Kos is situated in the south-eastern region of the Aegean Sea and is part of the Dodecanese Archipelago, only 8km away from Turkey. It is certainly a breathtaking landscape with the many adjacent islands sporadically emerging from the sea; like a playground for the gods.
Kos is perfect for relaxation and recreation. The island is easy to get around and you can get to the neighbouring islands in no time. Kos awaits you with enchanting blue and white houses, olive groves, eucalyptus trees, crystalline blue waters and friendly locals. Experience the true Greek hospitality and immerse yourself in the magic of nature. If you feel tempted, stick with us, as we’ll show you why you should set off sailing around Kos!
The article includes the followings:
- When to sail?
- Ports and islands in Kos
- Sail in Kos! Kos sailing tours:
- Sailing in Kos: a week sailing plan
- 7 days Kos sailing itinerary (long)
Kos boasts a typical Mediterranean climate, just a tad hotter than normal. Summer lasts from April to October with 30°C daytime temperatures, in fact, it might even reach 35-40°C in July–August with an average humidity of 70%. It is the so-called Meltemi winds that bring relief in the sultry days. The Meltemi is a northerly wind, bringing a chill to the air and usually improving visibility and decreasing humidity. The wind often blows continuously for a few days and its strength gravitates around Grade 4-7 on the Beaufort scale. Those sailing around the Dodecanese are advised to set off early at dawn and moor up by the afternoon as the Melmeti tends to pick up in the afternoon hours. Between July and September, there’s another dominant wind, the Livas, a hot, dry southerly wind. All in all, however, the prevailing wind direction is north-westerly.
Ports and islands in Kos
Kos is one of the many islands of the Greek Archipelago. Sailing amongst the islands is filled with joy and is suitable for beginners as well. In the following paragraphs, we’ll list some of the most beautiful ports and islands in the area.
Mandraki Port is situated on the north-eastern side of Kos’ town centre, in a natural bay, by the ancient port. It’s capable of accommodating 50 boats up to 55m in length. Guests have access to electricity and drinking water. The port is open between 7 am- 10 pm and is lined with restaurants and bars, and there is also an information stand to guarantee the comfort of visitors.
This new marina is located approximately 1km south of Mandraki. It boasts 250 berths and its superb equipment completely fulfils all desires. The complex boasts a 24/7 security service, a first-aid station, internet access and even a bank. There’s a shopping centre right next to it and you can also rent a car. Fashionable boutiques, bars, restaurants and various types of accommodation compete with each other to win you over. There’s also a yacht yard in the area as well as a shop specialising in boat equipment. There are refuelling opportunity and full assistance with boat trips in the area.
Mastichari village lies to the east of Kos on the southern coast. It has a small marina, from where boats sail directly to Kalymnos Island. The marina can accommodate boats up to 20m and has basic facilities only: access to electricity and water supply. The marina is mostly used for fishing purposes. Apart from Kalymnos Island, you can also easily access Pserimos Island from here.
Kamari village is situated on the southern tip of the island. The marina is very tiny and is mostly used by fishing boats and smaller yachts. You can admire the remains of an ancient amphitheatre on the top of the hill in Kamari as well as Kefalos village, scattered with ruins from thousands of years ago.
Port of Kardamena
Kardamena town is located on the south-western side of the island. The town’s port is rather small, but quite well equipped, suitable to accommodate boats up to 60m. A perfect base for exploring the adjacent islands. Visit Nisyros, Gyali or Tilos! You’ll be spoilt with splendid beaches lined with golden sand.
Exploring Kos and the neighbouring islands is definitely an experience of a lifetime. Enjoy a leisurely boat trip on the crystal-clear, warm waters of the Aegean Sea and take in the sunshine and the infinite blueness! We’ve put together a 7-day sailing itinerary to put you in the mood:
Day 1: Kos – Kalymnos
29.24 km (18.17 mi)
Get aboard in Kos Town and sail north-westerly! After passing Pserimos, moor up at Kalymnos Island! The port is situated in a huge natural bay on the south-eastern side of the island. The area is encircled by majestic mountains, making it a very fascinating destination. You can take some fantastic trips around the town. In Horio, for instance, the fortress from the era of the Byzantine Empire is well worth a visit. Ellinika is one of the best-preserved early Christian settlements from ancient times. The coastline is dotted with secluded tiny bays with pristine waters fringed with fine sand. The port is lined with cosy taverns offering local specialities.
