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Thermi resort guide Kos

Embros Thermi

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Embros Thermi is about 12 kilometres south of Kos Town on the south-east tip of the island. Both Thermes and near Agios Fokas beach are easy to reach with a good road all the way. The road climbs from Agios Fokas and Thermi lies beyond Agios Fokas cape where the hot springs are well signposted and there is parking for cars.

There are regular buses (no 5) that drop off at Embros Thermi and it's not too far to cycle as there are no big hills. There are cafes by the car park before a dirt track road drops down to the beach.

It's only a five minute walk but it's fairly steep and dusty, as visitors will find when they climb back up.

It is possible to get a car down but there is nowhere to park or turn so it's better to walk. Dark cliffs loom up on either side, some with large cracks and fissures.

Hot water springs from a rocky pool and out to sea through large boulders. The hot water pool is big enough for 60 or so swimmers and deep enough at the far side to swim, though it's often so crowded there is hardly room.

Sea waves crash in over the boulders to keep the temperature down. It is not wise to stand near the vent where hot water pumps out as it can get very hot.

The sulphurous smell can be pretty overpowering at first but you quickly get used to it. The hot water from the vents and cold water from the sea can make the experience both weird and invigorating.

The beach itself is a very scruffy sweep of black shingle and those not wearing suitable footwear will find standing out to sea even more uncomfortable as some of the underwater rocks and stones are very sharp indeed.

Many find the cafes a relief after climbing back up the steep hill and visitors report reasonably priced snacks and very friendly and helpful staff. Although entry to Therma is free, café staff may try to tout for trade.

As cycling on Kos has grown in popularity any number of bike rental outfits have sprung up to cater for the demand and its not unusual to see whole families out on a holiday jaunt to the beach .Cycling is a great way to discover the island of kos.

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