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Day 6: Nissyros - Gyali - Kos

6 days route to the Southern Sporades islands

Kos will be the final destination of the cruise. Much like Day 1, your final day will be devoted to matters of handing over the yacht. You should take time in advance to clean everything on board and ensure the equipment is in working order. The smoother the transfer, the more time you’ll have for a walk in the city.

Gyali

The island of Gyali lies to the south of the popular Kos, and two nautical miles to the north of Nisyros. Its shape is reminiscent of an hourglass lying on its side; the two sides are joined in the middle by a narrow causeway, flanked by a charming beach. The island has volcanic origins, much like many of its neighbours in the Dodecanese. Gyali is often referred to as the “island made from pumice,” as the material is mined here.

Kos

Situated in the south-eastern part of the Aegean Sea, Kos is the third-largest island in the Southern Sporades after Rhodes and Karpathos. The two main descriptors commonly used in referring to Kos are “garden of the Aegean Sea” and “birthplace of Hippocrates.” Both are true. The island’s natural terrain is highly varied with cliffs, ravines, coniferous forests and beaches to suit any taste. Kos is filled with the springtime scent of blossoming lilies swirling into summer where it then gives way to the aroma of ripe citrus fruit.

The main attraction on Kos is its large temple complex, built in honour of Asclepius the Healer. Its three stories used to house a medical school, a museum of anatomy, thermal-water baths, and a shrine. Today, the ruins of the Asclepion serve as a theater stage. Kos’ other attractions include its Joanite fortress, Hippocrates museum, ancient Agora, and the old mosques in the capital city of Kos. The entire island is also sprinkled with numerous monuments, fortresses, and basilicas.

The island’s main cities are concentrated along the northern and southern coasts. Yachts most commonly enter the Kos marina from the north and maintain course towards the south. You can even sail around the whole island if you wish, stopping in the port of Kardamaina, the Kefalos bay, and in the northern villages of Marmari, Mastichari, and Tigaki with its 10-kilometer-long beach.

Recommended boats for this region

Dufour Yachts, 2020
Dufour 430 GL
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Snorkeling gear
Solar panels
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 07/11 to 14/11
1 600 1 440
for 1 week, bareboat
Lagoon, 2020
Lagoon 42
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Deck shower
Dinghy
Electric toilet
GPS plotter
Hot water
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Snorkeling gear
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 07/11 to 14/11
3 700 3 330
for 1 week, bareboat
Bénéteau, 2016
Oceanis 55
Booked 1 time recently
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Inverter
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Snorkeling gear
Sprayhood
Swimming ladder
From 07/11 to 14/11
3 850 3 465
for 1 week, bareboat