less known mountainous island with pebbly beaches

Aerial view of the shoreline


Most probably Kalamos is one of the least known inhabited Greek island. It belongs to the Ionian group and lies close to the Mytikas village on mainland Greece, between Meganissi and Kastos, another unknown island.

Kalamos is a very mountainous island and has only two settlements by the sea - Kalamos and Episkopi. Kalamos, the capital, is located on the east coast and there are also most of the island beaches accessible by road. You can find all restaurants, cafes and shops namely in Kalamos, around its safe harbor and small promenade. Hotels are limited but enough to accept the few tourists who stay for more than one day on the island. The longest beaches on Kalamos are 1 km away from the village each - Milos to the south and Myrtia to the north, both about 500 meters long. All beaches on the island have smooth white pebbles and transparent blue water but if you are looking for sandy beaches, you will not find them here. The settlement of Episkopi on the northwest coast is very small and has only a harbor with beach restaurant and a cluster of houses. Close to it you can visit the ruins of a Venetian castle, parts of which are very well preserved.

Kalamos is connected to Mytikas via a local ferry which travels a few times weekly and connects it also with the neighbor Kastos. You can also visit it by private boat/yacht or with a daily cruise organized from the islands of Lefkada and Meganissi during the summer months.

highlights: less known mountainous island with pebbly beaches, island in Ionian Islands, Greece

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