Kalymnos is a Greek municipality and island located in southeastern Aegean Sea. It is part of the Dodecanese and lies to the west of Bodrum peninsula (ancient Halicarnassos), between Kos Island (south, at a distance of 12 km /7 ml) and Leros (north, less than 2 km /1 ml), with the latter linked to it via a series of islets. Kalymnos Island lies between 2 and 5 hours away from Rhodes by sea.
In 2011 Kalymnos Island had a population of 16,000 inhabitants making it the 3rd most populous isle of the Dodecanese, following Kos and Rhodes. It's popular in Greece for the affluence of most of its population, and stands as both the wealthiest Dodecanese's member and one of the wealthiest islands in Greece overall. Kalymnos Municipality, including the populated offshore isles of Pserimos (population of 80 people), Telendos (94), Pláti (2) and Kalolimnos (2), as well as a few uninhabited islets, features a combined land area of 134.5 km2 (51.95 ml2) and a total population of 16,180 inhabitants.
Kalymnos Island was known as Kilimli (Kelemez) in Turkish and Càlino in Italian. It is also billed as "Sponge-divers' island." A common occupation on Kalymnos Island since long times, sponge diving was the main source of income of Kalymnos' inhabitants (Kalymnians), bringing wealth to the isle and making it well known throughout the Mediterranean.
Being mostly barren (only about 20% of the land can be cultivated), Kalymnos Island's agriculture has always played minor role in the economy, except for Vathi valley. Kalymnos Island is famous for the citrus fruits grown in the area. Another typical industrial activity was the painted head scarfs' production. They were the most original component of female dress on the island.
In recent times, tourism (particularly for rock climbing) has become important for Kalymnos Island. In 2006, the island acquired an airport, Kalymnos Island National Airport close to Pothia, to better link Kalymnos with mainland.
Kalymnos Island cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Kalymnos Island dock (anchor) at Kalimnos - port town on the southeastern coast.
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