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Grace of Aegean Greetings

It took 30 years for Michelangelo Hotels & Resorts to blossom into a collection of highly praised luxury destinations on Kos and Kalymnos. Granting holidaymakers their dream getaways is our heartfelt goal, which we work hard to achieve. It drives our every step, especially when it comes to constantly pushing our hospitality to new heights.

With this first edition of Bliss Magazine, we welcome you to a world of comfort that never stops evolving, never forgets its primary purpose: create experiences that delight visitors and envelop them in the joys of Greek island living. But the secret to the success of Michelangelo Hotels & Resorts goes beyond pleasing our guests. It involves a holistic mindset, one that embraces the importance of having great relations with our employees, community, and the land we call home. We strive to be eco-friendly, and that passion for sustainability urges us forward, making our hotels perfect matches for Kos and Kalymnos, Dodecanese islands rich in natural marvels, from stunning seaside landscapes to eco-friendly traditions and farm-to-table cuisine.

Combining green policies with modern design and quality amenities is a challenge that constantly leads us to bigger and better ideas. At the same time, it rewards our guests with unforgettable holidays tailored to suit everyone’s preferences and desires. We are dedicated to refining our services and local opportunities to ensure each traveller within our care gets the adventure they desire and deserve.

Beyond our guests’ satisfaction lies a profound acknowledgment of the importance of fostering strong relationships with our employees. With immense gratitude, Ι extend our heartfelt thanks to the entire team of dedicated individuals who support the Michelangelo Hotels & Resorts group.

As we unveil the inaugural edition of Bliss Magazine, we’re thrilled to have you join us in embracing our legacy, values, and dedication to distinction.

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Embracing Bliss

Bliss, that elusive state of pure contentment and joy, is a treasure sought by many but attained by few. What is the magical recipe for this ephemeral delight? Perhaps it lies in the simple pleasures of life, the moments of tranquility and connection that uplift our spirits and nourish our souls.

In a harmonious union, Else Agency Sophisticated Creative House and Michelangelo Hotels & Resorts invite you to embark on a journey into the realm of bliss. Nestled amidst the azure waters and sun-kissed shores of Kos and Kalymnos, Michelangelo’s enchanting properties stand as bastions of serenity and indulgence.

For over three decades, Michelangelo has been synonymous with excellence in hospitality, weaving a tapestry of luxury and refinement that captivates the senses and stirs the soul. Each aspect of their resorts, from the elegant accommodations to the culinary masterpieces, is meticulously curated to evoke a sense of profound happiness in every guest.

As you immerse yourself in the pages of this magazine, let us be your guides on this voyage of discovery. Explore the myriad delights awaiting you in the idyllic landscapes of the Dodecanese, where every moment is infused with the promise of blissful escape.

Join us as we unlock the secrets of Michelangelo’s world, where time stands still and worries fade away. Here, amidst the gentle sway of palm trees and the whisper of the sea, let us craft memories that will linger long after the sun has set. So, raise a glass to the journey ahead, filled with laughter, love, and endless moments of bliss. For in the embrace of Michelangelo Hotels & Resorts, paradise awaits.

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12 | UNVEILING THE LEGACY! The Michelangelo Hotels & Resorts Journey. Join us as we explore the captivating story of Michelangelo Hotels & Resorts, where every detail was meticulously crafted by Nicholas & Evangelia Lysgaris to deliver unparalleled experiences.

14 | EMBRACING DISTINCTION. Michelangelo Hotels & Resorts are dream destinations because of the care, dedication, and value for money they put into creating stunning summer holidays on Kos and Kalymnos.


20 | A MEDLEY OF NATURE AND TIME, SURROUNDED BY SEA. Kos can dazzle visitors with its scent of history, enchant them with the breathtaking view of its coastline and peaks, bewitch them with the taste of its tradition.

34 | MARABOU PROJECT. An effort of 6 years of recording the 70 inhabited islands of the Aegean with verbal and visual narratives.

38 | MUSICAL ECHOES: TUNES OF KOS THROUGH THE AGES. Join us on a journey through the musical tapestry of Kos, where the strains of ancient tunes intertwine with the rhythms of modernity.

40 | FLAVOURS TO SAVOUR: KOS WINES ROOTED IN TRADITION. Vassilis Hatziemmanouil comes from a family with deep connections to the island and its vineyards.

44 | MICHELANGELO RESORT & SPA: Infinity Paradise.

54 | DIMITRA BEACH HOTEL & SUITES: Mediterranean Charm.


66 | UNDER AN AEGEAN SPELL. This is the island paradise of Kalymnos, a dream destination for lovers of magnificent Aegean holidays off the beaten track.

74 | A WORLD-FAMOUS CLIMBING HOLIDAY DESTINATION. The Greek island of Kalymnos has recently become home to some of the most amazing sport climbing you’ll ever see!

77 | A JOURNEY THROUGH THE MARITIME MUSEUM’S RICH HISTORY. Explore the Maritime Museum of Kalymnos, showcasing naval traditions, sponge catching history and ancient artifacts.

78 | POKINIMA. Let’s relive the preparation for the long journey of the sponge divers - a small rite of passage.

79 | YOU CAN TAKE THE SPONGE OUT OF THE SEA... ...But it is way harder to take the sea out of the sponge.

80 | MUSIC MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND. The irresistible rhythm of the sponge-diving song, “Darla Dirladada”.

82 | SECRETS OF THE SEA: KALYMNOS DEPTHS UNVEILED. Stavros Valsamidis created the Sea World Museum of Kalymnos to preserve the island’s legacy by showcasing his treasure hoard, from marine creatures to the remains of ship wrecks.



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Three decades of refining their poolside and culinary luxury and their splendid Aegean panoramas - the four estates of Michelangelo Hotels & Resorts embody holiday bliss at its purest.

Unveiling the Legacy! The Michelangelo Hotels & Resorts Journey

Join us as we explore the captivating story of Michelangelo Hotels & Resorts, where every detail was meticulously crafted by Nicholas & Evangelia Lysgaris to deliver unparalleled experiences.

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Behind the inception of Michelangelo Hotels & Resorts lies a captivating story intertwined with the vision and determination of the Lysgaris family. It was actually Evangelia Lysgaris and her sharp entrepreneurial mind that made the foundation and expansion of this esteemed hospitality business possible. She and her husband Nicholas started their legacy with Evanik Chic Hotel on Kalymnos Island. Thanks to Evangelia’s grit, Dimitra Beach Hotel was built on Kos in 1991, with her son Michel Lysgaris, fresh from the prestigious GLION Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland. The collection then welcomed Michelangelo Resort & Spa (2009) and Kantouni Beach Boutique (2021). This success story already spans three decades and shows no signs of slowing down.Driven by a relentless pursuit of innovation and an unwavering commitment to excellence, Michelangelo Hotels & Resorts has continually strived to exceed the expectations of its guests. This focus on constant evolution

has been the cornerstone of its success, as it endeavours to curate unparalleled experiences for every visitor who graces its properties. The Lysgaris family’s numerous milestones underscore their dedication to redefining luxury hospitality. From the creation of their first property to the expansion of their portfolio, every achievement proves their steadfast dedication to perfection. As we embark on a journey through the illustrious history of Michelangelo Hotels & Resorts, we’ll delve into some pivotal moments of its trajectory and explore what sets its original and newer properties apart, including the aweinspiring infinity pool at Michelangelo Resort & Spa, touted as one of the largest in the world, and all the hotels’ remarkable customer reviews, emblematic of the company’s unwavering commitment to guest satisfaction. Join us as we explore the enchanting world of Michelangelo Hotels & Resorts, where each moment is crafted with care and every experience is designed to leave an indelible impression on the hearts of our guests. •

Nicholas Lysgaris married Evangelia Monokandilou, together building lucrative enterprises. The profits from their hard work in Lubumbashi, Congo were reinvested into acquiring and establishing large hotel units in Kalymnos and Kos.

Embracing Distinction

Michelangelo Hotels & Resorts are dream destinations because of the care, dedication, and value for money they put into creating stunning summer holidays. It took three decades of perfecting Greek hospitality while making the most of Kos and Kalymnos, their modern, natural, and ancestral treasures.

Dazzling seaside views and blissful holidays. Expect nothing less from Michelangelo Hotels & Resorts, a collection of estates shining bright on the islands of Kos and Kalymnos. Every single one is designed to immerse guests in lush Greek experiences, sweep them off their feet and into the sunshine’s warm embrace.

The hotels’ idyllic beachfront and urban locations allow a daily dive into the sea or pool, the local cuisine and history, and a plethora of fun activities. With sustainability as a core value of Michelangelo Hotels & Resorts, you can look forward to a getaway that combines the incomparable beauty of Mediterranean nature with modern style and entertainment. Luxurious rooms and suites provide all the space and amenities you need to escape normality, including Jacuzzi hot tubs, personal espresso machines, and the most comfortable beds imaginable. Outside your bespoke haven, you’ll find restaurants and bars with a range of delectable flavours, many of them rooted in traditional produce and dishes. Other unique experiences await depending on your hotel and its location. Michelangelo Resort and Spa on Kos, for example, has its very own wellness centre: Therme Spa. It also boasts one of the largest infinity pools in the world. Evanik Chic Hotel, on the other hand, is perfectly situated in the heart of Pothia Town, the capital of Kalymnos. As a boutique hotel, it specialises in deluxe services for cosy living within true Greek society, one brimming with maritime history and personality.



Explore what each member of Michelangelo Hotels & Resorts has to offer, whether you’re into the finer things in life or seeking breathtaking adventures and sights. It’s affordable too. Kos and Kalymnos are the best holiday destinations for travellers eager to delve into the Aegean spirit in its purest form and at reasonable prices. Our collection can take you on that delightful journey. •

At Michelangelo Hotels & Resorts, modern luxury meets the timeless beauty of the sea, soil, and ancestry of the Aegean.
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A medley of nature and time, surrounded by sea

Kos can dazzle visitors with its scent of history, enchant them with the breathtaking view of its coastline and peaks, bewitch them with the taste of its tradition.