The island is famed for its immense natural beauty which is why we thought it would be a shame to miss it from our list. Serenity, peace and unspoilt Greek landscapes await you!
Day 2: Kalymnos – Leros
38.35 km (23.83 mi)
Leros is situated next to Kalymnos. Its largest port in Lakki. Sail over to this island as it boasts some stunning spots. Legend has it that back in time the two islands used to form one, but as a result of a horrible civil war, the land has split into two. The locals mostly live from sponge fishing, livestock farming and tourism. You can still listen to the tales of the local spongers about the remains of an ancient town in the strait between the two islands. Leros is a lesser-known, secret little hideout from the hustle and bustle of the world.
The coast is lined with quaint little fishing villages and you’re granted a warm welcome by the locals. The beaches are pebbly or rocky with unbelievably blue waters and Lakki’s port is crammed with restaurants, bars and clubs.
Day 3: Leros – Mastichari
42.00 km (26.10 mi)
In the morning, head back to Kos, where your adventure will continue.
Moor up in Mastichari on the northern coast of the island. The stunning village is lined with a splendid beach with fine, white sand. The area is a beloved surfing spot as the waves provide perfect conditions. In the local restaurants, all dishes are prepared using freshly caught fish and the service is extremely friendly. If that all wasn’t enough, visit one of the largest waterparks in Greece, located just on the fringes of the village. Lido Waterpark Mastichari covers an area of almost 8 acres, with several pools, water slides, a playground and other sports facilities.
Day 4: Mastichari – Kardamena
51.09 km (31.75 mi)
Head to the west, around Kos, towards Kardamena. On your way, you’ll pass numerous stunning bays and cliffs. The white limestone cliffs, covered in lush, verdant vegetation perfectly complement the deep blue waters. If you’re lucky, you might even spot whales. Have a rest when you get to Kardamena, then throw yourself into the night. The town is far-famed for its buzzing nightlife. There are innumerable clubs, bars and pubs in the close vicinity of the port. If you are more interested in history, visit the sanctuary of Hercules and Apollo and the amphitheatre of the ancient town, excavated in the 20th century.
Day 5: Kardamena – Mandraki (Nisiros island)
18.31 km (11.38 mi)
Sail over to Nissyros Island and climb a real volcano. The island is basically a 260m high, 30 m deep volcanic cone. You can reach the top of the winding serpentines by renting a moped or even by bus. You can visit the crater but prepare for the heat of 70°C and the intense scent of sulphur. The ground is also very hot, therefore, it’s advised to wear boots with thick soles. As a result of post-volcanic activities, you’ll find natural hot springs all around.
On the edge of the crater, there is a tiny snack bar, make sure you try the island’s speciality, the almond syrup! Spend the night in Nissyros’ port!
Day 6: Nisiros – Tilos
39.82 km (24.74 mi)
Tilos is one of those islands, that are still untouched by mass tourism and keep its unspoiled charm. Livadia, the island’s port, is the most crowded place in Tilos. But there are some abandonded villages also, for example Mikro Chorio.Although Tilos is an unknown island, it has a rich history and geological past. The most interesting sight in Tilos is the Monastery of the island’s protector, Saint Panteleimon.
Da 7: Tilos – Agios Fokas – Kos
59.47 km (36.95 mi)
Return to Kos Island, to Agios Fokas! This fantastic place is situated on the south-western coast of the island, with a huge, well-developed beach that offers a wealth of amenities and activities to ensure the careless relaxation of visitors.
You can take a dive with the local spongers and try this astonishing profession.
There’s also a natural thermal pool on the beach with a water temperature of 40°C, and the coast is lined with superb bars, perfect for a refreshing cocktail. The great atmosphere is guaranteed! On the end of your trip, return to Kos Port!
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)
Our article has summarised what makes Kos a place worth sailing. The adjacent islands and the awe-inspiring natural surroundings stun everyone.
Although numerous improvements have been carried out to support tourism, the region has still managed to preserve its unique characteristics. Ancient ruins, curved mountain slopes, springs and cosy coves all around. If you’d like to experience the real vibes of the Greek Archipelago, visit Kos! Find more Dodecanese sailing destinations HELP ME TO CHOOSE THE PERFECT BOAT