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KALYMNOS

Kalymnos Island combines all the sweet smells of spring and sea. An impression strengthened in the evenings when the diffusive moonlight falls from the highest slopes of the town to the narrow paths, the wayfarers and the picturesque coasts.

At the morning that the sun and the Aegean light shines the island does not lose its' magic at all. High slopes tower over the city embracing tall houses of elegant architecture and beautiful colorations. You surely should pay a visit at the Rina bay, a scenic and peaceful small port with coffee shops, taverns and lodgings and to the "Folklore Museum-Traditional House of Kalymnos".

The 16000 hospitable "Spongers", islanders are dealing up with husbandry, stock-rearing but mostly with the shipping thereof their individual nickname coming from their world famous professional activity with sponge-fishing. Entering the port you will face the numerous boats anchored along the bay. This island places the highest number of piscatorial crafts in all Greece.

Spong-fishing already from the ancient times rose to prominence as the island's main wealth producing golconda that fed others such as trading and constructing. Still from the 19th century there were twenty Kalymnian sponge-trading firms all over the world. Sponge is also mentioned at Homer's Odyssey and Aeschylus'Agamemnon. In Kalymnos it begins its' systematic production at the 19th century. The Kalymnians fished sponges at the coastline of Mikra Asia and Syria. The used traditionary methods of fishing such as using glass and harpoon or diving without mask following the direction prescribed by the man with the glass. In order to descend they used a rock strapped with rope, the so called "trigger" or triggerstone".

Derivationally, the name Kalymnos is probably deriving from the Greek words "Kalos" (meaning "good") and "Ydna" (meaning "water"). From Kalydna came Kalymna-Kalymnos.

The island id mountainous with many alps and marvelous beaches. The blend of the natural beauty, the hospitable temper of its' citizens and its' tradition appoint Kalymnos supreme even for the most demanding sightseer.

Its' capital city, Pothia as amphitheatrically settled among two mountains. Overhead the westwards tops Agios Savvas' Church, dedicated to a monk sanctified in Kalymnos and eastward the Tabernacle of the Ressurection. At the town you will see the Port Authority, the Nautical Folklore Museum and the Vouvalis' Tabernacle.

Kalymnos is also presenting a great, peaceful and imposing natural environment for climbing.

The petrogenetic morphology is model for mountaineering. There are numerous hills, ten-two hundred meters tall that are incomparable for new routes beyond the already known existing. Climbing, that is accomplished at sporting paths with eaves, outcrops and stalactites, is never getting boring.

A mountainous island like Kalymnos is surely improbable to lack of great, herbaceous fauna. Its' slopes are verdurous of aromatic herbs such as thyme and oregano.

The anticipations for the growth of the alternative tourism are splendidly promising for Kalymnos. The authorities and the municipality have realized them and support the organization and utilization of these rocky fields.

Map of Kalimnos

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