So, you have found yourself on Kos Island, in the Aegean Sea. Congratulations are in order. This is no ordinary destination; hand on my heart, I can assure you that you have chosen wisely. On the diverse Greek map, among a list of island destinations that are far from humble, Kos deservedly holds its own unique place.

Shall I try, like a true guide, stating numbers first? 37.089 permanent residents, a surface area of 295.3 square kilometres and a coastline of 112 kilometres. The third largest island of the Dodecanese region comes second in terms of population. If islands went on trips and Kos had to go through passport control in the airport, that would be the personal information the person doing the check would read. And what impression would it make? Absolutely none. So it’s just as well that it’s us who are on our way to make the acquaintance of the islands which, blissfully still and surrounded by sea, are waiting to welcome us. Just as well, because the enchanting identity of any land never resides or can be revealed in numbers. Can I claim the privilege of trying to fit as much as I can into words?

Allow me to invite you on a fantastic ride, to offer you a foretaste of what you will enjoy, with all senses, during your stay here. Kos can dazzle the visitor with its scent of history (the place was inhabited from Neolithic times; its tale begins all the way back from 5th-4th millennium BC), enchant them with the breathtaking view of its coastline and peaks, bewitch them with the taste

of its tradition. Omnipresent, the caress of the sun and the caress of the sea - both trademarks of the Greek summer. Ever-present, the song of the island’s thermal springs, merging with the melody of Nature.

If you are in for some physical and mental exercise, there are two ways to discover the island of Kos: (a) on foot, since the island features ideal conditions for hiking enthusiasts, (b) riding the bike of your choice. Kos has been widely known as the “island of cycling”, and not without reason. With more than 15 kilometres of cycle paths along the coast, 6,500 bikes available for hire, many mountain trails and routes for all levels, cycling is the ultimate way to see the island’s sights. The strong cycling culture dates back to the Italian occupation and the systematic use of bicycles by Italian soldiers, which was subsequently adopted by the locals as it seemed a good choice considering the island’s morphology. Iconic Greek films of the 1960s show movie stars cycling along the Boulevard of Palms. Since then, cycling has been a popular activity for locals and visitors alike. The scent of history permeates the entire island, and the town of Kos is no exception. Its architecture echoes with the historical diversity, as alongside the colonial-style Italian buildings there are low white island houses, Muslim mosques, knights’ walls, apartment blocks, and restored ancient public buildings.

Let’s meet in Freedom Square, the centre of the modern city. Here we are surrounded by three huge buildings, a legacy of the Italian era

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Agios Stefanos ruins in Kefalos bay. In the background, the small island of Kastri. Kos was considered the ultimate healing centre of the ancient world. The scenery is undeniably fascinating: the rich flora and fauna, the picturesque mountain villages, and the diverse architecture are just some of the delightful touches of the land.
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The town’s architectural diversity echoes with the history of the land. Alongside the colonial-style Italian buildings there are low white island houses, Muslim mosques, knights’ walls, apartment blocks and restored ancient public buildings.


of Kos: the municipal market, the club, and the Archaeological Museum, which was built in 1935. Do not neglect to honour the latter with a visit. It is home to an excellent collection, which includes prehistoric finds, sculptures, and mosaic floors from the Roman buildings of the ancient city. Coming out of the museum, let your gaze glimpse the edge of the square, where the Deftar Mosque keeps the secrets of a different version of Kos. In the historical centre, we will become time travellers. To begin with, we will take our time wandering through the market place. Onwards to the Doric Hellenistic temple, where we will admire the altar of Dionysus, the port arcade, and the sanctuary of Hercules. We will tour the remains of the northern side of the wall, as well as the Roman baths, and let our imagination recreate the Roman Conservatory and the luxurious villas with their rich mosaic floors.

We will walk through Platanos Square- or “Loggia Square”- and stop at the Loggia Mosque to observe the embedded pieces of ancient and medieval monuments that can be seen in its walls. Now, it is time to rest in the shadow of Hippocrates’ plane tree. Kos was considered the ultimate healing centre of the ancient world and it was there that Hippocrates, the most famous physician of ancient Greece, founded his medical school. Kos, named after the daughter of the mythical King Merops, is often described as an openair museum, and rightly so. Offering dozens of outdoor archaeological sites and many cultural events throughout the year, the homeland of the “father of medicine” Hippocrates (460-377 BC), is also home to the ancient Asclepieion. At this most emblematic monument that survives to this day, the inspirer of the Hippocratic Oath practiced and taught his medicine. Contributing to the promotion of Hippocrates’ philosophy, the Asclepieion of Kos was a religious sanctuary dedicated to the god Asclepius (ancient Greek god of medicine and son of Apollo).

Kos is an island where diversity is also evident in the natural environment. Salt ponds, wetlands, pine forests, plane and eucalyptus trees, volcanic hot springs, and an easy hiking mountain 846 metres high, make up a rich and fascinating destination that is definitely worth exploring. Apart from the easily accessible, well- maintained trails, a lovely bonus is that one can combine hiking with visiting sites of both natural and historical interest. The scenery is undeniably fascinating: the rich flora and fauna, the picturesque mountain villages, and the diverse architecture are just some of the delightful touches of the land. Taking a stroll through the Plaka Forest in Antimachia, after visiting one of the most famous traditional settlements of Kos and of all the Dodecanese, first inhabited at the end of the Neolithic era, you will find yourself admiring dozens of exotic peacocks and cats living in harmony. And if you wish for serenity, then the forest of Panagia Tsoukalaria, on the outskirts of the island, is just the place to catch your breath and rest.

One of the most famous hiking trails is the one in Paleo Pyli. Walking through the forest, this trail is located about three kilometres southeast of Pyli, at an altitude of 300 metres, where you will find the ruins of a medieval fortified Byzantine settlement - as well as the castle of the same name (Paleo Pyli) - both built in the 11th century. Up for one-of-a-kind, picturesque architecture? 14 kilometres from the town of Kos lies the most beautiful settlement of the island. Consisting of five villages in total (Lagoudi, Evaggelistria - or Pera Geytonia - Asomatos, Agios Dimitrios - or Haichoutes - and Zia), this architectural ensemble based on the agricultural economy of the 19th and early 20th century is unique in the Dodecanese. Zia is also the starting point for an epic hiking trail, the one that leads to the top of Mount Dikeos. Formerly known as Oromedon, Orion, or Dikeon, the highest mountain in Kos, with an altitude of 846 metres, features a majestic cross

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Pink Flamingos in the Psalidi wetland in Kos and Aliki. An intermediate resting place for many species of migratory birds.


and picturesque little chapel dedicated to Christ on top. For the locals, the climb to this peak is a ritual on the eve of the feast of Christ on August 5 (celebrated on August 6). Every year dozens of people arrive at the top to honour the chapeland the most daring ones even stay overnight. Here the hiker is compensated by a truly breathtaking view and, when the skies are clear, one can gaze from above at Pserimos, Gyali, Nisyros, and Kardamena. And if, after the descent, you feel like a well-deserved pampering, this truly blessed place offers the cathartic experience of the thermal springs. There are three types of thermal springs on Kos: hot, hypothermic and cold. The natural hot springs at Therma are one of the most stunning locations on the island. It was discovered in 1936 by an Italian archaeologist, but it’s result of tectonic hypothermic, and volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. This beach takes its name from the word “thermos” - because of the hot springs that have been gushing out for centuries, offering today the ultimate experience of a natural, outdoor spa! The wild and volcanic natural environment provides a stunning backdrop of massive cliffs, scattered trees, rugged creeks, and black pebbles.

Another way to re-fuel ourselves before diner time - or even take a truly hydrating break through the day - is to visit a local aloe vera farm. Here, the miraculous natural juices are used to create a variety of refreshments and products: 100% organically grown aloe vera meets orange and pomegranate juice to create a pure, natural dietary supplement, preserving only the valuable nutrients of the beneficial plant. And if you want to take a little extra care of yourself, let me assure you, there is no better feeling than indulging in natural face and body care after a long day under the Mediterranean sun. Exploring the wild range of skincare products made using the same

Offering dozens of outdoor archaeological sites and many cultural events throughout the year, the homeland of the “father of medicine” Hippocrates (460-377 BC) is also home to the ancient Asclepieion.

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organic aloe vera, blended with organic olive oil, honey extract, and other natural ingredients from beneficial herbs of the land is totally worth it. If you identify yourself as a farm-lover, constantly looking for “farm-to-table” experiences, why not add a wine tasting, or a visit to sample some of the Aegean’s finest honey at a family-run bee farm to our itinerary? Tomorrow, we can tour the isle’s vineyards and walk among the season’s harvest. But now, after a full day, let us unwind. There is a Greek saying “A way to a person’s heart is through his stomach”. By now, I am sure that Kos Island has won you over - yet we are still in for a treat! Kos dishes, always offered with a generous dose of genuine Greek hospitality, are prepared using the precious treasures of the Kos land, generously offered by the fertile soils and rich Aegean Sea. The island’s rich volcanic soil and its Mediterranean climate have contributed to the creation of several products of high nutritional value and the production of a few, but unique, indigenous varieties of wine which are the perfect match for earthy, delicious delights. The gastronomic tradition of Kos has been shaped by many cultures and civilisations over the centuries. Ottoman and Italian influences are mixed with Aegean recipes, resulting in a truly inspired version of the Greek cuisine which remains, to the day, true to the island’s identity, traditions and, most importantly, its people. Whether you’re looking for relaxation or adrenaline, whether you’re a beach or mountain lover, whether you wish to lose yourself in the modern reality or look for what the eons have crafted in this part of the Aegean, Kos is a rare artefact meant to stun those in love with the art of traveling. Lean in and listen to the whispers of an island that’s both ancient and young. Apart from getting to know another part of this wide world, you might discover something new about yourself. •

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Aerial view of Kos’ Marina. Omnipresent, the caress of the sun and the caress of the sea - both trademarks of the Greek summer.



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Join us for the ultimate adventure with Barco de Pirata Cruises in beautiful Kos Island! Our luxurious cruise takes you on a journey through the breathtaking Aegean Sea of the Dodecanese Islands, where you’ll discover the hidden gems of Pserimos, Kalymnos, and Plati.

