Recreational Opportunities on and near Kalymnos
This site is very useful-it probably contains better, more accurate and more useful information than I list below!
I. Sports Activities (to be elaborated)
Kalymnos has recently become a prime destination for rock climbing, with continuing development of climbing areas and routes. There are approximately 25 currently developed areas along the west coast, within easy access from the hotel, each with many bolted routes. The climbing is on very featured limestone, often with stalactites and other similar features. Most are one pitch climbs, but there are some climbs up to five pitches. The climbs are at all levels of difficulty from beginner to expert.
A newly updated guidebook on climbing has been published by Aris Theodoropoulos in 2006. One source I found was at: http://www.needlesports.com/acatalog/Mail_Order_Greece_135.html.
We will place information on this website about the following activities and others in the coming months:
II. Leisure Activities and Tourism (to be elaborated)
Sea World Museum: Also known as the Museum of Submarine Finds, it is located on the beach in Vlychadia. This extraordinary museum shows the natural world under the sea- including sponges (sponge fishing was the traditional source of income in Kalymnos), and sunken treasure retrieved from local shipwrecks, most collected by former diver Stavros Valsimades.
Underwater Ruins of the Old Capital: In 535 AD, Kalymnos experienced a huge earthquake, with tremors that lasted 14 days. As a result, the old capital was lost under the sea and little Telendos became a separate rocky island lying off the west coast. Telendos is now reached regularly by bus boats from Myrties. Both snorkeling and scuba diving allow sight of the ruins of the old capital in the sea between Kalymnos and Telendos.
Telendos Quay: There are no roads on Telendos so no traffic. The wide quayside has been recently paved and a number of tavernas have placed their tables along it. Its a romantic setting and a favourite with couples enjoying the views across to the twinkling lights of Myrties and Massouri (best at night). The last ferry leaves around 10.30 pm.
Beaches on Telendos: These are small and accessible only along rough tracks. At the nearest there are fine views across the straits to the main island; the impressive remains of an early Christian basilica being excavated behind the beach is worth a look. The small path that runs behind the beach leads to better coves beyond. The path along the coast peters out after a while into what is little more than a goat track. A further scramble along a rough and rocky track reveals a couple of small coves dotted with sunbeds. The furthest cove, known as PARADISE BEACH, is the best with a bank of shingle dipping into shallow seas beneath a large rock outcrop that provides shelter. This is also a naturist beach and helps to keep it quietly exclusive as, no matter where you sit, you are likely to be thigh to thigh as it were with a naturist. Other beaches can be found on the western coast of the island by following the alley off the main harbour past the Barba Stathis taverna and up a paved and tiled track which peters out at the top of the hill. To the right down a precipitous cliff path is the small cove of HOKLAKAS with a few sunbeds set on shingle beneath the sheer cliffs. This is a great place for snorkeling and enjoying the sunset to the west.
A daily hydrofoil goes from Pothia (via Kos) to Bodrum on the Turkish coast. Bodrum offers interesting shops, a local market, a crusader castle, and museums devoted to the underwater world, among other attractions. From Bodrum there is easy access to many famous archeological sites, such as Ephesus.