Ways to Enjoy the Stunning Natural Beauty of Kalymnos
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Kalymnos is a truly unique island. While it doesn’t get as busy as some of the other Greek islands, there is still a healthy tourist crowd that finds its way there. While the island does have a past history of being part of the sponge fishing trade, the trade isn’t what it once was (although it still does exist). The legacy, however, is still very much a part of the culture. Aside from that, the island is stunningly beautiful and people come from all over the world to enjoy it. Here are some of the best ways to enjoy nature on this unique Greek island:
Lounge on the Beach
Even though Kalymnos is a fairly small island, there are a lot of beaches to visit. Beaches such as Platis Yialos, Kantouni, Massouri, and Melitsahas remain favorites for visitors and locals alike. These beaches offer the perfect way to soak up the sun, take in the scenery, and enjoy the warm Aegean waters. Each of these beaches offers something unique, so if you have the time, it is a good idea to visit more than one.
Go Scuba Diving or Snorkeling
There is a history of diving on the island, thanks to the sponge trade that is so much a part of the culture on the island. While many of these divers no longer work in the trade, many of them have continued diving – this time for leisure and as a business. As such, Kalymnos is one of the most popular islands in Greece for diving. For those who don’t necessarily want to go diving, snorkeling will still enable you to see what’s underneath the water without expending as big of an effort.
Hike Through the Countryside
One of the thing that separates Kalymnos apart from other islands is that it is a great place to hike. If this interests you, consider hiring a guide to take you through some of the most interesting terrain on the island! The trails here range from warn down paths to those that are actually lined with stone. There are also plenty of hikes that can accommodate all fitness levels.
Climb the Dramatic Rocks
Kalymnos is also a haven for those who enjoy rock climbing. There are a lot of dramatic rocks here, and climbers come all over the world to traverse the rocks here. Many of the climbs are not only challenging, but offer beautiful views of the sea and the scenery of the island. Those who are interested in rock climbing on this island should consider hiring a guide or joining a climbing tour. It is also possible to take lessons on the spot and do some of the easier climbs the island has to offer.
You don’t need to participate in outdoor sports in order to enjoy the beautiful scenery on this island! If relaxing is more your speed, consider dining outside whenever possible. There are plenty of restaurants, cafes, and tavernas located throughout the island that all have beautiful views. Ask at your hotel for some of the best places to enjoy the scenery near you.
These options will allow you to enjoy the beautiful scenery on Kalymnos, one of the most unique islands in Greece.
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