Our first stop is Pserimos, a stunning island known for its crystal-clear waters. Take a dip and swim in the refreshing sea before indulging in a delicious lunch served on board. Our menu features mouth-watering pork souvlaki, chicken souvlaki, and a delectable vegetarian plate. And don’t forget to grab a refreshing drink from our fully stocked bar!

Next, we’ll sail to Kalymnos, also known as the sponge divers and climbers’ island. Here, you can visit a sponge factory and learn about the rich history of this unique island. Immerse yourself in the local culture and take home some souvenirs to remember your trip by.


But the fun doesn’t stop there! Our final stop is Plati, where the excitement reaches new heights. With our big waterslide, you can slide into the crystal-clear waters or jump off the boat for an adrenaline rush. This is the perfect spot for all the thrill-seekers out there! And while you’re having a blast, our friendly staff will be there to make sure you have everything you need. With comfortable seating, delicious food, and exciting activities, our cruise is perfect for families, friends, and couples. Our pirate ship is equipped with everything you could want, including special cocktails and snacks to keep you satisfied throughout the journey. So why wait? Book your tickets now and set sail with us on a journey through the stunning Aegean Sea of the Dodecanese Islands. Yo ho ho and a bottle of fun await you!

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Marabou Project

72 months. 70 islands.

400 portraits. 250 podcasts. 150 short videos. 2 books. 1 documentary.

In 2018, Konstantinos Sofikitis and his brother Petros, started Historiography of the Aegean, a photographic and cinematographic journey focusing on unpublished stories of people, endangered professions, forgotten customs and traditions, and stories of generosity, love, heartbreak, survival, and humanity. The purpose of their journey was to understand and observe Greece and its people as they really are. An observation that requires humility, respect, time, and a genuine curiosity for knowledge. Because “people are neither a museum species nor attractions.”

Thus begins the story of Marabou Project. In a few months, an effort of 6 years of recording the 70 inhabited islands of the Aegean will be completed and presented through a scrapbook and final documentary. The combination of verbal and visual narratives, both in the illustrated album and in the travelling exhibition, intends to keep the memory of the images alive forever.

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He fell into darkness. He fell into rivers. He fought, but he still stands. He is here. “I am just getting to the best part of life,” says Stelios Kostoglou –and he’s already 85 years old. No normal road leads to his house. He lives high on the mountain, in the house his father built in 1939. He has no electricity, but he doesn’t need it. He wakes up with the morning light. He goes to bed when the darkness of night conquers all – just as he learned as a child. “When I was a boy, there weren’t any lights at night; people didn’t need them, as the sun was their life.” He hasn’t left this place or Kos, except for his two years of soldiering.

He inherited the animals from his father. But it’s hard now. It’s not raining, and the grass is dry. He has played the lyre since he was a boy. At six, he persuaded a musician to lend him his lyre for a bit, so that he could see how its strings made sounds. Slowly he learned himself. He started with simple tunes, old tunes – and he learned them well. Then, he began to be invited to feasts, dances, and even weddings. Now, he has a pinavli (handmade pastoral flute of Kos) in his hands and blows, playing as if it were the most natural thing in the world. “Pinavli is a tool,” he says, “for the animals to hear at night, but it’s also a pastime for the player. There’s an art to playing it, but also making it right from good reeds. It’s a sweet sound; it’s a companion.” Stelios made his by hand, so it’s an extension of his soul. The same goes for dancing; he was a dance teacher once. Whenever there was a festival, he was the first to attend.

He’s all alone up here, but he’s got it all. Despite the difficulties, he feels he’s had a good time in life, having four children and six grandchildren. In the evenings, when night falls, he’s got his music to keep him company. “I’m alone in life, and I’m having a good time. I’ve got my lyre, and we stand by each other.”

His grandfather and father had their hands full

with the carbine factory, where Mikes himself had been shoved as a lad, as soon as he finished fourth grade. Eighty of the one hundred trebuchets in the harbour today were probably made by his hands. Mikes Castrinos has been a shipwright for a lifetime, yet he still spends each and every day working with wood. He has, of course, made himself a boat. Her name is Zacharulamade of pine, a wood he declares ideal for building a strong ship.

“If one dips the pine wood in water, takes it out, and dips it again, once or twice “to burn” the wood, it can then last a hundred years.”

Mikes learned the craft by experience, alongside his father, but he developed it further thanks to a thorough knowledge of geometry – knowledge he picked up with his lieutenant when he served in the Navy. He is proud of his son, who is also engaged in the craft passed down to him. “It is a craft you can serve only if you truly love it, because it is very difficult and doesn’t pay well anymore. Nowadays, it seems that factories can do it all. Everything in life can be hard – even eating can be hard – but if you really want it, whatever it is that you do, you learn. Whatever you want, you can learn.” •

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Crafting Dreams: The Shipwright Legacy of Mikes Castrinos.


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Musical echoes: Tunes of Kos through the ages

Join us on a journey through the musical tapestry of Kos, where the strains of ancient tunes intertwine with the rhythms of modernity.

In the town of Kos, right at the entrance of the port, stands the Castle of the Knights –or Castle of “Nerantzia”. At the end of the 14th and the beginning of the 15th century, Kos was densely planted with bergamot (“nerantzi” in greek) and lemon trees – hence the name given to this part of the knightly fortification. Today, though, we are visiting this place to find a dedicatory inscription, engraved on a greyish dark marble base, 0.98x0.38 in size, which reads in translation:

“… Manasimachus, son of Pethanor, who defeated the older children twice (competing) in singing with guitar accompaniment, dedicated the prize he won to the Muses.” There is plenty of proof suggesting that the Koans (or “Cosians”, if you like) were more than passionate about music. In fact, we are talking about a kind of artistic fascination that prevailed on the island since antiquity, especially among young islanders. Apollo and the Muses were considered the patrons of schools and the fine arts, which is why they were worshipped with special splendour in this part of the Mediterranean. The theatres and conservatories, which the archaeological excavation has brought to light, also provide us with convincing evidence of the performance of the Cosians in theatre and music competitions. Orpheus, who with the sweet sounds of his lyre enchants and tames all

the wild animals of nature, has been found to star as the dominating figure in amazing mosaics –the most impressive of which was found during the excavations of German archaeologist Rudolf Herzog (who was obliged to analyse and send it in 1904 to the Museum of Constantinople at the request of the Turks). Even on Kos coins, we find the lyre, a symbol of music and poetry. Recent research by the Institute of Mediterranean Studies on the musicians of ancient Greece states that inscriptions confirmed the names of 21 musicians of national fame from the island of Kos. This was more than the musicians of other larger islands, such as Cyprus, Crete, Lesbos, Chios, Samos, and Rhodes. So, ancient Kos, as in other artistic fields, performed brilliantly in its musical tradition.

From the epigraphic lists of the winners of the musical contests of the ‘Great Asclepion’, let us leap forward in time. Long foreign conquests (by the Ottomans until 1912 and the Italians until 1943), the distance from the Greek mainland, and the proximity and constant communication of Kos with Asia Minor (until the Asia Minor Catastrophe of 1922) made for a unique mix of cultural (and, hence, musical) influences. Another element, which is of particular value in this case, is the island’s closed agro-pastoral character, with its productive wealth and selfsufficiency. The aforementioned geophysical

and historical facts effectively helped to preserve in Kos a great, constantly growing, oral culture (especially in music) until modern times, with deep roots and rich remains, reaching back to late Byzantium.

Authentic demotic music, the melody of the countryside, is mainly vocal and soloistic, unlike urban but similar to ecclesiastical music. Instrumental music, usually performed by two instruments (violin and lute), was intended for formal group entertainment (weddings, festivals, and other special events). It was necessary for certain dances. On all other occasions, the dominant element was no other than the human voice. Everyone sang everywhere, alone or together, while working or travelling, in cafes or evening gatherings (especially in winter), at every moment of their lives. This monodic soloistic utterance is, in essence, the unadulterated municipal tradition.

The end of this historical reality would come in the crucial decade between the 1960s and 1970s. By then, Kos was receiving, along with crowds of European visitors, western musical influences. The first discos made their appearance on the island in the 80s. They were to become legendary (until ‘96 Kos was considered one of the best places in Europe for nightlife) and - not coincidentally - the most famous of them all was named Apollo... •

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The Castle of the Knights – or Castle of

Let the melodies of Kos guide you as we embark on this journey through time, where every note is a testament to the enduring spirit of a land where music has always been more than just sound – it’s a way of life.


Flavours to Savour: Kos Wines Rooted in Tradition

Winemaking is an integral part of Kos culture, and Vassilis Hatziemmanouil, coming from a family with deep connections to the island and its vineyards, has insights to share.

The grape journeys from the vine to the Hatziemmanouil winery, built in 2004 to boost the wine’s quality.

As the owner of the Hatziemmanouil

on the northeastern side of Kos, Vassilis Hatziemmanouil continues his family’s and the island’s long legacy in the Greek winemaking industry. He breaks down the brand’s bright history, values, and plans for the future.

100 years have passed since Nikolaos Hatziemmanouil revived winemaking in Kos, starting from the stone winery located in Marmaroto. How has the family’s passion for wine changed?

The passion for wine has remained unchanged over the years. Our love for viticulture and wine production never wavers and even grows as it passes from generation to generation. We ensure continuous advancement in the field, leading to the improvement of the quality and taste of our products. Our goal is to follow innovative techniques that lead to higherquality wines. This commitment to excellence ensures that our passion for wine remains alive and dynamic, constantly giving wine lovers new reasons to enjoy this art and gastronomic delight.

How did the transition happen, from the late 1950s and the production of sweet wine by Kostas Hatziemmanouil, son of Nikolaos, to the professional engagement of Vassilis Hatziemmanouil, the founder’s grandson, in viticulture and winemaking?

My professional journey in winemaking began by drawing inspiration from my family’s heritage. From a young age, I learned to care for the vineyard from my father. In 1998, we produced our first dry wine from the Greek varieties Malagousia and Assyrtiko. Seeing the success of our wines, in 1999, we renovated the existing winery to obtain a bottling license. The steadily increasing demand led us to expand our vineyard. In 2004, we built the new winery located on the provincial road of Kos, in Asfendiou.

