The island of Rhodes, shaped like the head of a spear at one time was home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – the Colossus of Rhodes – until an earthquake in 226 BC brought down these great symbols of wealth. This unique sailing area lies just off the coast of Turkey and is home to some of the most beautiful islands in Greece. Discover Simi’s picturesque harbour, the famous monastery of St. John on Patmos, the dormant volcano on Niseros, Kalimnos, home of the sponge divers, and Samos, once home to Pythagoras, where the main town is named in his honour. The longer passages and weather conditions make this the perfect holiday for those seeking exhilarating sailing.
In the summer the prevailing wind is the meltemi blowing from a North-West direction at Force 4-6. In Spring and Autumn the wind is less strong and blows from the South-East. Gusts are particularly strong off Patmos, Kalymnos, Kos, Nissyros, Tilos, Karpathos and Astypalea. In the comparatively open stretch of sea between Astypalea and Karpathos a large and distributed sea is set up when the meltemi blows for days on end. Although it is possible to go N when the meltemi is blowing, it makes better sense to plan to be heading S in July and August. Temperatures in the summer can reach 35 degrees Celsius.
This location is better for intermediate or advanced sailors.
There are charter flights to Kos and Rhodes from London Gatwick, Manchester and regional airports on Wednesdays, and from Gatwick and Manchester on Saturdays. Low cost airlines also fly to Rhodes.
Transfer time from Rhodes airport to Rhodes Harbour: 40 minutes
Transfer time from Kos airport to Kos Marina: 45 minutes
Day 1: Marina Mandraki, Rhodos
Day 2: Simi (23nm)
Day 3: Palos, Nisiros Island (32nm)
Nisiros is a volcanic island that, while still active, hasn’t erupted in over 100 years. Try a soumada, a non-alcoholic, almond-flavoured drink made in Nisiros.
Day 4: Kos Island (21nm)
Kos is the birthplace of the father of medicine, Hippocrates.
Day 5: Tilos Island (35nm)
Tilos has churches, castles, deserted villages, and lovely beaches.
Day 6: Chalki Island (4nm)
Chalki is a beautiful little island where life moves slowly. See the Crusader castle and country chapels.
Day 7: Marina Mandraki (37nm)
Day 1: Mandraki Marina
Day 2: Simi (23nm)
Enjoy the beautiful harbour at Simi.
Day 3: Palos (32nm)
Day 4: Kos (21nm)
Day 5: Leros (27nm)
Day 6: Patmos (20nm)
Patmos was voted by Forbes magazine as one of “Europe’s most idyllic places to live.”
Day 7: Lipsos (10nm)
Day 8: Levitha (23nm)
Levitha was mentioned in two of Ovid’s works, Ars Amatoria and Metamorphoses. You may feel like you have the whole island to yourself, because there are very few full-time inhabitants here.
Day 9: Kalimnos (27nm)
Sponge diving has shaped the history of Kalimnos. Kalimnos is also one of the premiere world destinations for rock climbing on the superb limestone
Day 10: Astipalaia (39nm)
Check out The Venetian Castle, the charming white houses, and great restaurants with stunning views.
Day 11: Tilos (53nm)
The mountainous terrain of Tilos has an abundance of plant and wildlife and magnificent views.
Day 12: Halki (14nm)
Hidden amongst its cobbled streets a traditional baker and numerous fishermen can be found carrying on the family vocations at a pace unaffected by the growing tourism found elsewhere in the Dodecanese. Beyond the main town Halki rises to the rocky peak of Mount Maistros at nearly 600m above sea level and the surrounding inland areas provide spectacular walks and views in every direction.
Day 13: Lindos (49nm)
Lindos has fine beaches and plenty of culture ranging from the temple of Anthena to the Bysantine Panagia Church to St. Paul’s Bay.
Day 14: Mandraki Marina
SUGGESTED 2 WEEK SAILING ITINERARY FROM KOS
Total distance: 240 nautical miles approximately
Day 1: Join your yacht in Kos
Kos is the third largest island in the Dodecanese and is the birthplace of the father of medicine, Hippocrates.
Day 2: Kos – Pserimos -Vathi (Kalymnos) (12 nm)
Vathi sits on the east coase of Kalymnos and has a beautiful “hidden” harbour. Kalymnos is one fo the premiere world destinations for rock climbing on the superb limestone.
Day 3: Kalymnos-Xirokambos – Lakki (Leros) (14 nm)
Lakki is one of the largest and best natural harbours in the Mediterranean Sea. There is a lovely beach here to swim from or lounge on.
Day 4: Leros – Lipsos (11 nm)
Day 5: Lipsos – Arki – Patmos (12 nm)
More than half of Arki is still uninhabited by people, making this a perfect stop for some peace and quiet. Next, cruise on to Patmos, voted by Forbes magazine as “Europe’s most idyllic places to live.” The Book of Revelations was written on Patmos; it seems ironic that a book about so much destruction was written in a place so tranquil and beautiful.
Day 6: Patmos – Levithas (20 nm)
Day 7: Levithas – Kamari Kephalos (Kos) (28 nm)
Day 8: Kamari – Nisiros (12 nm)
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