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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.
10°C to 26°C °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.
Flights to the island land at Kos International Airport, which is about half an hour’s drive from the town centre.
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Kos and before you know it, you’ll be laying on golden Greek beaches or sailing around the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.
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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.
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.
The golden Mediterranean coastline is one of the best attractions in Kos. Beaches with a party atmosphere, beaches that surfers love or beaches where you can drift off with nothing but the sound of the sea – the choice is yours. Living up to its resort’s reputation, Kardamena beach is a party beach, lined with upbeat bars and cafes with good places to try water sports or ride the banana boat. For somewhere a little quieter, Tingaki’s beach is a well-known curl of coast popular with families and couples looking for a peaceful spot to simply lie back and soak up the Greek sunshine.
Kos sits in a cluster of islands called the Dodecanese, a beautiful part of the Greek islands that are one of the favourite yachting destinations in the country. Kos Town has a thriving marina where you can book a trip on anything from a speedboat to a catamaran, and sail around the glistening turquoise waters. Families will find plenty of things for kids to do in Kos; a local favourite is the Lido Water Park, located centrally and easy to reach from many resorts. The park has water slides, rides and swimming pools as well as sports activities, plus a spa for mum and dad to relax in.
At the calmer end of the nightlife spectrum, resorts like Tingaki are popular for their family-orientated feel. After a long day in the sunshine, the warm summer evenings are best spent in a restaurant on the waterfront, where you’ll find fresh seafood, Greek cuisine and anything else you fancy. There is a good choice of pubs or karaoke bars with a buzzing atmosphere that are ideal for a drink after dinner. If you’ve come for something a little livelier, one the best places in Kos for nightlife is Kardamena. Home of the fittingly named Bar Street, the resort is packed with pubs, clubs and all-night parties.
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Clubbers: Kardamena is the place to go for those who want to kick their heels up by night and sleep it off by day. For the best watering holes, head to the appropriately-named ‘Bar Street’, where you’ll find a seemingly endless array of themed bars and kicking clubs. The vibe is a very friendly one, with older partygoers made to feel as welcome as the younger crowd that come for the drinks, music and fun.
Couples: Kos Town is quieter than you might expect at night, and offers plenty of scope for couples to enjoy a quiet meal or watch the sun slip over the horizon, with a cocktail in hand. By day, the town is an atmospheric labyrinth of whitewashed streets, where you’ll find quaint and quirky shops and see some fine examples of ancient architecture. Eleftherias Square bustles with locals, enjoying al fresco coffees and lunchtime wine.
Families: For young historians and mini myth-hunters, Kos is a treasure trove. Explore the Asklepion, one of the oldest hospitals on the planet, visit the Archaeological Museum, or step back in time at the Castle of the Knights. If you’ve got the kids with you and want some splashtastic fun in the sun, the island has two waterparks: Aquatica and Lido. If you’re travelling with younger children, Lido is the more appropriate of the two.
Language: The official language spoken on the island is Greek. While most of the locals speak good English, a well-placed “sas parakaloúme” and “efcharistó” will go a long way.
Currency: You’ll need to exchange your British Sterling for Euros, before zipping off on your holidays to Kos.
Local time: The island is two hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Kos International Airport. Transfers to Kefalos take 30 minutes, to Kardamena it's around 35 minutes, while to Psalidi it's roughly 45 minutes.
Flight time from the UK: The flight time to Kos takes about four hours.
Tourist Information: Further Kos tourist information can be found at https://www.kosinfo.gr/
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Kos, Greece.
Temperature: Average of 30°C in July and August.
Best time to visit: Come for the hottest sunshine between June and September.
Sitting in the Aegean Sea, this beautiful island enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild winters. August is the warmest month, with temperatures peaking in the high 20s and rarely dipping below 21°C. You can expect around 14 hours of sunshine a day and only three rainy days during the whole month. If you’d prefer fewer crowds and cooler temperatures for sightseeing, October and November see the temperatures hovering between the high teens and the low 20s. From December to February you’ll catch the occasional shower, with temperatures averaging at around 10°C.
By bus: There are two important bus services to be aware of. The DEAS bus service is a great way to travel in and around Kos Town, while the KTEL buses will take you virtually anywhere on the island.
By bicycle: Unlike most of the other Dodecanese Islands, Kos is remarkably flat, making it perfect for cycling. You’ll find cycle-hire outlets in virtually every town, leaving you free to soak up the scenery from your saddle.
By taxi: Taxis are plentiful, reliable and cost-effective. Book online, by phone, or flag one down from the roadside in larger towns.
Mastichari Wine Festival: Every year in early August, the little village of Mastichari, in the northwest of the island, holds a wine festival. A more traditional affair than wine buffs may be used to in the UK, the festival features strictly locally-made wine plus Greek dancing for entertainment.
Hippocratia Festival: The biggest event on the island, the Hippocratia Festival takes place throughout the summer, between July and September. The celebrations are held in honour of Hippocrates and showcase a variety of art exhibitions, performances and concerts, highlighting Greece’s long and fascinating history.