Day trip islets close to Kos
Photo: Justyna Raciborska
'looking for a more local Greek experience'.
Holiday visitors to Kos have a choice of boat trips to nearby islands that are sure to add variety to any visit. Many boat trips are advertised on the quayside at Kos Town, including all-day shopping trips to mainland Turkey.
But those looking for a more local Greek experience can hop aboard boats heading for the nearby islets of Pserimos or Nisyros.
Two more different islands are hard to find in the Greece. Pserimos is a small island to the north of Kos about half way to the island of Kalymnos.
The big attraction of Pserimos is the long crescent of sand that clings to one side of the deep bay of clear blue water.
Visiting ferries and day trip boats tie up to one of two jetties at the mouth of the bay and visitors disembark to walk around to the big sandy beach.
Tavernas lie along the back of Avlakia beach offering food and drink to the boatloads of visitors that arrive here daily from both Kos and Kalymnos.
Boats that can't find a berth head off to neighbouring Platys island where there is a smaller but still sandy beach.
On Pserimos there is a sandy beach a 30 minute walk from Avlakia at Vathy in the north and a pebble cove at Marathounda, a 45 minute walk to the west.
Nisyros island to the south of Kos is a an active volcano with active volcanic fumeroles, steam vents, and boiling mud and sulphur.
To the north-west is the main harbour of Mandraki a very pretty village with very narrow streets where the majority of Nisyros islanders live in beautiful whitewashed houses draped in colourful bougainvillea .
Mandraki has a charming main square with several tavernas and nearby are the hot springs of Loutra with its sodium and sulphur rich waters.
The only other hamlet on Nisyros is the fishing port of Pali which has a few tavernas and some accommodation.
Visitors can buy the locally made drink called 'soumada' created from almonds, honey, tomatoes and capers.
There are regular boat trip visitors from Kos and Rhodes. Most visitors will make the trek up to the main crater but beware of unfenced paths and don't go in plastic shoes as they could melt o the hot rocks.