Hiring a sailboat is a fantastic way to explore Kos, one of the most beautiful islands in the Dodecanese complex. With mountainous villages, endless sandy beaches, and a strategic point for your private yacht charter, you cannot miss the chance to visit Kos and its unique coastline in the Aegean Sea. Kos has several picturesque marinas, where you can find the ideal sailboat of your choice. You can directly contact the owners for the ideal vessel, or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some hand-picked suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a sailboat with a skipper, or without one if you own a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise to Kalymnos or Leros. With a sailboat charter, you can enjoy private moments on any beach of your choice. Finally, you can hire a luxury sailboat and visit Rhodes, Astypalaia, and Bodrum, on a multi-day adventure.
Kos is located southeast of the Aegean Sea, opposite Bodrum peninsula, and close to the Turkish coast. It is the second-biggest island in the Dodecanese and has a natural beauty that is rich and lively. The city center in Kos houses an open-air museum where archeological objects and findings exist in a historic unfolding. The city combines modernity and ancient times in a blend quite beautifully. You will find beautiful parks, boulevards, and graceful public buildings. The island also has active nightlife and luxury shops. Once you are on the island, explore Kos Town and its lively nightclubs, bars, and restaurants. If you want to visit some interesting cultural sites, take your time to explore the historical artifacts and ruins. Here is where you will find the tree of Hippocrates, father of medicine, since this is where he had his home. YOu could also head upwards to see the gigantic medieval castles that glorify Kos Town. The castle sits as a guard to the harbor's entrance, so it is impossible to miss. This is just a glimpse of the things you can do before you head to your sailboat. Pick your preferred sailboat and discover every corner of the island, full of hidden surprises and unexpected beauties.
Sailing in Kos will allow you to visit the south coast, still remote and inaccessible by land. You will enjoy visiting beaches like Magic Beach and Paradise Beach. These are known for their cold refreshing waters, are organized, and have arranged amenities for all travelers. When you move away from the beaches, you should visit the thermal springs deep in Agios Fokas, about 10 kilometers away from Kos’ Town. The thermal springs are pools of hot water, surrounded by boulders with minerals, loved for their healing properties. Take some time to relax at the thermal springs after a busy day. Other great beaches to add to your sailing tours in Kos include the secluded beach of Limnionas, Kamari, Kardamena, and Marmari, which can get a little crowded in summer. Your private sailboat charter will offer you unique moments by the shore, allowing you to simply enjoy swimming, away from the crowds, in the most secluded spots.
When you are ready to bid goodbye to Kos, make your next stop at Kalymnos Island, where you can opt for a quiet or busy setting. Pothia is a busy location on the island. It is also its main harbor, filled with sailing and fishing boats. Vathi Bay is a more quiet and serene environment. Kalymnos Island is paradise on earth and can mark a great one- or two-day charter experience from Kos. Once you leave Kalymnos, it is a short trip to Leros island. The main port of Leros is Lakki, and it has an artistic feel of the 1930s. You will love the town and its friendly people who will make the stay worth your while. You can visit several other islands, including the picture-perfect settlements and hilltop villages in Astypalaia. You can also visit the pilgrim destination, Patmos, and take a tour of St John's monastery. Stopover at Symi and admire the neoclassical-themed mansions. If you do not have the navigational notions, then we recommend you hire a sailboat with a skipper. With a professional captain on board, you will have no trouble with knowing where to make crucial stops during your yachting holiday in Greece. Some great destinations you may want to add to your Kos sailing itinerary include Rhodes (in Greece), Bodrum, and Fethiye (in Turkey), where you will be able to experience the cultural contrast and create lifetime experiences.
Below we have some useful information on marinas, ports, and Airports related to your sailboat hire in Kos.
Kos Marina: Located one mile southeast of the old harbor. It offers a berthing capacity for 250 yachts with excellent services. It makes a great start for your island-hopping trips in the Dodecanese islands, offering water and electricity supplies to all boats.
Kos Airport is 25 km away from Kos Marina. By car, you can reach Kos town from the airport in just 30 minutes.
Port Mandraki, Nisyros: Has a berthing capacity for 60 vessels and is open all days of the week. It’s a great stopover marina for our boat trips from Kos, protected against winds. It also offers water, and electricity supplies.
Kardamena Port, Kos: A great port for your boat trips to Nisyros and Tilos. Offers exceptional shelter from winds and has nearby restaurants, cafés, and supermarkets.
Kos Airport is 6.2 km away from Kardamena (8 min with a car).
Pothia Port, Kalymnos: For day trips starting from Kos, it offers a great port, with a curving 2 km bay for boats to anchor. Pothia is also the largest town in Kalymnos and has old mansions, buildings, and countless impressive churches. The beaches by the port are very popular.
Bay of Skala, Patmos: A great spot for sailboats and catamarans to anchor. Skala is the major town of Patmos and has all kinds of boating equipment, supplies, and water and fuel for your yacht.
Ferry routes are available from Kos to Leros, Nisyros, Patmos, Piraeus, and Rhodes.
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