Style: Freeride, Wave
Level: Intermediate, Good, Specialist
The beautiful beach of Agios Theologos (named after the small chapel of St. John the Theologian located just meters away from the shore) is found at a distance of some 46 km far from the town of Kos at the southwest, at the western precipitous coast of the island. It is perhaps the most remote beach of the island. However, it is not difficult at all to reach it and enjoy swimming and especially windsurf, kitesurf & surfing (because of the gentle waves), as it is only 6 km far from the inland village of Kefalos at the southwest.
It is a beach ideal for visitors wishing to enjoy something different, as the scenery you encounter is unique. A rocky coast with numerous bays that creates a sense of isolation, perfect for endless hours of sunbathing.
Wind Type: Thermal Winds
Best Direction: NW, NNW, E
Main Direction: NW
Wind Factor: 11-16 knots (4 bft), 17-21 knots (5 bft), 22-27 knots (6 bft)
Main Wind Direction: Offshore, Onshore
Blowing at: Midday, Afternoon
Wave Tack: Port (from the left), Starboard (from the right)
The island's sole wave spot with frontside riding potential only works five to ten times a year as it needs strong north to north-westerly Meltemi for the wind to hit the impact zone. The beach break provides left and right handers. Best around low tide. The wind starts around noon and stops exactly with sunset. Usually 4,5-6 bft. It's experts only: rocks, strong currents and shorebreak demand full focus.
Offshore winds blow from the east and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes.
In the other hand, the winter months have no regular wind patterns.
For kiters, a kilometer upwind there's a better launch spot: Kata Beach.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Shallow (walking several steps not to step on)
Agios Theologos is a reasonably exposed beach break that has unreliable waves with no particular seasonal pattern. The short fetch makes for winds wells rather than groundswells and the best wave direction is from the north northwest.
It is a popular spot with windsurfers of intermediate and expert abilities. The fans of the sport use to say that it is the most convenient place to learn windsurfing, but if you are a beginner be careful of the rock hazards just off the shoreline.
Bathers Period: June, July, August
The beach itself is quite coarse sand and pebbles with a wonderful mix of different types of stones. With its beautiful creeks and rocky coves it is ideal for hours of sunbathing and also suitable for windsurfing even if you’re a beginner to intermediate level. The landscape is quite different to other parts of the island with low growing wild juniper, pine and cupressus trees which lean in the direction of the prevailing winds.
The dirt road (about 5 km) which you have to cross is a minor drawback. Also, very often it is crowded.
Access to Theologos:
Agios Theologos is on the other side of the island, about 6 km west of the village of Kefalos. Access to the beach is via Kefalos either by bus that runs on a daily basis quite frequently or by car, taxi or motorbike.
Drive all the way to the west end of Kos and get to Kefalos. From the village you drive southwards for some 2 km and then turn to the right towards the western coast; from there you follow the signs (to Agios Ioannis Theologos) and arrive to the beach via a dirt, poor track. Watch the many sharp turns. The dirt long road (about 4 km) which you have to cross is a minor drawback. Be on the lookout for pot holes and goats!
Access to Kos: Kos is the island of Hippocrates (father of medicine), the third largest in the Dodecanese after Rhodes and Karpathos, lying close to the Asia Minor coast, between Nisyros and Kalymnos Island. As this is a popular island, it is fairly easy to travel to Kos.
Arrival by Airplane: The Hippocrates International Airport of Kos (KGS) is located at south-western part of the island, in a distance of 27 km from the capital, quite close to Antimachia. It is connected with Rhodes, Heraklion, Kalymnos and Limnos Islands. During the summer season the airport gets very busy. There are 2-3 daily flights from Athens to Kos. Flight duration is approximately 50 minutes. During the same period there are many direct charter and international flights from other countries, mostly European countries. If you make a reservation enough time earlier, you can find a cheap ticket.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: The central port of Kos is located in the capital of the island. From Piraeus Port there is daily connection with Dodecanese Islands by ferry boats. The trip lasts from 12 up to 16 hours, depending on your destination. The boat of line connects the islands Patmos, Kalymnos, Nisyros and Rhodes daily. During summer there is daily coastal connection with Bontroum, in Turkey. Also, there is less frequent connection with Karpathos, Symi, Kastelorizo, Cyclades Islands, Thessaloniki, Kavala, Alexandroupoli, Crete, Chalki, Chios and Mytilene. During the high tourist period, are organized daily excursions with dolphins or small boats for the nearby islands: Fourni, Ikaria, Lipsi, Leros, Agathonisi, Tilos and Astypalea. The itineraries can change, depending on the tourist movement, and for this you should you be informed in the port.
Local transportations: The island of Kos has an adequate road network for the movement of the visitors.
Car Rentals: Renting a car is suitable for long distanced and isolated areas. Having a car gives you the opportunity to visit places you could not see by bus. For the visitor who wants to rent a car or motorcycle there are many car rental offices.
Bicycle Rentals: Due to the terrain but also because of the existence of the many bicycle paths in the city, an extremely popular mean of transportation in the city of Kos is the bike. On the island there are many companies that rent bicycles.
Bus: In Kos the bus service is very well organized. You can reach a lot of regions of the island, with cheap tickets. In the capital of the island you can use the municipal bus, but you can reach the most distant regions using the KTEL. The itineraries are enough frequent and the central station of buses is found in the centre, at Cleopatra Street. Some of the villages that you can visit are Mastichari, Agios Stefanos, Tigaki, Kefalos, Pyli, Asklipieion and Saint Fokas.
Taxi: The taxi is another alternative transportation way, faster and more expensive. In Kos you can find easily a taxi, in the centre or in other regions, either at the taxi-stations, or by phone with the service of radio-taxi. The charge for the most popular destinations is predetermined, and for the others there is a taxi-meter.