Craggy, cliffy, wildly indented Kálymnos is a breath of fresh air – an island where visitors are welcome but where carpenters still hammer, tailors still stitch, and the old spicy Greek smell of coffee and herbs still fills the streets, even in winter when many other islands look forlorn.
The land also strikes an equilibrium: emerald valleys wedged under sheer cliffs (the island’s highest point, Mount Profítis Ilías, is the driest spot in all the Dodecanese) sweep down to mini-fjords and sandy beaches. Sailing into craggy Kálymnos under a full moon rising is sublime. Rock-climbers adore it; its limestone cliffs and dramtic overhangs are considered one of the greatest areas in the world for the sport. There are over 600 routes and the potential for many many more.
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