VATHY

A brushstroke of lush vegetation within an infertile rocky terrain – Vathy – lies in a fertile valley of citrus fruit groves. The houses are sparsely built at the top of the valley only to become dense as they approach Rina the nook of the protected bay, which forms a small but impressive fjord.

Rina village used to stretch on the slopes of the hills near the harbour but it was destroyed in the early 15th century by pirates.

There you will see a picturesque port filled with some fishing boats and tour boats, yacht and tour boats that take daily trips to some of the most interesting sites in Kalymnos.

This small oasis offers a few places of accommodations, local tavernas and a handful of shops. One can see several sights close by such as the castle ruins, the Monastery of the Virgin and a variety of caves and early Byzantine churches.

For swimming, the best spot is the beautiful cove of Vathy and Akti. Taxi boats also depart for the nearby beaches further around the coastline of Kalymnos.

Deep water solo (a climbing activity suspended over water) is also very popular and events are held annually.

Distance from Pothia: 13km NE