Kalymnos the “Sponge-divers” Island
The third most populated island of the Dodecanese chain after Kos and Rhodes and one of Greece’s most densely-populated islands, Kalymnos is situated between Leros and Kos and has a rich history because of its continual habitation from the Neolithic age. More well-known for its sponge diving industry today, Kalymnos boasts three museums related to this important island activity as well as a fabulous Archaeological Museum.
With a rocky, barren, mountainous landscape whose highest peak, Profitis Ilias, sits in the center of the island at 760 meters above sea level, Kalymnos holds both archaeological and geological interest thanks to its many caves.
Except for the fame brought to the island by its sponge divers, Kalymnos is also well-known in the rock climbing world as one of the planet’s most spectacular climbing destinations thanks to its coastal diversity, its precipitous, craggy cliffs and its mild climate.
Top attractions for most visitors, however, are the spotless smooth pebble beaches and their turquoise blue waters as well as the delicious fresh fish cooked to perfection at most island tavernas at very reasonable prices. A few of the towns absolutely worth visiting are Vathy, Masouri, Myrties and Emporios.
There are daily flights to Kalymnos from Athens, while the busy harbor in the area of Pothias welcomes scores of passenger and commercial vessels. There are daily connections from Mastichari on Kos to Kalymnos.