The island belongs to the Dodecanese Islands and boasts an area of just 52 square miles. Kalymnos has a rich history in sponge diving, but more recently has become known for its unique rock climbing. The major climbing villages are Myrties, Masouri, and Armeos, but there are also smaller villages with crags in their backyards, including Vathis, Panormos, Arginonta, Skalia, and Emporios.
You’ll need to rent a car or scooter to get around the island. The roads are hilly, narrow, and windy, so you’ll have to exercise some confidence if you opt for a scooter. You’ll likely rent in Pothia, the main harbor town, and be staying on the other end of the island in Myrties, Masouri Armeos ορ Ωατηισ, so depending on how much luggage you have, you may need to choose a car over a scooter.
Vathy is located in the middle of a mountainous site, 13 km north east of Pothia, the capital of Kalymnos. The lovely settlement of Vathy is located at the most fertile spot of the island.
Its lovely houses stand on the slopes of two hills while a small part of the settlement lies on a verdant valley that extends to the natural gulf. There you will see a picturesque port filled with fishing boats and tourboats which make daily trips to some of the most interesting sites in Kalymnos.
This small oasis offers a few accommodations, local taverns and shops. One can see several sightseeings in close distance such as the castle ruins, the Monastery of the Virgin and a couple of caves. For swimming the best spot is the beautiful cove of Vathy and Akti.
Boats also depart for the nearby beaches.