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Island hopping from Kos: where to go next?

Kalymnos ● Karpathos ● Kos ● Leros ● Nisyros ● Patmos ● Rhodes ● 26 January 2018

Summer 2018 is about to come, and all passionate people about travelling are now organising their vacation. Kos is a popular Greek island that attracts numerous tourists every year due to its interesting historical sites, the vivid nightlife, the exotic atmosphere and the gorgeous beaches. Kos is a nice destination to spend your holidays, have fun and relax. But we know that you may want something more. Like all adventurous travellers, you may want to explore in addition to Kos other destinations. If you have as a goal to discover southern Aegean and the fascinating island complex of Dodecanese, then after Kos, you can visit also the following islands to continue with Greek Island Hopping:


Kalymnos is distinguished by wild rocky mountains, which are ideal for climbing. This is why the island turned into a climbing destination over the last years and developed important sports tourism that is vivid also during the off season. Climbers from all over the world come to the island due to the giant cliffs and the seaside ambience. In addition to this impressive natural landscape, Kalymnos is also an authentic island that has remained unspoiled by mass tourism and allows you to totally relax and be in contact with the imposing nature.


Leros is also a virgin island that is ideal for you to visit after crowded Kos. With a beautiful port and calm beaches with deep blue waters, Leros gives you the opportunity to understand what Greek hospitality is about. On the island, you will eat fresh fish and enjoy low prices for your entertainment and accommodation


Patmos is not only a summer destination with wonderful beaches and impressive medieval villages. Thanks to its reputation as the place where Saint John wrote the Apocalypse, it is a popular religious destination for pilgrims all over the world. If you are interested in this strong spiritual character, visit Patmos and feel the quiet and mystical vibes of the island. Plus, the Medieval Chora of Patmos, which is declared World Heritage by UNESCO, is a great place to walk around and admire its beauty.


Nisyros is a volcanic island with wide caldera. Its volcano, the youngest Greek volcano, is currently active but not erupting, impressing with its wild feeling all around. Nisyros is an exquisite Greek island on the southern side of Kos. You can stay in Mandraki or Nikia, which are picturesque villages that can offer you the calmness you are looking for.


Rhodes is a beautiful cosmopolitan island, which can offer the traveller astonishing beaches, bars and clubs for endless fun, cultural opportunities, great touristic amenities as well as traditional towns and villages. The Medieval Town of Rhodes is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe, but stunning is also the picturesque small town of Lindos. With thousands of options to swim, have fun and spend cultural vacation, Rhodes is a great choice to come after you have visited the abovementioned relaxing islands.


Karpathos is a charming island, ideal for exploration and discovery. Beautiful beaches, untouched mountainous villages and friendly trekking routes make this island so interesting. A trip to Karpathos would not be complete without a visit to the mountainous village of Olympos, where time appears to have stood still for centuries. Unique architecture, a significant folklore museum and more than 70 windmills to the road leading to the village are only some of the things you will admire in Olympos.