Welcome to Kos, one of the most loved islands of the Dodecanese. The island of Kos is nicknamed in several ways: “The garden of the Aegean”, for its wealth of water and crops, “The island of Hippocrates” for having given birth to the most famous doctor in history. Also “Little Rhodes” for its proximity not only geographically but also and above all historical-cultural to the island of Rhodes. Kos is also an excellent starting point for exploring the Dodecanese islands or neighboring Turkey.
Island of Kos is 43 km long and 2 km wide at the narrowest point, up to a maximum of 6 km at its widest point. It is the third island of the Dodecanese for size and the second for population. Its close proximity to the coasts of Turkey and more precisely to the ancient city of Halicarnassus, now known as Bodrum, makes it particularly fascinating as it offers an interesting combination of eastern and western elements. Despite mass tourism, this Greek island maintains its soul, a difficult undertaking on such a small and limited territory. Furthermore, despite its small size and the influx of tourism, in August you will also find a quiet and uncrowded beach in Kos.
Kos city and other tourist destinations
Capital of the island is Kos town, a lively tourist town, rich in history as well as clubs, Greek taverns and narrow streets with shops. Kos town has beautiful beaches sheltered from the Meltemi and is the most requested tourist resort on the island. Nearby there are several villages with a traditional soul such as Platani, Pili, Zia and Asomatos. A short distance away are the thermal baths of Kos, a natural swimming pool renowned for its sulphurous water and the archaeological site “Asklepion”, the most important site of the island of Kos.
Other important places are Tigaki, Marmari and Mastihari in the northern part of the island: they are tourist resorts that offer good services for tourism and long sandy beaches. Towards the south of Kos we find Kardamena, a place that in recent years is particularly frequented by families, but also couples of young people, in search of tranquility and crystal clear sea. Kefalos, however, has the merit of being the most authentic and peaceful place, as well as boasting the most beautiful beaches on the island of Kos. Beaches are mostly wide and sandy, but you can also find bays and rocky coves with amazing sea colors; most of the beaches of Kos are equipped with sun beds and umbrellas at very affordable prices.
“Sun”, this is one of the main and most appreciated features of the island of Kos. From April to November, a period during which the rains are very rare, the island offers a Mediterranean climate of excellence that gives the possibility to fully enjoy the sea and perpetually sunny days.
At the same time caressed by the Meltemi (the summer wind) that allows to make even the high temperatures of the high season more pleasant. It is possible to run into a few hours of rain only from the end of September / early October but it is dispersed in a short time.
An island suitable for everyone
Kos is one of the most visited destinations in Greece, is the third largest island in the Dodecanese and second in terms of population. We remind you that the largest island in the Dodecanese is Rhodes, the second is Karpathos, which however has the lowest population in Kos.
This island for everyone; suitable for families looking for sandy beaches and fun activities for the little ones, but also ideal for couples looking for tranquility and romance, or even for those who prefer a more active vacation to discover the island. For young people Kos offers many clubs and beach bars where you can spend evenings in joy and make new friends. Moreover, in Kos you can choose to travel low cost with a wide offer of apartments and hotels at prices more than accessible to all. At the same time, the island can satisfy the most demanding tourists with sophisticated boutique hotels and restaurants.
How to get to Kos – flights and ferris
International airport of Kos (IATA-KGS code) is named after Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, who was born on the island. It is the only airport on the island and is an important stopover also for reaching the smaller islands of the Dodecanese.
The most convenient solution to reach any Greek island remains the direct flight. The main airports connect Kos with both low-cost flights and charter flights from May to September.
For those with more time available, it is also convenient to reach Athens by plane and then take a ferry from Piraeus to Kos. The journey is not very short, in fact the crossing takes about 10 hours, but the navigation is night-time and there is a way to optimize times. Or you can reach it, always by sea, from the Turkish city of Bodrum.
Where to stay in Kos
The island of Kos offers a wide choice of hotels, apartments, holiday homes and resorts of all kinds. Its tourist resorts welcome more than 1.5 million predominantly European visitors every summer.
Kos town is the main tourist resort on the island as well as the capital and historic center. The city center is packed with small hotels and studios, while larger resorts and hotels are located along the coast between Psalidi and Lambi.
The second town of the island of Kos is Kardamena, located near the airport in the center-south of the island.
In the south-west part of the island is Kefalos, known as the part of Kos with the most beautiful beaches. The tourist area of Kefalos where most small hotels and apartments are located is called Kamari.
The other places on the island are located in the northern part of the island and are Mastihari, Marmari and Tigaki. Characterized by the beautiful sandy beach and the gradual access to the sea, they are the ideal choice for families; in fact, even along this coast, there is a wide choice of hotels and resorts, but also landlords and apartments.
Rent a vehicle in Kos: better scooter or car?
Absolutely yes. Kos deserves to be visited far and wide. Ideal vehicle can be both the car indicated above all for families, both the scooter or the quad for young people and for those who prefer the two-wheeled vehicle in the summer months. From Kos city you reach the most beautiful beaches in the South in just over 30 minutes of travel. The roads are not very busy and the locations, attractions, archaeological sites are well indicated.
For those who prefer an active holiday to discover the island, we always recommend renting a car at the airport for the duration of your stay. Or for those who will choose the scooter or quad the delivery on arrival at the hotel. In fact, the best offers are always for weekly rentals.
What to visit in Kos city
Capital city of the island is the most important and animated tourist place. Visit of this splendid town, rich in history and culture, as well as of clubs, typical restaurants and small shops, is an unmissable event. Focal point of the city of Kos is the waterfront, characterized by numerous cafes and taverns under the shadow of gigantic ficus trees, as well as by the spectacular gulets that offer excursions to nearby islands and Turkey.