The third largest of the Greek Islands, Kos is a hub of activity for your summer holiday! It's easily accessible both via Kos Airport which receives international flights from around the world, as well as Kos Port where island hoppers make their descent onto the island.
What Can I See in and Around Kos Itself?
Head to the old harbour of Kos Town and visit some of the bars and restaurants which can be found in this area. Sample some local cuisine, or simply enjoy watching the world go by. This is a great area to be in the evenings when the bars come alive and holidaymakers flock to enjoy the nightlife.
Visit the local market where traditional olive oil and spices can be purchased; they will make ideal souvenirs both for yourself as a reminder of your trip but also for friends and family. If you want to indulge in some proper retail therapy, try the areas between Eleftherias Square and ancient Nymphaion.
Day Trips on Kos
Head to Kefalos and travel to what is often named as the most stunning beach in Kos. Enjoy the truly magnificent views around Kamari Bay and stop at one of the local tavernas and grab a bite to eat.
Travel to Agios Stefanos where close to the beach you can find the remains of various old Christian temples; this injection of culture will make your time here all the more memorable and bring history alive. Make sure you also visit the small islet of Kastri nearby. Alternatively, head off to explore Kardamena. Find the Temple of Apollo, the early Christian Basilicas and the Ancient Theatre which are all situated here.
Drive to Zia, a mountainous village found 17km away. With a charming and authentic atmosphere and great views, it is a favourite. Explore the three churches on the mountainside and watch the sunset.
Visit Thermes beach, a small cove with black pebbles of volcanic origin and warm water with healing properties. Although it offers a different beach experience it is definitely just as enjoyable.
For another dose of historical monuments, visit the medieval Castle of Neratzia located in the entrance to Kos harbour. It is worth noting that the tree Hippocrates once taught beneath is close by.