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The Island of the Princess

Surrender Yourself in the Mild Rhythms of Telendos and Enjoy Moments of Absolute Serenity
Can you imagine enjoying the views from the highest mountain of Kalymnos while observing the land breaking and the rocks eroding, witnessing an island emerging? This is Telendos, an irresistible island with beautiful landscapes of the endless sea. If you are pursuing in walking in labyrinthine alleys of a tiny settlement and discovering sheltered coves under the reflections of the glittering rays of the sun, this is the island for you. An island embracing the value of peacefulness is ready to give you cherished memories, a place where wild beauty and authentic hospitality harmonize in a mysterious way. Telendos is a true getaway escape. Admire the sunset from the church of Agios Konstantinos, enjoy the crystalline waters of the beach of Hohlakas, climb in one of the most spectacular rocky terrains and appreciate the absolute peace of Telendos!

 

Best of Telendos

Escape from the World

Telendos is an ideal destination for those looking for an escape from the real world!

Rock Climbing Experiences

The wild topography and rocky terrain of Telendos makes it an ideal destination for the lovers of climbing. In 1936, Italian Andrea Di Bari discovered the climbing opportunities of Kalymnos and Telendos. The rocks of Telendos are of excellent quality and easily accessible to climbers. There are many organized climbing fields in limestone rock, with good marking in the starting points, fully equipped and totally safe, as there are stainless plugs, with a resistance of 2,5 tons each, permanently situated on the rock, which ensure the security of climbers. More specifically, the south coast has huge enormous caves that are difficult to access. The Crystal Cave is one of the most interesting climbing fields bolted with stainless steel bolts along with Canyon of the Princess due to the multiple faces that create canyons. Discover more information from the Climbing Club of Kalymnos.

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Archaeological Sites

The Ancient Theatre of Telendos hosts the remnants of the ancient theatre located on the west side of the area of Tholaria. Unfortunately, the majority of the marbles have been removed or used in building constructions.

The Necropolis of Tholaria hosts the remnants of nine funerary structures in the form of domed buildings with built tombs located five hundred meter south from the harbor.

The Workshop of the Romans hosts the remnants of a pottery workshop from the late roman period located in the seaside area of Vlihada.

Churches and Monasteries

The Basilica of Agios Vasilios is the best preserved Christian basilica in both islands Kalymnos and Telendos. It is a beautiful three aisled byzantine basilica that was built in the 5th century close to Horio. The Basilica of Agia Triada is an old basilica located close to the beach of Hohlakas. It is an impressive monument that was built in the 6th century.The Basilica of Potha is a three aisled basilica, half of which is sunken, on the coastal alley of the harbor.

Castles

The Castle of Agios Konstantinos is a byzantine fortress located on the northern side of the island. The castle hosts traces of the medieval village that used to exist across from the area of Kastelli built on the rocky terrain in an altitude of two hundred fifty meters. Today, the surviving walls exist along with the remnants of houses and the church of Agios Konstantinos and Eleni built on the remains of the basilica.

Promenades & Villages

Telendos Town is the sole village of Telendos located on the east side of the island. The lovely settlement has an authentic character with traditional houses and labyrinthine alleys. In fact, Telendos has been declared as a traditional settlement of the Dodecanese architecture. The village exudes a tranquil atmosphere with hospitable people and charming beauties ideal for those looking for peacefulness and tranquility.

