Its 18,000 inhabitants make Kalymnos one of the more populous Dodecanese islands. It is characterised by arid, craggy limestone ridges, separated by two fertile valleys.
Extensive craggy limestone outcrops give Kalymnos not only a very dramatic landscape, attracting rock climbers from all over the world, but also a rich history, with the ancient 'Kastri' set in the crags above Emborios.
The main town of Kalymnos is Pothia with a number of smaller harbours and settlements including the picturesque fjord-like Vathy and the tranquil end-of-the- road Emborios. For a brief overview of the Kalymnos villages click here