Home of the famous sponge divers, this island in the Dodecanese is ideal for modern-day adventurers and aspiring rock climbers
Kalymnos, Are you looking for pure and pristine places? Do you crave simplicity and authenticity in the Greek islands? Do you like serenity, relaxation and outdoor recreation? Are you mad about rock climbing, scuba diving, or both? Well, if this is what you’re after, Kalymnos is a hidden gem in the Aegean, a unique piece of Greece that you must discover.
What to do on Kalymnos
“Treasures of the Aegean Sea”
Arid and rocky Kalymnos. The only exit for its residents is the sea. Generously, the sea provided the locals with its valuable sponges, which they gratefully began harvesting. Exactly when Kalymnians started sponge diving is lost in the mists of time.
Today, they have one of the largest fishing fleets in the Aegean and they produce about 30,000 sponges annually. You’ll be able to see the numerous species of sponge, as well as witness the various stages they go through before reaching the market.
Some of the most beautiful rock faces in Europe can be found here, and Kalymnos has become world-famous for its 60 stunning but safe climbing venues. The rocks on the island have excellent traction and access to climbing areas is a breeze. There are also an additional 1,300 marked and secure routes to be found here. It’s an adventurer’s paradise in the Mediterranean!
The International Diving Festival convenes here every year. Magical worlds – like Nera, Telendos, Platy and the nearby island of Pserimos – will stay carved in your memory as you dive into their depths. Explore the sunken ancient city hidden under the Myrties-Telendos sea channel.