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Resplendent with historical sites and white sandy beaches, Kos should feature on every travel bucket list. A jewel in the crown of Greece’s Dodecanese islands off the coast of Turkey, Kos really benefits from its location. A collage of cultures, its cuisine combines the best of both lands, resulting in pure Mediterranean sumptuousness. Look out for delicacies like posa cheese, matured in red wine. Surrounded by water, Kos is a hotspot for water-sports and sun-lounging, and, because of its famously sunny weather, the islanders know how to inject a little fun into keeping cool. Its waterparks make for wonderful family days out.


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Resting on a hill, overlooking the sparkling Aegean Sea, the Kouros Palace Hotel is in a picture-perfect location for a peaceful island retreat. Elegantly designed, with stylish and contemporary interiors, this 5* hotel offers an exceptional all...


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Days of pure beach bliss and all-inclusive delights await on the island of Kos during a magical Greek holiday at the Mitis Nordia Beach Hotel. This magnificent resort serves up excellent service and impeccable hospitality alongside incredible leisure...


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If you are looking for a magical holiday adventure on a sun-kissed Greek island, look no further than the imposing Mitsis Summer Palace Beach Hotel in Kos. This charming getaway sits in a prime location next to a glorious sandy beach and overlooking...


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Embrace carefree island life in Greece with a luxury holiday at the Mitsis Ramira Beach Hotel, on the sun-drenched shores of Kos. This impressive all-inclusive resort is perfect for all ages, with family-friendly amenities and activities and...


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A taste of paradise awaits at the Grecotel Kos Imperial, a stunning 5-star beachfront escape in a gorgeous Greek island location. Impeccable accommodation ensures maximum comfort and an array of gourmet restaurants will delight the taste buds of...


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A bumper feast of fun is in store for families staying at the 5-star Mitsis Blue Domes Resort & Spa in Kos, a stunning 5-star haven which sits at the foot of Mount Dikeos and overlooks the azure waters of the Aegean Sea. Lavishly-furnished ...

Things to do in Kos

If a journey into ancient history is your thing, Kos is an ideal destination for you. With hundreds of sites of historical interest and museums displaying fascinating archaeological finds dating back to ancient Greece, there’s such a lot to take in. You can even visit the tree under which, it is claimed, Hippocrates - the father of medicine – taught his students. For those who just wish to get away from it all, this glorious Mediterranean island boasts a halo of sun drenched beaches, while the cosmopolitan feel of the city lends itself to great retail therapy excursions and visits to chilled out bars and cafes. With all this within arms’ reach, it’s no wonder that 5 star holidays in Kos are constantly growing in popularity! However, whether you enjoy the hustle and bustle of the busy city or wish to escape into the quiet of hilly Katafigio Agrias Zois Ag. Fokas – Psalidi, you’ll most certainly get your wish on Kos.

Weather in Kos

The seasons in Kos are fairly polarised. There is, simply speaking, a hot season and a cold season. The latter only really lasts from December through to March, meaning that the glorious warmth that the Mediterranean is famous for kicks in in mid spring and continues for the remaining nine months, with highs of almost 30 degrees Celsius and temperatures generally remaining above 20 degrees. The Mediterranean sun is tempered with a soft sea breeze.

Beach Holidays in Kos

Stunning sandy beaches, secluded coves, charming harbours and awe-inspiring scenery make the magical island of Kos the perfect escape for an unforgettable holiday in the sun.

This glorious Mediterranean paradise island has something for everyone, whether you are jetting off to Kos with friends, your loved one or your family.

The range of fabulous beaches in Kos include long sandy expanses with plenty going on for families to small sandy coves and bays for anyone seeking a relaxing and peaceful time in a tranquil setting.

Kardamena Beach is a lively beach which attracts a large number of holidaymakers. There’s plenty of water sports action here and an excellent choice of tavernas for enjoying a drink and snack.

Paradise Beach is located in a large cove which has crystal-clear waters and lush green landscapes nearby. It gets very busy in the summer months and is a big favourite with families.

There’s lots of fun and games on the sands at Kefalos Beach, as well as a myriad of water sports including jet-skiing, water-skiing and windsurfing. You can also climb aboard a banana boat for some thrills and spills on the waves.

Marmari Beach is a great place for families with its azure blue waters and rolling sand dunes. Kitesurfing, windsurfing and sailing are very popular here. There are several top-quality hotels nearby making it a great location for an amazing beach holiday.

Mastichari Beach is a delightful sandy expanse which runs for two kilometres and is very popular with couples and families. Water sports and a varied choice of leisure activities take place here.

There are several beaches in Kos where nude sunbathing is permitted - there are parts of Psalida Beach, for example, where you are allowed to go ‘au naturale’ to develop an all-over tan.

Camel Beach is a beautiful spot on the south coast of Kos which has an impressive backdrop of an imposing rocky landscape. This is a quiet location which is ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

If you are looking for a quiet and isolated beach then you won’t be disappointed with Kavo Paradiso on the southern tip of the island. This is an idyllic hideaway with golden sands and exotic scenery.

Events and Festivals in Kos

There are many traditional folklore celebrations, religious festivals and major events throughout the year to provide enjoyable spectacles for visitors to the island of Kos.

Hippocratia Festival

This is the island's most cultural event and runs from June to August. It begins with a reading of the Hippocratic oath, in honour of the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates who was born on Kos. It features many lively events including folklore exhibitions, concerts, theatrical shows, traditional dancing and a host of activities for children.

Honey Festival

This takes place on August 24 in Antimachia when visitors are invited to try a range of delicacies made with local honey.

Mastichari Wine Festival

The locals in the fishing port of Mastichari proudly present their high-quality wine to visitors to the town in August. They are treated to free samples of the wine and various treats to eat.


This is a tradition on September1 when the housewives of Kos take 2 wreaths - one old and one new - down to the water's edge and then allow the sea to wash 40 waves over them

Transformation of Christ

Locals and visitors hike to The Chapel of Christ on the top of Mount Dikeos on August 5 for evening celebrations before a mass service the next day.

What to eat in Kos

You’ll find a diverse choice of culinary delights in Kos from around the world, but there’s plenty of local delicacies which are worth trying out during your stay on this beautiful island.

Freshly-caught sea produce is used in a variety of tasty offerings in tavernas and restaurants on the island - octopus, lobster, squid and prawns are popular choices.

Pligouri is a Koan speciality which is made from lightly ground wheat and often eaten with boiled or roasted pork and chickpeas.

A tasty treat is Katimeria which is a twisted fried cheese pie made with mizithra cheese and served with honey and cinnamon.

Marmarites are traditional pancakes which are baked and served with honey, or they can be dipped in eggs and fried.

Krasotiri Ko is a famous soft cheese from Kos which is made from pasteurized or raw sheep's or goat's milk. It is ripened in brine before being placed for at least a month in a boiled red wine sediment called possia.

A traditional beverage on Kos is Kanelada which is made from cinnamon and Alefaskia, a tea-like herb which grows on the island.

You'll find many amazing restaurants in Kos - among those of note are Agios Theologos Restaurant, To Spitaki at Kos Town marina, Ampeli near Tigaki and Avli Restaurant in Kardamena.