Kos is ideally situated for a variety of excursions. There are numerous ways to travel to surrounding islands.
So why not take a day trip to Patmos, where Saint John saw the visions written in the final book of the New Testament, the Apocalypse or Revelations. Kalymnos, with its natural sponges and the Church of St Savvas. Nisyros, the volcanic Island where you get to literally stand in the volcano's crater and even Pserimos ... the list is endless.
Kos and the surrounding islands have so much to offer that an excursion is an absolute must!
From Kos Port: 1h 30m
From Mastichari: 45m
Kalymnos is at the center of the Dodecanese islands lying between the islands of Kos and Leros. From its mountains to the sea floor around its coasts, it offers a range of unforgettable memories.
Kalymnos is famous for being one of the few regions in Greece where sponge diving is still practiced and also for its excellent cliffs that have brought the international climbing community to the island.
Because of the low level of tourism, Kalymnos is an excellent choice for relaxation. Its inhabitants are very friendly and hospitable and this gives to the island, along with its beautiful landscape and beaches, a particular atmosphere that charms every visitor.
From Kos Port: (By Hydrofoil) 2h
Located on the eastern borderline of the Aegean Sea and situated between Leros and Ikaria, Patmos is the northernmost island of the Dodecanese island group.
Patmos is one of the holiest places in Christendom. Here is where Saint John the Divine had its revelation and wrote the Apocalypse. The “Jerusalem of the Aegean” has monasteries and nunneries, hermitages in mountains and sea caves, and family chapels almost everywhere – from the remote countryside to the narrow medieval lanes of the capital, Hora. Above all the magical Monastery of Saint John that crowns the hill above the port, surrounded by dazzling white, cubelike houses which spill down its flanks. Combining all the above with beautiful beaches Patmos has a lot to offer to visitors.
From Kos Port: 1h 30m
From Kardamena: 1h
Nisyros is one of the smallest islands in the Dodecanese. Its only one hour away from Kos. Small, but extremely rich in natural beauties and cultural heritage stretching back into antiquity, it is considered to be a quiet paradise. When many island resorts are being over run by tourists, traffic and commerce, Nisyros remains as an unspoiled haven of peace and tranquillity. Nisyros unique feature is the imposing volcano, located at the centre of the island. A phenomenon unparalleled in its natural beauty, that impresses everyone that gets on the island.
From Kos Port: 35m
Pserimos is a small island about half way between Kos and Kalymnos. Its sparse population consists of sponge fishermen and their families. It boasts an idyllic sandy beach in a sheltered bay, lined with traditional tavernas and perfect for swimming, paddling or splashing about. Besides of the nice beaches it also features the ruins of an ancient city.
An idyllic destination for the day trippers and a wonderful place to relax.
An alternative option is to take a visit to Bodrum - the ancient Alikarnassos - in Turkey, which lies, just across the city of Kos. Combine two countries by travelling only 30 minutes!
Kos has something for everyone and more!