Kos has got it covered; the second largest, inhabited island in the Dodecanese has a coastline that stretches over 290 kilometres. Not just a party island, Kos holidays are great for both couples and families.
Water sports and the lovely sandy beaches are a delight to explore on holidays to Kos, attracting couples and families alike. Our friends on the island, tell us that Bubble Beach is the best of the island’s beaches. Officially called Paradise Beach, it’s aptly named due to its white sands and clear waters. Children and adults alike will enjoy the famous air bubbles that pop out from shore and originate from the volcano at neighbouring Nisyros 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. For anyone looking for a spot of nightlife, look no further than Kardamena – the island’s hot spot and bursting with lively nightclubs, karaoke bars and English-style pubs.
Holidays in Kos are perfect for visitors dreaming of vibrant beach resorts, where an enviable range of water sports is always on offer. The resort facilities and sublime beaches also make this a popular venue for the perfect wedding or honeymoon. Make 2019 the year you say I do and choose a Kos Holiday for your annual getaway or celebrate your love abroad with a destination wedding or honeymoon.
The island is also the ideal choice for those in search of a little piece of traditional Dodecanese life and a quieter pace of life, with lots of hidden coves and sleepy villages to explore, among stunning scenery. Then you have Kos old town and its idyllic hilltop scenery which also make for truly memorable Greek holidays.
Why not pack a picnic and head off for a memorable excursion to Aliki Tigaki Salt Lake? This protected salt lake lies between the villages of Tingaki and Marmari on the northern coast and was once a working salt production factory. The lagoon is filled with fresh water and sea water and retains water year round, with evaporates and results in salt deposits. The area hosts a variety of flora and fauna, including migratory birds, such as pelicans and flamingos as well as aquatic animals such as water turtles and water snakes. Admire the beautiful bird life and combine with some time on the beach at Tingaki.
Pack a bag for Kefalos Beach, 43 kilometres from the cosmopolitan capital of the island, Kos Town. Surrounded by lush greenery, the waters here are a bit chilly, but are also the most crystal clear of all the island’s beaches. Stroll along the waterfront and pop into a taverna or two for some tasty Greek bites and look out at the lovely sea views. Combine your beach day with a visit to the Monastery of Agios Nikolaos which is only a short distance away. For endless sands, Marmari is a sandy haven, 20 kilometres south of Kos Town. Enchanting landscapes, blue seas and a sandy beach can be found there with lots of sunbeds and umbrellas and watersports facilities, as well as waterfront tavernas.
There’s more than enough to keep you busy on the island of Kos, but it’s such a good base from which to explore other neighbouring islands, it would be a shame not to do so. Rhodes, Kalymnos and Patmos are close by and you can hop over for a day trip. Or why not stay a little longer and spread your time between the islands? Kos combined with the island of Rhodes and simply stunning Symi are a popular choice and a great way to tick a few more islands off your Greek bucket list.
If you're planning to tie the knot abroad, then weddings in Greece are the perfect solution for a paradise venue on your special day. Take your pick from a wide variety of idyllic settings in nine of our Greek Islands: Rhodes, Crete, Zante, Corfu, Kefalonia, Santorini, Skiathos, Kos and Parga. Each island offers its own unique atmosphere, from quaint to sophisticated and from modern to traditional. We can provide civil wedding ceremonies and renewal of vows in a variety of locations, which include registry offices, open air venues and stunning hotel settings. For more information and inspiration, take a look at our weddings pages.
Make the most of your trip Things to see & do
The Best Beaches in Kos
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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Things To Do
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 stone's 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!
Nisyros: Your chance to marvel at the untouched beauty of Nisyros. 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 exhilarating water slides. 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!
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).
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.
Taxi: For a taxi, drop by or call the harbour taxi stand beneath the minaret and across from the castle.
Best time to go to Kos
Kos is an island that experiences dry hot summers and mild winters. The weather is mainly hot and sunny throughout the summer months, with August being the hottest month in Kos with the most daily sunshine hours and highest sea temperatures. There are two types of seasons in Kos, the cold season and the warm season. The cold season starts in the beginning of December and ends in March. During these months the average temperature stays below 15°C, which makes it off season due to fewer visitors.
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