Kalymnos Environmental sights

Caves and springs in Kalymnos

Springs :
In Pothia, the spa center of Thermae, lying within 1 km to the south of the town; sulfuric and radium waters, most recommended for those suffering from rheumatism, arthritis-related conditions, gynecological conditions as well as for those with disorders of the digestive and the urinary systems.
Caves :
In Pothia, the Cave of the Nymphs, also known as the Cave of the Seven Maidens, at a 500 meters behind the hospital. An ancient place of cult. Tradition has it that this is where seven maidens sought refuge from their corsair persecutors yet were lost forever. What has been found are several Neolithic tools and various ex-votos to the Nymphs.


The cave of Kephala, to the southwest, a site of interest for archaeologists and speleologists. The main corridor extends along 103 m, featuring some sizeable stalactites. Oceanographer Anastasios Christomanos was the first man to explore the premises. There have thus been unearthed elements suggesting the place was used for the cult of the Olympian Zeus. Accessible by boat from Pothia or Myrties.

At Vathy: the cave of Daskalio where various prehistoric findings have been unearthed - amongst which tools, flywheels - as well as ceramic works dating from the Minoan and Late Minoan era (years 2000 - 1400 BC). The cave has been used by Kalymnians for defense purposes on various occasions, a use justified by the strategic location of the premises at the very mouth of the port. Difficult to accede (5 minutes by boat). 
Also interesting are the caves of primitive dwelling, situated at the slopes of the Klastani and Tsingoura hills. There have been traces of smoke detected on the ceiling of such caves. More caves of this kind may be found in the area around the small church of Aghios Ioannis (St. John), although access thereto is rather difficult.

At Emporio: several caves carved into the steep slopes around the settlement.

At Massouri: the cave of Aghios Ioannis, to the north.

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