Information & Facts
The Kos climate ensures hot, dry summers and mild winters.
Temperatures in July and August range from 82ºF (28ºC) during the
day to 72ºF (22ºC) at night. Rainfall is almost non-existent in
summer but showers can be expected between October and March.
Most visitors' first experience of Kos is its small and
antiquated airport situated on the south coast, a few miles west of
Kardamena. The island is 25 miles (40km) long and only around five
miles (8 km) across and is fairly easy to get around. Most people
use the local buses, which link the main resorts and Kos Town,
leaving every couple of hours. Taxis are also available and cars
can be hired for those wanting to explore the quieter northern
beaches. Ferries to Crete, Rhodes and Turkey are on offer, leaving
from Kos Town.
Kos has more than just a good clubbing and nice beaches,
catering to family tourism and giving children on holiday in Kos
plenty of reason to be happy.
The warm Aegean Sea is perfect for water sports: waterskiing,
jet skiing, and parasailing are ideal for adventurous adults while
pedalos and banana boats are popular with older children. Kos is
known as having some of the best sandy, golden beaches in Greece,
including Kefalos, Kardamena, and Lambi, so pack the bucket and
spade and let the little ones build sandcastles, but don't forget
the hats and sunscreen! For more adventurous children, hiking on
the mountain of Dikaios is a must, while the more relaxed option of
biking around the towns is a safe and scenic way to see Kos's local
Greek is the national language, but English is widely
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, divided into 100 cents.
Banks and bureaux de change are widely available and travellers
cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are
widespread and are generally the cheapest and most convenient
method of obtaining euros.
Kos is not well-known for its nightlife, but still has enough of
a vibe to appeal to party people and travellers wanting a variety
of clubs, bars and tavernas without the chaotic crowds of some of
the other islands. Sundowners in Kefalos is a good start before
heading out for the night at one of the many popular hangouts such
as Popeye's Bar or Sydney Bar, which are both excellent choices for
a couple of pints and a bit of live music. Kardamena is slightly
more upbeat with plenty of clubs and discos pumping into the wee
hours and catering to all music tastes. Not to be missed are
Starlight, and Zoom, while Cheeky Monkeys remains one of the most
Kos Town boasts the famous 'bar mile', a stretch of bars and
clubs, which in itself has become an attraction to younger
travellers visiting Kos, while areas like Lambi offer fantastic and
unique clubs and bars like Heaven and the Tropical Island Club. For
romantic views over the sea to Turkey, have a quiet cocktail in
When it comes to shopping in Kos, ditch the hotel gift shops
that sell all the regular tourist tat and souvenirs and head for
the small pedestrian streets in the island's towns and villages for
the best deals, such as in Psalidi, Zipari, Asfendiou, Zia and
Lagoudi, which all offer tourist shops selling traditional wares.
The old part of Kos Town offers high-end fashion stores, such as La
Coste and Tommy Hillfiger, as well as smaller shops selling local
goods like leather, jewellery and ceramics.
Eleftherias Square is a good place for locally made souvenirs,
oil paintings and Byzantine icons, while the local markets are
usually the best places to pick up fresh goods and hand-made
produce, such as the local red cheese,
tyri tis possasmatured in red wine, or candied tomato
glyko tomataki. Kiosks selling everything from food and
snacks to cigarettes and postcards abound on Crete and many of
these are open 24 hours a day. Kardamena also offers fantastic
shopping opportunities, including the market on Bodrum, across the
water in Turkey, on Tuesdays.
When most people think of Kos, they envision sun drenched
beaches and thousands of young tourists on package holidays - but
there is more to Kos than meets the eye, with some wonderful
sightseeing opportunities on offer.
History buffs will enjoy a day trip to Patmos, the island where
the exiled St John the Evangelist wrote the Biblical Book of
Revelations. Asclepieion, south of Kos Town, was the sacred healing
temple where the physician Hippocrates is said to have taught
students. The hot sulphur springs at Agia Irini or the hot sea
water pools at Agios Fokos are also worth a visit to take a
Take a stroll around the old harbour area opposite Dolphins
square to view the sculptures by Alexandros Alwyn, and the huge
Tree of Hippocrates, which is located in front of the entrance to
Knights Castle, one of Kos Town's most famous attractions. The
ruins of a Hellenistic Temple dedicated to Hercules and the Roman
Odeon are also located here, and the Archaeological Museum in the
Plateia Eleftherias will captivate visitor's imaginations.