Kalymnos is a rocky island with tall cliffs, steep hillsides and a great sponge-diving tradition.
One of the most beautiful attractions of the island is Vathy, the fjord of Aegean sea. This long, narrow inlet of blue-green water is flanked by tall barren rocks and ends at Rina harbor.
In Kalymnos you will experience beautiful hiking trails, the stunning Kefala Cave (also known as the Cave of Zeus), with impressive stalagmites and stalactites and more than 70 climbing crags and over 1300 routes for all levels of ability!
If you suffer from arthritis, rheumatism, sciatica, back pain then a bath to the thermal springs of Therma, next to Pothia port, will improve your physical status and offer you, a free of charge, therapeutic natural spa.
Kalymnos has a ferry connection with the following ports: Piraeus (Athens), Agathonisi, Arkioi, Astypalaia, Ikaria, Chios, Kastelorizo, Kos, Leros, Lipsi, Naxos, Nisyros, Paros, Patmos, Rhodes, Samos (Pythagoreio), Symi, Tilos, Fournoi, Chalki, Pserimos.
Although the island is a paradise for climbers and one of Europe’s premier rock-climbing locations, there are a lot of other reasons to book your vacations here.
There are wonderful beaches in this island such as: Lagouna, Platis Gialos, Akti, Linaria, Kantouni, Myrties, Massouri, Kalamies and so many others.
The medieval element is prevalent in Kalymnos, as there is a variety of castles and fortresses. Chryssochera Castle is one of them. It is located within short distance from the Cave of Seven Virgins and it was built by the Knights that reigned the island. Panagia of Chryssochera church is found indoors, naming the whole castle. The name means “Goldhanded” in Greek and refers to Virgin Mary.
From Kalymnos you can participate on a boat trip to Telendos island. Telendos is a tiny island idyllic and peaceful with sandy beaches and small taverns. You can approach the island from Myrties beach.
Another boat excursion from Kalymnos includes Pserimos island. Pserimos is also called Capari (Capers), inspired by the aromatic plant that grows on the island. If you love simplicity and you are looking for sun – sea – tranquility, then Pserimos is a great destination for you. Don’t miss the chance to buy sponges and sea-shells.
The eruptive Nisyros
A place of wild beauty, Nisyros was formed by volcanic eruptions. According to Greek Mythology, Poseidon (sea God) was chasing the giant Polivotis, in the battle between Gods and the Titans. Poseidon cut a piece from Kos island, and threw it over Polivotis and hit him! This part is Nisyros! But as he was trapped in the bowels of the island, the giant burst of rage with explosions and flaming gases. And that’s why, the island has a volcano.
Mandraki is the capital and the harbor of the island, with its white houses built below the imposing rock where the Monastery of Our Lady of the Cave (Panagia “Virgin Mary” Spiliani) stands.
Nikia village offers to the visitors a magnificent view towards the volcano and a panoramic view to the sea. Furthermore in the central square called “Portes” you will be able to experience the tasteful “lava chocolate sweet”!
Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy a revitalizing hydrotherapy session at one of the hot springs of Nisyros. Try the famous Municipal Baths of Mandraki with its well-renovated facilities. The waters reach a temperature of 46°C and they are therapeutic for rheumatism, arthritis, skin diseases and diseases of the circulatory system.
Nisyros has a ferry connection with the following ports: Piraeus (Athens), Astypalaia, Halki, Kalymnos, Kastelorizo, Kos, Lipsi, Leros, Naxos, Paros, Patmos, Rhodes, Symi, Tilos. There is also local boat connection with Kardamena port of Kos island.
One of the most important places to visit is the volcano, where you can meet the giant crater, Stefanos. The scenery resembles to a living laboratory of bubbling mud, steaming a strong smell of sulphur in a white and yellow moonscape.
Some of the most attractive beaches of the island are the following: Pachia Ammos, Hohlaki, Lyes, Gialiskari, Palioi and many others.
In Nisyros you can explore the nearby islets of Agios Antonios, Stroggili, Pachia, Pergousa and Kandeleousa, where an abandoned lighthouse stands.
Furthermore you can participate on a boat trip to Yali volcanic island with two fantastic beaches and attractive bays with blue-green waters.
Tilos the unspoiled destination
Tilos is a tiny island, a favorite destination for nature lovers. In Tilos you will discover nice paths and wandering around on foot to isolated beaches. The island is a paradise for birdwatchers as many rare species can be found here during the migration season. Tilos is one of the energy-efficient islands of Greece, using solar and wind energy and covering the electricity needs of the residents of Livadia.
In Tilos you can visit the Archaeological Museum with palaeontological (fossil) finds from Harkadio Cave at Messaria. The museum is small but quite informative with a tour guide that gives the full picture of the existence of dwarf-elephants. The museum also accommodates some of the fossilized bones from skeletons dating from 4,500 BC that were discovered in the cave.
Another place of interest is the medieval Castle of the Knights of St. John (15th century) above Megalo Horio, built on the ruins of the Hellenistic acropolis and the sanctuary of Apollo and Athena. According to Greek mythology, the island was named after Tilos, who was the son of Alia, the sister of the Sun. When she fell seriously ill, Tilos went to the island to pick herbs for her treatment. When Alia recovered, Tilos went back to the island and built a temple in honour of god Apollo.
Some of the most beautiful beaches are: Livadia, Lethra, Plaka, Eristos. Tilos has more than 30 signposted hiking trails to choose from, and reveal an unexpected variety of landscapes and cultural monuments.