Thousands of years old
The island is so close to Turkey that you can see the country's mainland from the beaches towards the north of Kos but the inhabitants of this island are still predominantly Greek.
Kefalos holds an old town aura in the resort and close to Kardamena you can visit the Antimachia Castle which is by a small village. However the island's largest historical areas are found within Kos Town. The Castle of Neratzia is the largest structure but Hippocrates Plane Tree, the Roman Odeum and several excavation sites tell thorough stories of Kos's history.
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.
A firmly Greek island in culture and tradition, the restaurants of Kos follow the same theme with a large percentage of eateries being tavernas. The proximity to Turkey isn't forgotten about as there are also a few Mediterranean restaurants to try.
It's not all souvlaki and gyros though with Italian and seafood venues as well as a couple of expat owned pubs in some of the larger resorts.
The two best places to shop in Kos are Kardamena and Kos Town. Most people head towards the capital for a range of items and a variation of shops. Within Eleftherias Square there is a good selection of gift shops and locally owned boutiques. Just next to this square is a large indoor market that is a great place to pick up some handmade crafts or locally grown produce.
The flights from the UK to Kos Island International Airport take around four hours in total. The airport is centrally located inland on Kos so the transfers to resorts in all directions take no more than half an hour.
A public bus service runs at least every hour from most resorts towards the capital, Kos Town. Car hire is available from the larger resorts if you want to travel on your own schedule.
Many resorts are small and you can get to most places via long walks along the coast. Many people choose to hire a bicycle to get around parts of the island, especially in Kos Town as the paths provide wonderful views of natural scenery.