Self Catering holidays to Kos
Why choose a Self Catering holiday in Kos?
Alongside the never-ending Aegean-facing beaches, jaw-dropping Mount Dikeos backdrop and ancient ruins of Asklepieion, Self Catering holidays to Kos are top-drawer. With the flexibility to come and go as you please, no meal time restrictions and your own well-equipped kitchen, you can fully immerse yourself in Greek culture. And what better way to do that than through its food! Just imagine watching the world go by from a beachfront taverna while munching on meze platters and slurping down Ouzo. Tempting, right? Or how about whipping up your own delicious concoction from the comfort of your apartment? With this board basis, you’re in charge of your own schedule.
What can you expect?
The freedom to do what you want, when you want is a big part of a Self Catering holiday to Kos. Want to sleep in without worrying you’ll miss breakfast? Go for it! Need to whip up something quick for a weaning baby or fussy toddler? You’ll have all-important cooking essentials at your fingertips. But most importantly, you’ve got acres of unspoilt countryside and historical sites dating back to 357 BC on your doorstep.
Not to mention the pick of resorts! Whether you fancy a stylish stay in Kardamena, next door to its neon-lit nightlife, or maybe you want the beach at your feet with a sprawling ocean view apartment along the powder-white sands of Tingaki, there’s a base with your name on it.
Eating and drinking in Kos
Greek food is one of the most beloved Mediterranean flavours, from its meat-stuffed gyros wraps to its feta cheese salads covered in olive oil. And you can’t come to Kos without sampling its island specialities, including katimeria, a fried pancake/pastry filled with cheese, topped with honey and cinnamon. Restaurants-wise, you’ve got grilled lobster doused in garlic butter at Agkyra Fish in Kos Town, while over in Kefalos, Kamari Bay is renowned for its beach barbecues. For traditional fare in the form of slow-roasted lamb, head over to Parade in Kardamena.
Pair your meal with local white wine. Retsina is a firm favourite among the locals, with hints of Aleppo pine making up its distinct aroma. Ouzo, on the other hand, is the national drink of Greece and is undeniably delicious. It’s a liquorice spirit best served straight from the bottle. But it’s not all about the alcohol, Visinada is a soft drink made from cherry juice and pulp - the perfect refreshment for when you’re soaking up the sun.
Best beaches in Kos
With your Self Catering stay, you can make the most of the Blue Flag awarded beaches of Kos. There’s no rushing back to the All Inclusive buffet when you’ve got stretches of sun-kissed shores backed by Greek eats. Just take Paradise Beach as an example, it didn’t gain that name for no reason. Think bright white grains sloping into clear Caribbean-like waters. And don’t forget to bring your snorkel. Here you can search for underwater volcanic gas bubbles!
Kardamena beach is a huge hit with families thanks to its pristine conditions, knee-deep ripples and surrounding promenade housing essential facilities. Then there’s Agios Stefanos which doubles up as an archaeological site with its age-old remains dotted along the shoreline. Seeking adrenaline-pumping fun? Psalidi is a must-visit for watersport fanatics thanks to its advanced deep sea courses, windsurfing excursions and jet skis.
Top things to do
If one thing is for sure, you won’t be short of action-filled days. Families will make a beeline for Kos’ handful of waterparks packed with splash zones, jaw-dropping slides and wave pools (the high-speed flumes at Lido is our top pick). That’s when they’re not exploring its epic terrain via horseback and feeding ponies at the stables. Couples who like to indulge in a glass of red (or the whole bottle), should check out the 50-acre Triantafyllopoulos vineyards sitting under the breathing Dikeos mountains.
As for history, the Asklepieion, an ancient medical centre, transports you back to the 3rd century BC. Or get a natural health kick at the island’s thermal springs, where steaming pools of seawater are said to have healing properties. And why settle for just Kos when you can visit Turkey too? Just a 30-minute ferry ride away is the city of Bodrum, home to one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus.