Highlights of Greek Islands and Turkey
Kos Island is the first step of our fascinating adventure. Be ready to be surprised and prepare your camera! You will get great pleasure from walking in its wide streets, green parks and blossoming gardens.
The huge ancient (XV Century) Castle Of Knights will meet the sea travelers on the entrance of harbor. Near the port is an extensive archaeological area with ruins of buildings of the Hellenistic and Roman Eras – Gymnasia, the Odeon, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Temple of Hercules, Roman baths and Roman villas with mosaic fragments. Aqueduct joins castle with a small area on which stands the ancient Sycamore, according to legend, planted by Hippocrates. In the central square Elevterias (Liberty) is the Archaeological museum, which gathered interesting exposition artifacts that illustrate the rich history of the island.
One of the most interesting attractions of the Kos are the ruins of an ancient temple Asklepios (God Of Medicine), where studied Hippocrates and his life was closely connected with Kos Island. Ruins of a temple Asklepios are 4 kilometers from the capital of the island. It will take around 20-25 minutes to reach the Asklepios by car and about 30 Minutes by bike. Perhaps the best option to get a tour and see the city at the same time is auto locomotive, which runs on a schedule from the parking area near the port of Kos.
Having reached Asklepios bypassing the Shady Alley, a majestic view of the ancient complex opens in front of you. A walk in Asklepios will take about half of a day.
If from Asklepios go inland, you will find the town Asfendiu. The Mountain Dikteo will show spectacular panorama of the islands beaches and the neighboring islands.
In the heart of the island, near the airport is Antimahia village, 3 km north of the tourist center, which is located Mastihari and to the south the resort of Kardamena. At the west of the island, Kefalos locates 43 km from the town of the Kos. Kefalos is famous about beautiful beaches of Kamari and paradise beach, the ruins of the ancient city, the Monastery of St. John.
Another attraction of the island is thermal baths Agios Fokas. You can reach the place by car, bus, bicycle or walking. Kos Island is a paradise for cyclists and to ride with the wind.
In the evening, have a dinner in one of the beachside restaurants. Caught in a Greek tavern you can try the traditional Greek salad, which Is made from tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, onions, olives ,olive oil, and of course fresh cheese made from sheep’s milk feta. Especially popular are fish and seafood dishes. Also there are many different patisserie shops. Surely try a Greek wine, because they are best known in Greece. In any restaurant or tavern you can try a traditional Greek Drink Uzo (Ouzo), forty-degree anise vodka, cancers grape vodka, Metaxa (Famous Greek Brandy).
As for evening attractions, life on Kos abounds. There are lots of clubs, taverns and cafes.
The atmosphere of the Kos are very warm and comfortable. Everyone knows each other and people are always happy to invite guests. Dinner and overnight on the Kos.
We will start our trip early in the morning and our goal is to visit the quaint stone island Gyali. The Gyali Island consists of thick layers of pumice stone and obsidian and perlite mining plants. Later, we will swim to the small island Agios Antonios and after we will stop in volcano island Nissiros.
1.5 km to the East from the capital city is located Loutra – resort, famous since ancient times for its healing springs, which are still in operation. To the East of Loutra is a picturesque fishing village Fell, immersed in the greenery of olive, fruit and trees, vineyards. The locals are mainly engaged in gardening and farming, so here you can eat natural food, grown on the fertile lands of Nissiros.
The main attraction of the island of Nissros is a volcano. A scientists are saying the island was formed through a series of volcanic eruptions, which is unique in Greece. This is one of the active volcanoes in Europe since 1996 volcano has become more active, and earthquakes are not uncommon. The best way to see around is to rent a car or bike. Traditional souvenirs from Nissiros island is semiprecious stone obsidian which get from Gyali island.
Overnight and dinner on the island.
The main settlement of the island was small village Symi. Symi houses are painted with different colors. This fact made this place fantastically beautiful. It is possible to see ruins of fortress of knights, which was constructed on the Acropolis place. In addition, on the top of mountain, the church of the Virgin Mary and fortress are located. If you will have the opportunity, you can visit a museum and an operating monastery Panormitis with magnificent wall painting.
After lunch we will sail to small Turkish village Bozburun. You will have time to walk and to swim in one of the most picturesque bay!
Here were found the remains of 11th century ships that are exhibited in the museum of Bodrum. In the ancient city Bazukole (Loryma) is a castle, which is a quadrangle with the city walls and 9 temples. Name Bozukale means Crooked Castle and may be associated with the fact that one wall of the castle is destroyed. Due to its location and narrow entrance to the port, the port also used the Greek forces during the Peloponnesian naval battle. Karor leader of the Athenians, gathered all his ships here before kunidusskoy war in 395 BC and Demetrius, son of Antigonus, the port used for the preparation of the attack on Rhodes in 305 BC.
