Quick Guide to Kos
A Greek island lying close to the coast of Turkey, Kos is popular all year round, but holidays here are especially attractive in the summer months. The numerous long, sandy beaches and the great weather are Kos's main attractions, but don't forget about the busy nightlife in Kos Town, or Ancient Greek ruins such as the Askleipion and the Odeon.
The biggest resort in Kos is Kardamena - a beautiful beach with plenty of sun loungers and watersports available. It's also one of the biggest nightlife centres on the island, with lots of karaoke bars and cafes lining the main street drawing in a lively crowd.
Kos Town is another attractive holiday location. The Old Town is a narrow network of whitewashed tavernas and stores. You can dine at restaurants on the harbour, join the merry crowds in the "barstreets" of Nafklirou and Diakon, or explore ancient ruins such as the 15th century Knights' Castle.
Fab holidays for:
Sandy beaches, Ancient Greek history, Late nightlife
Kos Island International Airport
Did you know?
Hippocrates, who is often called the Father of Western Medicine, was born on Kos arround 460 BC. Locals claim you can still see the very trees where he schooled his students.
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Top 5 Boat Trips in Kos
Kos is nearby many other exciting islands - you don't have to stay in one place your entire holiday. Luckily these cheap boat trips won't break the bank!
- Home to Greece's famous sponge divers, you can also swim amongst old shipwrecks, hike along the mountains, or just enjoy exploring the town.
- Inject some extra excitement into your trip with a journey to Nisyros, a lovely island with an active volcano. It's a great excursion to get away from the crowds.
- You need to remember your camera on a day trip to Patmos - it's not short on dramatic views. Along with sights such as the St John's Monastery and the Holy Grotto of the Apocalypse, perhaps the best panorama you'll see is the 180 degree vista north from Hóra's Platía Lótza towards sunset.
- Bodrum, Turkey
- A mere 20 minute trip away, explore the exciting city of Bodrum - it has plenty to see and do! From the Castle of St Peter to the Mausoleum, you'll be spoilt for choice for historic sights to see.
- In the summer, ferries travel to the Rhodes. Why not see as many Greek islands as you can? The likes of the Freedom Gate and Temple of Aphrodite are waiting to be seen.
Kos Beach Holidays
The fact you have over 290 kilometres to contend with on a beach holiday in Kos says it all. From hidden bays to little-known coves and wide swathes of shore, you have your pick of the bunch. In order to make the most of your time, however, concentrate on the ones nearest to town, namely Lambi, Psalidi, Agios Fokas and the aptly-named Town Beach.
Club-loving beach-goers should make a beeline towards Karadmena, a sunbathe-by-day, party-by-night kind of scene. Tigaki beach has white sands and inviting, shallow waters, great for a family beach holiday in Kos, Psalidi's pebbly beaches near Kos Town attract those who want to flit from shops to sandy shores, and Marmari beach is also conveniently near town, requiring a whole lot less effort to move from hotel room to the sea. Agios Fokas will catch your eye with its multi-hued black and white sand and pebbles.
If you have the time, Paradise Beach, otherwise known as Bubble Beach, is really worth a day of sun-lounging - bubbles swell up through the water, hence the name, and its beloved status. Exotic and Camel Beach also draw hordes of sun worshippers with its gentle lapping waves while Thermes Beach is famed for its hot springs.
When to go to Kos
As is common on Greek islands, the school holiday months and summer season is the most popular time to travel. Book well in advance to secure your accommodation and flights at the cheapest price. If you can travel in June or September you'll find prices are considerably cheaper and the temperatures still warm enough for the beach.
Though the popular all inclusive resorts grow quiet out of season, there is still plenty to do on Kos if you want to holiday in the winter, so keep an eye out for some last minute offers. The island is warm, with an average of 15°C, and green, and all the local restaurants and tavernas will stay open. Visit the ruins of the Askleipion where the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates was thought to have studied and you'll practically have the place to yourself.
How to get to Kos
It is possible to get a direct flight to Kos from the UK - and plenty of low cost airlines like ryanair and Jet2 fly the route. Flight times aren't that long either, so you'll be arriving on your holiday in Kos about four hours after take off. Once you arrive at the airport, it's worth hiring a car in Kos to help you get around. Hiring a scooter is also a popular option.
What to do in Kos
Aside from exploring the ruins of the Asklepeion and the Odeon, you can visit Kos Town, the heart of the island's activities. This is where you'll find the best of the nightlife, with a wide variety of clubs and bars. Apart from that, it's all about relaxing on the beach, and maybe trying your hand at a little windsurfing whilst you're on your Kos holiday.
Kos for Families
With its liberal spread of all inclusive resorts, Kos is a family holiday dream! What kid (or adult, for that matter) doesn't love swimming pools, sunshine and water activities? With plenty of British tourists, you can be sure that any fussy eaters will be catered for with English and Greek food. Families should stick to quieter resorts like Kefalos and Kamari, to avoid the party-hard crowds of much of the rest of the island.
Tick two countries off the must-visit list, and treat the kids to a boat trip to Turkey - its mainland is closer to Kos than Greece's! Indulge your kids' inner royalty with a trip into town to the 15th-century Neratzia Castle, or catch a film at an open-air cinema. Lido Water Park, with waterslides, rides and swimming pools is a firm family favourite.
Kos for Couples
With its glimmering blue water, pretty, quaint towns and plethora of restaurants and tavernas to while away the hours, Kos is a delight for couples looking for intimacy with a romantic backdrop. From relaxing on the beach or poolside, to hitting one of the island's discos (try Kardamena for some of the best) for a boogie, there's an activity for every couple, no matter how they like to spend their holidays! Split the cost of a moped and take a trip around the island, seeking out secluded coves and beaches for alone time. Couples seeking out peace and quiet instead of parties would do well to stay in Kefalos or Psalidi.
Kos on a Budget
It's not hard to do Kos on a budget - food is cheap and plenty, and attractions are much cheaper to visit than they would be in Britain! To save extra money, choose an all inclusive Kos holiday. Forget trying to budget in meals and flights on top of accommodation - everything will be included in the initial price! Keep an eye out for all inclusive deals with all-day snacks and water activities included for the best value! On the other end of the scale, self-catering is also a great way to save money - cooking for yourself rather than forking out for three meals a day at a restaurant can definitely help you cut back on the pounds you spend!
Keen for some cheap shopping? The streets of Kos town are lined with budget souvenir shops, or catch the hydrofoil to Bodrum, which is packed with markets selling cheap-as-chips wares!