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“Great greek island”
Review of Telendos

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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
1 helpful vote
“Great greek island”
Reviewed July 2, 2011

This was a super holiday on a small greek island next to Kalymnos. There are really no cars, no noise, except the waves that hit the shore. We stayed for two weeks and did not get bored ass we could read a lot of books, swim alone in the sea, have fun on the beach, and enjoy the great greek food on one of the 9 tavernas. We especially loved the food and hospitality at Zorbas (left after leaving the ferry). A couple of times did we go over to Massouri and even Pothea, but we didnt stay for long because we longed for the calm and quiet Telendos where there are no noisy scooters or cars.

1 Thank auroraborealis81
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1 review
“favourite place in Greece”
Reviewed July 29, 2008

Fly to Kos, ferry to Kalymnos, taxi to Myrties, another, shorter ferry and I am in heaven. Teledos is a tiny little island, but so quiet and peaceful and the people are so friendly. Not everyone's ideal, but certainly mine, its our sixth visit and am looking forward to the seventh. Try it

Thank lazybonesofKent
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
52 reviews
149 helpful votes
“Telendos, an island apart.”
Reviewed February 21, 2008

On the west coast of Kalymnos you come to the small port (basically a jetty) of Myrties. Here your senses are cooled after the hustle and bustle of Pothia by the beautiful sheltered stretch of water known as Telendos sound and the mysterious brooding prescence of the island of the same name, Telendos.

From Myrties you must take a boat over to the magical island of Telendos. It is basically a mountain in the sea with no paved roads or vehicles, 3 beaches, 50 permanent inhabitants, six excellent tavernas and one island donkey called Samson. The sound created between Telendos and Kalymnos is a beautiful sheltered stretch of water and don’t worry about ferry timetables or getting back. Telendos lies about 700 metres off the coast of Kalymnos, of which it was once part. In an earthquake of 554 BC, which according to the historiographer Agathias lasted for 14 days, the ground subsided and the channel of water separating the two islands came into being. On the bed of the sea, important ruïns have been found of the ancient buildings in a large city which has been tentatively identified as Pothaea, the original island capital. The terrain of Telendos is mountainous, with Rachi (458 m) as the highest peak. There are also remains of a Roman town, a castle, and the medieval monastery of St Basil. There are a number of small beaches all within 10 to 15 minutes walk, there being no roads on the island. Some of the walk is paved whilst access to the more remote and secluded beaches is via stony rough ground.

The boatmen have their own system and no matter what time you finish a meal on Telendos there is a boat to bring you back for one euro. The harbour is small and quiet, and is reached by using any of the regular small ferry boats travelling between the island and the port has numerous tavernas along the waterfront and some small supermarket shops selling water and essentials. The two I’d particularly recommend are the Telendos Taverna run by Nikos who in winter is a waiter in Florida and On the Rocks run with some flair by Greek Aussies and which has a 6th Century basilica in its back yard! All the tavernas specialise in fresh fish simply cooked which have been landed by the island’s fishermen that morning.

Telendos is a place apart, a place get off and let the world go by so you won’t find it easy to take the short ferry ride back to the “mainland”. Go there, turn off and enjoy a time and experience which is all too rare in the modern world.

5 Thank daithai
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