Starting your yacht charter holiday from the island of Kos or Rhodes, a lot of beautiful islands or islets will attract your attention so that you can easily spend two weeks exploring the area. To give you an idea of what to see and to do during your holiday, we will now take you on a trip through the Dodecanese, starting in Kos Marina.
Starting your yacht charter holiday from the island of Kos or Rhodes, a lot of beautiful islands or islets will attract your attention so that you can easily spend two weeks exploring the area.
To give you an idea of what to see and to do during your holiday, we will now take you on a trip through the Dodecanese, starting in Kos Marina.
Southern coast of Kos
The southern coast of Kos may be affected by heavy down-gusts whose power decreases when you sail more remote from the coastline. The waves, however, are quite flat and won´t keep you from advancing quickly.
Kamari at the western part of Kos is a good anchorage. As the water is deep, use the bow anchor and put out all your anchor chain. Enjoy your well-deserved beer in the tiny beach tavern.
A nice breeze will take you along the volcanic island of Nisiros and towards the islet of Tinos on a reach course.
Tinos` small harbour Leivadi is well-sheltered and enables you to explore Tinos at ease. Rent a scooter or a car to get to the abandoned “ghost town” of Micro Horio up on the hills. The beautifully remote monastery in the west of the island is also a must-see.The next day, an upwind course of some hours will take you Paloi on the island of Nisiros. Paloi, which has long been affected by northerly swell, is now protected by a breakwater zone so that your stay will be calmer.
The harbour of Mandraki, though, still remains unsheltered so that we advise you not to leave your yacht unattended. So Paloi is a better deal if you want to do the obligatory scooter tour up to the dead but yet very impressive volcanic cone of Nisiros. Still, you will find some places where sulphuric smoulder and hot steam are rising from the ground.
Mandraki is a picture-perfect greek village where folks of all ages meet on the market place – sit down in a kafenion, order a hot and sweet mokka and enjoy the scenery. A bit more up the hill rises the picturesque monastery of Panagia Spilliani.
Heading back north towards Kos, you will reach Kardamena, a bustling tourist hotspot. Want to party all night? Welcome to Kardamena´s bar, pub and club scenery crowded with party people from all around the world.
The northwesterly wind will blow away the remains of your party night. Tacking upwind, you will reach Kos Marina in the late afternoon. Enjoy your last evening having dinner in the city of Kos.
The described one-week-itinerary can also be sailed from Rhodes, with the island of Symi as another fine destination.
With its tiny houses nestled around the port basin, the harbour of Symi resembles an amphitheatre. Symi also offers a great and sheltered anchorage at its south coast: At Ormos Panormitis you drop your anchor right below the imposing monastery of Panormitis.
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Felix Wolf is co-founder and owner of YachtBooker. He is a charter skipper himself and enjoys discovering new sailing areas.