How important is the proper care of the vines and the continuous presence of the family to support the vineyards?

Proper vine care and the family’s presence in the vineyard are crucial for the quality and success of our viticulture. Care ensures healthy plants and rich production, while the family passes on knowledge and traditions, strengthening our bond with the land and wine production.

When was the first label released by the Hatziemmanouil family?

The first wine label released was a white Malagousia - Assyrtiko blend in 2000. What grape varieties do you cultivate, and where are your vineyards located on the island?

We consider it important to fully utilise the unique characteristics of the region to produce quality and balanced wines. The varieties we cultivate are mainly of Greek origin. Specifically, for white wines, we use the varieties Malagousia, Assyrtiko, and Kydonitsa. For our red and rosé wines, we use international varieties such as Grenache Rouge, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. What are your goals for the coming years? Our goals for the coming years focus mainly

on constant improvement and innovation in wine production. We want to maintain the high quality of our products and expand our range with new varieties and wine styles.

What is the best time for a visitor to come and experience your winery and vineyards?

The best time for a visitor to come and experience our winery and vineyards depends on their preferences and the experience they want to have. For example, visiting during the harvest season is an excellent choice. During this period, visitors can see our work in the vineyards, from grape harvesting to winemaking. Of course, we aim to offer the best possible experience to our visitors at any time of the year. •

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The vineyard covers two areas of Asfendiou, protected by Mt Dikaios and nurtured by the Aegean climate.


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Dermatology & Cosmetics Lab offers high quality clinical & aesthetic dermatology, venereology and plastic surgery treatments. Rejuvenation treatments (PRP Mesotherapy, Fractional Co2 Rejuvenation Laser, NDYAG laser for varicose veins, Diamond Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peeling, Oxygeneo treatment, Carbon Laser Peel, Dermapen Microneedling Treatment, HIFU, Microneedling-RF , Rejuvenation with Led phototherapy), Anti-aging therapies (Botox & Hyaluronic Acid Treatment, Non-surgical Liquid Lift, Thread, Injectable Biostimulators, by triggering your body’s natural production of collagen for natural looking and prolonged results, Skin boosters) , hair removal with the most up-to-date Alexandrite Laser, as well as lipolysis treatments (Cryolipolysis, Cavitation-RF, Emssculpt, Cellulite Treatment) are available and applied by experienced and specialized doctors.

A rigorously trained medical team, utilizing modern technology and its vast experience, guarantees the exceptional quality of the offered services, aiming at a perfect face and body.

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Infinity Paradise

Located snugly on the southeastern coast of Kos Island, Michelangelo Resort & Spa offers a tranquil haven with timeless refinement. Treat yourself to luxurious 5-star accommodations beside the azure sea, and delight in fine cuisine to indulge your senses.

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The infinity pool of Michelangelo Resort & Spa isn’t just one of the largest in Greece. It’s the best place to watch the sun rise and set the sky ablaze.

Michelangelo Resort & Spa is a 5-star realm of relaxation, its magical touch making it seem unreal. Yet it truly exists on Kos Island, catering to distinguished guests since 2009. 10 buildings sit across 10 acres of sundrenched land, modern gardens all around and a majestic sea beyond, the gulf of Agios Fokas. Meticulous care goes into every luxury service available at Michelangelo Resort & Spa. Its well-deserved awards from Tripadvisor, HolidayCheck, and are a testament to this. But sustainability is just as important to the resort. Its Travelife Golden Certification affirms its team’s dedication to protecting the environment, biodiversity, and society of Kos.

The resort itself was renovated in 2022 and features 254 rooms across its 3-floor buildings. Accommodation ranges from double rooms and junior suites to premium seafront spaces and cosy suites for the whole family. Most rooms face the sea, but you can go for an inland, mountain, or garden view instead.

A king-size bed is assured for every room, as well as an espresso machine and illy coffee capsules. Indulge in Rituals and Molton Brown products for a supreme soak after a day in the sun. Wi-Fi and an LCD satellite TV are among many other amenities to enjoy in your room, but what’s available outside it will make your holiday even more special.

The infinity pool of Michelangelo Resort & Spa is 130m long, one of the largest in the world. In total, there are five pools, several Jacuzzi hot tubs, and a beach to choose from. Sunbeds, umbrellas, and towels are at your disposal too.

For complete rejuvenation of body and soul, visit Therme Spa. In partnership with Thalgo, the spa offers treatments for every occasion, wheth-

er you need thalassotherapy, massages, facials, or to lounge in the steam room. You’ll also find a sauna, hot tub, hair salon, and the most tranquil atmosphere imaginable, drawing from the serene sounds and hues of nature.

Your wellness journey at Michelangelo Resort & Spa can extend to activities like pilates, yoga, aqua gym, aerobics, and even diving lessons, all delivered by highly qualified professionals. More athletic guests are still in the right place. Besides a fully equipped gym, your options include table tennis, mini football, and courts for basketball and tennis. External partners even offer water sports and horse riding. The library and TV room is a great place to rest between adventures, beauty treatments, and scrumptious meals. If you visit the resort with kids, their stay can be just as fun and accommodating. Pools, playgrounds, and other areas for children will keep them busy. And don’t worry about things like highchairs and baby cots. The team is ready to fulfil your every childcare need, letting you unwind and enjoy your family’s summer getaway. Keep in mind that the most rewarding holiday experience comes from exploring the island itself and its culture. To that end, you can catch a bus or rent a car, motorbike, or bicycle and dive into the rich Greek countryside and urban living. It’s 6.5km to the Kos Marina and 7km to the town proper, but the Thermal Springs are much closer, only 3km from the resort. However, you don’t have to leave the resort to immerse yourself in authentic Greek hospitality and sensations. In addition to the beauty and hair salon, you have access to a mini market, petit boutique, and jewellery shop, not to mention an exciting array of restaurants and bars.

David’s Hall Restaurant is in the resort’s main

With a multitude of skills and languages under their belt, the Michelangelo team is eager to welcome you to a carefree world of 5-star accommodations, amenities, and incredible views.

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building, offering mouthwatering delights from early morning to nightfall. Expect Greek, Mediterranean, and international dishes, as well as evenings of themed cuisine, from fish to Ital-

Above the infinity pool and overlooking the Aegean in all its splendour is Mediterraneo Restaurant, its setting and a la carte menu resonating with summer vibes. Begin your day with extra sparkle, thanks to a la minute specialities accompanied by champagne. Hot and cold snacks are available in the afternoon, while your candlelit dinner involves traditional and international flavours beneath a dazzling night sky. The most exotic menu can be found at Soya Asian Fusion Restaurant, enveloped by vibrant gardens beside the infinity pool. This venue is only open in the evenings and serves classic, contemporary, and reinvented Asian dishes for

There are four bars and lounges to relax in, each designed to pamper you in a different way. The Infinity Pool Bar, for example, combines delicious drinks with the unparalleled bliss of sitting in or near a pool seemingly connected to a stunning horizon. A similar concept defines the Waterfalls Pool Bar, the feel and melody of rushing water

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Escape normality. Michelangelo Resort’s 16,000-m2 gardens, poolside and elevated terraces, and boundless views of Kos and the Aegean will transport you to a life of bliss and plenty.


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Michelangelo’s Therme Spa has partnered with Thalgo, the French brand leading the beauty and spa industry worldwide. The result? A space and selection of treatments dedicated to natural holistic wellness.
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making every sip of your coffee or cocktail that much more refreshing.

Alternatively, Kymata Beach Bar places you right next to the sea. Lie on a sunbed and bask in the sun with a cool drink in hand. It doesn’t get more idyllic than this. But if you’d rather sit indoors or on a terrace with panoramic views you’ll never forget, Juliano’s Bar is your go-to spot, located in the main building’s lobby.

Your entertainment at Michelangelo Resort & Spa doesn’t end there. Every night comes with a themed music event, featuring either a DJ or live act. One party can be all about Greek music and the next dedicated to Disco or a different genre. Ultimately, a single week at the resort will take your senses on a marvellous journey.

The hotel’s beautiful setting, modern green elegance snug between countryside and stirring azure waters, is also a favourite for weddings, work-related events, and other special occasions. The conference room alone can host 200 guests in theatre or classroom style. Michelangelo can reserve and set up whichever area serves your purpose best, while its restaurants and bars take charge of the catering with food and drinks that are sure to impress.

With so many unique spaces in one place and a team that wants nothing more than to make your visit extraordinary, rest assured that whatever your booking is for, it will be handled with utmost respect and efficiency. Michelangelo Resort & Spa makes your summertime dreams a reality. •

The diverse cuisine at Michelangelo Resort & Spa is its pride and joy, ranging from Mediterranean to Asian. Expect delectable dishes and drinks with poolside, beachfront, garden, or panoramic ambience.

Dimitra Beach Hotel & Suites

Mediterranean Charm

This 5-star member of Greece’s Michelangelo Hotels & Resorts collection, Dimitra Beach Hotel & Suites, is dedicated to creating unforgettable holiday experiences on Kos Island, a land of green beauty, sandy shores, and clear blue waters.

Waterfront luxury is the primary goal of Dimitra Beach Hotel & Suites, evident in the plethora of beach and poolside amenities on offer, from shoes and sunbeds to outdoor spa treatments.

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Would you prefer to lounge in your deluxe suite, savour gourmet dishes and cocktails, or discover new adventures? Everything you need for a delightful stay is within walking or driving distance.

There’s nothing more peaceful than lounging by the sea, and Dimitra Beach Hotel & Suites knows how to make that time special. It was built in 1970 and renovated in 2020, taking its design and services to new 5-star heights. Located on the southeastern shores of Kos Island in Greece and looking out at the Aegean Sea and Turkish coastline, most of the hotel’s 256 rooms, suites, and bungalows face the waters and plunge you into the most luxurious island lifestyle. The azure sea blends beautifully with the rolling green countryside, vibrant gardens, and pure white architecture, the property in its entirety taking over 70,000m2. Where you stay and what you experience largely depends on your preferences. The Dimitra team consists of experts in hospitality with Greek, English, French, and German under their belt. They’re ready and eager to perfect your summer holidays and special occasions, help you create the best possible memories. When it comes to accommodation, you can choose between spacious rooms, suites, and bungalows, some facing the sea, others the gardens or

pools. Booking a double room grants you stunning views of the Aegean from your balcony, while a bungalow comes with a patio, whether you’re enveloped in garden greenery or situated 30m from the beach. For even more space and luxury, go for Club Suites. They include Deluxe and Privilege Junior Suites that can house up to four guests, as well as two-bedroom accommodation for families.

Whichever option you settle on, you can expect a glorious layout, from serene colours, comfy furniture, and Rituals toiletries to an illy espresso machine, an LCD satellite TV, and in-bathroom speakers with music channels. Several other amenities await, but even more so in Club accommodation, where you also get a beach bag and shoes, a complimentary mini-bar, gifts for your kids, Molton Brown products, and priority when booking dinner.

Dimitra Beach Hotel & Suites offers three restaurants to keep you sated throughout the day. The main building is home to Flavors, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and serving Mediterranean and international dishes and snacks. If you


want to experience quintessential Greek cuisine, thalasa & alati is also available from 8:00 am to 23:00 pm. Its a la carte menu can introduce you to a whole new world of flavours. Finally, you have Cucina, the hotel’s poolside restaurant, supplying you with hot and cold snacks, as well as Italian specialities. It’s the best place for a romantic dinner.

Besides their cuisine, Cucina and thalasa & alati are ideal for a coffee or drink. The adult-only thalasa lounge bar is even better as it offers poolside peace and quiet with your refreshment. But the most luxurious drink and snack can be found at the Water Pool Bar until 18:00 pm, located at the hotel’s upper level. Chill out on your underwater stool with a glass of champagne in hand, the dazzling sun above, and amazing sea views as far as the eye can see. Two more venues at your disposal are the Veranda, Dimitra’s lobby bar offering a wide range of beverages and themed music nights, and the White Lounge, another relaxing adult-only space.

If peace of mind is your priority, make the most of the spa services available at Dimitra and its next-door sister hotel Michelangelo Resort & Spa. Massages and nail treatments are available at Dimitra’s outdoor pavilion, so you don’t need to go far for some pampering on hot summer days. But you’re always welcome at Michelangelo’s Therme Spa, too, for a deeply regenerating experience. With the backing of Thalgo, the

French leader in beauty and spa services, Therme offers a carefully curated range of therapies and products to satisfy all customer needs. You’ll find five treatment rooms for thalassotherapy, facials, and more, an indoor pool and Jacuzzi hot tub, a sauna and steam room, and even a spa shop and hair salon. You’ll leave feeling like a new person from head to toe. With so much to do around Dimitra Beach Hotel & Suites, the spa and outdoor pavilion are perfect for feeling and looking your best on your holiday.

As a guest of Dimitra, you have the hotel’s private beach to indulge in, as well as Michelangelo’s Kymata Beach Bar. If that’s not enough, there are three pools available for adults, one swim-up, one for activities, and one for relaxation. Children have their own three pool options. Wherever you end up, sunbeds, umbrellas, towels, and anything else you need is at your beck and call. The Dimitra team is devoted to transforming your life into a fun and carefree existence for the duration of your stay.

Activities on offer go from calm and meditative to life-changing. Start your day with a stretching, pilates, or aqua gym programme before trying kitesurfing, horse riding, or cycling. Michelangelo also has a fully equipped gym, a mini football field, and tennis and basketball courts. For something milder, you can have a game of darts or boccia at Dimitra or lounge in its TV and library room. Themed nights with DJs and live music will

Whether you’re dining with your family or sitting with a book in a sunlit armchair, nature and modern design work in harmony to please all your senses at Dimitra Beach Hotel. & Suites.

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It’s tough having to choose between the beach and three pools that include hot tubs, underwater stools, and panoramic sea views. The best solution? Stay long enough to try them all.
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have your evening entertainment well covered. But if you feel like renting a car and touring the island, there’s so much more to get up to. Why not soak in the therapeutic seawater of the Hot Springs, only 3.5km away, or make the 7km trip to Kos Town for a deep dive into Greek culture? Children have just as much fun to look forward to. In addition to splashing in the pools, they can spend hours in the playground and Mini Club before dancing the evening away at the disco set up just for them. Restaurants have highchairs at the ready to ensure your meals are peaceful. Your room can also be furnished with a baby cot. On request, highchairs and baby cots can also be provided. In short, your family holiday will be a dream at Dimitra Beach Hotel & Suites.

Private events are an option too. If you need a venue for a wedding, gourmet dinner, poolside party, conference, or even a photoshoot, Dimitra’s indoor and outdoor spaces are ideal and available for hire. The estate is stunning and highly functional as it is, but its team can make adjustments where possible to accommodate your event’s needs, while also providing the most delectable dishes and drinks for the occasion, whether in the form of a buffet, snacks, or proper meals. Once again, Michelangelo is happy to help with grand and beautiful spaces of its own. Between the two hotels and their amenities, there’s no doubt that your event will be a resounding success.

All the winning features above define Dimitra Beach Hotel & Suites, but they’re in no way the only ones. Experience its luxury in full, and you’ll understand why 2023 saw the hotel awarded by HolidayCheck as one of the most popular destinations worldwide. This was only the latest in a series of accolades over the years from travel platforms, including Tripadvisor and Booking. com. Not only that, but Dimitra’s sustainability policies have also earned it a Travelife Gold Certification, marking it an asset to the local ecology and society. In other words, the hotel’s interest in supreme hospitality goes beyond impressing guests with sublime seafront leisure and gardens sprawled across 25,000m2 of land. Dimitra Beach Hotel & Suites’ 5-star identity is rooted in community and quality of life, both aspects made rich, rewarding, and durable, thanks to principles that put people and the environment first. The outcome of entrusting Dimitra with your holiday is simple. You’ll experience the friendliest, most picturesque getaway of your life with as much bliss and excitement as you see fit. When making your booking and while already there, explain what would make your stay perfect, and every effort will be made to accommodate your wishes. Your personalised Greek holiday awaits, immersed in the splendid summer heat and the Aegean’s tranquil waters, shifting from crystalline to deep regal blue. •

The hotel’s restaurants and lounges are some of the spaces available for hire. Imagine a fairytale beach or poolside wedding, all special arrangements handled by Dimitra’s hospitality experts.




• Fly direct from Athens International Airport (AIA) to Kalymnos Island National Airport (JKL).

• Fly direct from Athens International Airport (AIA) to Kos Island Airport (KGS)*, take a taxi to Mastichari Port (10 minutes), and catch a ferry to Pothia Port, Kalymnos (30-40 minutes).

• Or catch a ferry from Rhodes to Kalymnos. Tickets are available at the ports or online.


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Athens (ATH) KALYMNOS AIRPORT (JKL) Pothia Kantouni, Panormos

Under an Aegean Spell

Seaside adventures enriched with marvels, both natural and antique - this is the island paradise of Kalymnos, a dream destination for lovers of magnificent Aegean holidays off the beaten track.

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Telendos Island is a short boat ride away, offering its own stunning views of sunny Kalymnos and the Aegean Sea.

Nestled between Kos and Leros, Kalymnos is a hidden gem of the Dodecanese. It beckons intrepid travellers with its semi-tamed allure and vibrant culture. Rugged coastlines and whispers of ancient history promise to take you on a journey beyond the ordinary, where every moment unfolds with the magic of discovery.


6,000 years of history lie on the shores and heights of Kalymnos. Sailors and sponge harvesters called it home while plying their trade across the seas and keeping pirates at bay. However, war and politics influenced the island’s status and appearance the most. The complex heritage of Kalymnos is evident in its architecture, landmarks, and archaeological finds, all proving that its cultural links transcend Greece. Hints of Persia, the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires, and Italian Colonialism exist throughout the island.

Early Christianity was another influencing factor. The town of Pothia, the current capital of Kalymnos, was once watched over by the Temple of Apollo Delios. After its destruction, its stones were used to build the Basilica of Christ of Jerusalem, now a relic itself. Many more holy sites were constructed over the ages, including the Monasteries of Agios Savvas and Panagia Kyra Psili.

The Knights of St. John even built Chrysocheria Castle, its ruins still encompassing the church of Panagia Chrysochera and overlooking Chorio village, the island’s former capital.

But Kalymnos is best known for its sponge diving industry, a centuries-old tradition passed

down through the generations. Merchants and sea captains made their fortunes on Kalymnos and displayed their wealth through their beautiful homes. Neoclassical and Italian styles still dot key areas like Chorio, Vathy, and Pothia. Kalymnos left its unique mark on the 20th century, too, after its sponge divers inspired a folk song that became globally famous in the 70s. Dirlada was first written by Captain Pantelis Ginnis about his crew, its lyrics a playful satire. Greek sailors sang it as they travelled the world, and the catchy tune spread like wildfire to France, Japan, and beyond.


Today, Kalymnos is the perfect destination for explorers, a wholesome and exciting tapestry of the island’s past and present. There’s no shortage of activities, whether you like solo getaways or big parties, lavish relaxation or gritty adventures, food tourism or cultural immersion. Each area of Kalymnos has something special to offer. The best city living, for instance, can be found at Pothia, the urban centre of Kalymnos and the setting of our Evanik Chic Hotel. Pretty, colourful neighbourhoods dotted with picturesque restaurants, cafés, and shops hug the harbour and serene blue sea, boats great and small bobbing with the current. If you prefer pure oasis vibes, Vathy is 13km to the northeast of Pothia. The village lies between two hills, stretching through a lush green valley towards the Rina fjord, sporting its own eateries, shops, accommodation, and harbour. Sit on the shore, sipping your iced coffee and playing backgammon with the locals. Or dive into the

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Panormos is one of many enchanting villages around Kalymnos. While there, visit the Church of St. Athanasios in the Monastery of the Holy Cross.


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heavenly waters while the sun blazes above. Or explore the nearby castle, monastery, and caves.

Sublime doesn’t begin to describe Kalymnos, part smooth and welcoming, part jagged and exhilarating. The experiences that await you are no less varied. Let’s start with the cuisine. Seafood is a given, but it’s the sheer array of flavours available that will amaze you. Octopus, swordfish, lobster, mussels, devil fish, and sea urchins are just some of the fresh catches to expect. Spinialo is one of the most popular traditional dishes, involving sea

squirts marinated in salt water and served with olive oil and lemon.

Kalymnos is known for its produce too. Thyme honey is a local speciality, as are citrus fruits, capers, oregano, and cheeses like kopanisti and myzithra. Embrace the island’s gastronomic essence by seeking out such ingredients when dining out. Indulging your palate is a lesson in Kalymnos culture, but a greater blast from the past comes from hitting the pavement and museums. The mysterious Lady of Kalymnos stands in all her bronze


glory in the Archaeological Museum. The Vouvalis Mansion is another must-see attraction, a 19th-century Kalymnos home frozen in time. For a deep dive into the extraordinary aquatic realm that surrounds the island, visit the Valsamidis Sea World Museum too. After all, there’s nothing more integral to the identity of Kalymnos than the Aegean Sea.

The Kalymnos beaches are just as important to note, but which one is best depends on your preferences. Masouri, for example, is popular for its sandy calmness enveloped by remarkable rock formations. Kantouni Beach is just as attractive but more sophisticated, aptly hosting our 4-star Boutique Hotel. But then you have locations like Platis Yialos, less accessible but stunning with its black sand, crystalline waters, and impressive rocks fit for the best seaside hikes.

Besides sponges, archaeological marvels, scrumptious food, and beaches for all kinds of holidaymakers, Kalymnos is a prime destination for another reason: rock climbing. It’s hardly a surprise, considering its high-quality stone, not to mention its incredible crags and caves. There are over

4,000 routes to conquer with gorgeous Aegean vistas as your backdrop. The annual Kalymnos Climbing Festival can make your trip a grand affair of scaling cliffs and partying with fellow adventurers.

The entertainment on the island doesn’t end there. Small delights aside, from scenic bike rides to poolside cocktails, you can go scuba diving and fully satisfy your marine curiosity or take a boat to nearby islands like Telendos and Pserimos. You’ll find more picturesque bays and villages. Ruins brimming with the ghosts of the past. Views to make poets cry. Uniquely captivating and able to meet every traveller’s desire, Kalymnos is also very easy to get to. Regular ferries come in from Piraeus, Kos, and other Aegean Ports. The island even has an airport with direct flights from and to Athens and Thessaloniki among many more destinations. Join the spellbinding narrative that is Kalymnos. It intertwines history and tradition with modernity and a wild kaleidoscope of experiences. Prepare for an out-of-the-box holiday that may just change your life. •


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The capital of Kalymnos Island is Pothia (opposite), an idyllic town full of life, history, sponges, and seaside delights.

A world-famous climbing holiday destination

Traditionally known as the sponge divers’ island, the Greek island of Kalymnos has recently become a world-famous climbing destination and home to some of the most amazing sport climbing you’ll ever see!

Within the global climbing community, this little Mediterranean paradise has gained its reputation as one of the most aesthetically pleasing and sociable climbing destinations, with the highest percentage of high-quality sport climbing on the planet.

• In 2013, Kalymnos was voted the best climbing destination in the world at a global poll on the climbing site

• In 2016, the UIAA granted the Municipality of Kalymnos the “Rock Climbers’ Award” for its excellence in complying with criteria such as commitment to sustainable practices, support for the climbing community, and experience in organising international climbing events.

“The search for the ultimate climbing paradise ends at the island of Kalymnos”,

“A rock jewel sparkling in the Aegean”, “Kalymnos is the Mecca of sport climbing”, “The world epicenter for sport climbing”, are just a few of the headlines used in articles dedicated to the “Rocking island of Kalymnos.”


Huge rock formations of high-quality limestone dotted with deep pockets and towering tufas line its west-northwest coast, overlooking the Aegean. Rough steep hills lead to imposing slabs with pockets and crimps and impressive bumpy vertical walls. Large overhanging cliffs

with plenty of features and massive caves, decorated with large golden hanging stalactites and tufa blobs.

Kalymnos, including Telendos (a small inhabited island 1km opposite the west coast of Kalymnos), is a sport climbing venue with more than 4,200 well-secured sport climbing routes, pre-equipped with permanent drilledin bolts and stationary carabiners for the anchors. Most routes are single-pitch of around 20 to 35m, the majority of which are in the midgrade range 6a - 6c. The development of longer alpine-style routes from 3 to 11 pitches has increased over the past few years. You’ll also find a few via ferrata routes and deep-water soloing, offering more options to climbers. The rock quality is such that it will take a long time to become polished and its magnitude offers end -


less possibilities for adding more and more new routes every year.

The most spectacular thing about Kalymnos, though, is the volume of high-quality routes at every grade and every crag! Whether you are a beginner or a pro, there are many choices for everyone! Last but not least, climbing literally takes place in your backyard, if one takes into consideration the proximity of the crags to the island’s main roads and accommodation facilities. As a reward after a tough day of climbing, turquoise crystalline waters await to cool you down just a few minutes below the crags.


Kalymnos attracts a wide range of climbers in terms of nationality, age, and ability. You will meet teenage climbers, young couples, people with their children, and some in their late 60s from all over the world. The scene around the climbing routes and beyond the crags is laid back and very sociable. Kalymnos is the melting pot of the climbing world. A place where people from every corner of the globe come together and share their cultures.

The Municipality of Kalymnos has worked enthusiastically hand in hand with climbers to promote and, more importantly, to support climbing tourism and its community. In Kalymnos, rock climbers feel at home, as the locals always give them the warmest of welcomes.

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versatile place defined by superb limestone formations, seaside splendour, and a friendly community, Kalymnos is the sport climber’s dream escape.


Kalymnos is a Greek island, the fourth largest of the Dodecanese Prefecture, which includes Rhodes and Kos in the southeastern Aegean Sea. The island is located 7 NM North of Kos, covers an area of 109 km2, and is the third most pop ulated island of the Dodecanese. Telendos and Pserimos are two neighbouring islands, small but inhabited, that also belong to the region of Kalymnos. Coordinates: N 36 59’, E 26 59’.


Kalymnos can be reached:

• By direct domestic flight: Athens – Kalymnos.

• By various flights to Kos International Airport (domestic, low-cost, or charter). From Kos air port by taxi to the port of Mastichari (10min), from where regular ferries run the Mastichari

– Pothia (Kalymnos capital and main harbour) line within 30 – 45min.

• Alternatively, by flights to Rhodes and Samos. From there, take a ferry to Kalymnos.

• By ferry from Piraeus port, Athens.

• By ferry from all the Dodecanese islands and Samos.


Kalymnos is perfect throughout every season! Climbing is possible all year round. Mid-sea son is highly recommended (March, April, and May - September, October, and November).



Several stores are located in the village of Ma-


Qualified climbing instructors are available on the island for guiding and climbing courses.


Kalymnos Climbing Festival is an annual event not to be missed. It’s a gathering of climbers, a celebration of international climbing culture that includes competitions for all climbing levels, storytelling nights, audiovisual presentations, a deep water soloing boat cruise, botanical walks, traditional dance lessons, and live

For local transportation, climbers usually prefer scooters and cars. Local buses run daily and frequently from Pothia (capital and harbour) via the main villages to Armeos and three times a day all the way to Emporios and Vathy.


A pair of rock climbing shoes, a 70m rope, around 20 quick draws, a helmet, and a climbing partner.


Hard copy guidebooks can be purchased from the climbing shops and mini-markets on the island. Digital guidebook apps are also available on the App Store and Google Play.


Kalymnos Rescue Team is a volunteer-based local team offering rescue services whenever


Route maintenance projects are performed frequently with the support of the Municipality to keep Kalymnos a safe climbing destination.


For more information please check or send an email to

Upon arrival, right before the harbour’s exit, you can find detailed info at the Municipal Tourist Office, open on weekdays from 07:00 –15:00.

Tel:+30 22430 29299.


Climbing can be dangerous and includes a risk of personal injury or death.

Participants should be aware of and accept all risks and take responsibility for their own actions and involvement at all times.

We thank the Municipal Tourist Office of Kalymnos.

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A Journey Through the Maritime Museum's Rich History

Explore the Maritime Museum of Kalymnos, founded in 1994, showcasing naval traditions, sponge catching history, ancient artifacts, and nautical instruments.

Within Kalymnos Maritime Museum’s walls, visitors embark on a journey through time, delving into the fascinating world of sponge catching, a trade deeply ingrained in Kalymnian history. The museum’s collection offers a comprehensive look at the techniques, tools, and traditions associated with sponge diving. Step into its five rooms to encounter a wealth of artifacts, from ancient shipwreck remnants to diving equipment used since the 19th century. Marvel at “skandalopetres,” stones used to aid divers’ descent, alongside tools for sponge processing and maritime instruments like sextants and compasses. Dive deeper into the past through a captivating display of

photographs documenting Kalymnos’ social fabric intertwined with sponge catching. Admire anchors crafted from stone, lead, and iron, peruse nautical charts dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, and marvel at ship rigging and cannonballs recovered from the sea. Miniature boats and lanterns further evoke the island’s seafaring legacy. Moreover, immerse yourself in Kalymnian domestic life with exhibits showcasing traditional costumes, culinary implements, and household items.

TIP: The majority of the exhibits have been donated by people who have been or still are in relation to the marine activities practiced on the island to the present day.

Pothia, Kalymnos. T: +30 (22430) 51361



Preparing for the long journey, lasting 7-8 months, was a small rite of passage for the sponge divers. Let’s relive it...

What happens when a whole island prepares for the departure of those who venture out to catch sponges on the coasts of Africa?

The sailing preparation (called “Pokinima”) on Kalymnos lasted almost two months - February to March - and set the whole island on fire. The captains picked crew members; tools of the trade were feverishly gathered; and supplies (“kubani”) were carefully prepared: galettes, “kavourmas” (sautèed meat), pulses, salted fish in sacks, and plenty of water in barrels. Pokinima took place the day after the Resurrection, and the journey, mainly to the coast of Africa, lasted 7 to 8 months. Before departure, all measures to ensure the favour of the spiritual world were taken. Holy water was as necessary as any other supply, while the captain and sponge divers had to invoke the grace of St. Nicholas, the patron saint and guide of the divers.

