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Family Holidays to Kos

The sun-soaked Greek island of Kos welcomes families to explore its history and stunning coastline. Whether you stay in a busy resort or a laid-back village, a multitude of beaches, waterparks, ancient buildings and natural landscapes surround you.

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There's a bit of Kos coast with its name on it for your family holiday

When you land at Kos Airport after just over four hours in the air, your transfer will be as little as 25 minutes to the resorts of Marmari and Kefalos, or 40 minutes to Kos Town and Mastichari.

The capital, Kos Town is a great base for families as it mixes city beaches, and quieter options, with historical sights including an ancient castle. At the other end of the island, Kefalos is ready to welcome visitors at its watersports and activity-laden beach. There's also a pretty old town in the hills to look around.

Peaceful Marmari is only 15 minutes by bus or car from the attractions of Kos Town. It has one of the longest beaches on the island where wind-based watersports are rife, you can go on horse-back adventures from the riding stables or walk around the protected wetland area of Aliki Tigaki.

Best family friendly beaches

Along Kos' 290-kilometre coast are a fair few beaches that families will love. One of the most popular on the island is Paradise Beach near Kefalos, which has watersports hire, several tavernas and a small inflatable waterpark for the kids. Something sure to amuse the kids is the volcanic air bubbles that come up through the clear water.

Other family beach options include Kos Town's central Zouroudi Beach, which sits in front of the castle's Medieval walls, or the kilometre-long Lambi Beach, which is 10 minutes out of town and primed for watersports. Mastichari has a long, peaceful stretch of white sand backed by trees for shade and Marmari's two kilometres of sand gently shelve into the sea so are ideal for paddling.

Best family activities in Kos

Kos is an island that mixes history with water-based activities for all the family. The capital Kos Town's ancient artefacts are the 15th-century castle of Neratzia overlooking the harbour area, and the ruins of a Roman Villa, which you can learn about at Casa Romana museum. Another history option is Mastichari, where the Hippocrates Garden Cultural Center has a replica of a 15th-century BCE ancient Greek settlement complete with stone-built theatre.

And on the other side of the coin, you can splash about at one of the island's waterparks, Lido Waterpark in Mastichari and Aquatica Water Park in Kardamena. For more water fun, hop on a boat from the harbours in Kos Town or Mastichari to visit nearby islands like Kalymnos, where divers search for natural sponge. Other boat trips provide watersports opportunities, or a stay on one of the sporty beaches like Kefalos and Mastichari.

Other popular holidays in Greece

For family holidays elsewhere in Greece, find out more about Rhodes,Crete or Corfu. Or to decide if Kos has it all for you and your family, take a look at our Kos travel guide and check out the five excellent family hotels below.

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