Dodecanese Secret Island Itinerary - Kos
Day 1 - Kos Marina
Kos is the third largest island in the group, and the second most popular, after Rhodes. Soaked in history and ruins, after a few hours wandering Kos town’s fortress and the Asklepion (Hippocrates' ancient sanatorium), you become almost blasé at sidestepping millenia-old Corinthian columns gathering weeds at the roadside. The marina is purposed built and shouldn't be confused with the ferry port which is a few minutes north of the marina.
Day 2 - Vathi (Kalymnos Island)
Vathi is located in the middle of a mountainous site with the settlement stretching up the slopes of two hills. The surrounding area has a relatively arid feel about it with vegitation being sparse. The picturesque port is filled with local fishing boats and a few day trip boats which serve some of the popular tourist destinations in the area. There are a few tavernas and shops scattered around the village.
Day 3 - Lakki (Leros Island)
Lakki is the main port of Leros and also happens to be one of the largest in the Mediterranean, but don't let that put you off. Alongside the facilities you will find beautiful neoclassical buildings, white washed houses and wide pine tree lined streets. An impressive war museum is located close to the port and there is a wide choice of restaurants and bars.
Day 4 - Astipalea (Astypalaia Island)
Astipalea is the main village on the island. The buildings stretch up the hillside from the port with the crowning glory being an old Venetian castle which is the most famous attraction on the island. The architecture on the island has strong Cycladic influences with white washed houses scattered around the town. Along the top of the hill nine windmills follow the curve giving the island a very tradtional charm.
Day 5 - Pali (Nisiros Island)
Pali is a picturesque fishing village and one of the oldest settlements on the island. The village is built around a large natural bay with a beach close by. A number of therapeutic baths are dotted around the town, although we can vouch for their effectiveness. Another cove called Lies is southeast of the village and is home to some fantastic sand dunes.
Day 6 - Livadia (Tilos Island)
Livadia is a beautiful little settlement with 300 inhabitants most of whom are involved with farming and tourism. The port is located seven kilometers south east of Megalo Chorio which is the capital of the island. The locals are very religious which is enforced by the number of churches surrounding the village. If you feel like being more adventurous you will be able to track down ruins of ancient castles dotted around.
Day 7 - Kos Town (Kos Island)
If you haven't already been into the centre of Kos Town we would strongly recommend it. The imposing Castle of the Knights of Saint John, on the eastern side of the harbour, is well worth a visit. Alternatively the centre of the town is home to a huge range of restaurants, tavernas, cafes and shops. Those of you looking for a big last evening will find a wide range of bars and nightclubs to choose from.