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Kos

Things to do in Kos

For a relatively small Greek island, there's loads to see and do during holidays to Kos. You'll be blown away with the amount of desirable holiday attractions like waterparks, historical structures, museums, beaches and shopping districts. Kos holidays are anything but dull, and to give you a head start on what to do on your trip, here's a list of the island's most popular places and activities.

The Greek islands' most beautiful beaches

With over 20 beaches around Kos you can have your pick from some truly beautiful stretches of sand during your Greece holiday. No matter what you're looking for in a coastline you can find it in Kos, with pebbles, sand, hot springs and naturist beaches

The beaches in Kos' popular resorts are well organised with plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas for hire, as well as restaurants, cafes and shops lining the strips. Kos is well equipped for watersports on either side of the island. With its welcome breeze and shallow waters there's more than enough to keep you occupied including kitesurfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, paragliding, banana boats and sailing trips around the island.

Whet your appetite for history

Kos is drenched in mythological and historical Grecian heritage. With a culture built up around respecting and learning about their history, there are numerous settlements, ruins and churches to be visited, demonstrating historical artefacts and archaeology. One of the most popular historical sites in Kos is Asklepion. This Greek temple and institution for healing was built in 400 BC and much of it is still standing today, including the altar. From this ruin you can observe stunning views of the Aegean Sea.

Other must-see historical spots are the Neratzia Castle in Kos Town, built by the knights of St. John, and the Hippocrates Tree, thought to have been the spot where the founder of medicine taught his students.

Shop happy

If you're looking to pick up a few souvenirs or locally handmade items, Kos has a range of shops and markets throughout the island. The most popular spot to purchase gifts is the Eleftherias Square in Kos Town. All day indoor and outdoor markets can be found here, selling a variety of items like fruits and vegetables, spices, honey, and jewellery. The big resorts like Kos Town and Kardamena also have clothing boutiques and supermarkets.

Wet and wild

You'll be able to experience not one, but two exhilarating waterparks on Kos holidays. Lido Waterpark is in Mastichari and Aquatica Waterpark is in Kardamena. Both of these spots have fast slides, kamikazes, tube rides and wave pools. Make it a whole day adventure and grab a bite to eat at the park's restaurants and cafes.

Both Lido and Aquatica Waterpark make for a great day out for the whole family. There are slides for both young and old to enjoy as well as spots to relax in the shade while little ones splash in the wave pools.

Discover more on horse back

A great way to discover the island is through of one of the many horseback riding tours. Kos is famous for its riding schools, and there are several ranches throughout the island that offer beginner and experienced day trips. Professional guides will lead you through the beautiful Kos terrain as you get views from high on your horse.

Parents can be at ease knowing their children are riding with qualified teachers, the reigns safely in their hands. Bound to be the most memorable experience of your trip is leading your horse onto the beach for a walk in the shallow waters. With the sun setting and the sea gently lapping at your horses feet, be sure to ask someone to take a photo of you.