Pothia is the capital town and main port of Kalymnos island. This is where ferries from Athens or close islands arrive. Pothia is a densely-populated town, built between the slopes of a hill and a large bay. It was originally constructed in the 1850s and until today it has expanded a lot, with many neighborhoods and interesting architecture.
In Pothia Town, visitors shall find buildings of Neoclassical architecture, of Italian style and modern houses. In the quarters of Theologos, Ipapanti, Evangelistria and Patithries are the most traditional houses. There are also many churches Pothia Town, whose walls have been painted by local artists. Very important is the Church of the Transfiguration of Christ with the marble temple and the Church of Agios Nikolaos, whose temple was created in Izmir.
In the town of Pothia, you can visit the Archaeological Museum of Kalymnos whose exhibits include ancient coins, statues, weaponry and other items excavated on the island. Very interesting is also the Sea World Museum, where people can explore the long nautical history of the island and learn more about the tradition of sponge diving. In the same building is the Folklore Museum, while another impressive Folklore Museum belongs to the Vouvalis family and is found just outside Pothia.
On the hill above Pothia Town are the Monastery of Agios Savvas, protector of Kalymnos island, and the Monastery of Agioi Pantes. In short distance from the town is the old village of Chorio (or Chora) and the Medieval Castle of Chryssocheria. Just outside Pothia is also the region of Thermia with hot springs of therapeutic facilities.
Pothia Town is the centre of activities in Kalymnos island, Greece, and has many hotels, restaurants, taverns by the portside, cafeterias, shops and all kind of services. The bus also departs from Pothia and goes to various places around the island.