From the scent of fragrant pines to sweeping sea views of the sparkling blue Aegean, Kos stirs the senses from the outset. Feel the sand between your toes and savour catch-of-the-day seafood to complete the sensations. A land of sea, sand and mountains greets visitors looking for the authentic Greek island experience.
Luxury Holidays to Kos
Discover sandy bays tucked away from the tourist trail. Vibrant beaches flanked with nightlife are there if you want them too. On Kos, partygoers and soul searchers find their vibe. Contrasts exist too where the island’s ancient sites and whitewashed old villages meet today’s modern architecture and smart hotels; a unique blend of the historic and contemporary where luxury accommodation goes hand in hand with the stories of the past.
Top Five Reasons to Holiday in Kos
The beaches – This picturesque island in the Dodecanese chain boasts over a hundred kilometres of sandy coastline. Secluded bay or upbeat beach; take your pick.
The water – Dive, snorkel and surf off Mastichari beach; swim out to pretty Kastri Island. The warm waters of the Aegean offer countless ways to cause a splash on your holiday to Kos.
The adventure – Explore the mysterious volcanic island of Nissyros, or take your sense of adventure inland and hike the Dikeos mountains.
The food – Kos’s laidback café culture impresses foodies in-the-know with its local seafood and fresh, sun-ripened vegetables. Washed down with ouzo, of course.
The history – Kos today reflects a legacy stretching from Hellenistic myths to Venetian style via Ottoman extravagance and Greek classicism; a true cultural crossroads.
Things to Do in Kos
For the authentic Kos holiday experience, a slow lunch of line-caught fish (try it with krasotyri cheese for a spicy kick) in a whitewashed village tavern is an absolute must, say our Greek travel experts. For the hedonists, balance the casual dining by upping the tempo in vibrant, cosmopolitan Kos Town. Start with sunset cocktails then dance the night away until sunrise at one of the local cool-crowd nightclubs that throng the popular ‘barstreet’ district.
Kos’s cultural significance began in 460 BC with the birth on the island of Hippocrates, the founding father of western medicine. Ruins of his ancient hospital – the Sanctuary of Asklipieion – still stand, and reward visitors with a genuine sense of awe. No visit to Kos is complete without exploring this inspirational monument. And there are plenty more to tempt sightseers too; look out for the 15th century Neratzia Castle and nearby Agora ruins in Kos Town, and the intricate Roman mosaics at the third-century Casa Romana Villa.
- Population: 34,000
- Area: 112sqm
- Kos is the third largest Dodecanese Island after Rhodes and Karpathos
- The name Kos first appeared in classic text the Iliad
Weather in Kos
Top tip, don’t forget your sun cream. The hot weather on Kos peaks in August with highs in the 30°s. It starts to get warm in April when the mercury hits 20°, and stays pleasant right through to November. Even in winter, average temperatures of 15° mean Kos is a year-round holiday destination.
Kos Holidays 2024 / 2025
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