The idyllic island of Kos has over 290km of beaches, from hidden bays and little-known coves to popular stretches of white sand frequented by tourists year after year – and the best part is, we’ve recently added Kos to our destination list for summer 2015. The traditional whitewashed villages look stunning against the backdrop of the turquoise seas and almost guaranteed blue skies. Big resorts such as Kardamena, Kos Town, Tingaki and Marmari have everything you need to ensure a great holiday for the whole family, so read on to find out more about this Greek retreat.
Things to do in Kos
It would only take an hour to drive from the top to the bottom of Kos, so try and get a good look around on your holiday. Nature lovers should head straight for Mount Dikeos to enjoy the pine forests, and olive groves lining the route. Any culture vultures will love the stop at the old market of Agora along the way to see the ruins of marble columns, gargoyles and ramparts kept as an ode to the Greek island’s history.
One of the most popular excursions from the island is a day trip by boat to Bodrum from Kos town. Only a short but comfortable journey to neighbouring Turkey this trip is perfect wanting to experience more of the area, with walking around the historic city and exploring the many restaurants by the bay. There is are also an abundance of markets within Bordum. There plenty of bargains to be found, if you aren’t afraid to haggle.
The volcanic island of Nisyros also makes for a great day out – you’ll see the moonscape crater left by the last eruption in 1987. It’s one of only two volcanoes in the world where you can walk on the crater – and it still feels hot underfoot!
Marmari Resort, on the north of the island, is best if you want to make the most of the water sports available. It’s the number one area for windsurfing in Kos. Just next door to this, in Mastihari, you’ll find the Lido water park, with slides and activities like the lazy river and the Giant – an open slalom flume.
If relaxing on beaches is more your thing then head south, not far from Kardamena, where you’ll find Camel Beach, Banana Beach and Paradise Beach – widely regarded as the best beach in Kos. Just ask your holiday rep about a trip out there, you won’t regret it!
The resorts Helona Beach and Kardamena offer the best of both worlds with the feel of a traditional Greek village and the ease of a purpose-built resort. Stay here and you can enjoy the cafes, bars and restaurants while being surrounded by sugar cube houses, ancient ruins and timeworn windmills. They’ll look great on your photos!
If you fancy a little trip out from the main resorts why not try a Sunshine Cruise where you’ll spend the day exploring the island from the outside with sun, swimming and snorkelling too?
The hot springs at Thermes provide another great day out for the whole family. Located at the bottom of a steep cliff, the bubbles rise from the cracks in the seabed for your pleasure!
And finally, for a bit of history, the Asklepion is one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites. Visit here and you’ll see the remains of the world’s very first hospital where doctors first started introducing the medical research of Hippocrates to help save patients. Make sure you pop into nearby Pyli with an empty bottle to fill, there’s a pool reported to be a spring of eternal youth!
In recent years there has been a dramatic improvement on the accommodation available to visitors of the island. Falcon’s hotel range in Kos are mostly around the 3 or 4 star mark, so you are bound to find somewhere to fit your needs. Our top picks include the 4 Falcon rated Holiday Village which is the perfect accommodation for all the family with things like kids’ clubs, an activity pool and just a short walk away from the beach.
Another top choice is the Atlantica Club Porto Bello Beach which scores a sold 9 on our Splash-o-Meter. As a Falcon SplashWorld resort, the Porto Bello Beach provides free and unlimited access to a brand new waterpark right next door. Plus this hotel is right next to a sandy beach, with plenty to keep everyone entertained from a fleet of pedalos as well as a kids’ playground.
You’d never know Kardamena was once a sleepy fishing village – it’s now the hotspot for anyone looking for a great night out on Kos. Expect karaoke bars, English pubs and strobe-lit clubs galore. If you fancy a few drinks out in the middle of the ocean book onto the 2wentys Boat Party – just ask your rep to sort this out for you.
Harbourside dinners and classy cocktails are the pastime of choice for tourists visiting Kos Town. Of course, you can make the most of the delicious Greek cuisine all over the island, but particularly in Eleftherias Square (Freedom Square) here.
If you want your Kos nights as quiet and food-filled as possible, the small area of Psalidi boasts just a handful of tavernas with a sliver of sand – a great place to go if you’re looking to see how the real people of Kos live. Ask them to direct you to Nikos Kai Kontessa – the fish dishes there are the freshest and tastiest you’ll find.
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Sun, sea, sand, food, water parks, culture and history, what else could you possibly want from your holiday?