Kalymnos to Nisyros (16 -23 August)
23 August 2018
Kalymnos (16-17 August)
Darren is a keen fisherman and we have now done many sea miles with a lure behind us. To date all we have to show for it is a nice size Bonito at about 50cm long (see gallery photo), which was caught in the narrow strait between Leros and Kalymnos. As these are not good eating this one was returned to the water. There is a lot of water between the fish here, we will keep on trying!
Kos (20-21 August)
Kos is a large island, so we decided to hire a car for the day and explore. We did not at first realise that our Suzuki car has a fuel gauge that read “backwards” so had some anxious driving for a while to reach a petrol station for a top up. The normal thing to do in this part of the world is to return a hire car with the tank as empty as you dare….
Our first stop was the hill village of Zia which is a lovely town set way up in the mountains with a beautiful view of the coast and surrounding islands. We travelled the full length of the island, visiting the water springs at Pyli, the seaside village of Karamena and Kos’ famous beaches, although these tend to have pebbles rather than sand. We think the tourists who pay €5-7 to lie on deck chairs here would be amazed with the sandy beaches we have in Australia. Despite the pebbles we enjoyed a refreshing swim at the beach of Agios Stefanos, which has ancient ruins and a tiny church on the island of Kastri, which can only be accessed by swimming or boat.
Our last stop of the day was the Castle of Antimachia, which was built in the 14th century by the Knights of St John. The Knights coat of arms is still seen above the entrance to the castle. On entering we were greeted by a very jovial man who had set himself up as the gatekeeper. We were offered ouzo with fruit juice – not that we really wanted it! On leaving we felt obliged to leave a donation even though we were sure this guy was not there in any official capacity to do with the operation of the old site. There is not much left inside the site apart from two churches which date back to the 16th and 18th centuries. One of the churches was open and you can still see frescos on the wall. We stood on the castle walls and took in the amazing views across the strait that separates Kos from Turkey, which is obviously why the castle was built in this location.
Nisyros (22-23 August)
Nisyros has a pretty harbour, where we spent two nights (see photo above). Nisyros island has the youngest active volcano in Greece. Around 45,000 years ago two huge eruptions left a 4km wide caldera in the middle of the island. We had an enjoyable day in a hire car exploring the island, its hill villages and old castles.