Holidays in Kos

    Located very close to the coasts of Turkey, Kos island is the second most popular island of Dodecanese, after Rhodes. Due to its large size, Kos Greece keeps a balance in tourism development. Some spots are very organized, while others are almost secluded and away from mass tourism. Kos Town is a mixture of Venetian and Ottoman architecture with interesting sightseeings, such as a Medieval Castle, an Ancient Agora, a Roman Odeon and of course the famous Asklepieion, an ancient healing centre, in short distance from the Town and great place to visit in your Kos holidays. The most tourist places are located on the southern side of the island, including Kardamena and Kefalos. This is where visitors can find large golden beaches with crystal water.

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    Travel guide to Kos, Greece

    Kos island holidays guide

    One of the most popular destinations in Greece, Kos island is located on the south eastern side of the Aegean Sea. This is a place with both tourist and secluded spots. As Kos receives many charter flights from abroad, many places around the island are getting really busy in high season. However, there are also places staying away from crowds and keeping their relaxing atmosphere. Beaches in Kos vary from organized coasts with luxurious hotels and water sports centres, to secluded, naturism-friendly beaches. Holidays in Kos can be combined with many other islands of Dodecanese, like Rhodes, Nisyros or Leros.

    General information

    Have a look on our travel guide about Kos island and see the most beautiful beaches, villages, museums and sights to visit. In order to get a better understanding of the location, check our large collection of photos, 360 pictures, videos and maps.

    Things to see and do

    Kos Asklepieion

    The island of Kos is one of the Greek islands of the Aegean Sea and it belongs to the Dodecanese islands group. The second most popular destination of Dodecanese, after Rhodes, Kos island has crystal beaches, interesting sightseeing, intense nightlife, traditional villages and delicious restaurants. It is geographically located between the islands of Kalymnos and Nisyros. The coastal villages of Kos Greece are tourist places with many accommodations, while the inland villages are kept away from tourism. Some beaches are organized, while others are totally secluded. There are also few naturist beaches, around Paradise Beach.

    This Greek island has many interesting sightseeing. The Asklepieion is the most famous sight, which was actually a healing center in the ancient times. Worth a visit are also the Ancient Agora, the Roman Odeon, the Venetian Castle in Town and the Castle in Antimachia. In this village, you can also visit an interesting folklore museum in the central square. This guide of Kos proposes all useful information about holidays in Kos.

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    Check our travel services and organize better your holidays in Kos. See the hotels we suggest, book your ferry tickets to Kos, rent a car to explore the island, arrange your transfer and have a look on our island hopping packages.


    Hotels in Kos

    Kos is a very developed island and there is every kind of accommodation there, from luxurious spa resorts to traditional guesthouses. The beaches around Kos Town are very popular with hotels and apartments, in particular the beaches of Tigaki, Lambi and Psalidi. On the southern side of the island, the most popular places are Kardamena and Kefalos, offering a wide range of accommodation options. Mastihari and Marmari are also nice places to stay during your Kos holidays.

    Highlights in Kos

    Lovely square in Kos Town
    The main town is a beautiful place with distinctive architecture. The old part of the town has Medieval style, with Venetian houses and Ottoman mosques.
    Sandy beach of Kefalos
    Located on the southern side of the island, Kefalos is a developed place with many tourist facilities and an organized sandy beach. This is a popular place to stay during your holidays.
    Black beach of Thermes
    In short drive from the Town is the famous beach of Themes, with black pebbles and thermal waters. The waters in this beach has healing facilities.
    Ancient Sanctuary of Asklepios
    In close distance to the Town, there is the ancient sanctuary of Asklepios. This was actually a healing centre and in fact the father of medicine, Hippocrates, would teach there.
    Beautiful beach of Agios Stefanos
    The beautiful beach of Agios Stefanos has crystal waters and relaxing atmosphere. This beach is partly organized with tourist facilities and traditional seaside taverns.
    Medieval Castle of Kos
    Nerantzia Castle is actually the Medieval Castle at the port of the capital town. This is an interesting monument to explore and gives nice view to the Aegean Sea.
    Windsurfing in Mastihari beach
    Mastihari is a lovely beach with organized and secluded spots. Due to the strong summer winds, this place is popular for windsurfing and kite surfing.
    Windsurfing centres in Kos
    Windsurfing is a popular sport on the island of Kos. The best places for windsurfing and kite surfing are the beaches of Mastihari, Tigaki, Psalidi and Kefalos.
    Interesting site of Ancient Agora
    Ancient Agora is an interesting archaeological site in the Town. Other interesting ancient monuments in the town are the Roman Odeon and Casa Romana.
    Picturesque village of Zia
    Located on the slopes of a mountain and offering great view to the sea, Zia is an authentic village with traditional shops. This is a nice place for an evening stroll.
    Boat trips from Kos to Nisyros
    In summer, there are daily boat trips from the ports of Kardamena and Kos Town to the close island of Nisyros, famous for its still active volcano.
    Diving centres in Kos
    Diving is gradually developing in Kos, with many diving centres opening around the island. These centres offer diving courses of all levels and organize trips to famous diving spots.

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