Close to the Turkish coast and one of the most popular of the Greek Islands, Kos is relatively flat with one mountain range, Dikeos, rising to 846m. Boasting picturesque traditional villages, ancient sites, popular resorts Kos holidays are fantastic for sun-worshippers.
Of the 12 Dodecanese islands, Kos is the third largest in size after Rhodes and Karpathos, and has the second largest population. Close to Turkey’s coast and fringed by beaches, it boasts picturesque villages, ancient sites, popular resorts and lively nightlife. One of the most popular of the Greek islands, Kos enjoys Mediterranean sunshine, warm Aegean waters and fabulous beaches. Kos holidays are for beach-lovers, with an island most famed for its beaches; ranging from the long golden sandy beach in Kamari, the bustling beach at Kos Town lined by restaurants and bars, to the tranquil black volcanic beach with a few tavernas at Agios Fokas, and the family friendly gently shelving beach at Mastihari.
Zia is located on the north side of the island and ambling around this pretty, quaint village is one of the most popular things to do in Kos. Situated on the Dikaion Mountain the views from the village are superb and can be enjoyed whilst relaxing in one of the cafés or tavernas that line the streets.
Paradise Beach is by far one of the most popular things to do in Kos with its warm sand and turquoise waters. Located close to Kefalos the beach is well-organised but can be very busy during the high-season. Paradise Beach’s top attraction is the bubbles that come out from the shore which are formed by the volcano on Nisyros which neighbours Kos.
The island’s most important ancient site is the Asklepion, a religious sanctuary dedicated to the Greek god of healing, Asklepios. Located on a wooded hillside, 4km west of Kos Town, with great views towards Turkey, there are ruins of temples, baths and an altar. An unlikely and unsubstantiated myth suggests that Hippocrates worked and taught here.
Castle of Antimachia
Located on a small hill overlooking the village of Antimachia, are the imposing and well preserved external fortifications of the Venetian Castle of Antimachia. Built by the Order of St John the castle dates from the 14th century.
Castle of the Knights
Built in the 15th century by the Knights of St. John as defence against the Ottoman Empire, this imposing double fort stands at the harbour entrance and comprises four interior towers, battlements, gun ports and bastions, a drawbridge, and ramparts offering fabulous views over Kos Town and harbour.
Hippocrate's Plane Tree
This 500 year old plane tree, thought to be the largest in Europe, is located at the entrance to the Castle of the Knights. It is believed to be a descendent of the tree under which Hippocrates, Greek physician and father of modern medicine, tutored his students.
Casa Romana is a 3rd century Pompeii style Roman villa beautifully restored and decorated with frescoes and mosaics: numerous statues originally from the villa are displayed at the Museum of Kos.
The popular Lido Waterpark with its large wave pool and multitude of fun slides is set in vast parkland near Mastihari and a great for family things to do in Kos.
Daily boat excursions are available to Bodrum on the Turkish Coast, and closer to Kos, the islands of Pserimos with its delightful sandy beaches, Kalymnos, home of sponge divers, and Nisyros, with its dormant volcano.