I usually come home from a vacation thinking, “That was fun, beautiful, and relaxing, but there are so many other places I want to see and explore.” This wasn’t the case with Kalymnos. Instead, I returned thinking, “How can I restructure my life, work remotely, and move there permanently?” Of course I settled back into my normal life and haven’t figured out how to answer that question (yet!), but I can say, without hesitation, that Kalymnos is my favorite place on Earth so far and I will absolutely be going back there.
For a little back story, my husband and I went there for our Honeymoon in August 2012. We hopped around the Greek Islands and ended up in Kalymnos for a week. I think if we could do it again, we may have skipped the other islands all together and spent our whole two weeks on Kalymnos. The other islands were amazing, but Kalymnos had everything we wanted, including steep route climbing on tufas and stalactites. Our days went something like this: rise early, climb, late lunch, afternoon swim, nap/read/veg, dinner, sleep, repeat. For us, it was the perfect balance of activity and relaxation.
If you’re planning a trip, I cannot recommend this place highly enough, so here are my suggestions and some info that might come in handy: