Caving in Kalymnos

All you spelunkers out there will be thrilled to know that Kalymnos is one of the most cave-rich islands in the Dodecanese. The limestone mountains throughout the island provided the perfect backdrop for the formation of caves – most of which you’ll have to explore on your own, so always be prepared and always ask the locals for tips and directions. And always visit caves with an experienced spelunker.

 


This cave doubles as a church dedicated to Saint Pandeleimonas, and you’ll be able to admire a 200-year-old icon of the saint.
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One of the most interesting caves in Kalymnos, it is unfortunately dangerous to explore because of landslides that blocked the entrance and interior.
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After a short hike to the cave’s location after a boat ride, you’ll be rewarded with the chance to admire one of the most beautiful caves in Kalymnos, dripping with stalactites.
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Two local Kalymniotes found a cross in the cave and turned the cave into a place of worship. Their remains are kept there.
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A local shepherd found an icon of the Virgin Mary here, and turned the cave into a church. There’s a festival celebrating the Virgin of Galatiani once a year.
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Access to these caves is very difficult, so all precautions must be taken. If you do brave the dangers, you’ll be able to explore a cave that bears witness to some of the very first signs of settlement with signs of campfire-smoke on the rock ceiling.
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