We will swim in one of the most beautiful places for scuba diving or snorkeling – Aquarium Bay . Between two islands , where the water is clean as crystal and in most cases is not touched by underwater currents , a lot of unusual fish and marine life staying here. Under favorable conditions , the visibility under water up to 30 meters , allowing you to explore the unusual underwater landshaft .
In the evening we will sail in a cozy bay surrounded by pine trees bay Mersincik . The bay is protected from the wind , so there are great opportunities snorkel or scuba diving .
Dinner and overnight in the bay.
After breakfast we will sail to one of the most beautiful place of Turkey ! Prepare your camera !
The ancient name of this village was Hydas, which got changed to Losta. At sunset, the sun disappearing behind the mountains surrounding the village seems to dye the scenery in a rich red hue. The ancient site of Bybossos Hydas (Selimiye) has ruins dating back to the archaic period. One of the highest hills of the region is in Selimiye, the other one at the top of Sarikaya and the last one has three castle ruins, including the Kizilkoy Asarkale Quarter. The sheep-shaped southeastern hills are visited by foreign tourists looking to explore the castle ruins dating back to the Hellenistic era. The tomb in the southern part of the square is located 100 meters offshore from the coast and shows ships the way to the Selimiye. Other areas of interest include a monitoring tower, a lighthouse, a monastery and a theater.
Beaches in the center of Selimiye are stony but if you will move to the left from Fortress on water to depth of the village you will meet unusual, lonely ,wild , sandy beach with a great number of inhabitants inside of sand (crabs and mollusks). The pine wood frames an azure bay. Here the great number of animals and it is very silent. This bay is famous for visiting by couples in love.
American underwater archeologists and scientists are engaged in researching sunken wrecks in the region and have produced valuable findings that are now exhibited in the Bodrum Underwater Museum. Selimiye is frequented by the Blue Cruise boats. Selimiye – Hisaronu – Orhaniye are like an indispensable trio. Selmiye is also renowned for its clean sea water, a great bounty of fish, vegetables, fruits, almond and olive trees, the smell of fresh thyme and oregano enveloping the mountains, clean, pollution-free air, peaceful environment and warm people.
Then our gulet will cruise to Orhaniye Bay for dinner. Legendary Orhaniye with the girl sand, the unusual nature and local history attracts here a huge number of tourists. Take a journey down its quaint village roads to discover the historic castle of the black knight. Besides, huge opportunities to eat well, taste rural cheese, olives, fruit and almonds because places here are very fertile.
Orhaniye is a magic place for to meet sunset. Here we will stay overnight.
We will stop in a very beautiful bay surrounded by pine forest. At the entrance of the bay there are small, very picturesque island blocks the way. The island has a single house with a beautiful garden, surrounded by turquoise sea. This place is especially famous with fish dishes! In the bay there are several hotels and restaurants. The beach is sandy and has easy descent into the sea.
For dinner and overnight staying we will anchor in the Bencik Bay.
The bays of the Gulf of Hisaronu can be reached by our yacht from Bencik.
Datca , Knidos
The city of Datcha is on a place of the ancient city settlement Knidos. In different milestones of the history this earth serially belonged to the Roman Empire, Byzantium, was a part of Menteshe and the Ottoman Empire. In the 20th century the city any time was known under Reshadiye’s name. Today Datcha is the full-fledged Turkish settlement in which lives a little more than 10 thousand people.
Indisputable advantages of this resort before other tourist centers on the coast of Turkey are the first-class ecological situation, untouched a civilization the sea and coastal landscapes sparkling on the sun of a wave and the bottomless night sky, covered with such bright stars which it is rarely possible to observe. Besides, rest in this region is advised to some people for medical reasons, because of a unique microclimate and very low humidity of air doctors recommend to go to Datcha to the patients having diseases of cardiovascular and airways. As a Strabon, the Greek historian and the geographer, told : "the one whom gods love, they send to Datcha that he long lived".
The Knidos city has built on the most beautiful place of the peninsula for honor of the goddess Aphrodite. In the IV century it was known as the culture and art center. In Knidos the medical academy second in the history under the leadership of the doctor Eurikhon together with the pupils was created. The mathematician Eudoksus made here discovery of a sundial which and now remained in vicinities of ruins.
Knidos has harbors on the Mediterranean coast and on Aegean. There is an avenue in the form of the heart, framed with marble columns, and the Statue Aphrodite decorated all this with her beauty. In this place very beautiful magnificent landscapes. There lived known scientists, such as, the doctor Eurikhon, the artist Polignotus, the mathematician Eudoksus and the architect Sostratos who constructed the Aleksandrovsky beacon.To walk on ancient streets and to buy souvenirs in numerous shops, or to get warm on under a sun and to swim in crystal-clear water, to try local delicacies – there is lots of things which it is necessary to do at this magnificent place.
In the evening we will return to Kos Island.