Kos, fringed by the finest beaches in the Dodecanese, dwarfed beneath mighty crags, and blessed with lush valleys, Kos is an island of endless treasures. Visitors soon become blasé at sidestepping the millennia-old Corinthian columns that poke through the rampant wildflowers – even in Kos Town, the lively capital, ancient Greek ruins are scattered everywhere you turn, and a mighty medieval castle still watches over the harbor.
When to go and how to get to Kos
Plan your sailing holiday in Kos between June and September to enjoy pleasant temperatures in the mid-to-high 22°C. Between July and August the temperature reaching up to 31°C or more.
The airport of Kos gets very busy in summer. It receives daily flights from Athens all year round. The flight time from Athens to Kos is 1 hour. The island’s airport is conveniently located in its center, close to all the towns and shores of Kos.
There are ferries to Kos from Piraeus, the largest port of Athens, 4 times per week. Due to the long distance, the trip takes 11 hours to cover the route.
Kos Marina makes a great starting point for exploring the rest of the island on your chartered yacht. Stop in in the seaside resort of Kardamena and Kamares to the south, the latter providing particularly good shelter and a lively nightlife scene for evening entertainment. Fantastic cliffs and secluded bathing bays await you in the southwest, with Kefalos - also a convenient port for mooring. Alternatively, it is worth anchoring in hidden bays like Agios Theologos or the Isolotto Prasso.
One of the most popular small islands is Pserimos, just north of Kos, with its stunning colorful architecture and relaxed atmosphere. In the north are Marmari and Mastichari also make beautiful excursion destinations.
Another popular sailing route from Kos is to the island of Rhodes, the most visited of the Dodecanese Islands.
What To Do
In Kos, you’ll enjoy a variety of cultural and natural sites. Not to miss is Asklepion, which served as a healing temple an important center for scientific learning in Ancient Greece. Asklepion is a few kilometers from Kos Town and is open until the mid-afternoon. For incredible views of the island and sea, head to the hillsides of the large Katafigio Agrias Zois Park.
Kos Town offers great nightlife and dining on the streets of Diakon and Nafklirou. On the nearby island of Kalymnos, see Mirties Beach with unspoiled white sands and scenic mountain views and the volcanic island of Nisyros.
When To Go: June - September
Marinas: Kos Marina
Closest Airports: Kos Island International (KGS)