The nature of Kalymnos
Kalymnos has a Biological Clock like no other place, because of the absence of rain from May till September plant life has adapted, the most abundant time for flowers and herbs is January through May. For example Crocus here bloom in November so you see it is very different here in Kalymnos. We limit our Herbal Walks to 5 persons, it's an environmental impact issue for us, she is very fragile and we respect that.
All Herbal Walks are offered on Sundays February through mid December, and begin from our store Naturally Kalymnos in Pothia, located just 50 meters South of the Taxi Station on the one-way road going towards the port. It's on the left a yellow 2 story Greek Neo-Classical building just before the road turns left.
Upstairs in our Herbal Workshop and Lecture room we will enjoy a cold Herbal Tea as we lay out our plans for the walk and watch a brief presentation of plants and past walks in different seasons. This way you'll have an idea of just how amazing the plant life in Kalymnos is, fall, winter and spring things change fast every 2 weeks something is ready then wait for next year and others come into their prime! Nature is incredible and in Kalymnos we see her clearly and how she's adapted.
Walks vary in where we go it depends on what plants are in season and where they may be most plentiful for this particular Herb Walk. An Herbal Walk kit is provided so you'll have what you need to harvest various herbs on our walk.
Exactly where we go depends on the time of year but we do go to several places to see a variety of what the land has to offer. We will stop towards the end for a picnic to enjoy some food we created using local ingredients and a chance to discuss our Herbal Walk and to answer questions. Then we head back to town to Naturally Kalymnos and you will have an opportunity to see the products made from the Herbs of Kalymnos and private shopping if you wish.
We offer 3 Herbal Walks our Normal Herb Walk, a Private Herb Walk and a Group Herb Walk. All Herb Walks are 4 hours (minimum) and are held on Sundays, more details below and on the Events themselves... They sometimes can run longer, so if you need it to be no more than the 4, just let us know during the walk and we can adjust things to end exactly as needed.
Transportation is included, VAT is not included.
Normal & Group Walks begin towards the end of May and offered until October. Held on Sundays 3pm until 7pm, they begin from Naturally Kalymnos Downtown or Naturally Kalymnos 2 in Armeos, just beyond Massouri. It depends on what is more convenient for those booking the walk. Minimum of 3 people maximum 5. If less than 3 then we consider it a Private Walk. We will visit a few different areas and end with a Picnic in a special place to wrap up our adventure.
Private Walks originally created for customer that wanted a one on one Herbal Walk at their pace. We've expanded it to include those in your party, up to 3 adults in the price and if there are more than 3 adults it's the same per additional person as our All Day Herbal Walk and we'll keep it just the members of your party. It's more intimate and very relaxed, we go with your pace. We do include transportation for Private Walks. Children under 8 years old are free.
For all the Walks we recommend, drinking water, light snacks, sunscreen, comfortable walking/hiking shoes, camera, hat, sunglasses. Remember during the summer, the sun is hot! *warning sandals are not recommended as many plants have sharp thorns and spikes!
Pre-booking is required and can be done online here. It will take you to Paypal where you can use any Credit Card to complete your booking. Transportation is not needed as we walk from here to the areas for our herbal walk. Sandals are not recommended! Cut off for booking is 48 hrs prior to Herb Walk. We need time to prepare our picnic.