Kalymnos, Greece

Kalymnos, Greece Travel Information

According to mysteryaround, Kalymnos (Greek: Κάλυμνος) is an island in the Aegean Sea that is part of the Dodecanese Islands. The Dodecanese forms a region of Greece (Europe). The capital of Kalymnos is Pothia (Pothaia, Kalymnos town). A number of major cities on Kalymnos are: Chorio, Panormos and Vathis (Vathys).

Kalymnos, Greece

Kalymnos (Kalimnos) is rocky and mountainous. Most of the mountains are barren and barren. The landscape is therefore quite austere. The coastline is mostly rocky with beaches, especially in the west. More inland there are many churches, caves and ruins. The port in the capital is one of the most important in Greece. Many boats depart from this port every day to various Greek islands and even Turkey. Kalymnos is also known as a sponge diving destination and for mountain climbing (approximately 400 routes). See justinshoes for Europe trade.

Where is Kalymnos located?

Travel information of Kalymnos

Official name: Kalymnos
Continent: Europe
Area: 109 km²
Capital: Pothia (Pothaia, Kalymnos city)
Country code: GR, GRC
Population: 16,441 inhabitants (2001)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 806 m
Distance (Amsterdam – Pothia): 2,450 km
Flight time: approximately 4 hours

Travel advice
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place on Kalymnos that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs from Kalymnos, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Kalymnos. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compile your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Kalymnos? You will find an extensive collection at travel bookstore De Zwerver.

Weather and climate
Kalymnos has a Mediterranean climate. In the winter months the temperatures are around 10 to 15 degrees and in the summer months around 30 degrees.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Kalymnos can be found on our extensive weather page.

Best time
May, June, July, August and September are the best months to travel to Kalymnos. In these months you have the best chance of good weather.

Greek is the official language on Kalymnos.
Would you like to translate from or into Greek for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Greece: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Greek Embassy in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
Greek Consulate in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
You do not need any vaccinations for a visit to Kalymnos.

Money and Currency matters
Kalymnos is used to pay with the euro (EUR).
An overview of all ATMs on Kalymnos can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
The prices on Kalymnos are a lot lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -22% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (33% cheaper), food (18% cheaper), imported beer in catering (14% more expensive), cigarettes (36% cheaper) and public transport (50% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

On Kalymnos it is customary to tip, even if this is already included in the bill. Good service is about 5-10% tip.

Time difference
On Kalymnos it is 1 hour later than in the Netherlands.
Summer time on Kalymnos is the same as in the Netherlands.
Find the local time, date and time zone for Kalymnos on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
On Kalymnos you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle on Kalymnos.
An overview of all ferry connections between the various Greek islands can be found on GTP.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Kalymnos.

On Kalymnos the same plugs and sockets are used as in the Netherlands.
More information about electricity on Kalymnos can be found on our electricity page (see Greece).

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112 or 100
– Fire: 112 or 199
– Ambulance: 112 or 166

Tap water
The water from the tap is drinkable, but due to the high chlorine content in many places, we recommend drinking bottled water.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Kalymnos can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Greece (Kalymnos) can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Kalymnos end in.gr.
Kalymnos official website: visitgreece.gr.

The country code (international access code) to call someone on Kalymnos is 0030 or +30.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Kalymnos? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Kalymnos Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Kalymnos.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Kalymnos.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos of Kalymnos.

Public holidays and school holidays
An overview of all public holidays on Kalymnos can be found on Beleven.org.
You will find an overview of all school holidays in Greece (Kalymnos) in the Eurydice school guide.

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on Kalymnos, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Kalymnos?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Kalymnos. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) on Kalymnos can be found on Protected Planet.
Kalymnos is not included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Kalymnos? On the IATA website you will find an overview of the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, medicines and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.

Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business on or do business with Kalymnos, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Kalymnos, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Kalymnos.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum allowed blood alcohol level is 0.5 for cars and 0.2 for motorcycles and novice drivers up to 2 years old.
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 18, smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…Kalymnos was only accessible by boat until 2006?
…There are several caves on Kalymnos?
…There are more than 2,000 official sport climbing routes on Kalymnos?
…Kalymnos has been known for centuries for sponge diving?