Zizoo’s Guide to Sailing in Kos: Discover the wonders of the Aegean Sea
Discover the beautiful and historically rich Dodecanese Islands on a sailing holiday in Kos. Relax on sun-kissed beaches and walk in the footsteps of ancient Greek philosophers as you explore Greece on your Kos yacht charter.
- Ancient Greek sites
- Surrounding islands and the Turkish coast
- Water sports and hot springs
Good to know:
- Currency: Euro
- Language spoken: Greek
- Tips: The beaches of Kefalos, Kalymnos Island, Bodrum in Turkey
Best time to sail in Kos and how to get there
- Best time: summer
- Airport: Kos airport
- Travel from the airport: The bus that runs from the airport to Kos Town takes an hour and also stops at Mastichari, another popular harbour.
- Marinas: There are many other smaller harbours to take advantage of, such as Kardamena (very close the airport), and Kamares. Kos Town has the island’s largest marina
Things to do and see when sailing in Kos
- Asklepion, which served as a healing temple and important centre 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
Bodrum, in nearby Turkey, is also well worth a visit with its excellent marina and a large selection of diving and windsurfing centres. Or, you can stick around Kos itself and enjoy visiting its many charming villages mostly on the Aegean coast. You might also want to spend some time bathing or swimming in the thermal springs of Agios Fokas, located on the beach. The waters of the spring are said to have healing powers.
- great nightlife and dining on the streets of Diakon and Nafklirou
- eateries include the popular Agkyra Fish Restaurant as well as Ciao Café Bistro and Taverna Mike for a more relaxed bite and a drink near the water
- on the nearby island of Kalymnos, see Mirties Beach with unspoilt white sands and scenic mountain views and the volcanic island of Nisyros
- in Kardamena – you’ll find several resorts and diving companies. If you are already familiar with diving, you can borrow equipment on site or hire a diving guide to take you to the most beautiful spots.
- another popular spot for diving in the Dodecanese Islands is the nearby island of Kalymnos, which is rich in marine life.
Rent a boat in Kos
Suggested sailing routes in Kos
Kos Marina makes a great starting point:
- Stop 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
- most popular small islands is Pserimos, just north of Kos, with its stunning colourful architecture and relaxed atmosphere
- in the north are Marmari and Mastichari also make beautiful excursion destinations
“A sailing holiday in Kos allows you to explore the clear waters of the Aegean Sea and enjoy varied cultural and natural sites in the area.”
Other popular route:
- island of Rhodes, the most visited of the Dodecanese Islands
- like Kos, Rhodes offers a wealth of cultural heritage sites and a lively seafront villages
- Tilos, Yiali, Niseros and the larger Kalymnos make great stopping points as you make your way south
Another advantage of a sailing holiday in the area is the opportunity to see the coast of Turkey, particularly the portside town of Bodrum with its large marina. You can learn more about Bodrum and sailing the Turkish Riviera in our guide here.
Sailing conditions in Kos
- the Aegean Sea’s Estenian winds blow strongest in the afternoon
- the morning enjoys lighter breezes and so it is a good time to set sail and plan to arrive at your next destination in the afternoon
- summers in Kos enjoy temperatures usually exceeding 28°C on the island, with water temperatures around a very pleasant 26°C
- significant wave height is generally well under 1.5 metres, usually under a metre
Winds can pick up in the north of Kos and beyond, especially during the mid-summer months whereas sailing south you are much more likely to find calmer conditions, making it ideal for a more relaxed sailing holiday.
The waters of the Aegean Sea are generally easy to navigate. Be aware that around Cape Kum, on the small island of Patmos up from Kalymnos, there are frequent strong gusts that mean you should keep a distance from the south-east shore. The Marina in Kos offers safe anchoring at depths of up to 5 metres, but there will be occasional strong north to north-east winds.
Not interested in a bareboat holiday? You can always book a skippered saliling holiday with Zizoo.