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Kalymnos - Chorio and the North of the island - Kantouni, Panormos and Myrties

Kantouni, Panormos and Myrties
The main road to the north, now a tree-lined avenue, descends after passing the church of Christ of Jerusalem to a junction (4.5 km from Pothia), where a left branch-road leads to Linaria and Kantouni, two contiguous villages with attractive houses and gardens overlooking an intimate west-facing bay with sandy beaches. From Kantouni there are footpaths leading to the panoramic monastery of Stavrou, and further west (40 minutes) to the more remote monastery of Aghia Photini­. ‘Panormos’—which also has an attractive beach, Platis Yialos—refers more to an area than a particular centre, and covers the scattered community of houses and gardens on the lower west-facing slopes of Mount Prophiis Eli­as, which rises to the island’s highest peak (676m) behind. Before the main road begins to descend steeply to the coast at Myrties, with striking views across to Telendos, a sign indicates a left turn to the Early Christian basilica of Aghios Ioannis at Melitsacha: it possibly occupies what was the panoramic site of a temple of Poseidon. Once again it is the fine mosaics—clear, confident and well ordered in design, and with a dedicatory inscription of a certain ‘Anatolios’—which are the site’s greatest joy. By comparison with the other Palaeochristian buildings on the island, this is of smaller scale: the marble pillars of the nave with their carved panels closing off the north aisle are still in place at points, and the base of the templon screen, the synthronon and marble floor of the sanctuary are all clearly visible; their colour contrasts with the black volcanic threshold-stone of the west doorway. A modern funerary chapel occupies the southeast corner, and there are the remains of an 11th century chapel to the south. From here, the road descends steeply to Myrties, the harbour both for the regular shuttle-boats to Telendos (see next section), and for the daily ferry, which sails through the dramatic bay of Arginonta, and round the northern point of the island to Xerokambos on Leros.


Kalymnos Island is part of the Dodecanese Island group
Chorio and the North of the island. Kantouni, Panormos and Myrties.


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access

Kalymnos Island, Greece.

By air: Kalymnos now has a small and dramatically sited airport at a distance of 5.5km from Póthia, served by Olympic Air, providing connections with Athens five times a week, mostly with a stop en route at Astypalaia.
By boat: There are daily services by catamaran (Dodecanese Express), and four times weekly by car ferry (F/B Nisos Kalymnos), south to Kos, and north to Leros, Patmos (& Samos—ferry only). There are daily boats to Piraeus and to Rhodes, operated by GA Ferries, making also twice weekly stops at Tilos, Nisyros and Symi on the way to Rhodes.
The faster Flying Dolphin services link Kalymnos (Póthia) also with the smaller Dodecanese Islands between Samos in the north and Rhodes in the south, and run daily in summer. There are daily services in summer (only intermittently out of season) between Póthia and Pserimos, and between Myrtiés and Xerókambos on Leros, weather permitting.

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eating

Kalymnos Island, Greece.

The taverna "Pandelis", in a tiny square directly behind the Olympic Hotel on the waterfront, does not have a wide choice, but what is offered is prepared well—with care and attention to freshness, lightness and flavour.
The ouzeri "Sphoungaras", in an alley behind the Emporiki Bank (where Patr. Maximou Street meets the promenade) has excellent mezé, and is crowded with locals at lunch time.
Around the island— both "Popy"s" at Vathýs, and "Akti" in a delightful setting at Emboreió, are good for fresh fish dishes.

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further reading

Kalymnos Island, Greece.

On the sponge trade:
Bitter Sea: The Real Story of Greek Sponge Diving, by Faith Warn (2000); and,The Bell stone

Greek Sponge Divers of the Aegean, by Michael Kalafatas (2003).

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lodging

Kalymnos Island, Greece.

For character and tranquillity, *Villa Melina is the most congenial place to stay in Póthia (T. 22430 22682; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). It is a Belle Epoque, family mansion, with high-ceilinged rooms (and some newer studio rooms around the swimming pool), run by the hospitable owners in a quiet area close to the museum.
With more straightforward facilities, and a good view of the town, is the Hotel Panorama (T. 22430 23138, 22917; www. panorama-kalymnos.gr).
For beach-side accommodation in Kantouni Bay, on the west of the island, Koletti Studios are in a delightful setting (T. 22430 47922, or, out of season, 210 692.8909);
and the tiny shore-side guest-house, On the Rocks, facing Kalymnos from Telendos (T. 22430 48260, 48261; www.otr.telendos.com) is perfect for a peaceful retreat.

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practical info

Kalymnos Island, Greece.

85 200 Kalymnos:
area 110sq km
perimeter 96km
population 15,706
max. altitude 676m
Port Athority: T. 22430 24444.
Travel and information: Kalymnos Municpality, www.kalymnos-isl.gr; Magos Travel, T. 22430 28777.

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