Thermes Beach

Beach name: Thermes Beach
Location: Kos Island
Our rating: 4/5 about
Our rating is based on our actual visit to the beach.
Visitors rating:

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RATING SCALE

5 = Superb! Best we visited. Worth going far out of our way to swim there again
4 = Very good. We would go out of our way to swim there again
3 = Good. We would choose it for swimming among other beaches if we were in the area
2 = Average. We could go for swimming again if we happened to be in the area
1 = Just OK. The beach was fine for swimming and sunbathing one time
0 = Disappointing. We will not return to this beach

Note that these are our simple (and unscientific) observations based on our subjective experience during our visit

Thermes photograph
Thermes
Kos island
  • Beach berm:
    Large Pebbles, Large Cobles, Rock
  • Seafloor:
    Cobbles, Large Pebbles, Rock
  • Water rating: 5/5 about
  • Access:
    Poor = Accessible by car, poor road, plus a long walk or climb.

    Getting to the beach requres a half-hour drive south of Kos town. You have to park high up on the main road and walk for about five mintues down a wide, rough dirt road to the beach.
  • Amenities:
    Restaurant at the beach
    Cantina/kiosk at the beach
  • RV / Camper Accessibility:
    Site suitable for parking for the day, but not for camping.
  • Water Sports
    No water sports available on the beach
  • Snorkeling:
    Not very good for snorkeling
  • Notes:
    Thermes is not really a beach. The main attraction, and a highly-recommended one at that, is a circle of rocks that contains the hot water spring right off the shore. We were apprehensive to get in at first because the water is maintained at a temperature so hot, you have to ease yourself in. But once you are in the hot water, the feeling is incredible. The most adventurous alternate between the hot pool and the cold sea water outside the rock circle. You can see the hot water spring spilling water in the pool constantly, and the area near it is usually devoid of swimmers becaust it's too hot to endure. But just a few meters beyond, everyone basks with a joyful smile frozen on their face.

    In terms of the landscape, it's nothing to write home about. The entire landscape is comprised of large pebbles, framed by low cliffs. Enterprising locals have buldozed parts of the area to create a "beach" but in our book, calling such gross intervention a "beach" is taboo, and not many are fooled. The sunbeds over the buldozzed area are usually empty, but the hot water pool is packed with happy bathers.
RATING SCALE

5 = the sea water was some the best for swimming. We would go way out of our way to swim there again
4 = sea water was excellent and inviting for swimming. We would go out of our way to swim there again
3 = very nice and clean sea. We would go swimming there again if we were in the area
2 = nice sea, we had a nice swim but we did not notice anything special about the water
1 = the sea water was not very inviting at the time we visited. We did more sunbathing than swimming
0 = the water did not seem suitable for swimming

Note that these are our simple (and unscientific) observations based on our subjective experience during our visit. We enjoy the water when it is crystal clear, and cool instead of warm. We don' like visible floating particles of any kind or algae settled on the beach.

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