THE UNEXPLORED ROCK
Telendos is a small island, with a total area of 4.6 sq.km. Especially, it is located opposite the west coast of Kalymnos, at a distance of about 0.5 nautical miles from Myrties (port of Kalymnos). Moreover, the island is located in the South Aegean and is one of the Dodecanese. Administratively, it belongs to the Municipality of Kalymnos of the Regional Unit of Kalymnos. Worth mentioning is the unique and homonymous settlement of Telendos, which is located in the SE part of the island with a permanent population of only 94 inhabitants. Additionally, the highest point in Telendos is the peak Rachi at 458 meters. The most important capes of the island are Aspros Kavos and Pnimenos. Another key point is that Telendos has been declared a Special Protection Area for the species: Falco eleonorae, Falco naumanni, Falco peregrinus and Larus audouinii by the European Ecological Network NATURA 2000. Must be remembered that the island does not have a road network, which make it ideal for hiking. Finally, the main occupation of its inhabitants is fishing, the production of authentic thyme honey, herbs and spices.
To begin with, the ancient Greeks called it Keleris and it belonged to the “islands of Kalydna” mentioned in the “New Catalog” of the legendary author Homer, along with the rest in the region of Kalymnos. In addition, plenty of remains from the late Roman period, such as baths (hot), olive mill, are found mainly on the east coast of the island, between the large early Christian basilicas, near the present settlement. What’s more, west of the place “Tholaria” or “Pefki” with the above-ground tombs, the place of an ancient theatre is placed. Furthermore, on the imposing and steep hill of Agios Konstantinos with the fortified Byzantine settlement, located on the northern slope and around the middle of “Rachi”, at an altitude of about 120 m, there are remnants of an outpost. Remains of a Late Roman pottery workshop have been preserved at the coastal site of Vlychada. Moreover, the castle is believed to have been built in the second half of the 7th century to protect the settlement from the Arab invasions of the time and probably, after the earthquake of 535, to be abandoned. In must be noted that in the 15th century, the Florentine monk-geographer Christopher Buodelmodi visited the island, who was hosted by the Knights of St. John of Rhodes and recorded its Christian monuments.
HOW TO GET THERE
To get to Telendos you have to take the sea taxi that runs daily from Myrties (Kalymnos) every half hour with a journey time of 5-10 minutes.
HOW TO GET AROUND
On the island you can move only by feet
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