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Welcome to Kalymnos

Welcome to Kalymnos

Situated between Kos and Leros, Kalymnos ...
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Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture

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All year round holildays

The mildness of the weather, whose main characteristics are long periods of bright sunshine and low humidity levels, does not in the least remind one of a wintry scene.

Life on the island remains as vibrant and eventful as it is during the summer. It is highlighted by elements of our local traditional culture. Kalymnos has a reputation of one of the most lively islands in wintertime, its life is a series of socializing and mingling. Happenings such as church festivals and fairs, social gatherings and fiestas, are predominant features of the Kalymnian way of life throughout the year.

So … get to know the hardy but warm-hearted Kalymnian fishermen and divers.

… hike along the wild and barren beauty of our impressive mountain slopes.

… take part in the annual festivals of Climbing and Diving.

… enjoy the experience of sailing or diving under the sun in the heart of winter.

 

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Entertainment

Food: Tavernas, sea food restaurants (ouzeri), grill-houses and fast-food shops are just a sample of a host of eateries on the scene.

Night-life: stylish café’s, bars and pubs take one on to the delightful world of entertainment, which goes on until dawn in the various clubs of the island. There is something for everybody.

Beaches: a motley collection of beaches surrounds the island. Enjoy Kantouni, Linaria, Platis Gialos, Melitsahas, Myrties, Massouri, Emporio, Vlychadia, Telendos, Akti and many smaller coves, where the breaking of the crystal clear waves is your ideal summer lullaby.

Daily excursions: daily boat trips on local kaikis, sailing yachts or even taxi rides around the island are a common feature. Enjoy the unique chance of viewing the wild beauty of coastal Kalymnos and of witnessing the sun setting beyond the endlessly blue horizon.

Sports: the whole setting is ideal for diving, fishing, trekking, mountaineering etc.

Traditional products: natural sponges, delicious thyme honey, wild herbs and a great variety of sea-food and fish.

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Arts and Culture

Kalymnos has always stood out as far as arts and culture are concerned.

VISUAL ARTS

Kalymnos, is the “proud mother” of great Kalymnian painters and sculptors like S. Maglis, G. Oikonomou, E. Zairis, M. Alahouzos, S. Galouzis, A. Karafyllakis, T. Kourounis, T. Mpilliris, I. Tataris and many others.
Especially the holy Temple of Savior Christ in the cathedral of the island includes samples from almost all the great painters of the island, inspired by the Renaissance.

MUSEUMS AND COLLECTIONS

Museums and collections in Kalymnos present great interest.
The Archaeological Museum is a place of exceptional beauty and importance where one can see unique findings.
The visitor can also see exhibits related to sponge diving, local clothes, customs and traditions by visiting the Mansion of Vouvalis, the Maritime and Folklore Museum, the Museum of marine life and sea findings of Valsamidis, the “Neoclassical” of Kyrannis and the Traditional Kalymnian House.

ARCHITECTURE

There is a huge number of buildings and monuments with rich decoration and elaborate architectural style. Also, there are plenty of religious monuments like Church of Agios Nikolaos, Church of Agios Savvas etc.

CASTLES

The island also has imposing castles, like the Castle of Chora or Great Castle, the Castle of Chrysocheria and the Kastelli Fortress.

CHURCHES AND MONASTERIES

In Kalymnos, one can find many stunning churches and monasteries, built throughout the centuries, with great artwork of local artists and beautiful marble reredos.
Some of the most famous are the Monastery of St. Panteleimon and the majestic temple of Agios Savvas the miraculous which attract thousands of locals and foreigners every year.

Click here to see our album about churches and monasteries.

DANCE – THEATRE – PHOTOGRAPHY

Kalymnos has an exceptional tradition related to local dances which are taught in local dance schools. Also, one can find schools to learn modern dancing.

FESTIVALS

Kalymnos celebrates many festivals around the year.
Some of them are the following:
June 24th
On the 24th of June, the feast of Agios Ioannis is celebrated. Small bonfires are lit on the beaches and the harbors of the island and people jump over them.
July 27th
On the 27th of July, locals honor the feast day of Saint Panteleimon, the healing saint, with a big ceremony.
August 15th
On the 15th of August there is one of the highest celebrations in the Christian calendar, the feast day of Holy Virgin.

THEATRE

Kalymnos has a theatrical team which presents many plays over the year.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Inspired by the beautiful landscapes and the unique nature of the islands, many people are involved in photography.

OTHER

Last but not least, there are various artistic clubs on the island.


***Many thanks to Mr Sakellaris Koutouzis and Mr Pothitos Magoulias for the valuable information they have provided us.

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The town

Pothia, the island’s capital, is a picturesque town of small, colorful houses piled high on the hills around its harbor in the shape of an amphitheater. The sheltered, south facing harbor is one of the most important in the Aegean and offers well organized marina services and good ferry and hydrofoil connections as well as being home to a large fleet of traditional fishing boats.

Pothia’s population of some 11,500 live in dense, vibrant neighborhoods. The seafront is adorned with shops and lively cafes as well as attractive public buildings in Italianate style, a culture center and cinema.

Countless churches display beautiful icons by local artists and the town boasts three museums devoted to archaeology, the history of sponge diving and folk art.

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History

The origins of the islanders of Kalymnos are lost in the mists of time but we do know that in about the 2nd millennium B.C. the Phoenicians conquered and colonized. Evidence of the island’s prosperity in these ancient times are ruins at Emporios in the north and Vathi in the east. 

Later, Kalymnos was occupied by the Persians, the Genoese, the Knights of St John and the Ottoman Turks. In 1912 the Italians took control until nearly the end of the Second World War.

Kalymnos was finally liberated on 31st March 1947 and, along with the rest of the Dodecanese islands, was incorporated into the Greek State in 1948.

You can also read a more detailed text about the history of Kalymnos.

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Contact

Municipality Tourist Office

Municipality of Kalymnos

Pothia, Kalymnos PC 85200

Dodecanese, Greece

email: mto@kalymnos.gr

phone: +30 22430 29299

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