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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

Beneteau, 2006
Oceanis 393
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Safety net
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
From 10/10 to 17/10
1 700 1 275
for 1 week, bareboat
Bénéteau, 2016
Oceanis 55
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Inverter
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Snorkeling gear
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 10/10 to 17/10
5 000 4 500
for 1 week, bareboat
Hanse Yachts, 2014
Hanse 575
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 10/10 to 17/10
6 100 4 575
for 1 week, bareboat
Beneteau, 2013
Oceanis 41
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Dinghy
Gennaker
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Safety net
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
From 10/10 to 17/10
2 100 1 575
for 1 week, 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 10/10 to 17/10
3 200
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2008
Bavaria 40 Cruiser
Mandraki Marina, Rhodes
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Outside speakers
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Sprayhood
From 10/10 to 17/10
1 524 1 219
for 1 week, bareboat