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Kos is a Greek Island renowned for its beautiful beaches. With over 25 miles of beautiful beaches and a hot sunny climate, the island is a popular tourist destination, especially popular with holidaymakers from the UK.
Kos is a long narrow greek island close to the Turkish coast. It features many appealing holiday characteristics such as soft sandy beaches, secluded pebble coves, plenty of nightlife and great weather. The islands beauty also extends inland with whitewashed villages on the hillsides, fields covered in wild flowers and not forgetting the pine forests and castles on the slopes of Mount Dikeos.
Kos is the ideal destination for holidaymakers looking for great package holidays to the Greek islands. There is something for all the family here. From days spent lazing on the golden sandy beaches which are lapped by the warm Aegean Sea to the amazing club scene at night. The liveliest nightlife is found at Kardamena and Kos Town. The resort of Kefalos offers much quieter nightlife which is mainly centered around the waterfront tavernas. Beach bars offering live music, discos and Greek dancing are found all over the island. There is so much to do here visitors are spoilt for choice. For the more active there is a wide range of watersports available on the island and scuba diving opportunities are plentiful. Water sports include water-skiing, jet-skiing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, parascending and banana boat rides for all the family to enjoy. There are also plenty of sporting activities away from the beach including bungee-jumping, go-karting, horse riding, tennis and volleyball to name just a few. A therapeutic dip in the sulphur waters of the hot springs on Kos is an experience not to be missed when visiting the island. Away from the beaches there is plenty of history and old ruins to be explored including the 14th century Castle of the Knights in Kos Town. Other historical sites on the island include the ruins at Thesi Palatia, Neratzia Castle, the plane tree of Hippocrates and the ancient hospital of Asklepion. Exploring the island by bicycle is very popular. Hire a bike for the day and cycle along the many scenic cycle paths which run through the flat countryside and the hills. Serious bikers can take a tour of rougher terrain of the Dikeos Mountains. Excursions through the olive groves on the mountainside will take you to hot springs and quaint little villages like Lagoudi and Zia.Kos holidays can include a boat trip to the neighbouring islands of Kalymnos, Patmos and the beautiful unspoilt island of Nissyros. A Kos holiday is not complete without a day trip to Turkey's Bodrum peninsula. A great way to admire the beauty of Kos is by taking a cruise along the coastline. The whole family will love a day out at the Lido Waterpark in Mastichari. With many attractions, pools and slides, the park is one of the largest waterparks in Greece.
Kos enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers and mild winters. Spring and autumn enjoy warm sunny weather, turning milder in the winter with plenty of rain. The summer season begins in May with temperatures around 21°, rising to 25°C in June. July and August are the hottest months with temperatures averaging around 28°C, often reaching over 30°C and up to 12 hours of sunshine a day. Summer evenings cool down to around 22°C. Spring and autumn are ideal times to visit if you are looking for less intense heat. Temperatures average 16-20°C, the sea is still warm enough to swim in and the island still enjoys plenty of sunshine at this time of the year. Winters on Kos are mild with temperatures around 10°C and up to 5 hours of sunshine a day. .
Kos holidays are based mainly in two resorts, Kos Town and Kardamena. These two resorts are very different. If you are looking for plenty of nightlife then Kardamena with karaoke bars, English pubs and nightclubs is the place to be. Kos Town is also quite lively but much more sophisticated with romantic harbourside restaurants and chic cocktail bars. Most hotels are found in the popular east coast beach resorts of Lambi and Psalidi. Quieter holidays are best spent at the resorts on the north coast of the island. Psaladi is a low key resort with a sandy beach and just a few shops and tavernas but is still within easy reach of Kos Town. Kefalos is a mixture of the old and the new. The traditional part of Kefalos has quaint old houses, windmills and ancient ruins while the purpose built resort of Kamari has many restaurants, cafes and bars.
The 'Hippocrates' airport of Kos is located about 14 miles south-west of Kos Town. Kos International Airport receives many chartered flights from European destinations including those from London, Manchester, Liverpool and Belfast. The airport offers daily flights to Athens and regular flights to the island of Rhodes. Flights to Athens take about an hour and flights to Rhodes about 35 minutes. All other Greek airports can be reached by transfers from Athens Airport. Some people choose to go to Kos by ferry but this takes much longer than by air, around 10 hours on average. Ferries to Kos leave the mainland from the port of Piraeus, to the south of Athens and from Alexandroupoli in northern Greece.
If the nightlife is important to you and you want a lively holiday then the best places to choose are Kardamena and Kos Town. Kardamena offers English pubs, clubs, discos and karaoke bars. Kos Town offers a more sophisticated nightlife. Evenings here are usually spent over a nice meal at one of the restaurants in the harbour or sipping cocktails at the chic cocktail bars.
The main festivals held on Kos are religious celebrations, the biggest being in Kardamena, Kefalos and Antimachia. During the summer months Kos hosts many cultural festivals to entertain the tourists. Every July Kos Town holds the Hippocrateia Festival which features outdoor concerts, theatrical performances, Greek dancing, live music and art exhibitions. August celebrates the Wine Festival in the Mastihari area, the Fish Festival in Kefalos and the Honey Festival in Antimachia. The Greek carnival season begins in February with the main carnivals on Kos taking place in Pyli and Antimachia. When the summer season is coming to a close Kefalos plays host to the International Day of Tourism which is a great fun-filled event. Kefalos also holds religious celebrations during the Presentation of the Virgin and the Winter Festival in march.
Kos is a beautiful Greek Island which is visited by millions of holidaymakers each year. Experience the glorious golden sandy beaches, scenic countryside and great weather at one of the islands holiday resorts. Whatever you are looking for on your Kos holidays, from relaxing days on the beach to lively evening entertainment, the island will not disappoint you. Wherever you decide to stay on the island of Kos you can be sure of a warm welcome and a laid back way of life that will envelop you and send you back home refreshed and wanting to return again and again.