Pretty villages, ancient sites, and great beaches all come together to make a holiday in Kos popular with British holidaymakers.
Holidays on Kos
Kos has a wide choice of resorts, each with their own character: Kardamena is the island's liveliest spot, with a bustling square and lively party scene in the summer months. Kefalos and Tingaki both have good beaches and plenty of bars and restaurants, without being rowdy.
Kos Town is home to a 14th-century castle, monuments, and ruins, great shopping, and vibrant nightlife. Choose to stay in seafront hotels, traditional guest houses, or self-catering apartments.
Whether you're looking to party, sightsee, or simply relax, Kos can match your needs. And, with flights to Kos taking less than four hours from the UK, a holiday to Kos is never too far away.
Where is the best place to stay on Kos?
If you’re looking for a laidback resort then Kefalos mixes old and new; from its hillside sugar-cube houses and the ruins of Basilica of Aghios Stephanos to the purpose-built resort of Kamari with its line-up of eateries, bars, and cafes and a five-kilometre beach with water sports.
Kardamena perfectly combines luxury accommodation, a long sandy beach, and boat trips to Nisyros island with a vibrant nightlife scene around Bar Street and the town square with their lively English pubs, clubs, discos, and karaoke bars.
For sun-worshippers the best time for a Kos holiday is between June and September; when the temperature gauge reaches 32 to 35°C.
- Best time to visit: May-October
- Average temp: 24°C/75°F
- Average flight time: 4.5 Hours
- Most suited for: Families, Couples
- Currency: Euro
- Time Difference: +2 hours
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Things to see and do on Kos
Holidays to Kos are packed with things to see and do. Kos is surrounded by clear waters that are perfect for diving, snorkelling, and boat trips. Inland, explore the island's beautiful countryside on foot, bicycle, or horseback.
Visit historical Kos Town and take a guided tour of the ancient sights. Don't miss the giant whirlpool-like seas of Bubble Beach, near Kamari, where underwater volcanic vents give the waters a fascinating froth. The water park in Mastichari is a popular family day out.
Nightlife on Kos varies, depending on where you choose to stay. Lively Kardamena is lined with a heady choice of bars, clubs, and discos and Kos Town has plenty of late-night venues. Elsewhere on the island, nightlife tends to be lower-key, with quieter bars and hotel-based entertainment.
Food and drink on Kos
Food and drink-wise, Kos boasts everything from traditional tavernas, lively bars, fast food joints, and quaint seafood cafes to international restaurants.
Larger resorts serve up pizza, Indian, Chinese, and more; while smaller resorts are more likely to serve up more traditional dishes like Krasotyri, Pitaridia, Katimera, Stuffed Zucchini Flowers, and Pasha Makarouna. Local wines to try include Assyrtiko, Malagouzia, and Kydonitsa.
Why not make your holiday budget go further by choosing a Kos all-inclusive holiday; where everything from meals and snacks to selected drinks are included in the price you pay before leaving home?
Weather on Kos
Average monthly temperature on Kos (°C)
- Jan 15°C
- Feb 15°C
- Mar 18°C
- Apr 21°C
- May 26°C
- Jun 32°C
- Jul 35°C
- Aug 35°C
- Sep 31°C
- Oct 26°C
- Nov 21°C
- Dec 17°C