Located between Leros and Kos, Kalymnos is a picturesque island dominated by mountains. Popular for the sponge divers, Kalymnos is by far less popular and less invaded by tourists as its neighbor Kos. Apparently the black sand beaches don’t appeal to everyone. Fresh see food is always available and the crystal water is perfect for swimming.
Getting to Kalymnos is not hard at all as there are ferry connections from Athens and Kos (Mastichari).
Located close to the mainland, Kea is no “secret” for the locals who flock here over the weekends. However, it’s still not over run by mass tourism. There are beautiful walking trails on the island, as well as secluded beaches. Don’t miss trying some traditional Greek food at one of the nice tavernas located in Ioulidha.
Getting to Kea is not hard as there are ferries running from Lavrio ( 90 min bus ride from Athens).
A tiny volcanic island, Nisyros stands between Tilos and Kos. It’s very popular for day-trips but there are enough places to stay if you plan a longer holiday here. A highlight of the island is the volcanic crater with its fuming mini craters and beautiful walking trails. Medieval forts, old Orthodox churches and monasteries as well as a health spa complete the picturesque scenery.
To get to Nisyros you can catch a ferry either from Athens or Rhodes.
A tiny island close to the mainland, Spetses is a paradise for walkers and cyclists. The island is highly popular among Greeks and Europeans and generally attracts V.I.P. visits from all over the world.
Motor vehicles are severely restricted and you’ll be pleased to see that the locals prefer to walk pretty much everywhere. Very beautiful beaches are located right in the center of the (only) town (Spetses). College beach and Agia Marina are located close to the town and both offer the possibility to practice water sports.
Ferries arrive regularly to Spetses from Athens and other locations in the Peloponnese.