Welcome to Kalymnos

While its sponge-fishing heyday is long past, Kalymnos remains inextricably entwined with the sea, particularly in its capital and main ferry port, Pothia, where you’ll still find stalls piled high with unearthly looking sponges, and a statue of Poseidon surveying the harbour. As Pothia is a working town, it’s more restful to stay in the smaller west-coast settlements such as Emborios and Myrties, or over on Telendos.

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$34.77 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Full-Day Boat Tour in Pserimos Kalymnos and Platy

Departure from Kos Harbor at approx 9:30am. About 1 hour later you will arrive at Pserimos, a small island with only 60 inhabitants. You remain in Pserimos for more than an hour, and you have the opportunity to enjoy the sun, the water, and the lovely view. You depart from Pserimos at 12:30pm and sail towards the small island of Plati. You anchor near the coast of the island and have free time to swim while the crew is preparing lunch. Lunch is served around 2:00pm and consists of souvlaki, Greek salad, tzatziki, and fruit.After lunch you sail towards Kalymnos to Pothia, the capital city of Kalymnos. Pothia is one of the most colorful towns of the Dodecanese. Every house has its own color, and every color has a different meaning. The island has a very dry mountainous landscape with some valleys.You will walk down to one of the many sponge factories which exist in Pothia as Kalymnos is well-known for its famous sponge divers. At the factory you will learn about the history and the facts of sponge diving and will be given a demonstration on cutting and bleaching sponges. After visiting the factory there will be plenty of time for a walk through the small streets of Pothia; after this you can also walk through the shops of the main town.

$46.36 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Kos: Full-Day Boat Trip to Kalymnos, Pserimos and Platy

Sail to the island of Kalymnos to stroll around or visit the unique Sponge Museum. Learn the history behind sponge fishing that has taken place on the island since antiquity. Break for lunch at a traditional tavern and taste the local delicacies. Continue to the uninhabited island of Platy for some time to swim and relax in the sun in peace. Complete your island-hopping experience at Pserimos, where you will have an hour to swim in the sea and relax on the beach before heading back to Kos. Top up your tan on the boat's sunbeds and enjoy a drink from the fully stocked bar, or join the party that usually takes place on deck.

Kalymnos in detail