Kalymnos Island
Kalymnos is located between Kos and Leros in the south-eastern Aegean Sea and belongs to the Dodecanese Islands prefecture. The area is 111.14 square kilometres and is the fourth largest island in the Dodecanese prefecture. The name of the island used to be Kalynda then changed to Kalymna and finally Kalymnos. Also known as the island of the Sponge Divers due to its residents’ sponge fishery avocation.

The small boats from Kos take almost 2 hours to reach the island. Upon reaching Pothia, the picturesque capital you will be welcomed by a mermaid statue on rocks, cute houses with multi coloured windows, giving the visitor a pleasant first impression. Following the beach road you can visit the Church Of Christ (or Saviour). Its temple is the work of a well know sculptor of Tinos Island, Giannouli Chalepa and its mural paintings were carried out by local painters. The beautiful buildings and green background complete the island’s image. At the dock the small touristic shops filled with sponges highlight Kalymnos character. The processing sponge workshops are worth visiting.

If you have time to spare then the Archaeological – Folklore Museum is also worth visiting. Close to town lies the Castle of “Chrysoherias” built by the Knights of Rhodes on ancient byzantine ruins, in the centre of which you will find the Church of “Chrysoherias”.
Using Kalymnos Airport :

The closest airport to Telendos is Kalymnos Airport (JKL). From the airport of Kalymnos, take a taxi to the port of Myrties. From there, one of the small traditional boats will take you across to Telendos in 5 minutes. The airport of Kalymnos (JKL) is connected with the Athens International Airport (ATH), with Kos (KGS) International Airport, with Rhodes (RHO), with Leros (LRS) and Astypalaias (JTY).

Using the international airport of Kos (KGS) :

Arriving in Kos, you have to go to the port of Mastichari or even the main port of Kos, and you have to make your way to Kalymnos. There are lots of boats and ferries making this journey. And the connection is very often. Please check the ferry timetables at the beginning of the season (mid-May). The best place to find the updated timetables is here. When you reach Kalymnos you have to make your way to the port of Myrties and then across to Telendos, as described above.

From Rhodes :

From the island of Rhodes you can come by an airplane, or by ferry or by a catamaran.

From the port of Piraeus :

If you want to cruise the Aegean, choosing to come with the big ferries from the port of Piraeus, virtually guarantees that you will enjoy your trip. The large modern and new ships offer you a comfortable trip. The journey takes about 10 hours.

Kalymnos island is connected to all the surrounding islands, Kos, Leros, Patmos, Agathonisi, Lipsi, Pserimos with various ships. The timetable of the ships for the summer period is usually issued around May.
The island of Telendos
Telendos belongs geographically and administratively in Kalymnos, Dodecanese. It is just five minutes from the island of Kalymnos, and the path made ​​by small traditional boats that operate as taxis. Telendos separated from Kalymnos with sea giving the illusion that it is different islands but in essence they are attached. The intermediate piece was sunk by a large earthquake. The earthquake dated around 551 or 553 AD Since then, the sunken city is visible in some places with the naked eye by land or by diving.

Telendos is discovered as soon as you reach Gadouroracho village on top of the hill and you will be stunned by the spectacular panoramic view opening up before your eyes.

When you look more closely at the mountain across the water, you will notice that the different rock ledges seem to take the shape of a body resting over the sea with a big face visible looking out from the top of the mountain.

There are many versions of the myth of Telendos and how the face was created or what it is really. We are going to give you the most popular version and the one that the people from Telendos believe. The bibliography that was used was taken from Kalymnos library which is named “The Muses”. Specifically, from the book, “Fairytales and Traditions from Kalymnos”, by Mrs. Kapela and Mrs. Zaire, and from the series book, “Kalymnian Years”, we used the stories of Mrs. Mavrou and Vouvali.

The most well liked legend is nothing more than another tragic love story like the one of Romeo and Juliet.

In the Byzantine years around 1100 to 1200 and when Telendos was already an island and a kingdom of its own, there was a beautiful Princess living there named Pothea. Another kingdom across the channel was that of Castelli, with a small natural castle almost submerged, a little bit further from Mirties, where a Prince Andronicus lived.

A very old and deep hatred separated the two ruler families of the channel kingdoms. But, as always, fate plays its own games and Princess Pothea and Prince Andronicus met and fell strongly in love. Very soon after their first contact, Andronicus asked for Pothea’s hand in marriage from her father by sending gifts and the most prestigious matchmakers. The King of Telendos remembered the old hatred and he did not agree to this marriage.

Here our story becomes even more blurred. Facts are few, but one thing is for sure: there was a lit candle that needed to be transported across the channel. Perhaps the King had set a challenge for the Prince to swim across the channel to see whether he was worthy of his daughter or perhaps the Princess wanted to send a message of love to the Prince via a lit candle carried on a small board or perhaps even the Princess herself wanted proof that the Prince was in love with her and had asked him to swim from Castelli to Telendos holding a candle. In any case, the candle was not destined to last. The flame would not continue burning against even the lightest breeze.

As soon as she saw the flame disappearing, the Princess ran towards the sea and she drowned from sadness that she was not meant to be with her love. On the opposite side of the channel, when the Prince realised that the flame of the candle had died, he preferred to stay in the sea rather than to face a life without his loved one. Since then, the face of the beautiful Princess is marked on the left side of the mountain to remind us that there is love that can live forever.

It is said also that the Prince was turned into stone and rests on the bottom of the sea amongst seaweed one mile from Castelli with his eyes open so as he can keep watch forever over the Princess.

Here is where our story ends. Maybe the Princess’s profile in the mountain is only a caprice of nature. Maybe the petrified Prince of stone is nothing other than an ancient statue, like the ones that we continue to discover in the sea around our island. The distinction between myth and reality is not clear. It gives us though great strength to believe that a pure heart full of love can engrave a strong big rock, like how our beautiful Telendos is.
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