Kalymnos is a wonderful island. The people are great and the scenery breathtaking. I only hope that it never gets over commercialised. I must admit to shedding a little tear on my last coach journey out of the island. I highly recommend the following tavernas: Uncle Petros (Pothia harbour), Barba Iouannis (Massouri), Sunset (Massouri), Stalas and Oepus (Myrties) and Xefteris (Pothia) amongst others. For a drink, visit Stavros at Nefeli's and admire his beautiful garden (Myrties). Take a trip to the caves and coves. The loveliest island in the world.
Dear Paul, I have read with great interest your articles about the Greek Islands. It has been a while since I was there myself and I dare say things have changed somewhat. I hope to go there again in the near future. I would appreciate your comments on beaches in north-west England and any other places of interest in that part of the world.
HAVING JUST LAST THURSDAY RETURNED FROM MY FIRST VISIT TO KALYMNOS, I MUST SAY WHAT A LOVELY ISLAND AND WHAT LOVELY PEOPLE. HAVING BEEN TO A FEW OF THE LARGER, MORE COMMERCIAL GREEK ISLANDS I MUST SAY WHAT A JOY IT WAS TO VISIT KALYMNOS AND PATMOS AND LEROS. I SHALL DEFINITELY RETURN AGAIN NEXT YEAR. COMMENTS PLEASE FAX VIVIENNE ON - 00 44 1296 399781
Nice page and I have family living on Nisyros so have spent some time on the island. A small correction to your write up but there are several beaches on the island, namely Holhaki a pebbly beach near to Spilliani the monastry in Mandraki, white beach situated between Mandraki and Pali white although originally had black volcanic sand beach is now covered with imported white sand, nice beach for tourists with a small taverna, Lies also has a beach but this is quite far and out of the way (mainly full of cows) lastly there is Bachamos which is further round from Llies. If you visit the island again be sure to look for a small shop called Naturally Nisyros run by Richard and Lin Bulloch, they're always friendly and say you got emailed by Steve and Sue
Steve & Sue :-)
Having been to Kalymnos three times in the last 5 years and about to return at the end of May, I can only say that to us it is paradise. Each time we have stayed at the Kantouni Beach Hotel which although not palatial is friendly and has life and character - the staff are fantastic. Kantouni and Panomous are not throbbing with life but have some good tavernas that we will be revisiting. All in all a place to be recommended as long as your not 17 and wanting to rave til' dawn.
Your comments on my article on Greece were passed on to me by Jonathan Singer of Cyber Adventures. I thought I would respond.
>I think you site is nice and honored that you started your tour from >Kalymnos, the island where I was born and grew up. However, I felt >offended when you stated that the beaches are mediocre, According to >your standards. Maybe next time you should evaluate more carefully >your impression on small hidden and picturesque beaches.
My impressions of Kalymnos were based on my experience of four main beaches - ones that first-time visitors are likely to find first. I still maintain that, despite the fact that I enjoyd Kalymnos immensely, these beaches are mediocre to reasonable. Let's take them one at a time:
Thermes: the town beach. Pebbly/sandy and crowded and smallish. OK for a quick dip, but hardly magnificent.
Masouri: dark (volcanic?) sand, little shade, narrowish and littered with rubbish. OK but nothing great.
Emporeios: pretty good, but on the day I visited, too windy to bathe. Also a *long* way out from Pothia.
Vathy: by far the most memorable swimming I did on Kalymnos, but it was not a 'beach'. We just swam from the jetty in front of the restaurant.
I have no doubt that the are many beaches reachable by 4WD or caique or even ones that are easily accessible by conventional car. However, by my own *subjective* standards, Kalymnos' (4) beaches do not compare to beaches I have come across in Halkidiki, Milos, Mykonos, Kerkyra or Skiathos to name but a few.
Given that it is possible that I shall be evaluating Kalymnos professionally next year for touristic purposes, I would be more than happy to hear of all the hidden places that I should look at so that your island gets a better deal next time round :))
Me filikous xairetismous ...
I think you site is nice and honored that you started your tour from Kalymnos, the island where I was born and grew up. However, I felt offended when you stated that the beaches are mediocre, According to your standards. Maybe next time you should evaluate more carefully your impression on small hidden and picturesque beaches.
A reader of your page