GREEK ISLANDS, KOS ISLAND, LEROS ISLAND

DAY 1

BODRUM, KOS ISLAND

BODRUM

 

Bodrum is one of the best starts for sailing around the Aegean sea-coast of Turkey. The Gökova Cove is accepted by almost everyone to be one of the best cruising zones in Europe. With supperabundant sunshine, crystal clear glassy waters, endless blue skies which make your day better, good harbors and friendly, debonair people, This coast provides you many choices. There are many uncorrupted areas rich in natural beauty and in costal settlements and villages.

 Bodrum is a port town in Muğla city, in the southwest of Aegean Region of Turkey. It is placed on the southern coast of Bodrum Peninsula, at a point that controls the entrance into the Gulf of Gökova. The city was known as Halicarnassus of Caria in ancient times and was known for housing the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. 

Bodrum Castle, built by the Crusaders in the 15th century, it had the view of harbor and the marina. The castle grounds include a Museum of Underwater Archeology and entertains many cultural festivals year long.

 

 

KOS ISLAND

Kos Island is a really worth-going place. The father of medicine, Hippocrates’ being from this area is one of the reason the Kos Island became a learning center. The third largest island of the Dodecanese, it’s a very green island with an superb substructure and large roads lined up with tall palm trees. While you’re visiting the Kos Island, you must absolutely visit the ancient ruins of the city that are numerous and extraordinary. The ruins of 'Asklipios", the 'Castle of the Knights'and the big tree of Hippocrates (trunk diameter is 11,5 meters!). On Kos Island you will find some of the most beautiful beaches in the Dodecanese islands of Greece. With many archaeological places in and around the village, Kos is the ideal place for walking or cycling. The mainstay of the Kos is tourism. First thing people notice in Kos is generally its stunning and calm beaches. It has a lot of whitewashed buildings, numerous hotels, restaurants, cafes and many nightclubs forming the “barstreet”.

And also, in classic mythology, it was known as the island which visited by Heracles.

 

 

DAY 2

 

LEROS ISLAND, PSERIMOS ISLAND

 

Leros is an island with a very healthy climate for people and ideal for a quiet holiday. Evergreen, with many inviting bays and stunning sandy beaches, Leros frees the visitor with its serene landscape. Not very crowded, the main port of Lakki is one of the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in Greece. It was designed by Mussolini's architects in 1923 and although in rebelliousness of the dictator's wishes, the capital was moved above the village of Platanos afterwards.

 

 The rest of the island is lush with fascinating beaches and large coves. Leros is the ideal home base for sailing trips with the Turkyacht Luxury Gulet Charter to the coast of Turkey and the other Dodecanese islands.

We will sail away to Pserimos Island early in the early morning. Pserimos is an isle positioned among Kos and Kalymnos, about six maritime miles northern Kos and close to the Turkish seashore. The total area is only about 15sq km and there is only a fistful of stable residents, around 100 who rely on fishing and tourism.

 The island is a popular destination for visitors who come from Kos or Kalymnos on small tour boats or pirate-type tourist ships that arrive daily during the summer. Pserimos offers a good day out for those who wishing to avoid crowded beaches of Kos or Kalymnos but the beach, though large, can get crowded once all the day trip boats arrive.

The beach is large, deep, very sandy with shallow waters well sheltered in the deep cove and lined with beachside ginmills and cafes that catch the daily trade. There is a small harbor for boat berthing. There's not much to see alongside the single sandy beach though roads lead over the rocky treeless hills to small bays.

 

 

 

DAY 3

LIPSI ISLAND

 

Lipsi is a liliputian island surrounding with white-washed houses and mini churches with blue domes where you can travel to with Turkyacht Gulets For Sale. It is an island where there is almost no car and where most of the local life takes place at the island's port. Lipsi is a very lovely and exotic island of the Dodecanese where you can see fishermen hunt octopuses on the quays all day long that will be served you after that night in one of the numerous cafes set on the little port.

 

 

DAY 4

PATMOS ISLAND

Known as the Aegean’s Jerusalem, Patmos Island is known as Christians’ holy Island, where Apocalypse of St. John was written and is a small Greek Island. People visiting this Dodecanese Island today are splited into two groups. The first half is that includes people still come to the island because of its sipiritual importance and the second half comes here is the people who enjoy the alluring beaches, the peacefulness and the unequaled character of the island and its people. Patmos island is calm at night, but a super busy stop by day for the many Sailing Gulets and Yachts that have made it a port of call. Patmos is a spectacular island with large beaches and a incomparable view, an island where tourism until recently was low-key but has been growing steadily. Don't miss the amazing Easter festivals (Greek Orthodox Easter) where you will have the chance to see a presenting of Christ's Last Supper. Also, take an evening walk along the narrow streets of Hora or Chora and watch the charming sunset from Kastelli hill.

 

DAY 5

IKARIA ISLAND

 

Ikaria island is located in the north-eastern Aegean Sea, among the islands of Samos and Patmos. According to the Greek Mythology, Icarus, a mythical figure with wax wings, fell into the sea and was drowned, while flying near to the sun. The island was therefore named after him. Ikaria island has a rich past, which can be seen in the Byzantine and Roman archeological ruins.

