Sandwiched between Kalymnos and Nisyros, Kos is one of the larger Dodecanese Islands and has firmly established itself as a favourite with both families and couples. It boasts some of the best beaches in the Aegean, complete with caramel-coloured sands that shelve gently into the navy-blue waters. 300 days of sunshine and cloudless skies make holidays to Kos a superb choice at virtually any time of year.

However, if basking on a sun-bleached beach isn’t your thing or you’re travelling with children, you’ll find plenty of attractions and things to see and do. Couples looking to enjoy some quality downtime together will find the island offers a vibrant nightlife scene. With excellent shopping and some superb, authentic restaurants to enjoy, Kos Greece has all the ingredients for the perfect holiday.

Things to do

Get into the Kos way of life and explore its dazzling golden coastline, with gorgeous beaches to chill out on and a top choice of water sports on hand for when you’re feeling energetic. If you feel like taking an excursion, kids love the local Lido Water Park with its water slides and huge pools. Kos is one of the best Greek islands for sailing, with yachting enthusiasts flocking to sail around the island. In the evenings, you can pick the pace of your nightlife. The quieter resorts have plenty of restaurants and waterfront bars to relax in, or you could turn it up a notch in one of the island’s clubbing capitals.

Where to stay

On Kos’ sun-drenched northern coast are the laid-back beach resorts of Lambi and Tingaki. Lambi is within walking distance of the cosmopolitan island capital, Kos Town. A peaceful place for families and anyone wanting to get away from it all, you can still experience the capital’s attractions anytime you like. A 20 minute bus ride from the capital is Tingaki, a resort famous for its gleaming white-sand beach. Down on the south coast, Kardamena is the best choice for spending long days on the beach and long nights with your mates. Clubbing, karaoke or beach parties – you name it. 

More about Kos

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10°C to 26°C

Kos enjoys typically Mediterranean weather, with long, hot summers and mild winters. The coldest months are between December and February when temperatures tend to hover in the low teens. 

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4 hours

Flights to the island land at Kos International Airport, which is about half an hour’s drive from the town centre.

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