Holidays In Kos
Kos Holidays at a glance
Kos is the third largest of the Dodecanese group, with a coastline that stretches for over 290km. Naturally, water sports are a great feature, and the lovely sandy beaches are a delight to explore. Note – our reps tell us that Bubble Beach is the best beach on the island! Away from sun, sea and sand, you can explore the atmospheric lanes of Kos Town’s historic Old Quarter, picnic with peacocks in lovely Peacock Valley, enjoy a sunset horseback ride through the magnificent mountains, or visit the ancient Roman site of Asklepion or the birthplace of Hippocrates, father of medicine.
Who holidays in Kos?
Holidays in Kos are perfect for travellers hoping to spend their time in vibrant beach resorts, where an enviable range of water sports is always on offer or for those in search of piece of traditional Dodecanese life. Kos old town and its idyllic hilltop scenery also make for a truly memorable Greek holiday.
Key Facts - Kos
- CapitalKos Town
- Time Difference+2 GMT
- Flight Duration from UK3 - 4 hours (Approx)
- Nearest AirportKos (KGS)
Kos Holidays - Destination Profile
Get away from it all in Aghios Fokas, a peaceful resort with a long, long sandy beach.
Swim in the warm, crystal clear water and recharge your batteries, grab a book and lose yourself in the calm of the day, away from the madding crowd.
In the evening expect beautiful sunsets and simply watch the world go by on a great-value get-away-from-it-all Olympic Holiday.
This former fishing village is now lively resort offering fun, fun, fun by day and night.
Hire jet-skis or pedaloes and sail out to make the most of the sea and sun from the three-kilometre beach and in the evening hit the aptly named Bar Street with its Karaoke clubs, cocktail bars and discos.
Olympic Holidays offers a choice of self-catering apartments, luxury village or all-inclusive resorts with spas to suit all budgets at this mid-size beach resort.
Relax. Kefalos is a beautiful village with narrow streets and traditional architecture where days can be spent exploring or simply lazing on the beach to truly unwind.
In the warm evenings watch the sun go down while drinking a glass of local wine and dine in a welcoming taverna to indulge in the famous Greek hospitality.
Choose from beach-front and family hotels or smart apartments chosen by Olympic Holidays for their prime location and stunning views in this idyllic resort.
Kos Town offers the best of ancient and modern. Stroll along by the harbour and castle or enjoy the new city with wide, tree-lined streets.
There are golden beaches lined with tavernas and bars for those wanting a lively nightlife and secluded spots for families and couples wanting peace and relaxation.
Olympic Holidays offers a choice of convenient apartments, hotels overlooking the harbour and traditional, smaller hotels with beach access
Have fun in Lambi! Jet-ski and windsurf or simply hire a sunbed and relax under an umbrella on Lambi Beach in Kos Town. There’s plenty to do in the evenings, so choose from traditional Greek restaurants and bars to British-style pubs and nightclubs.
Honeymoon couples will love Olympic Holidays’ romantic hotels or there are attractive
Aeagan Houses for families who prefer flexible, self-catering accommodation.
Psalidi is a small, picturesque resort on the east coast of Kos where Olympic Holidays’ guests can stay in luxury seafront hotels with spas and family-orientated resorts.
The Aegean Sea laps the shore of the lovely beach which is perfect for paddling, swimming or watersports, while Therma Beach with hot springs for a couples’ retreat is a 20-minute walk away.
On the promenade, there are bars and restaurants, a scuba diving school and mountain bike hire.
This laid-back beach resort has a lovely, wide bay and its warm water is perfect for swimming and gentle watersports.
There are friendly local bars and tavernas serving Greek menus and tapas - and when the music plays be prepared for some traditional dancing!
For those who like to explore, Kos is just a 20-minute bus or taxi ride.
Olympic Holidays offers a choice of accommodation for couples, families and groups from luxury hotels, an all-inclusive aquapark resort for families and top-value apartments
Holidays in Kos - Things to see
Mount Dikeos - The breathtaking views over the Dodecanese make the hike to its summit more than worthwhile.
Bros Therma - Located on the road south out of Kos Town and past Psalidi this is a hot spring which flows from a grotto, through a trench and into a shoreline pool, protected by boulders, heating the seawater to an enjoyable temperature. The boulder wall is rebuilt every April as the winter winds tend to disperse the boulders which results in the pool changing from one year to the next. Best experienced at sunset or later.
Sanctuary of Asklepios - This is the islands' most significant archaeological site. It is about 4 km from the town standing on a hill. The Asklipieion, offers views over the district as well as Turkey. The site consisted of a religious sanctuary to Asklepios, the God of healing. The Temple and School of Medicine were established after the death of Hippocrates. This is an extensive site over three levels, with the ruins of temples and baths.
Castle of the Knights - Along with the castles on Rhodes and in Bodrum, Turkey the castle in Kos Town, built in the 14th century and used by the Knights of St. John, was a defence against the troops of the Ottoman Empire. Today the ramparts offer fantastic views over the town.
