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By Air

Kalymnos Island National Airport (IATA: JKL, ICAO: LGKY) is an airport on the island of Kalymnos in Greece.The airport is located a few kilometers from Pothaia (or Pothia), the capital of Kalymnos.It is also known as Kalymnos National Airport.

By Ferry

Most visitors arrive from the nearby island of Kos via frequent ferry service.There are two services; 'Anem Ferries' runs a large boat (The 'Olympios Appollon' OR The 'Olympios Zeus') which can take vehicles and the 'Kalymnos Star' is a smaller, faster, passenger-only boat (occasionally replaced by the even smaller 'Kalymnos Dolphin').Both vessels arrive in Pothia on Kalymnos.Both ferries depart from Mastihari on KOS island.Each makes several sailings a day, the number depending on the season and trade.There are alo a number of direct ferries from Kos town which stop at Pothia - they run every day from Rhodes to Athens and stop 'en-route'.Also the 'Dodecanese Express' - a fast and classy catamaran runs almost every day from Kos town also as do the 'Flying Dolphins' - cigar shaped hyrofols.

Key places to visit
Monastery of Saint Sava, Kalymnos Beach, Archaeological Museum of Kalymnos, Nautical Museum of Kalymnos, Marine Museum, Kalymnos Rock Climbing Festival


Places to Visit

Monastery of Saint Sava

an attractive monastery perched high on the hill above Pothia.The church has typically beautiful decoration and the view is very good.Open 10AM to 2PM, 5PM to 7PM.Either take a bus from Pothia towards Vilhadia take a taxi or take the short but hilly walk from Pothia.

Kalymnos Beach

Kalymnos is a relatively small draw compared to the neighbouring island of Kos but during the summer months the island swells with Greeks and tourists enjoying the sun and sand.

Archaeological Museum of Kalymnos

With the "Lady of Kalymnos" be a reference point for visitors from now on began operation in 2009 the new Archaeological Museum of Kalymnos.Antiquities from the Prehistoric and post-Byzantine era included the exhibits, showing the temporal history of the island over millennia.And if the colossal bronze female figure "emerged" from the sea area of Kalymnos is one pole of interest, the large number of sculptures in the temple offerings of Delian Apollo and a huge statue of Asclepius is the opposite.Among the bronze and marble sculptures, fine pottery, coins, jewelry, pictures and manuscripts of the Byzantine era and much more.Situated in the center of the capital city of Pothia, the Archaeological Museum of Kalymnos was organized by CG Archaeological Service of the Ministry of Culture in the South Aegean ROP 2000-2006.

Nautical Museum of Kalymnos

The Maritime Museum Maritime Museum of Kalymnos Kalymnos, founded in 1994, shows the island's maritime tradition, history and methods of the sponge, and many artifacts from ancient wrecks of ships.In the four rooms of the museum objects displayed on the profession of the sponge and the treatment of sponges.The first room contains old photographs of the early 20th century by the city and the events were held on departure, sponge, stone, lead and iron anchors, navigational charts 16th-17th century, discoveries from shipwrecks, stone shells, rigging boats, nautical lanterns, dishes with seafood shows and miniature boats.

Marine Museum

This is a private museum, a work-life brothers Valsamidis born and living in Kalymnos.With love for the sea and with a willingness to share their joys and wealth with the people, they built this museum in a very personal effort and passion, their own.They worked as architects, as builders, as collectors, interior designers as never to stop their favorite activity, diving.The result is impressive.The findings, derived from thousands of dives in the seas of land, including almost anything can be found at the bottom.In one wing of the artifacts found first and second world war as torpedoes, airplanes, etc.pieces of a specially designed area kept jars of 6th, 4th, 3rd and 2nd BC century.There is also a collection of about 2000 photos of the history and tradition of sponge.

Kalymnos Rock Climbing Festival

Since 2000, Kalymnos has become one of the premiere world destinations for rock climbing.The season spans year round though the most popular months tend to be the spring and fall when the heat is less intense and there are fewer visitors.At last count, there were almost one thousand sport routes on the superb limestone crags.The routes are almost entirely bolted (sport climbing) with fixed anchors, most featuring lower-offs.A 60m rope will suffice but more and more routes that are being put up (including many of the well-worn classics) require a 70m rope.You'll also want to have no less than 16 quickdraws.

Right Time to Visit

March - April