Kalymnos is located in the South-East Aegean Sea between the islands of Leros and Kos. This 42-square mile island is the fourth largest of the Dodecanese group. That being said, it's still a small island that offers more to its visitors than you can imagine!
Thanks to its unique topography, Kalymnos is the ultimate vacation spot for the adventurous traveler and is known worldwide as one of the top destinations for rock climbers. Its steep, impressive, rocky terrain, once perceived as a curse, is now a rock climber's dream. The whole island is a unique natural climbing landscape with well over 2000 climbing crags of various levels of difficulty.
Rock climbing not your thing? How about spelunking? Discover the island's many fascinating caves such as, Kefalas cave with its impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations. You may choose to hike its many paths that lead to castles, monasteries, and beautiful hidden beaches; or the Italian path, as it's known, that will take you along an old cobblestone path from Pothia to Vathy.
Kalymnos has a rich tradition in sponge diving. The local diving center offers PADI courses and excursions so you can enjoy the unique seabed of the island and underwater caves and reefs, shipwrecks, and marine life.
Kalymnos is surrounded by a number of islands. Telendos and Pserimos are two tiny ones that are worth a visit for lunch and a swim. From Kalymnos, hydrofoils and ferry boats offer day trips to Kos, Leros, Nisiros, Lipsi, Simi, Patmos, and Rhodes. You can also take a boat to Bodrum, Turkey for its weekly outdoor bazaar.
Getting to Kalymnos
By Plane to Kalymnos:
Daily direct flights to/from Kalymnos/Athens.
By Plane to Kos:
Kos island has an international airport and several flights a day from Athens and some international cities. You can fly to Kos and then take a high-speed boat or smaller ferry to Kalymnos, from the Mastichari port in Kos, or from the main port of Kos.
High-speed boat from Mastichari takes 20 minutes
Ferryboat from Mastichari takes 45 minutes
Ferryboat from main port of Kos takes approximately 1 hour
By Ferry to Kalymnos:
From Pireaeus, Rhodes, Kos and other Dodecanese islands - several routes per week. During the summer season, there are some ferry routes from other islands as well. Check updated ferry schedules for up-to-date information.
Hydrofoils and ferry boats offer connections to Kalymnos from Leros, Rhodes, Patmos and other nearby islands.
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Airport of Kalymnos+30 22430 59370
Taxi call center +30 22430 50300
City Hall of Kalymnos +30 22430 59141
Port Authority +30 22430 24444
Police +30 22430 29301
Hospital +30 22433 61931
Ambulance: +30 22430 2216