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Kos holidays 2016/2017

Kos holidays pack it all in, with historic Grecian structures, a lively nightlife scene and family-friendly attractions. For a small island, there's plenty to see and do. Whether you're looking for a quiet stretch of beach or a bustling shopping centre, there's a resort for you.

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From beaches to bars

The 40-kilometre long island of Kos is bursting with activities and attractions for holiday-goers, including striking white beaches, historic ruins, exciting water parks and vibrant nightlife.

Most of the small resorts here focus on relaxation and provide a quiet getaway. But for those who are looking for a livelier holiday Kos' capital Kos Town and the resort of Kardamena are thriving metropolises. Both towns have an active nightlife scene and bring young people from all over Europe who want to experience their 24-hour bars and clubs.

Where to stay in Kos

KardamenaView on Map

Known as the party capital of Kos, Kardamena is the place to visit if you are looking for a good night out on the town in its dance clubs, karaoke bars and Greek tavernas. A family-friendly resort, Kardamena is also home to the Aquatica Water Park and a selection of sandy beaches.

Kos Town
Kos TownView on Map

Kos's capital is a vibrant city with over 150 restaurants, a huge shopping district and an epic nightlife scene. The 15th century castle of Neratzi is located on the waterfront and is a must-see for any history buffs. Or visit the Hippocrates tree where the founder of medicine is said to have taught his students. The Embrose Therma geothermal hot springs can also be found here.

LambiView on Map

Lambi is all about the beach. This stretch of sand is over a kilometre long and has several hotels situated right next to the sand. The region here is flat, making this area ideal for cyclists who wish to explore Lambi's natural beauty, and for walkers who want to make the trek on foot along the coast to Tingaki Village.

MarmariView on Map

The small resort of Marmari has a long sandy beach that attracts visitors who are staying in nearby Kos Town and want a secluded spot to sunbathe. There are also several traditional tavernas and cafes along the coastline. Activities are low key, such as volleyball and horse riding, or head into the capital for shops and clubs.

MastichariView on Map

This traditional Greek town has long expanses of pure white sand and numerous historic sites and ruins to discover, including an early Christian basilica. One of the most popular attractions here though is the Lido Waterpark, where you can cool down on the slides and rides.

PsalidiView on Map

This sleepy resort just outside the capital has a backdrop of greenery and sweeping hills. Holidays here comprise of unwinding on the white sand beach and taking in the natural beauty of the area. The beach in Psalidi is ideal for watersports such as windsurfing, scuba diving, snorkelling and kite surfing due to its surf.

TingakiView on Map

Tingaki is a small, scenic coastal town with quiet stretches of sand and uncrowded streets. Colourful flowers and foliage spring up around the town, creating a sought-after destination for nature enthusiasts. The coastline and natural landscape around Tingaki give visitors a taste of authentic unspoilt Greek life with its slow place and easy-going atmosphere.


Quick Tips

  • Greek Orthodox
  • Euro
  • Greek
  • Approx 34,000
  • GMT +2

History to uncover

Kos can trace its history back to the 11th century BC. Its deep Grecian roots are still displayed today, with historic ruins and castles scattered around the island. Near Kardamena, you can visit the Antimachia Castle. Built by the knights of St. John in the 14th century, the outer walls of the castle still stand strong today and you can take in spectacular views of the Aegean Sea and other tiny Greek islands.

Another must-see for history enthusiasts is the Castle of Neratzia. This massive structure is perched on a small island joined to Kos Town by a bridge. It was constructed out of local stone by the same knights of St. John. Other historical attractions around Kos include the Hippocrates plane tree, the Roman Odeum, and several excavation sites.

24 Hours of fun

There are numerous beaches around Kos' coastline, all with a wide variety of watersports available, including windsurfing, scuba diving and snorkelling. Plus there are rental boats and sailing tours you can take advantage of in order to explore the island and discover the wonders of the Aegean Sea with your experienced Greek guides.

Kos's Aquatica Water Park is a huge tourist destination for families and big kids at heart who want a wild day out on the epic slides, kamikazes, and tube rides. The nightlife in Kos is diverse and varies from resort to resort. The smaller town's quiet taverns and beach bars give you a chance to unwind under the stars with a glass of wine and nibbles of baklava.

For a more upbeat nightlife scene head to Kos Town and Kardamena where you'll find an array of venues open to the wee hours of the morning, like wild nightclubs and karaoke bars. Kardamena's well-named Bar Street is a great place for your pre-drink venues, and when these begin to close just make your way to the harbour's busy nightclub strip.

24 hours of fun

Despite having a serious side and a long history to share, Kos is an island where you'll have no problem finding fun. The majority of the beaches offer a wide range of exciting water sports as well as offering rental boats for you to take a solo trip out on the waves. In the middle of the island is Aquatica Water Park which is an exciting area for families with kids of all ages to visit.

The majority of resorts in Kos offer a quiet nightlife where, after enjoying a quiet drink in a taverna, you can enjoy a peaceful and early night. Kos Town and more-so Kardamena bucks the trend with some great nightspots to stay up late and enjoy some evening entertainment.

The nightlife capital is Kardamena with its varied offering of bars and clubs, some of which offer 24 hour service. Bar Street has a good selection of pre-drink venues that close up at midnight and this is when the late night revellers migrate towards the bars and nightclubs by the harbour.

Culinary delights

Kos is an island soaked in Greek culture and tradition and this resonates throughout its culinary dishes and restaurants. A large percentage of the eateries here are authentic Greek tavernas that serve up traditional meals like souvlaki and moussaka.

There's plenty of choice around the island for where to eat, especially in the larger resorts where you'll be able to find Italian and British cuisine as well as endless seafood joints and several Mediterranean restaurants.

Shopping excursions

Kardamena and Kos Town are the places to visit if you're looking for a large shopping district. Kos Town's Eleftherias Square is home to numerous gift shops and locally-owned boutiques stocked with clothing and souvenirs. The large indoor market next door makes a great afternoon of browsing through handmade crafts, jewellery and locally-grown produce.