Surrounded by the crystalline blue waters of the Aegean Sea, the Dodecanese island of Kos stands radiant. From the historically remarkable Kos Town in the north, to the golden shores of the south – this Grecian gem exudes appeal.
Stroll around the island’s capital, Kos Town, and discover an incredible city where ancient ruins stand alongside cosmopolitan cafés and chic boutiques. Do as the locals do and hop on a bicycle to explore the tree-lined streets that wrap around a majestic medieval fortress. Gaze in awe at the ruined Roman Odeon and crumbling remains of the birthplace of modern medicine. Or unwind on the sun-kissed sands of the southern coast. Sample the sizzling nightlife of Kardamena and vibrant Kamari. Or slow down in picturesque Psalidi. Wander around traditional Kephalos, with its sugar-cube houses. Then tuck into creamy feta cheese and crusty bread accompanied with fiery Ouzo, at a friendly local taverna.
Explore the island of Kos
From the historical capital to its lively coastal resorts – discover the different sides of Kos.
Make your way to bustling Kardamena for the most colourful nightlife outside of Kos Town. Bars and clubs abound along the strip known as ‘Bar Street’. After lively nights out, spend the day relaxing on the soft sands of Kardamena Beach. Or if you’re feeling energetic, try windsurfing or jet-skiing. Alternatively, seek out quieter sunbathing spots at either end of the beach. Then feast your eyes on the views while tucking into fresh seafood at a beachfront taverna.
In Kos Town you can be marvelling at ancient Roman ruins one moment, then shopping at modern boutiques the next. From its Byzantine and Ottoman architecture, to its incredible Roman Odeon and Asklepieion – the town is steeped in history. Dine at a harbourfront taverna while gazing at the dramatic Castle of the Knights. Or shop at designer boutiques and shops offering locally-made souvenirs. In the evening, hit the buzzing bars and clubs that line the streets around Nafklirou.
Escape the bustle of Kos Town and Kardamena in laidback Kefalos. Stroll around the charming hilltop village, with its ruined castle and fascinating Folklore Museum. Or stretch out on the sand-and-shingle shore of Kamari Bay. If you’re feeling active, try one of the many water sports on offer. An abundant choice of eateries awaits along the beachfront when you’ve built up an appetite. Or spend some cultural time admiring the remarkable mosaics at the ruined basilica of Agios Stefanos.
Just a 25-minute walk from Kos along a picturesque promenade is the relaxed resort of Psalidi. Perfect for families, its sand-and-shingle beach is lapped by safe, shallow waters. Water sports are available for the adventurous, while an ample selection of restaurants and bars provide plentiful dining and drinking options. Or head to nearby Therma Beach and let its natural hot spring waters revitalise you.
In contrast to bustling Kardamena on the south coast, the north’s Tingaki is a peaceful idyll of white sands overlooked by friendly family-run restaurants and bars. Its crystal-clear, shallow waters are ideal for bathing youngsters and for water sports like kite surfing. Live music and karaoke venues provide family-friendly entertainment for livelier evenings out. Or make your way to a laidback beach bar and sip sundowners while gazing across the sea to Turkey.