Ultimate Guide to Planning a Destination Wedding in Kalymnos

Wedding in Kalymnos

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We love Greek islands, especially Kalymnos! We have been to the island of Kalymnos once which turned out to be one of the most beautiful and much more than expected of any Greek Island I've been to. And it would be an honour for us to be a part of your big day and celebrate life’s big moments with you in Kalymnos.

The beautiful Kalymnos Island is the 4th largest island in the Dodecanese group of islands on the southeastern Aegean Sea. Some sources describe as more conservative, traditional and arid in some parts of it, in spite of its beautiful green valleys.

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1. How to Get to Kalymnos Island

Kalymnos is a small island in the Aegean Sea, so it can sometimes be difficult to get there. Although it has its own small airport and a direct flight from / to Athens several times a week, the best option for the vast majority of visitors is to travel to Kalymnos via the nearby island of Kos.

- Fly to Kalymnos:
The Kalymnos airport is small but scenic, and it is connected to the Athens airport a few times per week. The airline currently flying the Athens-Kalymnos route three or four times a week is Sky Express.

- Fly to Athens, then go to Piraeus Port and take a ferry to Kalymnos
The ferries to Kalymnos depart from Piraeus, a major European port and Athens’s main gateway to the Greek islands. From the Athens airport there are two ways to get to Piraeus: the suburban metro or the X96 express bus. The Athens airport has an excellent information desk; ask there and they will direct you. Ferries from Piraeus to Kalymnos run every 2-3 days. The trip takes about 12 hours and it is often overnight. Ferries in Greece travel year-round; however, timetables change often. So check the ferry timetable about a month prior to your travel dates to make sure you get the latest schedules.

- Fly to Kos, then take the ferry from Kos to Kalymnos
Kos is a touristy island only 30 to 40 minutes away by ferry, and it has an international airport. Between April and October, all major European airports offer charter flights to Kos. When you land in Kos, take a taxi to Mastichari port. From there, catch the next ferry to Kalymnos. Mastichari port is less than 10 minutes by taxi from Kos airport (7 km). There is also a bus from the Kos airport to Mastichari port. From Mastichari port, take the ferry to Kalymnos. There are several connections between Kos and Kalymnos every day (6-10, depending on season) year-round.

2. Best Time to Have a Wedding in Kalymnos

Average temperatures in Kalymnos Island vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some hot weeks in the summer, with a very low chance of precipitation throughout the year. The area is more temperate than most — in the 71st percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Kalymnos Island, the hottest months are August, July, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid to late August where highs are regularly around 89.6°F (32°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 75°F (23.9°C) at night. 

The busiest month for tourism in Kalymnos Island, Greece is July, followed by June and May. 

If you want to experience an unforgettable, hot vacation by the sea, the months from May to September are especially worthwhile. But there will be crowded, hotel and everything are also more expensive. 

For those of you who spend an active holiday on Kos, want to get closer to nature and take a closer look at the sights without any tourists, it is worth thinking about the spring and autumn months as a travel time. It is not too hot at this time and you have the chance to bypass the tourist flow. Or even a winter wedding in Kalymnos would be amazing since the weather in winter is so mild.

3. What to See & Do in Kalymnos Island

Rock Climbing

Over the last years, the island of Kalymnos Dodecanese has gradually developed as a rock climbing destination. Its landscape is mountainous and the characteristic feature of Kalymnos is its many caves. The mountains on the northern side of the island and the neighboring island of Telendos are the most popular sites for rock climbing. Other interesting sightseeing in Kalymnos is the Monastery of Agios Savvas and the Medieval Castle of Chryssoheria.

Telendos island

This small island was separated from Kalymnos in 535 AD due to an earthquake. Telendos has a single settlement with 50 inhabitants and a beautiful landscape to stroll around. It is connected by boat from Myrties to Kalymnos.

Agios Savvas Monastery Churches

The largest church of Agios Savvas is on a hill, 2 km away from Pothia and north with a view of the city and the port. It consists of stone-shaped stone and hat round domes.

Chryssocheria Castle Castles

This castle was built by the knights of St. John and is also known as the citadel of the knights. A small chapel of Panagia Chrysochera is in the castle, which is located on a hill above Pothia.


Due to the relatively mild weather and the numerous beaches, Kalymnos is a great place to sunbathe. Although the island is adorned with an infinite number of beautiful beaches, some are particularly striking. These are Masouri Beach, Sikati, On the Rocks and Melitsachas Beach. They are relatively clean, less crowded, adequately protected from direct weather conditions and have an unrestricted fresh air supply. They also have several shadows nearby. These offer you excellent opportunities to sit and relax with your spouse. There are limited variations in environmental conditions throughout the year in this area. It is therefore a good place to sunbathe in the harsh winter months of continental Europe.