Sunset Spots

Spot: Chapel of Agios Georgios, West Telendos

Excursions

Boat Trip: The Island of Kalymnos is an island with rare natural beauty strongly tied with myths and adventures combines the charm of the wild mountainous landscapes with the authentic hospitality. Characterized as the island of sponge for its long tradition in sea sponge harvesting, Kalymnos is an island with sceneries of virgin natural beauty. If you observe it from a distance, Kalymnos resembles a brownish and reddish rock emerging from the dark blue waters of the Aegean. Undoubtedly, Kalymnos is ready to excite every imagination! The beauty of Kalymnos is exceptional. The unique geomorphology of the island is blessed with sceneries of bare mountainous, steep slopes, imposing rocky formations, giant vertical rocks and volcanic valleys. Blessed with the finest of wild nature, Kalymnos is surely a natural climbing field! Hosting more than 1300 climbing tracks, Kalymnos is a paradise for rock climbers. However, the surprises are not yet uncovered! The rich marine life of Kalymnos hides outstanding cape slopes, underwater caves, ancient shipwrecks, vibrant colour reefs and a thriving aquatic life! Proud for the authenticity of its island character, Kalymnos is waiting for you to discover her million beauties!

Activities

Hiking: Telendos hosts numerous paths ideal for lovers of hiking. (1) One of the most beautiful routes starts from the harbour of Telendos and leads to the highest peak on the area of Rahi. (2) Another interesting trail starts from the north side of the harbour of Telendos and leads to the basilicas of Agios Vasilios and Paleopanagia. (3) It is also worth following the route that starts from the beach of Paradisos and leads to the medieval settlement of Agios Konstantinos.

Rock Climbing:  The wild topography and rocky terrain of Telendos makes it an ideal destination for the lovers of climbing. In 1936, Italian Andrea Di Bari discovered the climbing opportunities of Kalymnos and Telendos. The rocks of Telendos are of excellent quality and easily accessible to climbers. There are many organized climbing fields in limestone rock, with good marking in the starting points, fully equipped and totally safe, as there are stainless plugs, with a resistance of 2,5 tons each, permanently situated on the rock, which ensure the security of climbers. More specifically, the south coast has huge enormous caves that are difficult to access. The Crystal Cave is one of the most interesting climbing fields bolted with stainless steel bolts along with Canyon of the Princess due to the multiple faces that create canyons. Discover more information from the Climbing Club of Kalymnos.

Beaches

Hohlakas is a sandy and pebbled beach with crystal clear waters located on the south side of the island. It is a secluded beach ideal for those looking for total privacy. The beach is accessible after a climb over the hill following the pathway.

Paradise is a sandy and pebbled beach with crystal clear waters located on the northeast side of the island. It is one of the most naturist beaches of the island. The beach is well organized with sunbeds and umbrellas, and a tavern.

Potha is a sandy beach with crystal clear waters located on the northeast side of the island. It is a well-organized beach with sunbeds and umbrellas.

Pnigmenos is a sandy beach with crystal clear waters located on the north side of the island. It is an isolated beach ideal for those looking for tranquility. 

Papa Mihalis is a sandy beach with crystal clear waters located on the north side of the harbor. It is one of the most popular beaches of the island owing to its close proximity to the town of Telendos.

Coffee Corners, Gastronomic Delights & Cocktail Inspirations

Coffee Corners

Odysseia: Coffee, Telendos

Gastronomic Delights

Barba Stathis: Seafood, Telendos

Kapsouli: Seafood, Telendos

On the Rocks: Greek Cuisine, Telendos

Rita: Greek Cuisine, Telendos

Zorbas: Greek Cuisine, Telendos

Cocktail Inspirations

On the Rocks: Cocktails and Drinks, Telendos

Local Products & Specialties

The local products of the island include the cheeses of kopanisti and touloumotiri , the sweet spoons of tomato and grape, thyme honey and herbs and spices.

The local specialties of the island include fylla, a dish made from stuffed vegetable with rice, kakavia, a fish soup, and mouri, a dish made of stuffed lamb or goat.

Events & Festivals

Every Easter, the Feast of Sponge takes place in Telendos. After dining together, the residents of the small community celebrate the departure of the sponge divers.

Every 21st of May, the traditional celebration in honor of Agios Konstantinos takes place in the Chapel of Agios Konstantinos.

Every 15th of August, the traditional celebration in honor of Virgin Mary takes place in the Telendos hosting a series of folklore festivities.

