Kalamos island. Castle-Monastery of Kalamos
The island of Kalamos (in ancient times was called Karnos) is located at the SE of Lefkada island, near Aetoloakarnania Perfecture and combines green with shady, clean beaches and incredibly clear waters. The unique nature and the environment travel the visitor to past times.
On the island, there are two settlements, the namesake village of Kalamos that has about 600 residents and the village of Episkopi, where about 100 residents live.
Kalamos occupies an area of about 20 square kilometers and is a mountain ridge above the sea. The highest peak of the island is 745 meters high.
The pine forest, covering the north and east sides of Kalamos, is one of the rarest and is dense, lush and hosts many species of birds. A similar pine forest exists only at Sporades.
The pebbles, the crystal clear waters and the access from the sea are the features of the island's beaches, with the most famous of them to be Myrtia, near the harbor, Asprogyali, Agrapidia, Pefki and Kefali. On the west side are the beaches of Kedros, Alexaki, kipi and Trachilos.
Near the village of Episkopi is the Castle of Kalamos, the so called Kastromonastiro, from which are preserved some parts of the tall stone walls that are distinguished for their beautiful interior arches, which are converted into outer battlements. In this castle is mentioned that was buried the mother of the hero of the Revolution of 1821, Karaiskakis.
The main mission of the castle was the control of navigation on the sea strait of Kalamos – Mytikas of Aetoloakarnania.
The Venetians, who mapped the area, gave the name “Porto Leone” to a picturesque and beautiful bay located at the southern tip of the island.
By your own boat
If you visit Kalamos by your own boat, you can moor at various points at the island. The highlights, according to the community of Kalamos, are:
- KALAMOS PORT
Safe harbor with a relatively good grip for anchors, depth near the entrance of 2.5 meters. Deeper, is better someone to tie up the boat with the prow to avoid the rocks protruding beneath the surface. The Community tries to improve the harbor, its northern part.
- “PORTO LEONE” SHELTER
It is a deep bay on the S. E. side of Kalamos, where is a completely uninhabited small village. Vessels with a draft of up to 1.8 meters can tie with the prow at the small pier (place for two at the most), or to anchor in fairly deep water and tie the boat on the shore.
- PORT OF EPISKOPI
Small port on the NW side of the island, suitable only for boats with small draft (up to 1.5 meters). Caution is needed because under the surface there are protruding rocks.
For your stay in Lefkada, near the attractions of Lefkada, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In the town of Lefkada and in many areas of the island of Lefkada, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
You can go to the island from Lefkada by an excursion boat, one of them that make day trips to surrounding islands.
The main link to the mainland for easy access, if your destination is Kalamos, is done by boats that make trips to and from Mytikas of Aetoloakarnania, a short route.
From Kalamos, you have the opportunity for tours and sightseeing by speedboat sea taxi that you will find on the island. Some of these routes are Mytikas – Kalamos, Kalamos - Kastos and vice versa, in 7 minutes.
Kalamos Community: (+30) 26460.91.100, (+30) 26460.91.281
Lefkada Port Authority (Golemis 5-7): (+30) 26450.22.322
Sea Taxi "Dolphin Express II": (+30) 6977.845.946 (Inf.: Mr. George Giannoutsos)
Passenger Vessel "Ioanna": (+30) 6942.558.462 (Inf.: Athanasios Yianniotis)
Access to attractions and various locations of Lefkada is quick and easy due to the short distances.
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For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field "Routes" with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.