Kalymnos is one of the Dodecanese Greek islands, about 100km north-west of Rhodes and near the Turkish coast. Kalymnos holidays are for those who like to go off the beaten track. Kalymnos beaches are pretty indifferent but the main Kalymnos holiday centre is on the west coast opposite the islet of Telendos. The rock cliffs of Kalymnos are a magnet for serious climbers and the interior is criss-crossed with mule trails which attract many walkers.
A family-run beach bar on the holiday island of Kalymnos has been ranked one of the best in the world. A survey by TV news company CNN voted the Babis Beach Bar at Myrties beach the fifth best in its World's 50 Best Beach Bars.
One of the first things visitors notice on sailing into the main port of Kalymnos is the level of noise that bedevils the waterfront capital of Pothia . Howling motorbikes clash with the thumping from music bars in the main port.
The Greek government has been urged to do more about the Kalymnos island windmills before they disappear. Holiday visitors to Kalymnos can see the island's last three windmills are in a very poor state.
One of the top tourist sights of Kalymnos may stay closed this summer. The Archaeological Museum of Kalymnos, which has many examples of pottery and sculptures but has only one member of staff.
The Greek island of Kalymnos is not only a popular summer beach holiday destination it is also a magnet for world class rock climbers who tackle the testing crags
Anyone who has taken a holiday on Kalymnos will know the island is hugely proud of its sponge diving traditions. The Greek island of Kalymnos was once renowned as a centre of the Greek sponge diving industry. Now the techniques once used . . .