Kalymnos is a Greek Island in the southeastern Aegean Sea. This is Terry and my second time making the long journey to this far off island. Once we arrived and got settled the sport climbing, the fantastic weather, hiking, scootering, the adventures began immediately. Our prime focus on this mountainous island was the famous Kalymnos limestone sport climbing routes, the climbing is so extensive with easy access its hard to match anywhere on the planet.
The town of Massouri in Kalymnos the extensive band of limestone cliffs is just behind.
Kalymnos Geography – Kalymnos is mainly mountainous with complicated topography. There are three main chains going from W-NW to E-SE, and a fourth which innervates the peninsula. The coastline is very irregular, with many sheltered coves. There are some springs, one among them being thermal. The soil is mainly limestone-based, but in the valleys there is a compact bank of volcanic tuff, the relic of an ancient volcano, located near the village of Kantouni. The island is mainly barren, except for the two fertile valleys of Vathi and Pothia, where olives, oranges and vines are grown.
Our friends Dale and Lauren along with Rob and Lizzy, joined up with us for our two week vacation. We rented a seaside vacation home owned by a local family living in the nearby port of Pothia. Having friends to share a home, tour around the island and all the crags was an absolute pleasure. We shared our dinners together, scooter rides, hikes and we all settled in and enjoyed a laid back Kaylmnian lifestyle for a few weeks.
Our dinners together were a special time. We enjoyed the house and being able to cook our own food as well as the restaurants in town. A mix of both was perfect for us.
Keeping true with our plant based foods – I made a special treat for all. These giant bean/ lentil veggie burgers were tasty.
The Greek Salad.
Terry showing our fine home on Kalymnos.
Terry – warm rock, bright sunshine – a perfect day.
On sighting the best of Kalymnos limestone sport climbing routes was our plan for the trip. Taking our seasons training onto the stone, finding our edge. Above Dale, Rob and I are all pondering the next moves, where will it takes us, to the top!!!
The supermoon and Telendos Island viewed from our deck.
Fun times scootering around the island.
Of note to rent these scooters the shops owners are looking for a valid motorcycle license. If you convince to rent without a license – you have no insurance.
Climbing in the Three Caves area of Telendos.
The sea and the sun bring this place together with fabulous views each day. Swinging in the breeze after another Kalymnos limestone sport climbing send!!!
Sunsets from our deck over the Aegean Sea.
Terry and I on our scooter tour and rest day. This is the view out the Vathia port. Our next direction leads us into a beautiful and fertile valley growing oranges, lemons, olives and other local produce.
So psyched to have spent time with our friends on Kalymnos. Terry and I look forward to next years trip with you all.