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The island of sponge divers, full of contrasts

Kalydna Hotel

Kalydna Island Hotel is the best choice since it is located away of the noise of the port, next to one of the most beautiful beaches of Kalymnos and to the most interesting climbing areas. Kalydna Island Hotel is a unique Hotel and bungalow complex of luxury construction, in a traditional Aegean style.
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Plaza Hotel

The Hotel Plaza consists of 59 rooms and 2 luxury suites. All rooms offer A/C, telephones, televisions, refrigerators, and private balconies. They also include a breakfast buffet with a stunning sea view.
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Apollonia Hotel

The large terraces and verandas offer breathtaking views during the day and capture the majestic Aegean sunsets in a unique way. Have your breakfast/dinner while enjoying the games of light that the Dodecanese are world famous for.
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Pegasus Hotel

Pegasus Hotel, on Kalymnos Island Greece, Massouri. The harmonious coexistence of lime stone cliffs with a multitude of caves with beautiful beaches composes unique setting suitable for splendid vocations and moments of relaxation.

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Kalymnos is very friendly, very Greek, and an island of contrasts. It is a terrific island for those who want to do more than just lie on a beach all day. Though only 13 miles long and about 8 miles wide, the island has a dramatic and mountainous beauty, contrasted with two amazingly fertile valleys and several lovely uncrowded beaches and bays on the west side.

With the decline of the sponge trade in the 1920’s, for which the island has always been famous, a whole generation of Kalymnians emigrated, mainly to Australia, where some 36,000 live in Darwin alone, but many have now returned to live on Kalymnos, so language is no longer a problem.

The capital of the island and main harbour is Pothia, a busy, working harbourside fringed with bars and tavernas, where smart yachts jostle for position with fishing boats, day trip cruisers and the inter-island ferries. There are shops, museums, an open air cinema, banks, offices, a taxi rank and all the general hustle and bustle you would expect from a thriving Greek harbour town.

Away from Pothia there are several villages and hamlets scattered along the coastline well worth exploring. The scenery is dramatic with high rocky mountains sweeping down to gentle, fertile slopes with olive and citrus groves.

On the western side of the island lie the villages of Myrties and Massouri and the very much quieter hamlets of Arginondas, Skalia and Emborios, at the far end of the island. Myrties and Massouri have some lovely dark sand and pebble beaches and plenty of tavernas and restaurants.