Kalymnos is one of the most northerly islands of the Dodecanese group and located about 100 kilometres m north-west of Rhodes.
It lies near the Turkish coast, with the islands of Leros to the north and Kos to the south. The busy port capital of Pothia is set in an amphitheatre around a large harbour, a noisy town of around 17,000 buzzing with motorbikes and mopeds.
Tourism hasn't taken off in a big way in Kalymnos. Lack of a major airport and a relatively low number of mostly indifferent beaches means tourism has not taken off in a big way here.
The main tourist strip is found at Massouri on a stretch of the west coast opposite the impressive islet rock of Telendos.
Most beaches on Kalymnos are shingle and stone but there is a splendid sand shoreline at Emborio, a charming resort at Vathi and several beach coves on Telendos.
Other than that, Kalymnos consists of huge areas of barren, grey rock, a huge attraction to serious climbers who arrive in numbers to tackle some of the most spectacular climbs in Europe.
Despite its drawbacks, and a lack of old Greek charm, regular visitors who take to Kalymnos are fiercely positive about its attractions.