The Greek island of Kos attracts yachters and holidaymakers every year to experience its magnificent coastline. Flooded with sunshine over 300 days a year, Kos’ beach resorts provide the perfect environment for days spent relaxing on the sand or sailing around the island. Pick from family-friendly attractions for fun with the kids or top nightlife resorts for your Kos holiday with mates.
Come for the hottest sunshine between June and September.
4 hours from the UK, Kos Island International Airport.
On Kos’ sun-drenched northern coast are the laid-back beach resorts of Lambi and Tingaki. Lambi is within walking distance of the cosmopolitan island capital, Kos Town. A peaceful place for families and anyone wanting to get away from it all, you can still experience the capital’s attractions anytime you like. A 20 minute bus ride from the capital is Tingaki, a resort famous for its gleaming white-sand beach. Down on the south coast, Kardamena is the best choice for spending long days on the beach and long nights with your mates. Clubbing, karaoke or beach parties – you name it.
Get into the Kos way of life and explore its dazzling golden coastline, with gorgeous beaches to chill out on and a top choice of water sports on hand for when you’re feeling energetic. If you feel like taking an excursion, kids love the local Lido Water Park with its water slides and huge pools. Kos is one of the best Greek islands for sailing, with yachting enthusiasts flocking to sail around the island. In the evenings, you can pick the pace of your nightlife. The quieter resorts have plenty of restaurants and waterfront bars to relax in, or you could turn it up a notch in one of the island’s clubbing capitals.
The golden Mediterranean coastline is one of the best attractions in Kos. Beaches with a party atmosphere, beaches that surfers love or beaches where you can drift off with nothing but the sound of the sea – the choice is yours. Living up to its resort’s reputation, Kardamena beach is a party beach, lined with upbeat bars and cafes with good places to try water sports or ride the banana boat. For somewhere a little quieter, Tingaki’s beach is a well-known curl of coast popular with families and couples looking for a peaceful spot to simply lie back and soak up the Greek sunshine.
Kos sits in a cluster of islands called the Dodecanese, a beautiful part of the Greek islands that are one of the favourite yachting destinations in the country. Kos Town has a thriving marina where you can book a trip on anything from a speedboat to a catamaran, and sail around the glistening turquoise waters. Families will find plenty of things for kids to do in Kos; a local favourite is the Lido Water Park, located centrally and easy to reach from many resorts. The park has water slides, rides and swimming pools as well as sports activities, plus a spa for mum and dad to relax in.
At the calmer end of the nightlife spectrum, resorts like Tingaki are popular for their family-orientated feel. After a long day in the sunshine, the warm summer evenings are best spent in a restaurant on the waterfront, where you’ll find fresh seafood, Greek cuisine and anything else you fancy. There is a good choice of pubs or karaoke bars with a buzzing atmosphere that are ideal for a drink after dinner. If you’ve come for something a little livelier, one the best places in Kos for nightlife is Kardamena. Home of the fittingly named Bar Street, the resort is packed with pubs, clubs and all-night parties.
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Kos is best for...
Clubbers: Kardamena’s aptly named Bar Street is one of Kos’ nightlife hotspots complete with clubs, bars and pubs.
Beach lovers: Spend your days on idyllic Greek beaches, where the sand is like powdered gold and the sun shines every day.
Families: Take the whole family sailing around the island or visit the local water park for some white-knuckle rides and relaxing spa facilities.
Language: The language spoken in Kos is Greek
Currency: The currency used in Kos is the Euro (€)
Local time: Kos is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Kos Airport. Transfers to Kefalos take 30 minutes, to Kardamena it's 35 minutes, and to Psalidi it's 45 minutes.
Flight time from UK:The flight time to Kos is 4 hours.
Tourist Information: Further Kos tourist information can be found at Kos Island Greece, The Official Travel Guide
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Kos.
Weather and climate
Temperature: Average of 30°C in July and August.
Best time to visit: Come for the hottest sunshine between June and September.
Greece has a Mediterranean climate with long, dry summers and on the islands like Kos, mild winters. True sun-worshippers will enjoy the scorching highs of July and August, but for slightly cooler temperatures, visit in spring and autumn for steady sunshine in the mid 20s (°C).
By bike: Kos is a beautiful and relatively flat island, so hiring a bicycle is the most popular way to get around and explore. There are lots of places to hire bikes cheaply, from basic push-bikes to mountain bikes.
By car: If you want freedom to explore the whole island, you can’t beat hiring a car. Numerous competitive car hire outlets operate in Kos – and you can even throw your bike in the back.
By bus: If you need to make short or one-off journeys, a regular bus and tram service operates across the whole island, between resorts and down to the beaches and back.
For wine buffs: Every year in early August, the little village of Mastichari in northwest Kos holds a wine festival. A more traditional affair than wine buffs may be used to in the UK, the festival features strictly locally made wine plus Greek dancing for entertainment.
Hippocratia Festival:The biggest event on the island is Kos’ Hippocratia Festival. Held throughout the summer between July and September, the festival is in honour of Hippocrates and showcases a variety of art exhibitions, performances and concerts in celebration of Greece’s long and fascinating history.