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Kos

Kos holidays

Holidays to Kos 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 experience on their Greece package 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

Kardamena
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Known as the party capital of Kos, this destination is popular with those aged 18 to 30. Spend your nights checking out the venues on Bar Street and listening to the world class DJs. Other than clubbing, there's a three-kilometre-long beach and waterpark for the little ones.

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Kefalos
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With numerous white sand coasts Kefalos is a beach lover's ideal holiday. Paraside Beach is known for its epic watersport facilities like jet skiing and water skiing. After you've dried off you can walk through the cobbled streets and visit Kefalos' 4th-century basilica.

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Kos Town
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Kos' capital is a cosmopolitan city set in a historic area with Roman ruins and a 15th-century castle as its background. There are endless things to see and do including beaches, a bustling marina, museums, nightlife venues and the famous Hippocrates Tree.

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Lambi
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Lambi's idyllic scenery of olive trees and wild flowers makes this quiet resort a hidden treasure. The great outdoors are cherished here, and visitors can walk along the kilometre long unspoilt coastline or try the cycle route to the nearby village of Tingaki.

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Marmari
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15 minutes from the capital city, Marmari is a quiet base for those who want to be close enough to Kos Town to enjoy the nightlife but far enough away to get a decent night's sleep. Enjoy windsurfing and horseback riding on the pristine beach and eating at waterfront restaurants.

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Mastichari
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This traditional fishing village with brightly painted houses has recently been developed with holidays in mind. Children will love spending the day at the Lido Waterpark, and adults at the Hippocrates Garden Cultural Center. You can also take a ferry from Mastichari's harbour to Kalymnos.

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Psalidi
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Psalidi boasts a backdrop of sweeping hills and natural beauty. Its V-shaped beach is home to a multitude of watersports including scuba diving, windsurfing and snorkelling. In the evening you can enjoy walking along the seaside promenade, shopping in boutiques and eating at the many restaurants.

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Tingaki
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Tingaki gives you a feel for authentic Greek life. With a six-kilometre long beach and a constant onshore breeze Tingaki is a terrific place for watersport activities or just lounging in the sunshine. Everything's right on the seafront including a shopping area, restaurants and cafes.

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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 enjoying cheap holidays to Kos. Even big kids at heart will 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.