Pothia (Πόθια) is the main port of Kalymnos and the first thing you will encounter when coming into the island (unless you fly in with a local plane). It is a humble, charming little town that is almost timeless due to its traditional style building construction and scenery.
It’s said that it was built around the years of 1850, and much of the architecture is a result of the Venetian rule during that time. The small, interwoven streets along with the view of the quaint little harbor make this an absolutely lovely place to take a stroll in.
The little harbor is decorated with small restaurants and cafés, which are perfect for everyone at any time of the day. Particularly the evening makes for a romantic place to take a stroll with your loved one, but the port town is also the place to go out for a drink or grab a bite to eat with your family. There is life in the street, and Pothia truly blossoms after sunset.
Some of the best sea food tavernas
We can’t emphasize enough on the restaurants you will find in this small town. The seafood tavernas scattered along the water side are all unique and delicious, so if you are looking for a fresh, classic, and pleasant dining experience, visit one of the tavernas here. Order some fresh seafood at O Kafenes – that place has never disappointed.
If you’re going for a traditional style café, you can also find that downtown Pothia. Or if a good old Greek style souvlaki or a fantastic pizza is more up your alley, you should pay To Nostimo a visit for the souvlaki or Pizza Porto for … the pizza, obviously!
If you’re looking to do any shopping, this is the place to do so. You will find small clothing stores and other various shops all throughout Pothia. This is also where you will find all the memorable things from Kalymnos, such as souvenirs, T-shirts, beach towels, herbs, honey and even the natural sponges, which the island is well-known for.