Kardamaina on Kos’s south east side is a tourist resort. Having stayed on other less tourist islands, such as Nisyros, Kalymnos and Leros, we found this to be a bit of a culture shock.

The quiet life

The above islands are very traditional and didn’t appear over populated with tourists. When arriving for our stay at the Nissia Kamares Apartments, Kardamaina, the beaches were full of tourists on 4 poster sun beds, loud music from the bars and not quite what we were expecting. Nevertheless, if you like this kind of resort that’s fine. I have come to realise that perhaps, I like the quieter islands.

A naughty but nice treat

During our 2 day stay in Kardamaina, the weather was on the turn. Black clouds and spots of rain appearing. For shelter, we ended up in a waterfront cafe and had a lovely ‘afternoon tea’ which actually was a milkshake and an enormous piece of incredible cheesecake. Walking off a few calories, we explored around the marina and sought out a restaurant for an evening meal.

Evening meal Greek style

Liking the look of one that was decorated in traditional blue and white, decided we would dine there later. It was a Greek restaurant called Alexander. This was located right at the end of the restaurants and bars. For the evening meal. I had Moussaka and hubby had lamb chops. Both were lovely.

The town

The town behind the waterfront, is like an typical Greek town, selling tourist nick nacks. Cafe bars and music bars, of which there were lots could be found. A lovely blue domed church was not far away.


The next day, having decided we would like an English breakfast, came across a waterfront cafe called Thomas Grill and Meze by Skala. In addition to the breakfast, coffee and juices were included.


Kos water park is located not far from Kardamaina, approx a 10 minute drive. Kos international airport is also around 10 minutes drive.

Boat trips

When our ferry company let us down, after booking our tickets, we were informed to book in Kardamaina, on a boat that takes you to Nisyros. Locating Off Shore travel agents, we duly bought 2 one way tickets to Nisyros for around 8 euros each.

The boat leaves from the harbour. A pirate type boat also went to Nisyros, assuming this was one of the day trips.