Bivouac Kos island, cycling trip, Greece.
Greece

Kos Island

Kos Island is an island built for mass tourism, known for its many bars and clubs, popular with northern Europeans who colonize the island during summer. It is from there that boats leave for Turkey, whose departures are only on Saturdays and Sundays. So we went to Kos on Friday, March 16, 2018.

Route taken to the islands.
Ferry boat departure from Nisyros in Kos, Greece. Ferry boat departing from Nisyros to Kos Island, Greece.
Ferry for Kos at 7:10 am from Nysiros.
Kardamaina Beach, Kos Island, Greece. Kardamaina Beach, Kos Island, Greece.
Arrival on the port of Kardamaina (island of Kos), tired, a nap is necessary…
Kardamaina Beach, Kos Island, Greece. Kardamaina Beach, Kos Island, Greece.
… for Arthur, morning swim!

We found little charm on this island whose modern villages have many resorts, often deserted in this season. We went directly to the city of Kos, the main city of the island. The island is quite flat, there are bike paths in town and quite a lot of people are moving by bicycle.

Cycling itinerary on the island of Kos.
Squid fished from the beach, Kos Island, Greece. Live squid caught from the beach, Kos Island, Greece.
First squid caught! Burned on fire in stride!

The Therma beach is however amazing and definitely worth it. At the seaside, the water comes out of the earth at more than 40 degree celsius and then mixes with the sea water. So you can dip in very hot water and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of these natural baths.

Spa beach of the pros, island of Kos, Greece. Thermal Beach Pros, Kos Island, Greece.
The water is very hot by place, behind the stones the sea water is very cold.
A bike on the winding path of the hot spring of the pros, island of Kos, Greece. Winding path of Thermal beach Enpros, Kos Island, Greece.
Steep climb, path that leads to the thermal beach.

After the beach, we laid our camp on another beach nearby, when a few hours later, around 8pm, the police came to dislodge us because we were on a military zone. We had to pack it up. Back near the town of Kos, a strong wind rose, we put the tent behind a hut.  

Bivouac Island of Kos, cycling trip, Greece. Bivouac Kos Island, cycling trip, Greece.
Bivouac, breakfast, morning.
Lunch break sheltered from the wind, Kos Island, Greece, cycling trip. Lunch break sheltered from the wind, Kos Island, Greece, cycling trip.
Lunch break sheltered from the wind, in a closed restaurant.

Sunday, March 18, we took the boat to Turkey, towards Bodrum city. We met Rémy, from France and Alex, from Canada, who are cycling from France to Mongolia.

Cyclo-travelers, with bicycles in the ferry boat from the island of Kos to Bodrum, Turkey. With other travelers and the bycicles on the ferry boat from Kos Island to Bodrum, Turkish.
Meeting between french-speaking riders!

We have a small pinch at the heart when leaving Greece where we stayed more than 4 months. An extraordinary country, a rich culture, breathtaking landscapes, caring and engaging people. A page turns, we leave Europe behind us and put our foot on the Turkish soil, a new adventure awaits us, in a very different continent!

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