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Do you wish for a vacation on the Aegean Sea, while avoiding crowds? Would you set up cultural programs, but also make time for relaxation? The answer is really easy! The island of Kos has everything, you’ve dreamt of. Historical time travel, picturesque beaches, private gulfs, and hidden sections of coast are all waiting for you.
The Greek island of Kos is on the Aegean Sea. It’s part of the South Aegean islands, within this the Dodecanese island chain. About 33 388 residents live on its 290,3 km2 area. The island lies 4 km from the ancient Turkish region, Caria.
Kos is inhabited since prehistoric times, thus, it has a rich ancient history. It was part of the southern Dorian Hexapolis alliance in the 7th century. The Persians conquered it around the end of the 6th century BC, then it became Athens’ ally in the 5th century BC. They demolished it in the Peloponnesian war, then rebuilt the town in 366 BC. In medieval times, they built numerous fortresses on the island for defense. Ottomans, Saracens, and Venetians all tried to conquer this flourishing island. In modern times, Kos was an Italian province, which they later gave to Greece.
Many think that the beaches of Kos are the most beautiful in Greece. This is not a coincidence since these beaches are covered in soft sand carpets washed by crystal blue water.
Mastichari Beach Kos:
The Mastichari beach lies 27 km southward from the city of Kos. White sand and emerald water turn this place into an exotic paradise. In the middle of the seacoast, there are many colorful deck chairs and beach umbrellas. Sports opportunities are also available. Trees provide shading in the neighboring areas. The settlement is around the gulf and has several accommodations, restaurants, cafes, and shops. Most people visit the beach during the day. The small port of the village provides connection to the island of Kalymnos. You can explore nearby islands and gulfs alone or with your family if you rent a boat.
Thermes Beach Kos:
Thermes is one of the most idyllic places on the island of Kos. It’s a beautiful, sandy beach with steep rocks and clean, dark water around it. It’s 12 km from the city of Kos. I front of the beach, there’s the famous hot, round lake, protected by rocks. Hot water mingles with seawater in this pool, offering a natural warm bath. The Thermes offers one of the most joyful experiences for the body and soul and serves as a perfect therapeutic method for all visitors.
Paradise Beach Kos:
The Paradise is among the most popular beaches in Kos. It’s 30 km from Kos, 7 km from Kefalos. No wonder why the beach got its name: this section of the coast has an excellent combination of white sand and crystal water. The beach is well-equipped with umbrellas, a sun-deck, and a watersport center. It attracts many visitors from day to day. Several inns with fresh fish and Greek cuisine are waiting for gourmets as well.
Kos has a rich historical heritage. The modern city was built on the ancient town. Amazing ruins provide time travel to tourists, like the temple of Aphrodite or the sanctuary of Hercules. The ancient Agora stands as a proof of the glorious past. The island is most famous for being the birthplace of Hippocrates, the father of medicine. Here, you can view the Platan tree under which he taught his disciples. To this day it stands next to the entrance of the Neratzia Castle, in the center of Kos. The water of the fountain here is said to be therapeutic.
The Greek coast has a Mediterranean climate. The air of the country is very clean and dry from spring to early autumn. There’s a lot of sunshine, while the amount of rain usually decreases from the west to the east. In summer, we almost never see any clouds in the sky. Rain is practically an unknown guest in the summer months. The sea can heat up to 23-25 °C from June to August. Even in October, it’s still 23 °C. The area of Greece is constantly windy, these winds, however, are always changing. The wind that dominates summer months is called Meltemi. From June, it blows from the northwest and the northeast. It reaches its full strength, from 5 to 8 on the Beaufort scale, in July and August. The sea-wind comes in late September or early October, which blows from the southeast and the southwest.
It’s a specifically southern wind, that dominates mostly in spring and fall with a strength of 2 to 4. Due to Greece’s typical winds, its most rewarding to plan a sailing route from the south to the north in spring and autumn, and from the north to the south in summer. The waving is more preferable compared to the Croatian archipelago since there’s a greater distance between the Greek islands. The current flows counterclockwise in the Eastern Mediterranean Basin, and northward along the Turkish coast. The water flows southward on the Eastern Greek coasts, but from the west side of Peloponnese Peninsula northern current dominates.
Kos sailboat charter
The port of Kos is on the Aegean Sea in the heart of the Dodecanese islands. The island is one of Greece’s most beautiful holiday resorts and Europe’s best travel destinations. Hundreds of tourists visit Kos and rent a boat, yacht, catamaran, or sailboat for a day, weekend or even for a whole week. The marina provides 250 moorages with water supply, electricity, phone connection, and satellite TV. It offers dry docks for 150 yachts, with a boat lift a 35-tonne hydraulic trailer. Besides good equipment and boat services, the port has several extras and comfort services. Such as restaurants. cafes, free Wi-Fi, and 24-hour safety service. On the island of Kos visitors of every age will find the most suitable pastime. It’s an ideal choice for adventurers of history since there are many treasures to discover or view in the museums.
If you wish for a more modern, refreshing experience, sailing also makes a memorable program. Not to mention sea sports, that will boost your adrenaline levels for sure. Don’t hesitate to choose this Mediterranean paradise as your next travel destination. Find more Dodecanese sailing routes or choose another sailboat charter in Greece.
The climate diagrams are based on 30 years of hourly weather model simulations. They give good indications of typical climate patterns and expected conditions (temperature, precipitation, sunshine, and wind). The “mean daily maximum” (solid red line) shows the maximum temperature of an average day for every month for Kos. Likewise, the “mean daily minimum” (solid blue line) shows the average minimum temperature.
The wind rose for Kos shows how many hours per year the wind blows from the indicated direction. The diagram for Kos shows the days per month, during which the wind reaches a certain speed.
Rent a sailboat in Kos, and cruise around Kos
Day 1. Kos – Kalymnos 29.24 km (18.17 mi), Day 2. Kalymnos – Leros 38.35 km (23.83 mi), Day 3. Leros – Mastichari 42.00 km (26.10 mi), Day 4. Mastichari – Kardamena 51.09 km (31.75 mi), Day 5. Kardamena – Mandraki (Nisiros island) 18.31 km (11.38 mi), Day 6. Nisiros – Tilos 39.82 km (24.74 mi), Da 7. Tilos – Agios Fokas – Kos 59.47 km (36.95 mi).
Day 1. Kos – Kefalos 46.37 km (28.81 mi), Day 2. Kefalos – Astipalea island 65.13 km (40.47 mi), Day 3. Astipalea – Syrna & Stefania island 35.47 km (22.04 mi), Day 4. Stefania – Krevatia (Chalki island ) 80.75 km (50.18 mi), Day 5. Chalki – Tilos 33.83 km (21.02 mi´) Day 6. Tilos – Mandraki 35.74 km (22.21 mi), Day 7. Mandraki – Agios Fokas – Kos 59.47 km (36.95 mi)
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