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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

Lagoon, 2008
Lagoon 440
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Outside speakers
CD/DVD
Roller furling genoa
Internet connection
Safety net
Bimini
Autopilot
Spinnaker
Outboard engine
Batten mainsail
From 01/06 to 08/06
5 100 3 927
for 1 week, bareboat
Bavaria Yachtbau, 2017
Bavaria 46 Cruiser
Rhodes Marina, Rhodes
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Safety net
Heating
Outboard engine
GPS plotter
Dinghy
Roller furling genoa
CD/DVD
Bow thruster
Roller furling mainsail
Swimming ladder
Sprayhood
From 01/06 to 08/06
3 800 3 040
for 1 week, bareboat
Nautitech, 2016
Nautitech Open 40
Booked 5 times recently
Rhodes Marina, Rhodes
(Greece)
GPS plotter
CD/DVD
Roller furling genoa
Outboard engine
Dinghy
Autopilot
Safety net
Batten mainsail
Swimming ladder
Bimini
From 01/06 to 08/06
4 450 3 783
for 1 week, bareboat
Lagoon, 2017
Lagoon 39
Mandraki Marina, Rhodes
(Greece)
Outboard engine
GPS plotter
Batten mainsail
Refrigerator
Spinnaker
Safety net
Bimini
Solar panels
Fans in cabins
Internet connection
Dinghy
Roller furling genoa
CD/DVD
From 01/06 to 08/06
4 698
for 1 week, bareboat
Hanse Yachts, 2014
Hanse 575
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Air condition
Dinghy
Gennaker
Bow thruster
Inverter
Generator
Hot water
Sprayhood
Internet connection
Electric toilet
Autopilot
Safety net
Stand up paddle
Bimini
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
GPS plotter
From 01/06 to 08/06
7 900 4 740
for 1 week, bareboat