bicycling Kos

At day 4 on our trip to Kos we decided to rent two bicycles in order to see more of the island and perhaps find a good beach! Everyone ride a bicycle on the island. Back home in Denmark I use my bicycle most days so I love the fact that they use them as well and the facilities are actually really good – they do have bike lanes on most of the islands! And at a rental price of only €3.5 a day we simply had to do it! Read more about our trip here:

Renting bicycles
Today’s mission was to find a nice beach! We couldn’t believe that we were in Greece and perhaps unable to find a nice beach (red. one sandy beach, all we had seen so far were all rocky). We asked the reception where they could recommend a beach. It is such a nice hotel, the owners/staff are so sweet! And to get inside information from a local is always nice. They recommend going South-East to a beach called Agios Forkas so that was where we were going! We went next door to rent bicycles which were only €3.5 for the day (until 10 pm). After adjusting the seats we headed east. The staff were unsure of the distance and so was the bike shop. We were told that there were 1.5-10 km, very accurate 😉

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One of the many views

First stop: The dive centre
We made a stop at the dive stop along the way. I wanted to book a dive for day 6 (Wednesday the 3rd) on this trip, I needed a dive before July in order to keep maintain my dives and avoid paying for a refreshing course, so I might as well do it is Greece than in Denmark. We arrived at the dive center and I filled out all the forms, showed him my dive certificate and were almost done when it turned out that I had forgotten my wallet. My mother didn’t have enough euros to cover for the dive, so I had no choice I had to ride back to the hotel (2 km) for my wallet and visa. I rode as fast as I could. I ran up the stairs and walked into my room where the cleaning ladies were doing their job. I ran down the stairs and rode as fast as I could back to the diving center – it was really annoying getting stuck behind slow drivers 😉 I was already sweating a lot, so I couldn’t wait to hit the beach! I paid the diving center and we hit the bike lanes again.

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Another beautiful view!

Meeting the local people and animals
We rode along small white and blue house, small fields, huge mountains, stunning views and some huuuuuge resorts! We met locals Greeks, some
cows and donkeys eating the grass just next to the bike lane. It was so wonderful, charming and idyllic. I couldn’t imagine a better bicycle ride! At some point I thought we might had taking a wrong turn, so we decided to ask at a local restaurant. The owner ran out and showed us were to put our bikes, but was still nice and helpful when he found out that we were just making sure we were going in the right direction. 

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The thermal spring (at the bottom left)

Visiting the thermal spring
We didn’t ride that long before we hit Agios Fokas and some beach resort. We didn’t wanted to lay at the beach with music pumping out from a beach resort bar, so we decided to ride further to see if there were a more quiet place to be. Then we hit the mountains. We had problems turning down the gears on our bikes so eventually we had to get off the bikes and haul them op the mountain. We found a small cafe and a sign to Therma – a thermal spring near a small beach. We parked the bikes and went down to the spring. Wow, it was hot! But when sitting near the ocean the hot and cold water would mix to a perfect temperature. We weren’t really impressed by the place though. It was a bit touristic and nothing like the thermal springs we have seen in New Zealand 😉

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Agios Fokas Beach

Finding the “perfect” beach
After some time in the water we headed up to the cafe and had lunch – Tzatziki, pita and two freshly squished orange juice – Yummi!! We then headed back to Agios Fokas and found a small, local and quiet place, but the beach weren’t as expected. It was all rocky, not the kind of beach we had in mind…
On the way back we made a stop at the small restaurant where we met the owner earlier. He was so nice that we just had to 😉 It was very local. Just owned by him and his wife and the only ones there were them and their daughter. His daughter knew a little English, otherwise it was just him. He was so sweet and it was obvious that he loved this place and we loved it too! We then rode back and I was almost knocked off my bike by a local man trying to sell cherries, but we were already full 😉 We then arrived at the hotel and quickly dropped our things off in the room and headed across the street to enjoy the pool for an hour or so before heading into town to enjoy the city and a lovely dinner (where we got free ice cream, who says no to that 😉 )

Read about the other days here

Tine

Siden jeg var barn har jeg drømt om at tage ud og rejse. I år 2011 tog jeg for første gang afsted på en længere rejse. Det endte med at blive seks måneders solorejse og siden har jeg blot forsat med at rejse. Jeg elsker kultur, at se steder som jeg ikke har set før og mødet med de lokale. Jeg rejser sjældent med en guidebog eller kort, da jeg er ret god til at finde vej og elsker at gå på opdagelse. Til gengæld er også jeg utrolig god til at miste mine ting og burde snart indberegne erstatning for mistede ting i mine budgetter....

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2 Comments

  1. Ej hvor er du god, at du forsøger at holde din dykning ved lige, Tine! Det har aldrig strejfet mig, at det nok ville være smart – så kan man da lige spare nogle moneter. Sidst jeg var afsted måtte jeg jo få et genopfriskningskursus og efter alt at dømme, så bliver det nok også nødvendigt næste gang (SUK, længe leve dovenskaben). Håber det var noget lækkert dykning 🙂

    Ærgerligt at stranden ikke levede op til forventningerne. Men ja, det er vel altid svært for de lokale at forstå, hvad det er os turister egentlig vil have. En strand er vel en strand i deres øjne 😛

    1. Jeg har altså også været dårligere tidligere, da jeg dykkede sidste år var det 3 år siden mit sidste dyk (men jeg fik lov alligevel…) og der blev jeg faktisk ret nervøs, så der besluttede jeg mig for at det ikke måtte ske igen! 🙂 Ved du hvornår du skal dykke igen? 🙂
      Ja, det var lidt ærgerligt, men så var det godt at poolen stadig var god 😉 haha, sikkert!

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