The scenic coastal town of Tingaki, also known as Tigaki, has a tranquil feel to its surroundings, with quiet stretches of sand and uncrowded streets. Holidays here are soaked in serenity so this little town is an ideal spot for anyone who wants to get away from the busy resorts. Choose this as your base for Kos holidays and you'll be welcomed by a secluded spot that is separated from the rest of the island by large areas of natural greenery.
Long expanse of sands
Tingaki beach is over six kilometres long and is where visitors and locals flock to enjoy the sunshine and bask in the unrivalled scenery of this part of the island. There are lots of sunloungers and parasols lining the sands, and tavernas and bars coat the shoreline, serving up snacks and cold drinks for sunbathing visitors.
This long stretch of sand has plenty of room for sun worshippers and, compared to its neighbouring cities, is blissfully quiet. You can look out across the sea to Turkey as you layer on the sun screen and stretch out over the soft sands. The shallow water here is ideal for those travelling with children as they can wade easily in the warm clear seas.
The town's constant onshore breeze means this beach is also very popular with watersports enthusiasts. You can explore the waters and have some fun by kite surfing, wind surfing, water skiing and even scuba diving off this coast. Scuba diving courses are offered around the island for both experienced and new divers who want to take advantage of the incredible underwater marine life.
Evenings in Tingaki
If you're feeling peckish there is no end of choice when it comes to delicious restaurants lining Tingaki's coast. The area is relatively untouched by tourism, so it's a great spot to find affordable dining options during cheap holidays to Kos. Traditional Greek restaurants are the most common spots to eat in this area with chefs serving up local fish and using herbs and spices that have been grown on the premises.
There are also international cafes and eateries serving dishes from all over the world, including Italian and British. If you want something to eat on-the-go, Tingaki's beach is home to snack bars and fast food joints where you can grab something to eat and head back to your sun lounger without losing your spot in the sand.
When the sun goes down Tingaki's nightlife scene is relaxed and peaceful with taverns and bars serving drinks late into the evening alongside live music performances. When you're looking for the best places to go, remember that the locals call Tingaki 'Tigaki', so look up both when you're searching for drinking destinations.
Time to shop
The main shopping area in Tingaki is, again, located next to the sea alongside the restaurants and cafes. You'll be able to purchase all your holiday essentials here as well as some local souvenirs to take home. If you're on the hunt for fashion your best bet is to travel to Kos's capital, Kos Town. Kos Town is just 11 kilometres away and an easy 20-minute bus ride.
Here you'll find a huge variety of shops in the popular Eleftherias Square. Kos Town also has its own indoor market that you can spend a leisurely morning walking through, browsing local crafts, ceramics, jewellery and leather goods.
Tingaki may be a quiet resort but its big next door neighbour Kos Town. There is tons to do and see in this cultural hotspot. The city's main attraction is the castle of Neratzia, a 15th century building that sits by the coastline. Climbing to the top unveils spectacular views over the city. Tour guides can lead you through the historical significance of this building and its construction by the Knights of St. John, which took place during the occupation of the knights lasting 200 years. Other great places to check out while you are here are the archaeological museum and the historic Roman villas.
Kos Town is home to numerous restaurants with a large variety of cuisine offered and tons of international dishes. If you're looking for a spot for some dancing the city's buzzing nightlife scene will keep you occupied well into the early hours of the morning with its clubs, cocktails bars and karaoke joints.