Essentially little more than a mountain rising out of the sea by the island of Kalymnos, and reached from there by a 10-minute boat ride, Telendos’s chief attraction is its complete lack of cars, or indeed roads. Most people visit just for a day trip, but it’s a perfect place to chill out for longer – the three beaches and six tavernas (all excellent) will keep you occupied.
What to do Despite its diminutive proportions, there is plenty to explore on the island, with various small ruins to find – of a Roman town, a castle, a couple of early Christian basilicas, etc. There is also a burgeoning rock-climbing scene.
Where to stay George and Poppi are justifiably proud of On The Rocks (studios from €40, rooms from €50), which includes a taverna and a few simple rooms. And they are a mine of local information.
Where to eat All the tavernas are a good bet. Zorbas is fish based, generally caught earlier on that day by the owner, who often takes guests out with him on his boat.