Useful Info about Kalymnos
How to Organize Your Climbing Trip on Kalymnos
HOW TO GET TO KALYMNOS?
I recommend you arrive at Kos airport, then take a bus or taxi to Mastichiari port, where you can take the boat to Kalymnos. While waiting for your ferry, do not hesitate to enjoy the small beach, bars and restaurants nearby. First steps to island life!
You can also choose a flight with a longer stop over in Athens. This will allow you to rest there for a night, or even take the time to visit the city if your schedule allows it. It is also possible to take a ferry from Athens, but beware the travel time of the ferry is 12 hours. Check flights, hotels and ferries accordingly.
Ferry From Kos To Kalymnos
Ferry departures usually run late into the evening, remember to check the schedules in case you need to spend the night on Mastichiari (up to date ferry schedule can be found here : http://climbkalymnos.com). It takes about 30 minutes to cross with the fast ferries (45 minutes with the slow ones). There is no need to reserve the ferry in advance, a small ticket desk will open on the harbour just before departure. A taxi from the airport to the port of Mastichiari takes about 7 minutes and costs 15€. Some buses are also available (2,5€), they don’t take too much longer but are limited and can sometimes be late.
HOW TO GET TO YOUR ACCOMMODATION?
Arrive on Kalymnos at the port of Pothia, and make your way to your chosen accommodation (feel free to ask me where to stay). It’s highly recommended you stay in the villages of Masouri or Myrties as they are closest to the crags and most convenient for your stay (shops, restaurants etc.). Buses and taxis are available at the port.
WHEN TO ARRIVE?
I advise you to arrive at least one day before the start of the course. Activities start on Day 1 in the morning.
WHERE DO YOU EAT?
There is a wide variety of options for dinning depending on your budget. I’m happy to provide you with suggestions and always enjoy sharing a meal after a long day of climbing.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING?
Climbing shoes (possible to rent in local climbing shop)
Sensible footwear for the approach (running or hiking shoes)
Bag to bring equipment (minimum 30 litres)
Your sense of adventure!