Discovering the amazing Greek island of Kalymnos

If you are going to be in Greece this summer and want to visit a beautiful island that is authentic and untouched, Kalymnos is the place for you, Drossoulla Mavromatis notes in a recent travel report published by

Situated in the Dodecanese, between the islands of Kos and Leros, it’s most famous for sponge diving.

Due to its unique geomorphology, Kalymnos is a tourist destination known worldwide for offering alternative vacations and activities such as climbing, scuba diving, mountain biking.

With more than 15 beaches to choose from, a plethora of shops, delicious restaurants, and of course the beautiful monastery of Agios Savvas where the Patron Saint’s relics are located, this island is a must for Summer 2019.

The island has many beautiful beaches to choose from, such as Myrtees, Arginonta, and Massouri to name a few, but Platys Gialo is one of the site’s top picks.

This is the most popular beach on the island and is a local favorite. This spot has everything from deep blue waters, to intense waves, and even rock diving. If you’re feeling hungry, there are two snack bars and a restaurant on the beach where you can get a bite. The most popular go-to spot is “Kuanoun Snack Bar”, where you can savor toasted sandwiches, fresh seafood, and even one of Kalymnos’ staple dishes “Mermizelli.”

When you have completed your day at the beach, make sure you get back to the hotel to wash up and head over to Plateia.

This is located at the center of the island and is the meeting spot for all locals. Here is where you will find all of the shops, restaurants, bars, and even the church of Christo. This is the place where everybody meets at night to eat, drink, and simply enjoy the authentic atmosphere.

If you would like to discover Kalymnos’ rich history, the Archaeological Museum, whose major artefact is the copper statue known as the “Lady of Kalymnos”; also make time for the Maritime Museum, dedicated to the life and customs of the sponge harvesters and “Kalymniko Spiti,” a small folk art museum and make sure to stop off at the castle of Chrysocheria, constructed in the 15th century by the Knights Hospitaller, is essential; on its foot lies the trademark of the island: three stone-built windmills.

Finally, a trip to Kalymnos is not complete until you visit the monastery of Agios Savvas. It’s a bit of a steep hike up the hill, but it is indeed worth it! What makes this monastery so special is not only are his relics found here, but also the fact that this is where he actually lived. 

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