Wining & Dining

Obviously, no trip to a foreign country, let alone a Greek island like Kalymnos, can be complete without a taste of the different cuisines. Like most other top tourist destinations around the world, this area is adorned with numerous cafes and restaurants. These serve different types of cuisine, both local and international. Here you can eat Greek, Italian, Chinese and a variety of other international cuisines. Maybe there is no better place to try seafood plates. This area is located directly on the Aegean Sea and is a hotbed of seafood. Some of the delicacies that you have to try while you are here are greek mussels, greek shrimp saganaki, greek lobster noodles, greek crispy fried squid, greek sea bass, greek fried anchovies, greek cod with garlic sauce, greek octopus with spinach, greek squid with Pasta, and greek crab salad.


Lovers of night life? Kalymnos got your back. This is due to the area's extremely low population and relative prosperity of its residents. These factors ensure your own safety and wellbeing at night. In addition, there are numerous pubs, discos, theaters, night clubs and casinos in the capital. They sell alcoholic beverages, organize concerts, dances, music and shows. Together they make the whole island full of life at night.

Water Sports

As an island, it is no wonder that Kalymnos is also a hot spot for everything that has to do with water sports. These activities take place especially within the sea channel that separates Kalymnos from Telendos. A number of sporting activities take place here. These are sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, competitive swimming, diving and canoes. You can go alone or take part in the various events organized by the local communities. The numerous rental facilities complement your enjoyment of these topics.


Kalymnos is a great place to sail. Its waters are deep, tranquil and appropriately sheltered from the harsh external weather elements. They hence provide a great environment for you to sail and enjoy the waters. There is never the best time to do so. Indeed, the weather around the island is perfect all year long. You only have to determine when it is convenient for you and there you go! Sailing around the entire island chain takes roughly four days. Do make some appropriate arrangements to do so. As you sail, you will also get to behold the breathtaking views of the adjacent ocean. Then, you will also be bombarded with the strong and tranquilizing breezes from the ocean waters itself.

Sponge Diving

This underwater activity is known to be the oldest. It was originally intended to help recover the natural sponges for human use. It was carried out by trained sponge divers (sponge divers). Over time, however, it developed into an independent sporting activity. Given the existence of many sponges under the waters of Kalymnos, there is no better place to experience this particular activity than Kalymnos itself when it is available.


The unique landscape of Kalymnos offers numerous opportunities for scenic hikes across the island. Enthusiastic hikers should download the Kalymnos hiking app. Perhaps the most popular route is the Italian Road, a leisurely three-hour hike from Pothia to Vathy. The Steinweg offers a fantastic view on both sides of the path.

4. The villages of Kalymnos, Greece

Kalymnos is a small island. Regardless of where you stay, you can easily jump from one place to another while traveling around the island.


Vathy was probably our favorite village. Houses and shops line a valley like a fjord that stretches into a turquoise gulf. The view is picturesque when you drive into the valley and look back at the surrounding mountains from the water. From Vathy you have easy access to some of the best deep water solo climbing facilities.


Emporio is a picturesque and quiet town in the north of the island. It is the most remote and has few inhabitants. As a result, it feels sleepy. Emporio is also an excellent place for a leisurely stroll or a stop in an authentic café or tavern. There's also a quiet beach that's great for escaping the crowds.


This is one of the most popular tourist streets, although it is still relatively quiet and reserved. There is a small beach as well as a number of cafes, taverns and climbing shops. From here boats go to the island of Telendos.

Telendos Islet

Telendos is a small island that was separated from Kalymnos during an earthquake in 500 AD. With countless bays, beautiful beaches, great taverns and little traffic, Telendos is one of the most romantic places.


Just a stone's throw from Myrties, Massouri is another popular tourist center. Expect whitewashed houses, lots of restaurants and amenities, and a beautiful bay to swim and sunbathe in.


Here you will find a long stretch of beach that is popular with both locals and tourists. From here you can also go to the monastery, which is perched on the hill and guards the city below. In addition to the beaches mentioned above, Platis Yialos, Vlychadia Beach, Agios Nikolaos Beach and Ton Tochio Beach are popular places for sunbathing and swimming. It's worth noting that the beaches on Kalymnos are rather small and many have more pebbles than sand, but they're still nice places to rent a chair and enjoy the view.

5. Wedding Venues in Kalymnos

- Outdoor somewhere in the mountains overlooking the ocean or on the beaches!

- In one of many churches in Kalymnos

- Renting a private villa

- MasouriBlu Boutique Hotel

- Philoxenia Hotel

- Petra boutique homes


6. Tips for Planning your Wedding in Kalymnos


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