Dodecanese 14 Day 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 - Kalymnos (Kalymnos Island)
Kaylymnos distinguishes itself from other islands thanks to its picturesque architecture, long tradition of sponge diving and the impressive rocks. Over the last few years rock climbing has become very popular here and many people travel to the island specifically for climbing holidays. Kalymnos town is the largest settlement on the island and it a beautiful little town. With brightly coloured walls, doors, shutters and balconies the streets are fantastic to wonder around.
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 - Skala (Patmos Island)
Skala is the focal point of Patmos island acting as the main port and town. The charming settlement is built around the port and grew rapidly in the 19th century when a large number of wealthy families settled on the island. We'd recommend you explore the ruins of an ancient acropolis and the Church of Agia Paraskevi.
Day 5 - Fourni (Fournoi Island)
Fournoi island is part of a group of islands made up for three larger ones (Fournoi, Thymena and Agios Minas) and ten small rocky islands. Fournoi is the largest in the group and Fourni town is the largest settlement on the island. It's a beautiful little fishing town, with paved streets and narrow alleways offering people the chance to really explore. There are very few cars on the island so your main mode of transport will be on foot. A local speciality is thyme honey and cheese which we'd recommend you try.
Day 6 - Lipsi (Leipsoi Island)
Lipsi is one of the smaller islands in the Dodecanese. Tourism hasn't really touched this island giving it a very authentic Greek feel. There is a very which brings people from nearby Leros but it remains a very quiet and relaxing island. You'll find beautiful beaches with crystal clear water dotted around the coast. The small village of Lipsi does have a few shops and tavernas but we don't recommend going there to stock up.
Day 7 - Levitha Island
Levitha island is situated on the eastern side of the Dodecanese islands and is completely deserted. On the southern side of the island is a larget inlet that spreads both east and west. The western side of the inlet offers good protection from the prevailing wind and is a fantastic place to spend a night at anchor away from it all. Don't forget that there are no tavernas and no shops so you'll need food for the evening.
Day 8 - 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 9 - 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 10 - 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 11 - Chalki (Halki Island)
Chalki has avoided a great deal of development through tourism and so is perfect for those looking for a bit of peace and quiet. There are a number of fantastic beaches, some of which are totally secluded. The only town is a beautiful little place that surrounds the port. The beach promenade is lined with a variety of cafes and tavernas which should cater for most tastes.
Day 12 - Rhodes Town (Rhodes Island)
The largest of the Dodecanese Islands, Rhodes is abundant in beaches, wooded valleys and ancient history. Whether you seek the buzz of nightlife and beaches, diving in crystal-clear water or a culture-vulture journey through past civilisations, it’s all here. The atmospheric and UNESCO listed old town of Rhodes is a maze of cobbled streets spiriting you back to the days of the Byzantine Empire and beyond.
Day 13 - Ano Symi (Symi Island)
Symi is another quiet relaxing island which provides a chance to explore the natural paths, and fatastic landscapes this region of Greece has to offer. In Ano Symi you'll find a couple of bars and tavernas offering delicious traditional meals. We'd also recommend that ou sample some of the local wine.
Day 14 - 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.