Today, Pokinima is a historical event. Organised by the Municipality of Kalymnos, the Region of South Aegean, and the Kalymnos District Council, it presents locals and visitors alike with a series of re-enactments and theatrical performances drawn from the island’s history. During the events, scenes and stories of departure are presented in collaboration with the island’s theatrical groups. Pokinima contains de facto elements of tragedy. Back then, the farewell that took place was particularly difficult, since many of the sponge divers were highly unlikely to return, due to the conditions in which they worked, while others, in many cases, would return with serious health problems, usually paralysed. When the sponge boats returned, the Kalymnians counted their losses. There were indeed many victims, most of whom were buried on deserted coasts or islands in Africa.

Those lucky enough to visit Kalymnos during early August also have the opportunity to witness mostly realistic re-enactments of how a boat was prepared for the long journey, how the supplies and general equipment of the sponge divers were packed, and even how a diver would don the profession’s traditional uniform. If you attend, make sure you try the traditional “kavourmas” (veal cooked in its fat to be preserved and taken on board for the sailors to eat). The well-known recipe, which the sponge workers took with them on their months-long

journey, is always served at the feast that follows the Pokinima events.

Sponge diving with all its traditions and history still forms the very soul of Kalymnos Island. Another celebration, Sponge Week, takes place one week after Easter each year. It is dedicated to honouring the relationship between the Kalymnians and the sponge, which is also known as the “Kalymnian Gold”. Local musicians perform Aegean tunes, playing for hours while people of all ages join tradition -

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Sponge diving was a lucrative but dangerous Kalymnos profession, honoured today through events like Prokinima and Sponge Week. Bronze statue formation at the base of Nike statue in Pothia town, Kalymnos Ιsland.

You can take the sponge out of the sea...

...It is way harder to take the sea out of the sponge.

Natural sponges (Euspongia) occur in various regions around the world, especially where the sea waters are warm and the currents mild. Classifying sponges by defining their composition was a riddle that fascinated people since antiquity; Aristotle was the first to suggest that this “strange creature” is an animal. Indeed, sponges are the most simple, multicellular animal organisms. And yet, during their 20-50-year life circle, they embellish the underwater landscape with an impressive variety of colours and shapes.

In the geographical index of Greece, Kalymnos could be considered the absolute source of sponges. In the mid-19th century, all of the Dodecanese (as well as Hydra, Poros, Aegina, Salamina, Ermioni, Trikeri, and Lemnos) pro

to the increased demand in industrialised Europe. Yet it was Kalymnos, along with Symi, that gained worldwide fame as the home of sponge divers and workers. The Greek term “sfougarades” directly translates as “spongers.” For the Kalymnians, sponge hunting became a source of livelihood – a dangerous mission that only the skilled and daring could accomplish.

The long-standing tradition of sponging defined the island’s identity and contributed significantly to the economic prosperity of its inhabitants. Κalymnian traders sold their precious harvest, starting from Syros, Nafplio, and Constantinople and reaching Odessa, Petersburg, Moscow, Trieste, and the Middle East. The first references to the “sponger” profession appear in the epic poetry of Homer, followed by later

The job of spongers was not limited to diving and fishing the sponges from the depths of the sea. It included operating the mechanical equipment to assist the divers, as well as handling their precious catch.

The processing of the sponge began immediately after it was fished out of the sea, meaning that the first stages of the job were done on board. What came first was the trampling and washing of the sponges with seawater to remove most of their membrane, contents (or “milk”), and any trapped foreign bodies (sand, stones, microbes, symbiotic crustaceans). The sponges were then left in the sun under a linen tarpaulin to rest before the aforementioned process was repeated. Next came the beating of the sponges, usually done with flat and smooth branches to avoid damaging the sea animal’s body, followed by a nighttime ritual. Only under the realm of darkness were the sponges, attached to ropes, thrown into the sea so that the waves and currents could wash away any remnants of “milk.”

Recovered in the morning, they were examined meticulously to determine if another round of processing was necessary. If so, the same steps were repeated again and again. Once the sponges were thoroughly cleaned, they were given the green light and spread out to dry in the sun. They literally sunbathed on a beach or the ship’s rigging.

Often, depending on the knowledge of the crew and the time available, a rough classification was carried out on board. Upon returning ashore, the batch was presented to traders. The latter took the sponges to their warehouses, which were the laboratories for further processing.

TIP: You can learn more about the long tradition of seafaring and sponge diving by visiting the Maritime Museum of Kalymnos, as well as the Sponge - both located in the city of Pothia. •

Kalymnian sponge workers were experts in harvesting, processing, and often classifying these marine animals. A tradition passed down through the ages.

Music makes the world go round

The irresistible rhythm of the sponge-diving song, “Darla Dirladada”

During the 1970s, “Darla Dirladada” attained widespread fame as the foremost Greek song, despite being rendered in various other languages. Its composition is credited to Pantelis Ginis, the captain of a sponge-diving vessel hailing from Kalymnos. Unbeknownst to Ginis at the time, the lighthearted melody, conceived amidst the rigours of maritime life, would evolve into an international sensation.

Originally crafted to uplift the spirits of his crew during their arduous endeavours, “Darla Dirladada” swiftly gained traction among seafarers before captivating a broader audience. As Greek maritime crews traversed foreign shores, they carried this infectious tune with them, endowing it with a global appeal.

To fully appreciate the lyrics, even for those proficient in Greek, it is essential to grasp certain aspects of sponge divers’ lives and their working conditions. Sponge divers embarked on their voyages to the North African coasts, commonly referred to as “Barbaria,” setting off at Easter and returning at the end of October. They utilised a large vessel known as the “Rezerva” for storing provisions, housing the harvested sponges, and gathering for their daily meal. Sponge diving itself was conducted using smaller boats predominantly propelled by oars. Consequently, sponge divers toiled under the scorching African sun throughout the day, often enduring meagre provisions of tepid, rusty water, with nothing but the vast expanse of the open sea surrounding them. It was not uncommon for their resolve to wane over time, as thoughts turned towards home, sustenance, and the companionship they had been deprived of for so long.

The essence of “Dirlada” lay in its capacity to uplift the spirits of sponge divers and instil a rhythmic cadence in their rowing efforts. It achieved

this by imaginatively transporting them back to Kalymnos and conjuring visions of the comforts and desires they longed for during these trying times. The song’s lyrics, imbued with humour and a touch of bawdiness, reflect the lives of sea farers and island dwellers, particularly those from Kalymnos renowned for their sponge-div ing exploits. Yet, it is the irresistible rhythm, purportedly influenced by North African musi cal traditions, that distinguishes the song. Legend has it that Ginis, while steering his ves sel, simultaneously penned the lyrics, a testa ment to his creativity and multitasking prow ess. Subsequently, Ginis ventured to Athens to record the song with esteemed Greek musician Domna Samiou. However, it was Mikis Theo dorakis who, after hearing “Darla Dirladada,” featured it in his album “The Garden,” initial ly misrepresenting it as a traditional piece. Gi nis pursued legal recourse, establishing his authorship of the song. Following his premature demise, the song’s copyright passed to his family in Kalymnos.

In 1970, Italian-Egyptian-French vocalist Dalida recorded “Darla Dirladada,” releasing it both as a single and an album track in Italian, German, and English renditions. Subsequent interpretations include a rendition by Dutch singer Marva and a notably successful cover by G.O. Culture in 1993, which achieved widespread acclaim in France.

The song also garnered popularity in Finland, with Kai Hyttinen recording a Finnish version in 1972, which enjoyed chart success. Finnish music ensemble Jean S. has likewise contributed to its enduring popularity.

In 1995, the Skopje-based rock band “Memorija” released their rendition of the song, titled “Dirlada,” adding yet another chapter to its enduring legacy. •

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Beloved singer Dalida revived “Darla Dirladada” in 1970 with a multilingual release that became a global success. LISTEN TO THE SONG HERE

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Secrets of the Sea: Kalymnos Depths Unveiled

Stavros Valsamidis created the Sea World Museum of Kalymnos to preserve the island’s legacy by showcasing his treasure hoard, from marine creatures to the remains of ship wrecks.

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Εxploring the seabed of Kalymnos for over 45 years, Stavros Valsamidis became a diving legend, one generous with his knowledge. All the diving centres of Kalymnos benefited from his information about the most exciting diving spots. With the spirit of a collector, Stavros accumulated thousands of items from the sea and created the Valsamidis Sea World Museum in the coastal village of Vlychada in Kalymnos. An impressive private collection of over 17,000 unique findings is the lifelong work of a man born and raised on the island.

The discoveries, which came from thousands of dives, include a wide variety of plants and animals from the marine kingdom: fish, shells, crustaceans, starfish, corals, sharks, turtles, and, of course, all kinds of sponges.

Part of the museum is dedicated to the profession of sponge diving and includes all the tools and suits used by divers from 1872 to the present day.

One wing exhibits findings from the First and Second World Wars, such as torpedoes and pieces from aeroplanes. In a specially designed space, amphorae from the 6th, 4th, 3rd, and

2nd centuries BC are preserved, as well as other objects from ancient shipwrecks. There is also a collection of around 2,000 photographs related to the history and tradition of sponge divers. Impressively, the entire wreck of an ancient merchant ship, filled with treasures like amphorae, was brought to light from the depths of the sea by Stavros Valsamidis.

The main concern of the museum’s founder always was the promotion of Kalymnos and its sponge diving history for the survival of its people and their families. Today, the work of Stavros Valsamidis, who passed away at the age of 65, a celebrated diver of all the Earth’s seas, continues through his son Giannis.

As the legacy of Stavros Valsamidis lives on, the Valsamidis Sea World Museum stands, not only as a tribute to the rich underwater heritage of Kalymnos but also as a beacon of education and preservation for future generations. With each passing day, this museum continues to inspire awe and appreciation for the treasures hidden beneath the waves, ensuring that the remarkable stories of the sea and its explorers will endure for years to come. •

Vlychada beach hosts the Valsamidis Sea World Museum, but its stunning blue waters are perfect for a blissful swim too.

