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Kos is a popular tourist destination in the Greek islands of the Dodecanese, located in the south-eastern part of the Aegean Sea, near the Turkish coast.
Kos is the third largest of this group of islands and the second most popular and touristy island after Rhodes. It is located between Kalymnos and Nysiros. It is very well organised and has everything in terms of tourism infrastructure.
The Kos International Airport Hippocrates (KGS) is located in the centre of the island near the village of Antimachia.
There are daily flights from Athens airport by Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines. During the months of July and August Astra Airlines flies from Thessaloniki. Ryanair offers flights all year around from Frankfurt-Hahn and Milan-Bergamo to Kos. From May till October charter airlines fly directly to Kos from many European airports.
The bus from the airport to Kos Town is on the left of the airport, it takes 1 hour via Mastichari. Ticket is to be made on board. Buses are synchronised with Ryanair arrivals. You can find the timetable here.
The main port for ferry services is in Kos Town. Depending on the season, there are many passenger ferries leaving for various neighboring islands.
Daily ferry services from Piraeus, Rhodos, Patmos and Leros. From Kalymnos several times daily (the main ferry to Kalymnos leaves from Mastichari). From Santorini about 4 times weekly. From Syros twice weekly.
Kos is a relatively flat island, therefore it is suitable to be discovered by bike. Rental offices will offer you bikes. A good network of bicycle paths is also present, both in the urban network of Kos Town and along the northern coast towards Tigaki and Marmari.
There are plenty of taxis on the island. From the airport they will charge at least €15, even if you just go to Mastichari, which is only 5 minutes away. Airport to Kos Town may cost you around €35.
What to see
The main port and population centre on the island, also called Kos, is also the tourist and cultural centre, with whitewashed buildings including many hotels, restaurants and a small number of nightclubs forming the famous Kos town "bar street".
The town has remnants of the domination by the Knights Hospitaller of Rhodes, the Ottomans and the Italians. In the urban network you will find several archaeological sites, where reperts from Greek and Roman times have been excavated and exposed. The ruins of the Ancient Gymnasium feature 17 columns.
The ancient physician Hippocrates is thought to have been born on Kos. In the center of town you will find the Plane Tree of Hippocrates, a 'dream temple' where the physician is traditionally supposed to have taught.
Following the coast from Kos Town towards north-east and passing the cape of Agios Fokas (beautiful and less frequented pebbled beach), one reaches Thermae at the end of the paved road.
Kardamena, on the south-east coast, is a popular resort for young British holidaymakers and has a large number of bars and nightclubs.
The beaches of the Kefalos istmus (south-west of the island) are the most renowned; among these is Paradise beach. Kefalos is near the ancient capital of the island, Astipalia, and holds the ruins of a castle.
What to do
Relax on the beach, wind and kite surfing.
Snorkeling - Independent snorkeling is probably the best close to Kefalos, especially on Agios Stefanos beach. There are lots of rocks under water, visibility is very good and there is quite a lot of marine life to observe.
Sailing in Kos, G.Papandreou Avenue, Kos Marina. The island of Kos is a top yacht charter destination in Greece. You can start your sailing experience from Kos and follow any possible route to other magnificent islands.
Hot Spring There is a hot spring located on the SE coast where hot water and bubbles flow out into the sea, the section of the beach has had a small pool dug out with a little break water where the sea crashes and sprays over that makes for a great experience. Access is by car or public bus, for public bus go to the bus station that is just north of the "Aktis Art Hotel" along the waterfront.
Mummy's Cooking Restaurant (Evdokia), 13 Bouboulinas, Kos Towns (near Dolphin Square)). Tavern with traditional Greek food. Let mummy's son help you decide what to order and be surprised how good it all tastes.
Restaurant Alexandros, Irakleous, Kos Town (city center, near church with bright blue, illuminated cross on the steeple, walk up the stairs). Tavern with traditional Greek food. Full almost every night.
Meraklis Corner, corner of Patr. Germanou/Antimachou, Kos Town (in the northern part of town, between the beach an Averof St.). Family run tavern with traditional Greek food and owners little daughter hanging around.
Grill Bar, corner of Makrigianni/G.Ioannidi, Kos Town (close to Taverna Antonas). Great grilled meat and gyros dishes.