THE BEST SAILING TRIPS FROM KOS
Select your favourite colorful boat at the Kos Marine
So many beaches! But where do you start when deciding which to visit? You can ask for advice but these things are subjective – sandy or pebbly, beach bar or quiet and secluded? Your best bet is to head to Kos’ excellent Marina and hire a boat and skipper to discover for yourself. There are options to the north – Tigaki which is ideal for families while Marmari and Mastichari are perfect for windsurfing. From Therma Beach’s thermal springs to Agios Theologos around the western cape, dip into whichever beach takes your fancy. The Bay of Kefalos stands out as do the names of many of its beaches – Golden, Exotic, Magic, Camel and more, before you round the peninsula and find Cavo Paradiso.
Visit the small islet of Kastri and its picturesque little chapel
Agios Stefanos, in the Bay of Kefalos, takes the prize for Kos’ most photogenic beach because it not only ticks the boxes for sand and family-friendly amenities but it also has the remains of an early Christian temple at one end. And in front of you is the idyllic islet of Kastri, with its elegant little church dedicated to Agios Nikolaos (the patron saint of sailors). No wonder it hits the Instagram sweet spot every time. And if you fancy visiting a nearby village for lunch or dinner, Kefalos and Kamari have great eating options.
Swim in untouched crystal-clear beaches at the secluded Gyali islet
Right between the islands of Kos and Nisyros, there is a small gem made of pumice stone and obsidian. Gyali islet is found in the middle of the sea, with 21 inhabitants only and breathtaking beauty. A volcanic island, part of the Dodecanese, which has been shaped after numerous eruptions over the centuries. If you are wondering about its name, Gyali or else Giali or Yali is the Greek word for Glass. Apart from pumice stone, there is also a substantial amount of obsidian and perlite on the island. These natural sources of glass have resulted in naming the land after its most precious material. The strawberry trees and pine trees will offer you generous shade to cool yourself in between your dives into crystal waters.
Stop-over Nisyros Island
An island that hypnotizes the travelers from the captivating contrast between the lunar volcanic scenery and the surrounding fertile area of dark beaches and thermal springs. A must day trip for all wild-beauty lovers and explore out there. Hop on a boat from Kardamena port, only 10 minutes away from Mitsis Hotels complex and find yourself wandering in Nisyros. Stroll around Mandraki port, enjoy your coffee there and make sure to pay a visit to the monastery of Panagia Spiliani, one of the most important Greek Orthodox monasteries. If you have enough time, do not miss to climb up to Nikia Village to enjoy a cup of coffee and best traditional sweet spoon desserts.