Soothing Azure

Escape the toil of everyday life. Dive into the tranquil world of Kantouni Beach Boutique Hotel, each moment spent near its waters nourishing your heart and body. Feel yourself unwind and regenerate as you bask in the summer sun.


The perfect summer holiday can be as simple as relaxing by a dreamy blue sea or pool, soaking in the Mediterranean sun and breeze. Kantouni Beach Boutique Hotel, set on the west coast of Kalymnos Island in Greece, promises exactly that, paired with a range of 4-star luxuries for guests seeking peace and quiet, delectable cuisine, and the occasional thrill.

The view of the Aegean and the surrounding island from the estate can only be described as a masterpiece merging nature with civilisation. Renovated in 2021, Kantouni Beach Boutique Hotel combines such beautiful sights with fine design and hospitality, resulting in several awards over the years from, Tripadvisor, and HolidayCheck for the highly complementary reviews it receives.

With 30 rooms available within a single threefloor building, Kantouni Hotel is small compared to other properties of Greece’s Michelangelo Hotels & Resorts collection. But your stay will be no less spectacular. Thanks to its cosy setting, its team’s dedication to creating the most pleasant getaways possible, and the level of care guests

experience, this idyllic beachfront boutique hotel has flourished into a must-see destination. When it comes to accommodation, the hotel has different double rooms and junior suites on offer. Some face the sea and others the garden, but they all feature high-end amenities, such as a super king-size bed, a mini-bar, an LCD satellite TV, an espresso coffee machine, and comfy bathroom essentials. Baby cots are readily available, too, if you need them. Depending on the type of accommodation you book, you might also get extra beds and an open-plan sitting area alongside an outdoor Jacuzzi hot tub. Plan your stay right, and a single day lounging in your room can be a delightful experience in itself. But seeing what else Kantouni Hotel can do for you is strongly recommended. For starters, the pool and bar may quickly become your favourite place to while away the hours, only three steps separating you from the sandy beach as well. Sunbeds, umbrellas, and towels are provided, so all you need to do is pick your spot in the sun and make the most of every luxury at your disposal. If you want to take your entertainment to the

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The rooms and suites of Kantouni Beach Boutique Hotel are the epitome of luxury. Whether you’re facing the sea or garden, the view from your terrace will take your breath away.
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next level, you have access to spa services, including aqua gym programmes at the hotel and massages for an extra fee with an external partner. Themed music nights also take place regularly, hosting a DJ or live act. Between swimming, partying, and chilling out, you can rent a car or bicycle and visit local attractions.

The closest town is Pothia, 6.5km away, a great place to engage with Greek island culture. Explore its picturesque streets and port, its traditional delicacies, and the sponge-diving heritage of Kalymnos. If you’re very adventurous, you should also know that the island has become one of the most popular destinations for sport climbing. People arrive from all over the world to brave its limestone crags, some of which are near Kantouni Beach Boutique Hotel. If you’re interested, make sure you’re up to date about the area and its routes, as well as what you’ll need in terms of equipment, transport, and other essentials. Speak to a member of staff, and they can guide you or, better yet, direct you to Kalymnos rock-climbing experts.

On the other hand, a simple walk or drive along the coast and lush countryside dotted with monasteries and ancient castles can give you all the exercise and inspiration you need. Once you work up an appetite, the hotel’s restaurant and bar await. Delight your taste buds while reminiscing about your fun day on Kalymnos.


Kymata Restaurant Cocktail Bar is the hotel’s main spot for food and drink, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can start your morning with a continental, American, or Greek selection of meals, whether from the buffet or a la carte menu. Coffee, smoothies, fresh juice, and more are available too.

As a seafront restaurant, Kymata is also ideal for an afternoon and evening bite overlooking the Aegean. Hot and cold snacks are always available between activities, but do make the time to sit for a proper gastronomic journey through Kantouni Hotel’s Greek and international cuisine. You have fresh seafood, meats, and vegetables, Mediterranean salads, and even traditional desserts like galaktoboureko to enjoy. Kymata also offers a wide range of fine wines and

spirits to go with your food or savour separately as you watch the glorious sunset paint the sky red and gold. The sparkling skies of clear Kalymnos nights are just as magical to behold. If you like poolside ambience with your evening cocktails, lounge at the Pool Bar instead, open from 11:00 am to 24:00 pm. It serves everything you need, from alcohol to soft drinks and snacks. With the beach a few metres away, you could sit with a glass of wine, your feet buried in the sand, and let the waves lapping the shore lull you into tranquillity. A variety of simple but stimulating options – this is what makes holidays at Kantouni Beach Boutique Hotel special. Consider what relaxation means to you, and tailor your trip around your desires with the help of the hotel’s highly skilled and accommodating team. •

Find your inner peace with divine dishes, drinks, and activities, from chilling out at the pool, beach, or restaurant to seeing the sights and climbing the best crags of Kalymnos.

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Evanik Chic Hotel Kalymnos

Sun-Kissed Haven

Evanik Chic Hotel’s prime location can create the most delightful holiday, perfectly balancing leisure, culture, and excitement with the stunning Kalymnos landscape as your backdrop, complete with azure waters, green countryside, and glorious sunshine.

What defines Evanik Chic Hotel? Deluxe rooms and suites with high-end amenities. Delicious food and drinks for all tastes. An exceptional team ready and eager to refine your stay.

Set in the heart of Pothia Town, the capital of Kalymnos Island in Greece, Evanik Chic Hotel is a 3-star breath of fresh air for travellers in search of magical experiences. Explore Pothia, especially its cafés, maritime museum, and ferry port, the latter only 750m away from the hotel. Live your best life by the Aegean’s clear blue waters while enjoying the finest Greek specialities. And on scorching summer days, you can rent a car or bicycle from Evanik’s external partners and visit any Kalymnos beach for a dip in the sea. It’s a balm like no other. If you’re a true thrill-seeker, make sure you look into the island’s famous rock-climbing routes that draw adventurers from all over the world.

As a member of Greece’s Michelangelo Hotels & Resorts collection, Evanik Chic Hotel is the perfect place to return to after a splendid day of revels in the Kalymnos sun and culture. The hotel is snug and elegant with 29 rooms and suites to choose from across two floors, each space designed for stylish modern minimalism. When booking your accommodation, consider how much comfort you want to indulge in. For example, there are double rooms featuring charming private balconies but also patios with Jacuzzi hot tubs. Additional luxury at Evanik comes in the form of junior suites that consist of open plan areas, outdoor spaces of their own, and hot tubs to lounge in for hours. All room types offer the same amenities, such as coffee and tea facilities

including an illy espresso machine, Rituals bath essentials, shoes and a bag for the beach, Wi-Fi, and an LCD satellite TV. Relaxation, peaceful sleep, and a heavenly shower are the least you can expect from your stay.

When you’re done sipping coffee on your patio or coming back from yet another adventure, you’re welcome to join Parea All Day Café. It’s Evanik Chic Hotel’s main restaurant, open throughout the day and offering delectable snacks for different appetites. Grab a bite and a refreshing drink before continuing your day.

Evanik Chic Hotel has blossomed since its construction in 1985, eventually establishing itself as a highly-rated destination on travel platforms like and Tripadvisor. With its 2024 renovation complete, this 3-star hotel aims to impress domestic and international visitors further. Its improved look and services guarantee a stay that pleases the eye and soul, giving you an oasis of a hotel to relax in and recharge your batteries as you discover everything there is to see around Kalymnos, from its sponge-diving industry and gastronomic traditions to its secret beaches and ancient monuments. As far as Greek holidays go, this can be one for the ages, a getaway so pretty and meaningful that your memories of it linger for years to come, thanks to Evanik Hotel and its team’s dedication to delivering superb holiday experiences. •

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Dive into the epitome of boutique city living with Evanik Chic Hotel as your centre of operations. Experience something new each day and return for a celebratory cocktail and blissful rest.


Serenity Unveiled

Nestled amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Massouri, Kalymnos, the Michelangelo Hotels & Resorts group is proud to announce an upcoming oasis of serenity.


Attention all seekers of serenity! Get ready to indulge in tranquility as we, the Michelangelo Hotels & Resorts group, unveil our latest project in the stunning region of Massouri, Kalymnos. Nestled between majestic mountains and the Kalymnos-Telendos strait, Massouri beckons, promising a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Imagine yourself embraced by a boutique resort where water takes center stage, offering unparalleled tranquility. Explore new landscapes and enjoy the pristine waters of Massouri Beach, perfect for swimming and canoeing under the

warm summer sun. Treat your palate to the flavours of authentic regional cuisine while soaking in breathtaking views of neighboring islands. As you wander through the charming streets adorned with whitewashed houses, feel the allure of adventure calling from the rugged cliffs that beckon rock climbers from around the world. Join us on this extraordinary journey where water and hospitality blend seamlessly to create an experience beyond compare. Our project is set to be completed by 2025, so mark your calendars and get ready to experience bliss like never before! •

Kalymnos’ Newest Hospitality Gem Coming Soon! Be prepared to indulge in our latest project, set to enchant guests in 2025.

Echoes of the Sea

George Tatakis, an Athenian black-andwhite photographer, exhibits his work in esteemed institutions like Somerset House and the Benaki and Fragonard museums, as well as media as The New York Times, National Geographic, and LFI. During one expedition, he crossed paths with Dimitris, a sponge diver in Kalymnos. Fascinated with his use of stateof-the-art diving equipment, including an air compressor instead of oxygen bottles, Tatakis persuaded Dimitris to don a traditional diving suit for a photoshoot. Unable to shoot at the

shipyard due to logistical constraints, they captured compelling images near Dimitris’ school, as he was not only a genuine sponge diver, but also the proprietor of a diving school nestled on the breathtaking Therma beach of Kalymnos. This encounter birthed Tatakis’ best-selling photograph, featured on HBO Max’s ‘The Flight Attendant’ and displayed in Varoulko Seaside, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Athens. This photo encapsulates the rich maritime heritage of Kalymnos, showcasing its authenticity and allure.

Sponge diver in Kalymnos island, Dodecanese, Greece, George Tatakis, 2018
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