The Castle of Koskina built in the 11th century A.D, during the Byzantine reign, is found on top of a mountain peak. Inside the castle is the church of Saint George. Drakano Fortress is another fine example of the island's military past. It was built by the Athenians, during the time of Alexander the Great. This 44 foot high limestone military fortification served as observation point for traffic in the Aegean Sea.

The tourists can also find the remains of a Byzantine Odeon (small theatre) in Kampos village, used by noblemen in ancient times for musical and theatrical events. The Roman baths of Therma also deserve a visit.

During the Roman times, hot spring water with curative properties flowed out and people cured themselves of their diseases by bathing in it. After an earthquake, the Therma springs of Ikaria island stopped working and the city slid under the sea.

 

The remains are visible with snorkeling in the region. Nearby, along the tourists can follow a paved path that leads them to an active hot water spring, from which the hot water with healing properties flows out into the sea. They can bath in it to cure themselves, of any rheumatic or skin disease. In Nas, visitors can also explore the remains of an ancient temple of Goddess Artemis built around the 6th century B.C.For nature lovers, the island is a paradise. It is covered with Pine and Oaks forests.

Tourists can hike through the beautiful countryside, on stony and earthen paths to enjoy the natural splendors. Ikaria island is one of the most beautiful places in the Mediterranean region. The mountains, lakes, rivers and lush green forests of Ikaria island form a unique natural beauty.

 

DAY 6

MYKONOS ISLAND

One of the most popular destinations in Greece, this island is known for the lively nightlife and the gorgeous beaches. Geographically settled on the northern side of the Cyclades, almost in the center of the Aegean Sea, Mykonos is the ultimate vacation place for all ages and preferences specially for youth looking for all day and night entertainment. Many private yachts, gulets and cruises also arrive in Mykonos Greece almost daily in summer, creating a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Things not to miss on the island are the fantastic beaches on the south, the sunset from Little Venice, the view from the windmills and a night out in Mykonos Town. Mykonos holidays are often combined with holidays to Santorini and other Cycladic islands.

DAY 7

 

PAROS ISLAND

One of the reason of the fame of the island of Paros is the elegant beaches it offers: exotic or organised beaches with sun beds and umbrellas, beaches for the practice of windsurfing or party beaches, all is there for you, just waiting to be visited. The most popular ones are: Golden Beach, Kolimbithres, Parasporos, Santa Maria, Pounda and more... Paros Island also has marvellous villages. The island's capital, Parikia, is a charming town with many activities clustered there. The second most important town of the island is Naoussa which is known for its cosmopolitan life and as one of the most beautiful of Greece. Paros is famous for its nightlife, coming third in the Cyclades, in terms of entertainment, after Mykonos and Ios. Many many of bars and night clubs can be found in Parikia, and in Naoussa.

 

 

DAY 8

 

NAXOS ISLAND

Naxos is a hilly island. It has many pretty and unique towns with white-painted houses, narrow bright colored windows and doors and slate or tile roofs like: Apiranthos, Apollonas, Halki, Potamia, Koronos, Tripodes and others. The capital of the island, Hora, is a big and unique village in Greece.

It has a well-protected Venetian castle and it is full of beautiful white-paintedhouses with small windows, surrounded by stone-paved narrow alleyways. More than 98 kilometres of fine golden sandy beaches are surrounding the beautiful island of Naxos in Greece. All beaches have amazing glassy turquoise waters which are glimmering under the bright Mediterranean sun. Umbrellas, sun beds and water sports facilities can be found in some of those heaven-like beaches as well as many stoppvers. Here are some of the most popular: Agios Prokopios, Plaka, Agia Anna, Mikri Vigla, Sahara, Saint Georgios... Some of the beaches offer the best breeze conditions for the practising of windsurfing and kite surfing. Some other are a heaven for snorkeling.

 

 

DAY 9

IRAKLIA ISLAND

Iraklia has two towns: Panagia, positioned in the middle of the island, and Agios Georgios, which also serves as the main port. Both these towns have traditional architecture but Agios Georgios is more touristic developed, as it provides some rooms for you to rent and a couple of nice porthouses. Iraklia has many lovely beaches around its shoreline. Some of these beaches can be accessed by foot, while others are more remote, so tourists will need to take the cruise Gulet from the port to go and enjoy some privacy.

 

The most popular and impressive beach on Iraklia is Livadi, a long golden sandy beach with crystal-clear water on the east side of the island. However, the beach of Agios Georgios gets more popular due to its proximity to the port.

 

DAY 10

KOUFUONISIA ISLAND

The southwestern shore of Koufonisia has the town of Chora. Here one finds beautiful beaches, good cuisine, good people and so much natural beauty that one cannot help but fall in love with the region. Since fishing is the mainstay of the island, you will get to delight in a lot of fish and other seafood multiplicity here. 

