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Kalymnos - Pothia, the Vathys Valley, and the South of the island - above and around the valley of Vathys

Above and around the valley of Vathys
From the western end of Platanos, the road leads to Metochi; from here, a new track to the north leads up the mountain-side to the fortified, 18th century monastery of Panaghia Kyra Psili­. (When the track reaches the watershed at the chapel of Stavros, a signed foot-path to the right leads on up to the church.) The dramatically-sited monastery is a votive gift made by a native of the island, who converted to Islam and served as a high official in the Ottoman administration; when a fleet of ships under his management was miraculously rescued from a storm by the intervention of the Virgin, he dedicated and built this monastery on what was probably the site of an earlier hermitage (and of even earlier pagan cult) inside the grottoes where the chapels within the walls now stand. Its hidden and fortified location served as a refuge for the inhabitants of the valley in times of danger.
   From Stavros the pathway to the northeast leads (45 mins each way) down to the island’s north shore at the wild and solitary inlet of Pezonda. Along the ridge, to the west of Stavros, at a point where it projects south over the valley in a natural ‘acropolis’, is a site known as Kastellas: the settlement here, marked by large blocks of collapsed masonry, seems to have been continuously used through the Geometric, Archaic and Classical periods. Jewellery, bronze arrow-heads, coins, and glass vessels have recently been found here.
   On leaving the village of Metochi, this time to the west, the road passes (left) the cemetery church of Aghios Theodoros, which has 16th century wall-paintings in its interior. From here, a wide unpaved track leads further west towards Stimenia at the head of the valley, from where it continues (currently under construction) over the bare mountain landscape to the bay of Arginontas on the island’s west coast: the old mule-path, which generally follows the lines of the electricity cables west from the northern end of Metochi, covers the same distance in a tough, but panoramic, two hour-walk.


Kalymnos Island is part of the Dodecanese Island group
Pothia, the Vathys Valley, and the south of the island. Above and around the valley of Vathys.


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Folklore museum in Vothini
Hellenistic and Early Christian remains in Kalymnos

 

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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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