Holidays in Kos are all outdoors, all affordable, all the time
A non-stop flight to Kos from UK airports will get you to this little Greek island in just under four hours, so you’ll be sunning yourself in no time.
In Kos, it’s all about the scenery – ancient ruins and beaches as far as the eye can see make up much of the activity here, keeping you outdoors and in the Mediterranean sunshine Greek islands are famous for. This just means your holidays to Kos will be light on the wallet but heavy on the fun. Visit at the end of September and into April and you’re bound to find even better deals, as this is considered Kos’ off season. Restaurants and a few activities might be closed, but you’ll still see temperatures resting just above 10°C.
For holidays on a price spectrum, your best bet is starting in cosmopolitan spots like Kos’ capital, Kos Town. There, you’ll find everything from Roman ruins to a vibrant marina, plus a wide array of nightlife opportunities. Lambi presents holidaymakers with a quiet white sand beach and Greek tavernas, while Kefalos ups the ante with hiking trails that afford stunning views of the sea.
Cheap days out in Kos
Kos’ huge range of activities make nailing a cheap day out a piece of cake. Kos Town is a bit of a historical centre, featuring ancient relics whose entrance fees are either incredibly affordable or non-existent. Neratzia is a 14th-century waterfront castle built by the Knights of St John, and whose stone walls are well worth wandering through, even for the views of the Aegean alone. While you’re there, you’d be wise to note the large tree at the entrance – that’s Hippocrates’ Tree, where the famous philosopher used to lecture back in the day.
Just minutes away is Lambi, whose kilometre-long beach is connected to Kos Town’s harbour. It’s here where you could easily spend whole days lounging on the shores or renting watersporting equipment from a nearby centre. For outdoorsy holidays off the beach, there’s Kefalos, a holiday destination whose status is still on the DL. Cutting through the landscape are clifftop paths excellent for hiking or biking, though the beaches are a definite plus. With names like Paradise Beach and Magic Beach, you can’t really go wrong.
Other popular holidays in Kos
You won’t just find cheap holiday offerings in Kos – Greece is rife with affordable opportunities. Check out other islands like Corfu and Crete, but if your heart is set on Kos, take a look at our travel guide for more information on planning a budget trip to this slice of the world. To get you started, here are three top choices for cheap hotels in Kos.
These apartments exude an understated elegance with whitewashed buildings dropped into lush gardens. You definitely know you're in the Med. Staying here, you're only a 10-minute walk from the beaches, restaurants and nightlife of Kos Town, though you wouldn't know it when lounging by the ample pool scene. It's that peaceful. Out by the pool you've got a bar, while inside holds a restaurant serving breakfast and dinner with an international menu.