Casa Roman - A restored 3rd-century Roman villa that straddles what appears to have been an earlier Hellenistic residence. This roman villa was impressive, with 26 rooms and 3 pools with shady courtyards. The mosaics depict dolphins and lions. The dining room has decorated marble walls and the other rooms were lavishly painted during the Roman era.
Kos Museum - For a town the size of Kos Town, this is an impressive archaeological museum, built by the Italians in the 1930s to display mostly Hellenistic and Roman sculptures and mosaics uncovered on the island.
Hippocrate's plane tree - Why not picnic at the foot of the oldest tree in Europe. It is located only a short walk toward the harbour in Kos Town and at the entrance bridge to the castle. Standing with extensive support, this is said to be the Tree of Hippocrates, where he once taught his students.
Things to do on a Holiday in Kos
Popular activities during Kos holidays include:
- Walking and hiking
- Rock Climbing
Olympic Holidays Excursions in Kos
Greek Night: Come with us to the pine covered mountainside village of Zia and to the beautiful venue of Fantasia. This is your chance to be entertained 'Greek style' with our live Bouzouki band and singers along with our amazingly talented dancers. All this whilst you enjoy mouth watering dishes and unlimited local village wine.
Island Tour: In one day - journey from ancient Greece to modern day Kos. Explore the nooks and crannies of Kos whilst our English speaking professional guide will keep you entertained with his knowledge and passion for Kos. A chance to visit the Asklepion, the ancient hospital built in memory of Hippocrates, who was born on Kos.
Turkey: A stones throw away yet in many regards a world apart. Enjoy the cruise over to Bodrum, Turkey and take in the sights and delights of what this resort has to offer. Soak up the local history and Turkish atmosphere or pamper yourselves in one of the Turkish baths. A free city tour is also included courtesy of Olympic for you to experience Bodrum at its best. Don¿t forget your passports!
Nissyros: Your chance to marvel at the untouched beauty of Nissyros. The island famously renowned for hosting an array of dormant volcanic craters. The ancient cobbled streets host a magnitude of experiences for you to enjoy!
Waterpark: A wonderful day out at the Lido Waterpark - the one and only on Kos. A wide choice of pools from the gigantic wave pool to the kid¿s pool and with water slides to exhilarate all. Relax whilst topping up your tan on the lazy river or let your kids be entertained at the activity pool area. A superb day out for all!
Aegean Cruise: This is the day that holidays were made for. Cruise the Aegean aboard our wooden caique style boat, topping up your tan whilst taking in neighbouring islands, with plenty of time for cooling off in the crystal clear waters.
Bar Crawls: The choice is yours, Kardamena or Kos Town or both! Join the Olympic team as we show you the best bars and clubs to visit on the island. Not a night to be missed or a night to be forgotten!
Eating/Drinking During Kos Holidays
Greece holidays are truly a paradise for food lovers; speciality dishes include keftedes (meatballs with oregano and mint), dolmades (rice and herbs wrapped in vine leaves) and souvlaki (grilled skewers of meat). Try a Greek meze (a selection of different Greek dishes to taste a little of everything). To compliment your meal, restaurants offer a number of delicious, inexpensive local wines varying from area to area. Or try a glass of ouzo, Greece's national drink.
Major resorts provide a wide variety of bars and restaurants with something to suit all tastes, from all-night discos and international restaurants to cosy little tavernas serving typical Greek fare. Nightlife in the smaller resorts tends to centre round the latter where the charm lies in their authenticity and more traditional feel.
Getting Around on Kos Holidays
Boat: As the transportation hub of the Dodecanese, Kos offers, weather permitting, a full menu of options: car ferries, passenger ferries, hydrofoils (Flying Dolphins), excursion boats, and caiques (converted fishing boats). Currently, these ports are linked to Kos with year-round non stop and at least daily ferry service; Piraeus, Rhodes, Kalymnos, and Bodrum. Leros and Patmos enjoy the same frequency but with a stop or two along the way
Bus: The Kos town (DEAS) buses offer service within roughly 7km (4 miles) of the town centre, while the Kos island (KTEL)buses will get you nearly everywhere else. For the latest schedules, consult the town bus office, on the harbour at Akti Kountourioti 7, or the island bus station, at 7 Kleopatras. The majority of DEAS town buses leave from the central bus stop on the south side of the harbour.
Bicycle: This is a congenial island for cyclists. Most of Kos is quite flat, and the one main road from Kos Town to Kefalos is a popular route. Since bike trails are provided until well beyond Kos Town, you can also avoid the congested east-end beach roads.
Taxi: For a taxi, drop by or call the harbour taxi stand beneath the minaret and across from the castle.
Kos Holidays Shopping
The Old Town of Kos Town is popular for trinkets and jewellery plus bargain leather goods and ceramics.
Local delicacies make great for presents for friends and family including Antimachia honey, baklava or candied tomatoes.
Holidays in Kos - Beaches
Marmari Beach This endless sandy beach is 5kms from Pyli. Ideal for windsurfing and other water sports.
Kamari This is where the best beaches are. The most popular is Paradise Beach and other beaches include Exotic Beach and Camel Beach.
Tingaki The long sandy beach at Tingaki has shallow, crystal clear waters.
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