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Mon, 08 May 2017

Holidays In Aghios Fokas

Aghios Fokas Holidays at a Glance

Sleepy, calm and off the beaten track, that's Aghios Fokas. It's the place to come when peace and relaxation are what's called for. Laze on a long beach of light and dark volcanic sand where a few shops and tavernas ply a languorous trade, and the seawater is warm enough to bath a baby in. It's a different story just a few kilometres away in lively Kos Town, where business is brisk and the nights throb with excitement.

Who goes to Aghios Fokas?
Aghios Fokas is an ideal choice for anyone seeking a holiday hideaway to recharge their batteries. It's perfect for indulging a passion for swimming and watersports with its wonderfully warm sea, yet is still within striking distance of the bustling island capital.



Key Facts - Aghios Fokas

  • LanguageGreek
  • CurrencyEuro
  • Dialing Code00 30
  • Time Difference+2 GMT
  • Flight Duration4 hours
  • Distance From Airport40 kms
  • Airport Transfer (Coach)50 mins
  • Airport Transfer (Taxi)40 mins

Life's a beach in slumbering Aghios Fokas, one that stretches 7 kms between Psalidi to Thermes. It's among the best on the island of Kos, and that's saying quite a lot. Chilling out is the daily grind, so make sure you pack a few good novels; you'll find some welcoming tavernas and the odd bar at the shore to wander off to when you fancy wholesome Greek mezes, a coffee, or a bit of a change of scene. When the evening comes, a beautiful sunset settles on the horizon creating a little piece of paradise. The sea is warmed by the proximity of the volcanic island of Nisyros situated nearby in the Aegean, and hot springs bubble to the surface in natural pools, like salty Jacuzzis. It is very deep, too, which attracts water sports enthusiasts to this part of the coast. The sand, pestled from volcanic rock over centuries of erosion, is variegated from dark ash tones to light-reflecting white, with an overlay of pebbly patches, and lined up on it are sunbeds and parasols for the all-important task of taking it easy.

If it sounds enticing but you suspect the seclusion might send you batty after a while, don't forget that the beating heart of the island, Kos Town with all its cultural interest, clubs, restaurants and boutiques is a mere twenty minutes away by bus, right there to ring the changes and bring you the benefit of the best of both worlds. It is no distance, too, to the pretty resorts of Pisalidi, Lambi and Tnigaki.

Olympic Holidays are offering all-inclusive accommodation at the stunning 4 star Dimitra Beach Resort, with inviting rooms overlooking the Aegean. Choose between 6 swimming pools, 2 restaurants and 4 bars, and take advantage of the great sports facilities here.

Kos town: The island's capital on the north east of the island, here you will find an abundance of bars, cafes and tavernas. The town has a colourful history and both Romans and Ancient Greeks have left their mark. The harbour is dominated by the impressive Castle of the Knights.

Castle of the Knights: Built in the 14th century and used by the Knights of St. John, Kos Castle functioned to fend off the troops of the Ottoman Empire, along with the castles of Rhodes and Bodrum. From the ramparts are fantastic views over the town.

Kos Museum: An unexpectedly impressive archaeological museum for a relatively small town, it was built by the Italians in the 1930s to display mostly Hellenistic and Roman sculptures and the mosaics found on the island.

Casa Roman: A restored 3rd-century Roman villa straddling what appears to have been an earlier Hellenistic residence, this Roman villa has an impressive 26 rooms and 3 pools with shady courtyards and mosaics depicting dolphins and lions. The dining room has decorated marble walls and other rooms were lavishly painted during the Roman era.

Sanctuary of Asklepios: This is the island's most significant archaeological site, about 4 kms from Kos atop a hill. The Asklipieion is a religious sanctuary dedicated to Asklepios, the God of healing, with a Temple and School of Medicine established after the death of Hippocrates. This is an extensive site over three levels which offers fine views as far as Turkey.

Hippocrate's Plane Tree: Picnic at the foot of the oldest tree in Europe located only a short walk toward the harbour at the entrance bridge to the castle. Now held upright with extensive support, this is said to be the Tree of Hippocrates, where he once taught his students.

Kardamena: On the south of the island, this lively town has become one of the party capitals of Greece with its wide range of vibrant bars and nightclubs.

Kos town: The island's capital on the north east of the island, here you will find an abundance of bars, cafes and tavernas. The town has a colourful history and both Romans and Ancient Greeks have left their mark. The harbour is dominated by the impressive Castle of the Knights.

