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Bimini
Safety net
Stand up paddle
Autopilot
Refrigerator
Outboard engine
CD/DVD
Gennaker
Dinghy
Internet connection
Hot water
Sprayhood
Deck shower
From 27/07 to 03/08
3 200 2 560
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2011
Bavaria 40 Cruiser
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Stand up paddle
Safety net
Bimini
Outboard engine
GPS plotter
Refrigerator
Dinghy
Gennaker
Roller furling genoa
Sprayhood
Hot water
Internet connection
From 27/07 to 03/08
3 300 2 640
for 1 week, bareboat
Beneteau, 2013
Oceanis 41
Mandraki Marina, Rhodes
(Greece)
Dinghy
Roller furling genoa
Inverter
Outside speakers
Swimming ladder
Deck shower
Internet connection
Hot water
Sprayhood
Audio input
Autopilot
Bimini
Safety net
Stand up paddle
Outboard engine
Snorkeling gear
Refrigerator
GPS plotter
Batten mainsail
From 27/07 to 03/08
3 810 2 858
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2017
Bavaria 37 Cruiser
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Stand up paddle
Bimini
Autopilot
GPS plotter
Outboard engine
Roller furling genoa
Dinghy
Sprayhood
Teak
Internet connection
Roller furling mainsail
Swimming ladder
From 27/07 to 03/08
3 485 2 788
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2007
Bavaria 46 Cruiser
Mandraki Marina, Rhodes
(Greece)
Outside speakers
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Roller furling genoa
Sprayhood
Internet connection
Roller furling mainsail
Safety net
Bimini
Autopilot
Spinnaker
Outboard engine
GPS plotter
From 27/07 to 03/08
3 028 2 271
for 1 week, bareboat