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

The valley of Vathys
The ideal way to arrive at *Vathis is by boat into its dramatic fjord-like inlet, or—failing that—by taking the old flagstone kalderimi, rebuilt during the Italian occupation, over the hills northeast of Pothia, which leaves from be side the church of Aghia Triada, not far above the Vouvalis Mansion. It is a shade-less, but panoramic, two-hour walk, passing in the first 20 minutes below the vestigial remains of the acropolis (to east) of the ancient settlement of Pothaia. But the density of things to be seen in the Vathis valley unfortunately requires a long time to visit by foot, and so a car or bicycle is all but essential. The asphalt road east of Pothia passes along the scarred and barren south coast of the island: there are fine views to Turkey as it turns north; then the valley of Vathis suddenly comes into view, paved with intense green vegetation. The intermittent sounds of goat-bells, barking dogs and the crowing of cocks, are a complete contrast to the noise and activity of Pothia. The valley has the wide, sculpted form of a glacial glen, but is in fact part alluvial plain and part an inlet of the sea that has silted and remained fertile: it was intensively cultivated in Antiquity, has seen habitation since earliest times, and is unusually rich in Early Christian remains.


Kalymnos Island is part of the Dodecanese Island group
Pothia, the Vathys Valley, and the South of the island. The valley of Vathys.


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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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