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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

Catana, 2017
Bali 4.0
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Sprayhood
Batten mainsail
GPS plotter
Electric winches
GPS plotter in cockpit
Solar panels
Bimini
CD/DVD
Autopilot
From 28/09 to 05/10
5 850 4 680
for 1 week, bareboat
Beneteau, 2012
Oceanis 48
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Roller furling mainsail
TV
Outboard engine
GPS plotter
Deck shower
Refrigerator
Internet connection
Spinnaker
Sprayhood
Hot water
Autopilot
Dinghy
Roller furling genoa
Inverter
Bimini
CD/DVD
Outside speakers
Bow thruster
From 28/09 to 05/10
4 400 3 740
for 1 week, bareboat
Jeanneau, 2019
Sun Odyssey 490
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Hot water
Sprayhood
Outboard engine
Solar panels
Refrigerator
GPS plotter
Bimini
CD/DVD
Bow thruster
Autopilot
Dinghy
From 28/09 to 05/10
5 020 4 518
for 1 week, bareboat