Yacht Charter from Kos in the Dodecanese
Lying off the coast of Turkey, the 12 Dodecanese islands offer a wonderful variety for sailing holidays in Greece.
This sailing area in the south-east Aegean stretches along the coast of Turkey and is a wonderful sailing destination for bareboat yacht charter. It suits sailors looking for stronger winds and longer passages between unspoilt islands. Kos and Rhodes are popular tourist destinations but they both have smaller harbours and bays undiscovered by the masses.
Once you set sail you will discover islands which have completely escaped tourism - Lipsos, Leros, Kalymnos, Niseros, Simi and Tilos. Here you'll find traditional fishing ports and quiet waterfront restaurants. The swimming and snorkelling is superb in many locations and Kalymnos, once the centre of sea sponge fishing in the Med, has many interesting dive sites.
Sailing in the Dodecanese
The longer passages between the Dodecanese islands and stronger winds offer more challenging sailing itineraries for keen sailors. Start your yacht charter from the new marina at Kos and head south to Rhodes or north to the unspoilt islands of Kalymnos and Leros. Visit the beautiful harbour of Symi, the dormant volcano on Niseros and Tilos, relatively untouched by tourism. This sailing area is a great choice for keen sailors who want to explore some lesser known Greek islands.
DAY 1 : Embark at Kos. The marina is in the centre of town.
DAY 2 : Lakki, Leros (27nm). Leros is a small island that remains untouched by mass tourism, so has an unspoiled and authentic character. Lakki is the main port of the island and one of the largest ports in Dodecanese.
DAY 3 : Lipsi (11nm). Lipsi is a small island with sandy beaches and translucent water. Lipsi Town is the only town and main harbour of the island. A lovely place with traditional architecture, this is where most activities and services are concentrated.
DAY 4 : Skala Harbour, Patmos (12nm). Skala Harbour is a lively place with white houses, flowered courtyards, tavernas and shops. Patmos is often known as 'The Jerusalem of the Aegean' and the famous monastery of St. John dates from the 11th century and houses illuminated manuscripts, rare old books and frescoes dating back to 1210.
DAY 5 : Levitha (20nm). The deep bay on the south coast affords good shelter. Only a lighthouse keeper and some fishermen inhabit the island. There is a taverna in a farmhouse 15 minutes walk up the hill from the quay.
DAY 6 : Kalimnos (27nm) is the centre of sponge-fishing in Greece since ancient time. Moor in the pleasant harbour of Kalimnos Town or overnight at the attractive fjord of Vathi with a small hamlet ashore.
DAY 7 : Return to Kos (10nm).
Steady afternoon breezes averaging Force 4-6 becoming stronger in July and August. The best times to sail here are May-June and September-October when you are less likely to be affected by the meltemi wind which blows July-August from the north at Force 5-6 and may reach Force 7-8. Experience level 3.
Yacht charter from Kos
Yachts are based at the new marina at Kos, right in the centre of the Dodecanese cruising area.
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Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.
If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.
FLIGHTS TO KOS:
easyJet have flights from Gatwick to Kos, including Saturdays. Thomson and Thomas Cook have flights to Kos from most UK airports, including Saturdays. Transfer time to Kos Marina 30 minutes.
NEW FOR 2014: easyJet have flights from Glasgow to Kos on Saturdays