Information & Facts
The main beach in Kos Town is narrow and pebbled, but nearby
Tigaki is 6 miles (10km) of pure white sand. Lambi, Psalidi, and
Agios Fokas are all popular beaches in easy distance. The beaches
offer a range of water sports, including waterskiing, parasailing,
and banana rides. The town also boasts a number of historical and
cultural attractions, including the Hippocrates Tree, Knight's
Castle, and Archaeological Museum. You can also visit nearby
villages with interesting sights like the ruins of old Pili and the
ceramics shops in Zia.
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.
The nearest sand beaches are several miles from town, and the
nightlife can be overwhelming for tourists looking for a quieter
There are bars, pubs and tavernas scattered all over Kos Town,
but the unlabeled 'bar street' is the place to go at night when it
comes to life with bars and discos. The party lasts until dawn, and
offers an eclectic mix of music, from local bouzouki orchestras to
thumping electronic beats.
There are many restaurants in Kos clustered along the waterfront
and around the main square, ranging from traditional Greek to
Italian, Chinese and western. Bittersweet Creperie is a great
bakery for a midday treat, and Avanti serves great pizzas with a
beach view. Caravan is a popular restaurant serving everything from
traditional Greek food to pizzas and lamb chops, while Olympiada
has a more local menu.
Kos Town is the major shopping destination on the island of Kos.
There are a number of souvenir shops along the seafront and in the
old town, and the market in the centre of town selling spices,
olive oil, and seashells. There is also a small indoor market, but
the main shopping area is found between Eleftherias Square and
ancient Nymphaion. Popular souvenirs include jewellery, leather
goods, and clothing.