We are situated in Kandouni beach of the area Panormos of Kalymnos Island. Kantouni is a long sandy beach preferred by locals because of its easy access, clean water and its shady trees.
Above the beach stands the Monastery of the Cross from where you can have a panoramic view over the village and the bay that overlooks the picturesque island of Agia Kyriaki (St.Sunnday) offering one of the most spectacular sunsets to the visitor. It lies five kilometers away from the area of Potheia, the capital of Kalymnos.
Kalymnos, the island of the sponge-divers, is the fourth largest island of the Dodecanese islands. It covers an area of 107 square kilometres. It is lying between the islands of Kos and Leros and it is surrounded by a series of islets.
The island is mainly mountanous. There are two small valleys riddled with lemon trees and many aromatic herbs like thyme, sage and oregano. Due to the oregano, the honey produced at Kalymnos is exceptionally aromatic. The impressie mountanous slopes make the island ideal for rock-climbing. That’s why Kalymnos is known as the paradise of climbers.
Kalymnos is believed to have been inhabited in the Neolithic era. Its first inhabitants were probably the Carians, who came from the area of Caria in Asia Minor (Turkey), followed by the Cretans in about 1100 B.C. After the Cretans, the Dorians came and built a settlement called Argos.
In the 5th century B.C., Artemisia, the queen of Alikarnasos, in alliance with the Persians conquered the island. During the Persian wars, Kalymnos took part in the Athens’ Alliance and stabilized its relations with the neighbouring island of Kos. Later, it was conquered by the Romans and at the end if the 13th century A.C. by the Genoese, who conquered all the Dodecanese islands.
At that time, the castle of the village, known as Pera Kastro, was built. The Knights of Saint John ruled the island from 1306 to 1522. When the Othomans attacked them violently they withdrew in Rhodes where they tried to resist the enemy for the last time without success.
The Othoman domination lasted approximately 400 years, until 1912 when the italians attemped to take over Kalymnos and the other Dodecanese islands. Finally the island was united to the newly-built Greek state in 1948 after the Axis’ military forces had been defeated during the 2nd World War.
climbing in Kalymnos…
Kalymnos offers adventurous holidays as well as a wide range of options. Apart from beaches there are plenty of mountains available for rock-climbing. Moreover, other activities that can be practised are surfing, mountain-bike, hiking, sailing and sea-diving.
This island is considered as best destination by most climbers. Limestone, climbing on stalactites, many caves have helped to characterize the Kalymnos magazines Vertical, Klettern, Climbing, Desnivel, as one of the most beautiful locations “in the world of climbing”.
There are about 60 fields with sport climbing routes mainly “a pitch” difficulty from 4-9, which is easily accessible by trails. Most journeys of “a rope” between 20 and 30 meters. However, there are trails of “a pitch” that reach 50 to 60 meters. For the opening of routes on the island used modern materials, stainless steel which is regular maintenance. The majority of the routes are located in the western ~ northwestern part of the island.
Do not forget the picturesque island of Telendos to set up more and more routes with emphasis on routes “many ropes” of different heights. In Kalymnos opened about 100-150 new routes each year by Greek and foreign climbers. Currently the island has over 1300 organized routes.