Holidays to Kos offer the perfect blend of fine sandy beaches and pristine waters – perfect for relaxing with a good book and a cocktail. Close to Kos town, the suitably named Town Beach (also known as Zouroudi Beach) boasts excellent facilities including restaurants, bars and water sports activities. For windsurfing, the weather conditions at Marmari Limnaria Beach are ideal but for a laid back feel, Kamari is much more secluded, surrounded by huge green cliff sides.
When it comes to dining, Kos is the very definition of culinary diversity, so you’ll be spoilt for choice at mealtimes. From charming, family-run tavernas and mouth-watering street food, to romantic beachside dining, the possibilities are endless. Because of its proximity to Turkey, the food in Kos combines Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences, and wherever you go, sharing platters are definitely the order of the day. Popular local dishes include labropites (traditional Koan pies filled with unsalted cheese), stuffed tomatoes with octopus, and loukoumades, doughnuts served cold with cinnamon, Greek yoghurt and honey.
Kos is filled with fascinating ancient treasures, so when you visit, the only trouble you’ll have is deciding which to explore first. One of the island’s most important archaeological sites, Asklepieion sits on a hilltop about 3km south of Kos Town, offering stunning views towards the Turkish coast. Founded in the 3rdcentury BC, the ruins were once a religious sanctuary devoted to Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine, where thousands of people once flocked for treatment. In the centre of Kos Town, Ancient Agora includes the ruins of a Shrine of Aphrodite, and a Christian basilica dating back to the 5th century.
It may have a reputation as a bit of a party destination, but there’s a lot more to Kos Town than its buzzing nightlife. There’s a scenic harbour with beaches stretching for long distances on either side, a medieval castle and ruins dating back to Ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine times. After a morning exploring the Archaeological Museum, Ancient Agora and the House of Europa – the intricate mosaic flooring is a must – the waterfront is the perfect place to stop for sustenance.
Kos is home to some of the most picturesque beaches and natural areas in the Mediterranean, and Thermes is no exception. Situated 12 kilometres from Kos Town in the south eastern corner of the island, this natural sea pool is renowned for its healing properties. Rich in sulphur and natural minerals, the warm waters are said to benefit a whole host of joint and skin ailments – the perfect remedy after a few days of sightseeing. The pool and surrounding pebble beach are quite small, and can get busy at peak times, so time your visit in the evening or early morning when crowds will be at a minimum.
A small mountainside village situated about 10 miles from Kos Town, Zia offers lush green landscapes, breath-taking views, and sumptuous traditional cuisine. Its idyllic location on the slopes of Mount Dikeos makes it a fantastic daytrip destination, and in the evening, the sunsets are truly spectacular. After stopping at a tavern for a bite to eat, take a stroll around the village until you reach a road leading towards the mountain. Passing pine forests, cypress trees and olive groves, take time stop appreciate the panoramic views of the whole of Kos Island.
In the summer, temperatures in Kos are usually in the mid-high 30s, with around 12 hours of sunshine each day and little or no rainfall. During the spring and autumn, the weather will be cooler but still pleasant, so expect anything from late teens to temperatures in the mid 20s.
If you are a British citizen, you don’t need a visa to enter Greece but you must have a valid passport. For the latest information on European travel regulations, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/entry-requirements.
The currency in Kos is the Euro (EUR).
The main language spoken in Kos is Greek.