Information & Facts
The main beach in Kardamena is ideal for lazy days in the sun
and for watersports - everything from pedalos to jet skiing and
banana rides can be organised, as well as scuba diving and
snorkelling. Other beaches with watersports are Banana Beach and
Sovereign Beach. The aptly-named Bubble Beach is popular, and
nearby Helona Beach is recognised by the Blue Flag programme. There
are fascinating historical sites scattered around the island to see
while on holiday, particularly in the capital Kos Town, 40 minutes
away. Further afield, boat tours can be arranged to the spectacular
volcanic island of Nisyros and to Rhodes (though be aware the
journey takes almost three hours).
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.
Holiday visitors should be warned that all the bars on the main
strip along the Kardamena seafront have loads of touts working for
them, trying to get tourists in, which can become annoying after a
few nights. Drinks can be expensive, for Greece; it's best to stick
to the local beers.
It's not quite Ibiza, but the nightlife in Kardamena is still
fairly intense, with dozens of bars and clubs catering for all
musical tastes, from indie classics in the aptly named Stone Roses
Bar to cheesy pop in Cheeky Monkeys. The main nightclubs are
Status, Starlight, Honey and Downtown, which all stay open until
4am, and 6am at weekends.
There is a wide choice of restaurants in Kardamena to suit all
tastes, from Indian and traditional Greek to fast food joints and
cafes offering full English breakfasts and Premiership football.
Even those with a penchant for good home food should try the local
fare, at least once. Good Greek restaurants include Andreas, Scala,
the Chrisopoulos Family Taverna and El Greco, all on the
Kardamena is packed with shops offering everything from designer
clothes to tacky holiday souvenirs. Most are located around the
main square. Good buys include the local jewellery and sponge (from
the Nisyros volcano). For those in self-catering apartments, there
are some good supermarkets offering most of the well-known brands.
The two largest, both called Louis, are situated in the main square
and by the bridge at the top of Main Bar Street. There are also
some interesting local markets, including one on Bodrum, across the
water in Turkey (Tuesdays).