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.
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 bathe 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.
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 Psalidi, Lambi and Tingaki.
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.
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- Lovely sandy & shingle beaches with excellent water sports
- Sleepy, calm and off the beaten track
Things To Do
Popular activities during Kardamena holidays include:
- Hydrotherapy at Thermes (12 kms from Kos Town)
- Walking and hiking
- Rock climbing
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 stone's 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!
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 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.
Things To See
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 Asklepieion 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.
Hippocrates 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.