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Day 6: Kalymnos - Kos

Route from Bodrum to the northern islands of the Dodecanese

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

Lagoon, 2017
Lagoon 42
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Gennaker
Internet connection
Safety net
Stand up paddle
From 15/05 to 22/05
4 600 3 220
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2019
Sun Odyssey 490
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Solar panels
Sprayhood
From 15/05 to 22/05
4 060 3 471
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Jeanneau, 2018
Sun Odyssey 449
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Sprayhood
From 15/05 to 22/05
2 940 2 514
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Lagoon, 2020
Lagoon 42
Booked 4 times recently
Rhodes Marina, Rhodes
(Greece)
Air condition
Autopilot
Batten mainsail
Bimini
CD/DVD
Electric toilet
GPS plotter in cockpit
Lazy jack / Lazy bag
Self-tacking jib
Solar panels
From 15/05 to 22/05
4 900 3 430
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Beneteau, 2012
Oceanis 48
Booked 5 times recently
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
CD/DVD
Deck shower
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Inverter
Outboard engine
Outside speakers
Refrigerator
Roller furling genoa
Roller furling mainsail
Spinnaker
Sprayhood
TV
From 15/05 to 22/05
3 150 2 693
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat
Beneteau, 2018
Oceanis 51.1
Booked 3 times recently
Marina Kos, Kos
(Greece)
Autopilot
Bimini
Bow thruster
Dinghy
GPS plotter
Hot water
Internet connection
Outboard engine
Refrigerator
Safety net
Sprayhood
Stand up paddle
From 15/05 to 22/05
4 100 2 870
for 1 week, rent a yacht bareboat