Navigating the Greek islands aboard a bareboat, whether it is a sailboat or a catamaran, has become a dream that is increasingly within the reach of most fans.
The island of Kos is very close to the coast of Turkey, only 4 km from the Turkish city of Bodrum. It is part of the Dodecanese archipelago and is the third largest after Rhodes and Kárpathos
Kos is known for being the island of Hippocrates, considered the father of medicine. In the city of Kos we will find numerous archaeological remains such as the ancient Agora, the Portico, the sanctuary of Aphrodite or others such as the Roman baths, the Roman house and the Odeon among many others. Kos also has several Byzantine and early Christian churches. On this important island there are abundant beaches such as Mastichari, Camel and Agios Fokas beach.
Sailing through the Greek islands is a real privilege, whether you are an expert sailor or if you are just starting out in the world of nautical charter. The excellent sailing conditions in the Aegean Sea are joined by an impressive scenery of nature and crystalline beaches that promise that your experience in Kos will be unforgettable.
In Kos, we find two ports, Kos Marina, with 250 berths for large vessels and the Kos Harbor port, which has only 5 berths and basic provisioning services. However, there are many beaches and coves to anchor during the holidays.
What to see in Kos
The imposing fortress, ordered to be erected in the 15th century by the Knights of the Order of San Juan de Rodas located to the east of the port, is connected to the rest of the city by a bridge that crosses the “Avenue of the Palms”. Located in the vicinity of the port. Throughout the old town, remains from the classical period have been appearing in different excavations, such as the foundations of a sanctuary dedicated to Aphrodite and another probably dedicated to Heracles, the demigod, of the ancient Agora etc. From Roman times there are vestiges of a bath, a gym, a house and the Odeon (a building dedicated to enjoying music). The Hippocrates tree is also found in this area of the city. On the outskirts of Kos you must not miss the amazing Asklepion.
Navigate the Dodecanese Kos area
Navigating these islands is a delight. In the area there are fantastic ports that make you feel as if you have totally abandoned modern civilization. It also allows you to experience a variety of boating conditions which is great if you want a more active ride. Some islands have spectacular landscapes, such as Tilos, which have practically no vegetation under the clear and sunny sky. Others, like Nísiros, have fertile volcanic soil and spectacular cities perched in volcanic craters that are reminiscent of Santorini but without the accumulation of people. The contrast between the dry land, the crystal blue waters, and the tiny villages along the coast, make sailing through this area a truly beautiful experience. Kos and Rhodes, which are usually the preferred islands for nautical charters, have stunning beaches with very lively and bustling cities.
Eating in Kos
Kos is an island that offers a unique gastronomy. Its cuisine is mainly based on Mediterranean cuisine based on meat, fish, vegetables, pasta, olive oil in combination with traditional recipes. The restaurant menu includes a wide variety of dishes with meat, vegetables, cheeses, shrimp, squid and lobsters. Of course, sweets are not absent, made especially with honey and wine. Some good restaurants in Kos:
NICK EL PESCADOR: It is the most famous fish tavern on the island because the owner is a fisherman. It is open from noon and serves appetizers with ouzo and many other dishes. The menu includes a rich variety of fish and shellfish cooked in various ways. The place has a splendid decoration and very friendly staff. If you are a lover of fish and seafood, you definitely have to visit it.
FALIRON: It is the oldest restaurant on the island, since it has existed since 1936. It is located in the center of the island, next to the sea and is ideal for one night. With splendid cuisine, a romantic atmosphere and an orchestra twice a week are elements that FALIRON can offer you.
KARNAGIO: It is a typical Greek tavern of the city you can sit inside or outside and try the fish and seafood. It is a tavern appreciated by locals and visitors.
OTTO E MEZZO: It is the most popular Italian restaurant in Kos. In the wonderful garden you can try all the authentic Italian dishes at very good prices. You will find it in the heart of the island in the old city.
If you do not have a skipper’s license, you can always enjoy the sea by hiring a crewed charter with Ocean Charter Club, to live an unforgettable vacation.
Sail around the island of Kos with Ocean Charter Club.