Pothia is the capital of Kalymnos, as well as its commercial hub and port. It was built in 1850, when the hostile intrusion by the sea stopped. As a result, locals were able to move closer to the sea from the Castle up high and build their settlement without fear of raids. As you walk past the neighborhoods in Pothia, you get swept away by its genuine, unpretentious character. Whitewashed houses, discreet and elegant, are separated by narrow pathways that lead to the port or the major attractions of the town. A leisurely stroll there is undoubtedly a must!
Once you visit Pothia in Kalymnos, you should stop by the Archaeological Museum of the island. There, you will be able to admire some truly rare findings from antiquity. Among the most cherished findings, you will see treasures from the depths of the sea that have been on display to reveal the island’s long history. Then, there is the Maritime Museum that will catch your eye. Given the fact that the islanders are so skilled in their sponge tradition, it is needless to point out just how crafty fishermen or seamen they are. Their stories have become legendary and you can see some of the finest pages of Kalymnos history, brought alive in the museum.
Chryssoheria Castle and Kefala Cave are points of interest near Pothia. A daily tour will leave you breathless. Starting by the port and going all the way to the Castle will stun you with the beauty of the surroundings and the splendid architectural wonders on the island. And for those interested in religious tourism and wish to see a grandiose example of Christian marvels, the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ dates back to the 19th century and boasts some fine sculpture by the famous Giannoulis Chalepas. The Monastery of Agios Savvas is found right on top of Kalymnos Town and is worth a visit, too.
Enjoy Pothia and discover the true colors of Kalymnos, whether you are visiting the island for a day or two or for longer…Of course, the latter is much better!