Friday, 9-Oct-2015

Region: Dodecanese Area: Kalymnos, Emborios
Kalymnos is a mountainous island of the Dodecanese archipelago situated between Kos on south and Leros on north, with an area of 109 km2 and 96 km of coastline.
It consists of many protected bays, golden sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, lush valleys and numerous caves.
Though known mainly for collecting of natural sponges, its fame increased in recent years in the field of climbing as well.
Kalymnos is a secret island where one should definitely make a stop!

The islands of Telendos and Pserimos
The valley of Vathi and citrus orchards
The splendid beaches with clear waters
Pothia, the main city and port of the island, built as an amphitheater, is lively with shops, craft shops and taverns along the seaside.
Stroll through its narrow streets to admire the beautiful, colored neoclassical houses.
The city is still marked by the production of sponges, by many workshops where they are being treated and that can be visited on the piers of Pothia and in direction of Vathy.

To see, the City Museum with an impressive reconstruction of the interior of a traditional habitat from the beginning of the century.

The interesting Archaeological Museum in a beautiful entirely restored neoclassical building, contrasting the very modern interior.

The house of Nicolas Vouvali, a rich merchant of sponges from the 19th century, right next door.

The Nautical Museum showing the glory days of the sponge fishermen.

The remains of two medieval fortresses of the island: Pera Kastro and Kastro Chrysocheria, as well as the ancient acropolis of Pothia.

Do not forget to visit the traditional villages, Vathi and its valley, Rhina, Metoki, Platanos, the ancient capital Chorio, Myrthies and Massouri.
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