KALYMNOS

Beauty of the island will captivate your heart at first sight. The mountainous terrain with two sprawling valley below mesmerizing sight, piercingly clear blue sea will not let you forget it. The island does not only have a rich history and extraordinary nature, also has azure sea and picturesque beaches. Climbing and diving are developed on this island. The island of Kalymnos is famous for the numerous romantic bays and caves, keeping their legends, many of which can only be reached by sea. Most popular of them is the cave of the Seven Virgins (or Grotto Nymphs) and cave Kefala. According to the legend it served as a refuge for Zeus. The island has a cave with a rich stalactite and stalagmite decor, in which you can get with excursions. Archaeological interest is a cave in the rocks near the Bay of Vathi, the findings of which indicate that the cave was inhabited since Neolithic times. The local population is famous for all of Greece for its fishers of sea sponges. For this reason the museum of sponge is opened here. This is the main fishing for local residents. As for tourism, the island was opened not so long ago. You have to visit the archaeological museum, which is located in the capital of the island Choir and includes exhibits, dating back even to prehistoric times. This is real evidence that life arose long ago. The capital of the island is the town Pothia with a population of 10 thousand people. The town was founded in the middle of the 19th century. In the city you can see two of the Cathedrals: the Cathedral of St. Nicholas and the Christ of the Savior from the ancient icons and frescoes. The city has many neoclassical houses – heritage Italians. One of these houses there is an Archaeological Museum Kalymnos.
The old island’s capital town Choir is located about a kilometer from, in direction to the North-West. Near the village you can see the fortress. On the territory of the fortress is the Church of the Virgin; the icon is stored here, where the mother of God is depicted with gold-plated hands. From the fortress there is a great view of the city Pothia and visible to the neighboring island of Kos. The most popular beaches on the island are the beaches of Kanuni, Linaria, Mussoorie and Vlikadia.

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