The popular Greek island of Kos is situated in the north-eastern Aegean and is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands. With beautiful beaches, lively resorts, peaceful towns and a rich history the island has something for everyone. Visitors to the island can experience the exciting nightlife of the islands capital Kos Town, relax at the beach resorts of Marmari and Lambi or for peace and quiet visit the resorts of Tingaki and Mastihari. With nearly 200 miles of coastline which is dotted with quiet coves and sandy bays, Kos is the perfect choice for a beach holiday. Away from the coast the island has a beautiful interior of olive groves, traditional villages and historic sites just waiting to be explored.
Kardamena is the place to stay if you are looking for lively entertainment. With a 3 mile stretch of sandy beach and plenty to do it is no wonder Kardamena is the island’s party hotspot! Water sports are in abundance here with scuba diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, jet-skiing, water-skiing, sailing, banana boat and donut rides and pedalos all on offer. After using up all your energy on the beach you can relax at one of the many cafes and bars that line the beach.
Kos Town is an excellent choice for couples and groups looking for a lively stay on the island. Located in the northeast of Kos, this historic town has a vibrant atmosphere with a great choice of nightclubs, bars, restaurants and shops. Mixing the old with the new, Kos Town has some fascinating historical sites including the Old Town, the ancient site of Asklepieion, the Castle of the Knights, the Archaeological Museum and the intriguing Hippocrates Tree. There are a few sandy stretches of beach around the town but most are pebbly. However many of the islands best beach resorts are within easy reach of the town. Popular with visitors staying in Kos Town are the boat trips which take you around the island and even visit places like Rhodes and Turkey.
Marmari is a small beach resort close to Kos Town. Popular with couples and families, this laid-back town has a long stretch of sandy beach and calm protected waters. Less than 10 miles from Kos Town, Marmari is also just a short drive from the traditional village of Pyli and Mount Dikeos where you can take in marvellous panoramic views of the island. Away from the beach the whole family will enjoy a day out at Lido Water Park in the nearby resort of Mastihari.
Lambi is a great choice of holiday destination for couples and families alike. Just a 20 minute walk from Kos Town, visitors can enjoy the best of both worlds. Using Lambi as their base visitors can peacefully relax on the beautiful beach whilst still being within easy reach of the buzzing entertainment venues of Kos Town. Away from the beach and the hustle and bustle of Kos Town you can experience traditional Greek life by visiting the inland villages of Asfendioum and the surrounding little towns which are scattered around the countryside.
Tingaki is a small town on the north coast of the island, about 7 miles from Kos Town. Holidays here are popular with families and couples looking for peace and relaxation. The beautiful white sandy Blue Flag beach here gently shelves into shallow clear waters that are ideal for children. Tingaki is also popular with bird watchers as it has a salt lake which attracts lots of different species of birds.
Mastihari is located about 15 miles from Kos Town and is a great choice for a quiet family holiday on Kos. This quiet fishing village retains much of its Greek traditions along with beautiful sandy beaches. Mastihari is a modern port where fishermen land their catches of the day and ferries leave for Kalymnos and Pserimos. Lining the waterfront are tavernas and cafes where you can spend relaxing evenings just watching the world gently drift by. Mastihari is also home to the Lido Water Park where the whole family can enjoy the pools, slides and lazy river. Every August the resort plays host to the Wine and Honey Festivals where you can try the islands delicacies and enjoy some traditional Greek music and dancing.
Kos enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate with long hot summers and short wet winters. May sees temperatures around 24C with up to 11 hours of sunshine a day but by July and August these temperatures can reach up to 32C with 14 hours of glorious sunshine a day. During the summer season humidity is high and rainfall is rare, even night-time temperatures hover around the 23C mark. Towards the end of the season temperatures begin to drop with October seeing highs of 25C with 8 hours of sunshine a day which is still pleasant enough for the beach, outdoor pursuits and exploring the island.