History & Mythology

Mythology

According to mythology, the beautiful princess of Pothea was residing in the island of Telendos while prince Andronicus lived across the channel in Castelli. The princess was transformed to a stone when shed tried to murder herself, as she through that her prince was drowned. When she threw herself off the cliff, a fairy transformed her into a rock to save her. Even today, one can see her face in the south side of the mountain of Telendos.

History

According to Homer, Telendos was one of the Islands of the complex of Kalydnos Islands along with the other small islands of Kalymnos. In ancient years, the island probably belonged to the municipality of Kalymnos. A series of archaeological findings of the Late Roman Era suggest the fact that the island has been inhabited in the Hellenistic Period and expanded in the Roman Period, while it reached its peak during the Christian Era.

Travel & Transport

By Boat (0.7 Nautical Miles): Telendos is accessible by boat from the harbor of Mirties on island of Kalymnos. The journey usually lasts thirty minutes.

Mysterious Greece Tips

About Telendos

Telendos is one the smallest islands of the Dodecanese accessible from the island of Kalymnos. The island is ideal for those looking for peacefulness. As the size of the island is tiny, there is no road network. The heart of the village beats in the sole settlement. Don’t forget to bring your shoes, your sunscreen and your sunglasses with you, as the sole transportation means is by foot.

Bird Watching in Telendos

The islands of Epano, Nera, Sari and Telendos have been included in the European Network of Natura 2000 as they constitute an important place for the birds of Greece! Some of the bird species include Audouin Gull, Long Legged Buzzard, Lesser Kestrel, Eleonora Falcon and Pelegrine Falcon.

Easter Celebrations in Telendos

Every Easter, the Feast of Love is celebrated in Telendos, else known as the Feast of Sponge. The local people celebrate the departure of the sponge fishermen!

Escape from the World

Telendos is an ideal destination for those looking for an escape from the real world!

Hiking to the Highest Point of Telendos

One of the most beautiful routes of Telendos starts from the harbor of the island that leads to the highest peak on the area of Rahi. There, one will have the opportunity to admire the best views of Telendos!

It’s Sunset Time

The church of Agios Georgios is the best sunset spot of Telendos!

Observing like an Olympian God

The church of Agios Konstantinos stands at an altitude of 250 meters above the sea level three kilometers away from the settlement. The view from the church is breathtaking!

Participate in the Celebration of Virgin Mary

On August 15, the traditional celebration in honor of Virgin Mary takes place in Telendos. The feast hosts traditional music and dance followed from local food specialties and wine!

Relaxing in Telendos

It will be quite easy to adapt to the simple rhythms of life of Telendos. So, make sure you leave all of your problems and thoughts in the ferryboat! Once you step in Telendos, the air of serenity will definitely capture your body and soul!

Rock Climbing Experiences

The wild topography and rocky terrain of Telendos makes it an ideal destination for the lovers of climbing. In 1936, Italian Andrea Di Bari discovered the climbing opportunities of Kalymnos and Telendos. The rocks of Telendos are of excellent quality and easily accessible to climbers. There are many organized climbing fields in limestone rock, with good marking in the starting points, fully equipped and totally safe, as there are stainless plugs, with a resistance of 2,5 tons each, permanently situated on the rock, which ensure the security of climbers. More specifically, the south coast has huge enormous caves that are difficult to access. The Crystal Cave is one of the most interesting climbing fields bolted with stainless steel bolts along with Canyon of the Princess due to the multiple faces that create canyons. Discover more information from the Climbing Club of Kalymnos.

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Note: All the images are copyrighted from their owners. Please see Terms & Conditions. You can find the original images at the following links:

Chapel of Agios KonstantinosGraham Rowbotham by Flickr

Hohlakas Beach: Filippo Polastri by Flickr

Crystal: Kon27 by Panoramio

Island of Telendos: Crab in the Bucket by Flickr

Rocky Landscape: Mike Bean by Flickr

Sunset: Chuck McQuade by Mountainproject.com

Telendos: Shutterstock

View of Telendos: John Koulias