Kalymnos, the island of the sea- sponge harvesters Climbing up giant vertical rocks; diving in a sea bottom where centuries- old ship wrecks lie; enchanting caves; wonderful beaches und picturesque island settlements. This is Kalymnos: a destination offering more than you can imagine! Welcome to Kalymnos, the island of the sea-sponge harvesters! The fourth largest island of the Dodecanese Group is widely known as an international sponge-harvesting trade center. After WW II, Kalymnos remained the only Greek island engaged in the sea sponge-harvesting activity, supplying domestic as well as foreign markets. Thanks to its unique geomorphology, Kalymnos is a tourist destination known worldwide for offering alternative vacations and activities such as climbing, scuba diving, mountain hiking and spelunking, a true paradise for passionate action-lovers! The capital of Kalymnos is the port-town of Pothia, a colourful island settlement spreading amphitheatrically over the foot and slopes of two hills and the valley between them. Discover the natural beauties of the island through hiking! Follow wonderful scenic routes such as this from Chorio to Kastro of Chrysocheria [Castle of Chrysocheria] (20’-min. hike) or further uphill to the top of Profitis Ilias (total trail length: 5 km). Another hiking route goes from Kalymnos (Pothia) to Vathy (total trail length: 4.5 km) along the old, Italian cobblestone path. On the island there have been also recorded more than 50 caves, linked to fascinating myths and traditions. Indicatively you can visit the Cave of Epta Parthenes (Seven Virgins), the cave of Kephalas with the rich stalactite formations (reachable only by boat from Pothia or Myrties) or Daskaleio (reachable only by boat from the port of Rina).

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