Nestled right opposite the coast of Turkey, in the heart of the Aegean archipelago, Kos is a genuine Greek Island that belongs to the Dodecanese island complex. Kos effortlessly blends the old with the new, boasting dozens of easy-to-reach beaches, several historical landmarks, lush vegetation and heavenly teal-blue waters attracting more than a million visitors annually.
The island is located 338 km (210 miles) from Athens, measures 40 by 8 kilometres (25 by 5 miles) and has a coastline of 112 kilometres. Kos is ranked the third largest island after Karpathos and Rhodes, and the second largest in terms of population (approx. 35.000 people) after Rhodes. Its recently renovated international airport, Hippocrates, offers daily flights to Athens lasting about 40'. From spring until autumn, the airport daily links Kos to a number of European countries.
Kos stands out as the Dodecanese’s premier beach destination; a true mediterranean oasis both for history enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Its vast vegetation, mild climate, aegean-blue waters and never-ending coastlines form a scenery of extraordinary beauty, ideal for summer holidays. Famous for its long golden shorelines and Mediterranean climate, Kos is blessed with hot, sunny summers and mild rainy winters. Here, days are spent walking the long stretches of golden sand, sunbathing under the Greek sun and swimming in the clear Aegean waters! Summer temperatures reach 35°C in July and August while winters are mild and wet, with temperatures dropping to somewhat 10°C during the December - February months.
The island has a rich history dating back to prehistoric times, about 3.000 BC. It is also often described as an open-air museum, and rightly so, featuring dozens of archeological sites and offering plentiful cultural events throughout the year. Hippocrates (460-377 BC), the father of medicine and author of the Hippocratic Oath, practised and taught his medicine in the ancient Asklepieion, one of the most emblematic landmarks preserved in the countryside of Kos. Built to further the teachings of Hippocrates, the Asklepieion of Kos was a religious sanctuary devoted to Asclepius (ancient Greek god of healing and son of Apollo). It was considered the ultimate healing centre of the ancient world and it was where Hippocrates of Kos, the most famous physician in ancient Greece, established his medical school.
Diverse historical monuments are a testament to the crossroads of civilisations that once bloomed on the island. Churches, Ottoman mosques, distinctive roman architecture, exotic palm trees, and of course, Mediaeval castles, form an extraordinary fusion of outstanding cultural landscapes and natural beauty. However, what granted Kos its position among the most popular Greek destinations globally, are its people. Genuine Greek hospitality is second to none in Kos, with locals being eager to fill your trip with local flavours, customs and festivities. It comes as no surprise that hundreds of visitors repeatedly choose Kos for their summer holidays for decades now!
Kos’ diversity also applies to its restaurants, where one can indulge in a variety of local delicacies. Winemaker, cheese, olive oil and honey producers offer guidance and tours through their visitable vineyards, farms and fields. From the famous "krasotyri", or wine cheese, and the traditional tomato spoon sweet, to the variety of local wines, honey, olive oil and much more, Kos is a wellspring of local produce and culinary delights.
If you’re looking for a beach getaway with more to do than just lay on the beach, Kos is your ideal Greek-summer destination! The island’s relatively modest size allows for an unusual - for a Greek island that is, scope of activities and events with which to spend your time taking in the fresh air on the island’s countryside. Cycling, horseback riding, wine tasting tours, mountain biking, hiking, island hopping, dozens of water sports, windsurfing, kitesurfing, scuba diving and many more activities related to the sea, are only some of the options to keep you occupied during your sunny days. For sports enthusiasts, apart from mountain biking, windsurfing and kitesurfing, horseback riding on Marmari beach, taking pictures of exotic pink flamingos in the island’s wetlands of Tigaki or Psalidi, feeding peacocks in Plaka forest or hiking on top of mount Dikaios, are only some of the countless ways to get in touch with nature and catch some fresh air.
All in all, Kos offers a wide ranging travel experience for all. And since temperatures are mild for most of the fall months, early autumn is also considered a great time to explore the island’s archeological sites, beaches, wineries and breathtaking natural beauties! Able to adjust to your personal travel wishes, Kos is the place where everyone, from couples to families, share a stretch of golden sand. Cosmopolitan, vivid and diverse, Kos is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding Greek destinations, offering a fascinating, complete and wide ranging travel experience.