Emporios is a small, peaceful village in the North – West side of the island of Kalymnos at the very end of the main road leading north away from the main town – Pothia.
In antiquity, Emporios was the original commercial centre of Kalymnos, which is evident by the ancient ruins of the old castle to be found on the side of the mountain at the specific location of Kastri, as well as the ancient grave monuments discovered next to the sea.
One can easily relax and enjoy the beauty of Greece’s bountiful wonders of nature, its crystal-clear sea and the soft silver sand that stretches along the entire length of the coast of Emporios. Guests can also walk and wander the trails and footpaths of the mountains as well as climb on the world – renowned climbing areas located and easily accessed within walking distance of the village.
The element that makes the Emporios enchanting and challenging to be visited is the irresistible combination of the sea and the mountains. You will be amazed in observing the small fishing boats as they approach village’s small harbour area yet at the same time be mesmerized by the vision of shepherds leading their flocks. At one moment you may be bathing in the crystal – clear waters off the beach and the very next minute rock climbing on the village’s prestige climbing venues and second – to – none cliffs. Hospitable villagers are engaged in fishing, general animal farming and as of late have ventured into tourism.
There are numerous restaurants and a mini market at Emporios.
A public transportation system meets the transportation needs of visitors to and from the village on a scheduled daily basis.Also, cars and motorbikes can be rented. Furthermore, hiring a taxi is also a good solution for travellers without their own means of transportation. Taxis can be hired by ringing 22430 50300.
Throughout the summer months, Greek Nights are organized where visitors are encouraged to join in on the traditional Kalymnian dancing, be entertained by live music and enjoy the company of the hospitable, vibrant and full – of – life local inhabitants of the village.
The village’s restaurants offer dishes with fresh local – grown vegetables, meet and fish, traditional Kalymnian delicacies, Greek cuisine and mouth-watering desserts.
Local specialties include:
Mermizeli – traditional island style salad with fresh tomatoes, onions, olives, extra virgin olive oil and a hard wheat bread rusk, topped with Thrimbi – a local herb like oregano growing in abundance on the mountains of Kalymnos.
Accompany the ouzo aperitif with barbequed octopus, octopus meatballs, barbeque roasted calamari / squid stuffed with cheese, garlic or tzatziki – yoghurt with cucumber, garlic and olive oil dips and others.
For dessert try Loukoumades – Greek style donut balls sprinkled with cinnamon and drizzled with the one and only Kalymnian Thyme honey.