There is something special about watching the sun set in the evening. You have reached the end of the day and it is time for the sun to wave goodbye and disappear in an explosion of orange, red and pink colors.
In Kalymnos, you can see some incredible sunsets from various locations on the island. If you have the time and you are up for it, you should try to change location each day for the complete experience.
Continue reading if you want to know our 5 favorite sunset spots in Kalymnos.
1. The monastery of the Holy Cross (Stavro) in Kantouni
Right at the beginning of Kantouni Beach in the Panormos area of Kalymnos, you will find the monastery of the Holy Cross (in Greek: Timiou Stavro) on the mountain side.
It is a bit of a steep walk along a rocky path to reach the monastery, but many people climb the path for church services so it can be done. At the beginning of the road, you go up to a beautiful blue and white church. That one is called Saint Athanasios, and before you start climbing upwards to catch the sunset from the top, remember to capture the church on camera – is just as picturesque as the rest.
From the Holy Cross you get an amazing view of the sunset as well as the beach. The sun sets behind the tiny island Saint Kyriaki and you can see all the way from Kantouni beach to Linaria beach. It is breathtaking.
We suggest you wear good shoes and of course bring a water bottle, perhaps a hat and of course your camera – the view is worth all the pictures you can take!
2. Patella – the rock between Linaria and Kantouni
Almost in the same area as the Holy Cross in Kantouni, you will find the big rock called Patella. It is located between the two beaches; Kantouni and Linaria in the Panormos area of Kalymnos.
A staircase will take you all the way to the top of the cliff, so it doesn’t get any easier than this.
The view from the top of Patella is exactly opposite the monastery of the Holy Cross, and you get to see Kantouni from the other end. There is a little stone bench on the top, where you can sit and enjoy the sunset in peace. It is truly a magnificent experience.
3. Enjoy the sunset from the restaurants in Masouri
The part of Kalymnos called Masouri has a perfect view of Telendos. That side of the island faces west so of course it results in one of the best sunset spots of the island.
Masouri is a popular area with cafés, shops and restaurants, and a lot of those food and drink places offer a spectacular view of Telendos, with Masouri beach underneath you.
For some of the best sunset experiences on the strip, we would recommend the Aegean Tavern, Avra Aigaiou and Ambiance Café – those are some of the places that combine great food/drinks with an amazing view. Sit back, relax and take it all in!
4. Spectacular sunset from Grande Grotta
Many people travel to Kalymnos to climb. The rocky terrain with its many caves and mountain trails is perfect for climbers. But you don’t need rope, climbing gear and sorts to take part in visiting one of the great caves on the island called Grande Grotta. It is located on the west side of the island (Masouri) and the sunset from here will blow you away!
If you are the adventures, athletic type, this experience can also be for you. We did it, even though we were advised to wait till the next morning where the sun wouldn’t be hitting that side of the mountain yet. Because the purpose of going to the Grande Grotta was to see the sun set, we had to pursue despite the advice.
Know this: the hike is tough – and you will be sweating from the exercise and from being baked in the sun. But at late hours, the sun is not as strong and that makes is bearable. Wear solid shoes and make sure you pack a water bottle and take breaks when you need it. The hike takes around 20 minutes, but once you reach the top you will be blown away – not only by the sunset but also from standing in this spectacular cave.
5. Sunset views from Telendos
Even though Telendos is a separate island, it is still considered a part of Kalymnos (the two islands were actually attached, but a big earthquake in 554 BC separated them). Telendos is around a kilometer away and can be reached by boat for 2.5 Euros per person each way).
Once you reach Telendos habor, you turn right and walk towards where most of the tavernas are located. In between and behind the restaurants, small paths will lead you up towards the backside of the island – the part you cannot see from Kalymnos.
There are different lookouts to choose from, but we’re sure they all provide a great view over the water towards the sunset. We were standing right above the Hohlakas beach which was perfect. So, get ready to snap some pictures, because the sunsets from Telendos are spectacular!
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