Castle of the Knights: Built in the 14th century and used by the Knights of St. John, Kos Castle functioned to fend off the troops of the Ottoman Empire, along with the castles of Rhodes and Bodrum. From the ramparts are fantastic views over the town.

Kos Museum: An unexpectedly impressive archaeological museum for a relatively small town, it was built by the Italians in the 1930s to display mostly Hellenistic and Roman sculptures and the mosaics found on the island.

Casa Roman: A restored 3rd-century Roman villa straddling what appears to have been an earlier Hellenistic residence, this Roman villa has an impressive 26 rooms and 3 pools with shady courtyards and mosaics depicting dolphins and lions. The dining room has decorated marble walls and other rooms were lavishly painted during the Roman era.

Sanctuary of Asklepios: This is the island's most significant archaeological site, about 4 kms from Kos atop a hill. The Asklipieion is a religious sanctuary dedicated to Asklepios, the God of healing, with a Temple and School of Medicine established after the death of Hippocrates. This is an extensive site over three levels which offers fine views as far as Turkey.

Hippocrate's Plane Tree: Picnic at the foot of the oldest tree in Europe located only a short walk toward the harbour at the entrance bridge to the castle. Now held upright with extensive support, this is said to be the Tree of Hippocrates, where he once taught his students.

Kardamena: On the south of the island, this lively town has become one of the party capitals of Greece with its wide range of vibrant bars and nightclubs.

Popular activities during Kardamena holidays include:

  • Hydrotherapy at Thermes (12 kms from Kos Town)
  • Cycling
  • Walking and hiking
  • Rock climbing
  • Watersports

    Excursions During Kardamena Holidays


    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 mouthwatering 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 but a world apart. Enjoy the cruise over to Bodrum 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 wave to kids and 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 we take 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!

    For further information and to secure your place on all the above exciting days and nights out, see your Olympic representative in the resort. The best time to book would be at the Welcome Get Together on the day after arrival.

Eating/Drinking During Aghios Fokas Holidays

Cuisine tends to be traditional in the resort of Aghios Fokas, with delicious natural delicacies, and wholesome, healthy offerings. Pretty tavernas offer tempting starters and fish dishes with wonderful aromas. A wider variety of options is available in Kos Town from the restaurants selling food from other nations, such as Italian, with a wide variety of pasta and pizzas, Chinese, Indian or Mexican. An evening trip to the other towns and villages of the area will bring further exciting options in the inviting eateries to be found along the coast and in inland villages.

Getting Around on Aghios Fokas Holidays

Kos Town is easily accessible from Aghios Fokas, with a regular and frequent bus service. Otherwise, taking a taxi is an option or, for complete freedom of the island, hire a car or moped.

From Kos Town you will be able to find your way easily to other resorts and towns and villages, to the numerous attraction of the island, and to neighbouring islands as well.

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, Kalimnos, 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 7 kms (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.

Car Hire: An excellent way of getting around during Kardamena holidays, car hire gives you complete flexibility as well as the ability to see more of the island.

Taxi: For a taxi, drop by or call the harbour taxi stand beneath the minaret and across from the castle.

Aghios Fokas Holidays Shopping

Sweet, locally-produced goods make excellent gifts to take home and might include Antimachia honey, baklava and candied tomatoes. If you venture into Kos old town, you¿ll find a great range of trinkets and jewellery as well as leather goods and ceramics at very affordable prices.

Holidays in Aghios Fokas - Beaches

Aghios Fokas Beach Kos: The centre of attention in Aghios Fokas is the 7-kms long stretch of sand and pebble beach with both black and white sand. The beach is well organised and offers sunbeds, parasols and water sports. It tends not to get too busy, and part of it is used by nudists. It offers great views of the Aegean and a delightful sunset, which can be enjoyed from one of the tavernas along the shore.

Kamari: The most popular beaches are in this area, including Paradise Beach, Exotic Beach and Camel Beach.

Marmari Beach: This is an endless sandy beach ideal for windsurfing and other water sports. It can be found 5 kms from Pyli.

Kefalos: If you're prepared to travel a little further, a lovely beach is to be found at Kefalos, 43kms from Kos Town.

Tingaki: A lovely, long and sandy beach with shall, clear water, a short distance from Aghios Fokas.

Weather and climate information

Max Temp C Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Aghios Fokas 20 24 27 29 29 26 21
London 13 16 20 22 21 19 13
Sunshine Hours Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Kardamena 8 10 12 14 13 10 7
London 5 6 7 6 6 5 3


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