Charming Kalymnos gets somewhat less tourism than neighbouring Kos but provides a lovely place to visit, in which one can enjoy a dramatic rocky interior and lush green foothills, as well as several attractive towns and numerous beautiful beaches. The main tourist centres are Masouri where one will find.....
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Charming Kalymnos gets somewhat less tourism than neighbouring Kos but provides a lovely place to visit, in which one can enjoy a dramatic rocky interior and lush green foothills, as well as several attractive towns and numerous beautiful beaches. The main tourist centres are Masouri where one will find most of the island’s nightlife and adjoining but slightly quieter Myrties, which both have excellent beaches and attract a mix of Greek and international visitors. Day trips from Kos bring tourists to the port town and island capital of Pothia, making it one of the busiest areas. For those looking for a quieter time, the pretty town of Emborios in the north has a stunning beach as well as hotels, restaurants and a couple of bars. Attractive Vathis, in a valley north of the port, is a traditional village where one can while away the hours enjoying the peace and quiet. In addition, one can visit nearby islands Telendos and Pserimos, both a short boat ride away from Myrties and Pothis respectively, where pretty tavernas and quiet beaches offer great views back to Kalymnos. The island has a long founded tradition for sponge fishing, of which locals are extremely proud and which has, over the years, led to it becoming one of the wealthier the Greek Islands. In addition to this notoriously hazardous occupation, it is also internationally famous for rock climbing and there are approximately one thousand climbing routes bolted with fixed anchors across the limestone cliffs of the island. One therefore wonders whether this tendency towards perilous pursuits is what leads to their Easter celebrations in which, whilst other islands are letting of fireworks, Kalymnians throws dynamite off hills. Yes, really. Despite this, the rest of the year it has a tranquil nature and makes for a pleasant and restful break. Kalymnos has a small domestic airport and is serviced by ferries from many of the nearby islands, with several boats a day from Mastichari in Kos during summer as well as a daily ferry from Kos Town.
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