Kalymnos is one of the Dodecanese Greek islands promising holidaymakers beautiful weather, lovely beaches and fantastic family attractions...
Located just off Kos, the Island of Kalymnos is reached by flying to Kos (KGS) Airport and travelling onward by ferry. The ferry arrives at the capital of Kalymnos, Pothia, with its lovely mermaid statue and pretty houses with coloured windows.
For a lovely beach holiday, Kalymnos has mixed pebble and sand beaches, with a beautiful blue ocean backdrop. The island's west coast, which sweeps from the pretty village of Myrties, is home to the best beaches. Missouri is one of the principal tourist destinations, with a long sandy beach and water sports, hotels and a disco. From Kalymnos you can take the opportunity to go “island hopping” around some of the other Greek islands or perhaps visit Turkey for the day.
Steeped in history, Kalymnos has an ancient ruin in the form of the Hora Fortress, while the Byzantine monastery of Agios Savvas and the Citadel of the Knights of St John also make for great historic sightseeing. While on your Kalymnos holidays you can also visit a traditional sponge factory and the Sea World Nautical Museum.
Holidays to Kalymnos promise to be totally stress free. The island is dotted with quiet tavernas, cafés and restaurants and it has a lovely, relaxed way of life, making it the perfect destination for a calm and chilled-out break.
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Most people enjoy a Kalymnos holiday during the popular summer months, but spring and autumn still offer blue skies and sun...
As with the rest of the Greek islands, the Kalymnos holiday season runs from the beginning of July to the end of August. However, the island's warm climate and popular alternative events programme means it attracts visitors throughout the year.
Kalymnos has a warm and sunny Mediterranean climate. It’s hot, dry summers make the island popular with holidaymakers looking to enjoy the Greek sunshine. The average high temperature in summer is 32C. However, northerly winds and sea breezes keep humidity lower, making the temperature feel much more comfortable. In Kalymnos, the spring and autumn are mild with seven to eight hours of sunshine. April and May can see showers occur and the island often receives heavy rainfall during the winter.
Festivals adorn the social diary of the small but fun-filled island of Kalymnos...
Climbing Festival; May: Kalymnos is a prevalent destination for rock climbers and the island hosts the annual Kalymnos Climbing Festival in May each year.
Kalymnos Diving Festival; July: Known as the spongefisher's isle, Kalymnos has a history of traditional sponge diving. This history is celebrated every year with the Kalymnos Diving Festival in July. As well as sponge diving, visitors can also take part in seminars, view exhibitions and enter underwater photography competitions.
Feast of St Panteleimon; July: July 27th sees the Feast of St Panteleimon, celebrating the saint with street celebrations, singing and dancing.
Many activities here cost next to nothing, offering plenty of opportunity for cheap holidays to Kalymnos...
Grown-up families: The island is totally unspoilt and great for walking and rock climbing, thanks to its natural limestone crags, mountains and valleys.
Active types: Adrenaline-hungry visitors to Kalymnos head straight for the island’s mix of soaring peaks and sheer faces, which provide some of the finest rock climbing in the Greek islands.
Free and cheap: The bays of Kalymnos place a safe cordon around clear and shallow waters – perfect places for snorkelling.