The beaches of Koufonisia Greece are famous for their incredible beauty, their crystal clear aqua colored water and their unique landscape made of impressive rock formations and caves. Many of the beaches can only be reached on foot, by using various paths. It is an ideal place to get back in tune with nature and oneself. Some of them are: Fanos, Finikas, Gala, Nero and more.

Koufonisia are ideal for those looking for peace and tranquillity. However, the island does have some attractively cozy bars. You may find the nightlife choices a little limited on this marvellous island. In Chora, there are numerous restaurants for you to try out traditional Greek meals besides the usual pizzas and pastas. The taverns have some of the best nightspots of Greece.

 

DAY11

 

AMORGOS ISLAND

 

The most gripping of the towns of Amorgos Island is Chora, the capital of the island, which is located at an height of 400 metres above the sea.

It is a stunning town with a unequaled and uncomperable atmosphere created by the white-painted houses and windmills, the Venetian castle, the churches, the labyrinth flourished covered alleyways. Amorgos Greece is known for the amazing colors of its beaches in the world wide.

It is the reason why the french producer and director Luc Besson chose the place for the star scenes of his movie, "The Big Blue" which took place in this island of Greece. The island provides you desert amazing wricks and sandy beaches. Amorgos has a lively nightlife. It mostly consists of warm little bars, restaurants and a dance club or two. It is clustered in Amorgos Town and the port Karavostasi.

 

DAY 12

 

ASTYPALEA ISLAND

 

Astypalea is one of those secret islands that received few foreign visitors but is popular with Greeks. On this gorgeous island of Astypalea of the Dodecanese, where native traditions are still alive, your vacations will consist of eating lots of fish  (imposed by the many fish ginmills of the island).  and lots of swimming on perfect deserted bays (yes, they still exist!). When on Astypalea island, do not miss a trip to the capital of Astypalaia, Chora, with its beautiful white –painted houses and a Venetian castle decorates it, and a visit to the windmills,.. as well as the small port of Maltezana, specially between 7 and 9 p.m. when fishermen turn back and sell fish and crayfish straight from their Gulets (get a taste of the local traditional life)…

 

DAY13

 

KALYMNOS ISLAND

 

Kalymnos Island is best known as the island of some of the world's finest sponge divers. Although Kalymnos is a growing tourist center, you can still see the sponge fishermen working even today and you can still experience the islanders' traditional lifes. On this magnificent island of Kalymnos in the Dodecanese, you can take long and peaceful walks, swim in enjoyful caves, and discover pretty beaches waiting for you and uncorrupted environment, an example of which is the authentic town of Vathi hidden in a perfect green valley. Due to its hilly view, Kalymnos is also one of the best places for practising mountain climbing! Also, most of the beaches of Kalymnos are ready for tourists with water sports! The charming sunsets over the tiny island Telendos are not to be missed - they are on par with Santorini’s!

 

DAY 14

 

KARAINCIR, TURGUTREIS

 

Karaincir is a 500 metre stretch of soft golden sand which is great for all the family. The tranquil blue water is invitingly calm, and also offers a number of watersports from banana boats to pedaloes. You can also soak up the relaxed ambience around the beach from one of the many sun loungers made available, whilst sipping on a refreshing drink from one of the venders.

 

Turgutreis, on Turkey’s South coast, is one of the most important places in the Bodrum peninsula’s seaside portfolio. Set among mountains, islands and citrus fruits orchards, this western-facing spot is famous for its sunsets. And it comes with a full of life spread of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, not to mention a contemporaneous marina with modern boutiques and eating places by the water. The beaches are within a impressive beauty. The long strip of coarse sand dips gently into shallow waters, so it’s perfect for children.

The Aspat Bay Link and the Venetian castle located atop a hill in Aspat are really worth seeing. There are numerous songs that have been dedicated to this famous castle, seen from far away on the Bodrum peninsula. The famous traveler, Evliya Celebi, mentioned Aspat in his travel book as the place blessed with fresh water. Evliya Celebi also mentions the castle and its famous water source. A narrow footpath leads you up the hill to the ancient ruins of the castle, which was burnt centuries ago, but still bears a unique grandeur. Aspat is among the most popular destinations for boaters. There are many stone houses located on the beach.

 

 

DAY 15

 

BODRUM

 

Bodrum is one of the best starts for sailing around the Aegean sea-coast of Turkey. The Gökova Cove is accepted by almost everyone to be one of the best cruising zones in Europe. With supperabundant sunshine, crystal clear glassy waters, endless blue skies which make your day better, good harbors and friendly, debonair people, This coast provides you many choices. There are many uncorrupted areas rich in natural beauty and in costal settlements and villages.

 Bodrum is a port town in Muğla city, in the southwest of Aegean Region of Turkey. It is placed on the southern coast of Bodrum Peninsula, at a point that controls the entrance into the Gulf of Gökova. The city was known as Halicarnassus of Caria in ancient times and was known for housing the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. 

 

Bodrum Castle, built by the Crusaders in the 15th century, it had the view of harbor and the marina. The castle grounds include a Museum of Underwater Archeology and entertains many cultural festivals year long.