18 Things to do in Kos

With excellent beaches, glistening blue seas, fascinating ancient history and a vibrant nightlife, there are so many things to do in Kos for everyone. Families, couples, and groups of friends will all find their favourite activities on this beautiful Greek island whether you want to party, windsurf, or take a tour of the island's rich history. Or you could simply stop at a little street café for a traditional lamb gyros and a classic Greek salad.

There are so many things to do in Kos that it's hard to know where to start! Kardamena is the place for wild party nightlife while Kefalos is the town for the laid-back holidaymaker. Kos Town embraces culture, food, and shopping while walkers and nature lovers head inland to the hills. Jump into the Med, relax on the beach, and eat as much fresh Greek cuisine as you can manage.

Clear water and golden sand beaches line Kos' coastline

With many miles of rugged, beach coastline, Kos has lots of golden sands with warm Mediterranean waters to discover. Many hotels lead right to the sand so grab your towel and bag yourself a parasol for the morning. Watersports like windsurfing, sailing, kayaking and snorkelling are on offer so the choice is yours. With clear water, kids especially will be blown away by the sub-tropical fish they can see with a simple mask and snorkel.

Take the kids for all-day fun at the water park

For real family fun, take a day trip to Lido Water Park with its wild flumes and rubber ring rides. Send the children off to the interactive kids' area where they can splash down slides and in pools or play water games. With high-speed flumes and multi-slides, you can race each other, share a rubber ring on the lazy river, or watch the kids play while you lie back in the bubbling whirlpool.

Ancient Greece is all around

When your fingers have turned into prunes from spending too much time in the water, gather up the family and head out to one of Kos' many Ancient Greek sites. Wander the aged ruins or explore a medieval castle. There are so many relics of civilisations that are centuries old, you can't help but imagine what life was like way back then.

Take to the water

One of the most relaxing things to do in Kos is to take a boat trip. Set sail on a peaceful cruise around the Dodecanese islands and see these hilly lands from afar. Go swimming from the boat, or simply lie back in the sun on deck and listen to the water lapping the hull.

Visit Turkey, just a short boat trip away

When you're wondering what to do in Kos, it's funny that one of the best answers is to leave! Turkey's ancient city of Bodrum is a short ferry ride away from Kos Town and well worth a day trip. Explore the vast medieval fortifications that protect the city and stroll Turkish markets to your heart's delight. Turkey is so close to Kos that you can see it clearly from the beach cafés in Kos Town.

Soak up amazing views

Kos is famous for its sandy beaches such as the breathtaking Tingaki Beach. But when you're not on the beach, you can follow one of the many hiking trails into the hills to get some phenomenal views. Climb Mount Dikeos and look down upon traditional Greek houses, over the wildflowers of the hillsides and across the Mediterranean to Turkey.

Whatever you do during your trip, Kos is a holiday of a lifetime!


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