Tilos - a small forgotten island, the ideal place for a sailing trip
Some years ago, Tilos, a small island of the Dodecanese between Kos in the northeast and Rhodes in the southeast was a real secret for some weekend guests from Rhodes, sailors or mostly italians in august only, which could only be reached by the small island ferry of Dodecanes, the Dodekanissos Express, that connected the island with Rhodes or Kos.
Since 2002, there is a daily ferry (in summertime there are several ones, fast ones as well), and the touristical development increased a lot, as well as prics for real estates!
Sailors mostly enter the bay of Leivada, and they have a small harbour giving shelter from the hard falling wind blowing down from the mountains. Coming from Turkey or Symi or from Kos/Nisyros, you´ll see the 4 big antennas of the mobile-phone companies on top of the highest mountain as a landmark to follow. One can moore on his own anchor in front of the 3 km beachline, but must be sure, the anchor is very well fixed, better drop a second one, because the falling winds are very (and I mean very!!) strong sometimes, and often there is trouble in the night with drifting boats, who did not consider that!
Have a look at the long beach-panorama...here...
The center of each greek island is the "Chorio", which is always up in the mountains, but there is always a harbour. Here at Tilos, it is called Leivada. All ferries arrive and depart from here, in summer several times a day (and night!) So make sure, you do not drop your anchor too close to the ferryboat´s circle-lines (see above, that was too close...)
is, you choose a place southeast (leftsided) the church (see panoramaview
above), where the water is 3-5m, and get´s shallow slowly, less than
2 m about 30m from the shore. Carefull: left of the church, in front
a Taverna, about 40m from the shore is a small wreck under water!
there, it is 3 minutes to the 2 small markets, Cafenions, restaurants,
a laundry and close to the bakers you can find a place
for email and internet. The port-area was finished end of 2005:
Tilos seems to be a small place for one night only, but it has some hidden secrets.
First, it is calm...mostly. So it is a nice place to stay for some days and just relax, stroll around to one of the Cafenions, buy an icecream and sit on the pebble beach in the shadow of one of those trees.
Some restaurants offer good food at reasonable, but not always cheap prices, especially prices for fish should be asked, before you order. A very nice bar on the beach (not noisy!), makes you enjoy the end of a wonderfull evening....
If you are interested in some more informations about Tilos, visit the office of the Tilos Park Association close to the corner behind the church. Next, you can rent a car at Tilos Travel and drive to the other side of Tilos, Eriston, which can be entered by boat as well.
There is a late night bar/Disco since years, and it is pretty interesting
to see those old houses and ruins, and have a nighclub athmosphere up
there (starting every night a 11 p.m. untill... open end)
In the daytime, you can drive to the NE edge of Tilos, and see a very
small harbour directing to Nisyros.
If you follow that small street leading to the westerly side from there, you reach a very nice monastery with a beautifull garden - the food up there is very expensive. Opening hours till 5 p.m., properly dressed only!
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Choose from here below your next destination
From Tilos, you can sail to Rhodes (30 nm southeast), the beautiful island of Symi (23 nm east) or the turkish coast, either Datca (29 nm north) or Marmaris (45 nm), which are both Ports of Entry to Turkey. Sailing WNE, you visit Nisyros (15 nm north), and Kos (52 nm NNW) or you sail westerly to to the island of Karpathos (35 nm to Olimbos in the north) or to Chalki (15 nm southwest)
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