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.
Kos has some fantastic beaches to lay back and soak up the warm Greek sun on. If you want plenty of things to do in the form of water sports, music, bars and cafés close by, then head to Kardamena beach for non-stop entertainment. The beautiful Tingaki Beach offers a much more laid back vibe, which is perfect for chilling out on. This is particularly popular with couples and families looking for a more peaceful spot in the sun. Paradise Beach on the island’s south coast offers exactly what it says on the tin. The crystal clear waters make it perfect for snorkelling and you can also experience the amazing thermal bubbles that rise from the sea bed, warming the water around you.
Perfect for families
The island of Kos is the ideal choice when chosing a destination that the whole family will enjoy. There are cultural experiences to be had around every corner and the excellent choice of beaches makes for great, lazy days spending quality time together by the sea. You can spend the day making a splash at the amazing Lido Water Park or, for something really different, why not take a day trip to the resort of Bodrum in Turkey, which is just a short boat ride away.
Kos has gained a great reputation for those looking for a holiday where partying is the main priority. The resort of Kardamena offers the best nightlife on the island and some of the best in the whole of Greece too. Spend your days topping up your tan on the beach before dancing the night away in the many bars and clubs that line the famous ‘Bar Street’.
Map of Kos Town
The main town on the island of Kos is Kos Town although there are several other popular with visitors. Wherever you stay on the island, visiting Kos Town is a great day trip where you can soak up the culture, walk the beautiful winding streets and see what traditional Greek life is like.
Centred around the historic port, looking at any map of Kos Town will show you just how many ancient archaeological sites there are. With Neratzia Castle, the ancient Greek Agora (meeting place), ancient baths and a stadium, visiting Kos Town is the perfect blend between a modern holiday destination and the incredible history of Ancient Greece.
Places 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.
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