The origins of the islanders of Kalymnos are lost in the mists of time but we do know that in about the 2nd millennium B.C. the Phoenicians conquered and colonized. Evidence of the island’s prosperity in these ancient times are ruins at Emporios in the north and Vathi in the east.
Later, Kalymnos was occupied by the Persians, the Genoese, the Knights of St John and the Ottoman Turks. In 1912 the Italians took control until nearly the end of the Second World War.
Kalymnos island was finally liberated on 31st March 1947 and, along with the rest of the Dodecanese islands, was incorporated into the Greek State in 1948.
There is a huge number of buildings and monuments with rich decoration and elaborate architectural style. Also, there are plenty of religious monuments like Church of Agios Nikolaos, Church of Agios Savvas etc. The island of Kalymnos also has imposing castles, like the Castle of Chora or Great Castle, the Castle of Chrysocheria and the Kastelli Fortress.
Your visit to Kalymnos islans is a prime opportunity to taste the specialties of the island. The sweet delicacies, the savory flavors and the pure products coming from the Kalymnian land traditionally satisfy gourmets, who seek them back at every opportunity. Also the kalymnian kitchen offers a variety of dishes and flavors that satisfy even the highest standards of meat-eaters and vegetarians in the best way.