Kos Holidays – Gem of an island in the Aegean Sea, wonderful beaches, varied resorts
Kos, in the north-eastern Aegean, is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands, and thanks to its diverse mix of tourist resorts, wonderful beaches and rich history, remains one of the most popular Greek Islands for a summer holiday. Ideal for beach-lovers, there’s almost 300km of varied coastline here, dotted with sandy bays and quiet coves, and the island boasts crystal-clear waters, making it perfect for families with children. There are plenty of well-equipped water sports centres, and boat trips are available around the island, and across to other Greek Islands and Turkey.
The island has varied resorts to suit everyone, whether you are looking to dance all night, or just kick back and get away from it all. From the party town of Kardamena and the bustling capital Kos Town, to the peaceful sandy beaches of Kefalos and the quiet shores of Tingaki, the island is home to developed tourist centres, with plenty of convenient facilities, yet still retains some traditional Greek charm and character. The interior, full of lush olive groves and whitewashed villages, is ideal for walking and biking, and there are a number of ancient and historic sites to tour.
When to go
The best time to go to Kos is during the summer season, which runs from May to October. The peak season months of July and August are the most popular time for a holiday, and during these weeks the island is at its busiest, with the hottest and most humid weather. For fewer crowds, consider an early or late season getaway to Kos. There will be a more peaceful atmosphere throughout the island in May, September and October, when the weather will still be great for the beach, but the cooler conditions are more suitable for exploring and outdoor activities.
Weather in Kos
Kos experiences a typically Mediterranean climate, with the resort seeing long hot summers and short wetter winters. May sees highs of 24C, and 11 hours of sunshine, and by July and August, temperatures can reach 32C, with the sun shining for up to 14 hours each day. Kos sees the highest humidity and the driest conditions in the peak season, and nights remain warm, with temperatures of up to 23C. The temperature drops to 25C at the end of the season, with October seeing 8 hours of sunshine each day, and an increased chance for showers.
Getting the best deal
For the best deals to Kos, avoid the peak season months, which are busy throughout Greece. Demand remains high at this time, thanks to the school holidays, with July and August commanding the most expensive prices in Kos. There are much cheaper deals to be found during the quieter months of the year, and if you can be flexible and depart at the very last minute, there are often great savings to be had. Look at our offers below, and visit our late deals page for the best prices to Kos this year.
Airport and transport need to know
You can fly directly into Kos International Airport (KGS), which is located in the centre of the island. There are departures to Kos from a range of regional airports, including London Gatwick, Stansted, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle and Glasgow. Flights take 4 hours from the UK, and transfers are included on package holidays to Kos.
The long narrow island is fairly small, and a car recommended if you want to get out and explore the sights. It takes about an hour to get from one end of the island to the other by car, and being fairly flat, Kos is popular with cyclists. Buses travel around the island and serve the main towns and beaches, and boat trips can be taken from the coastal resorts to most of the popular beaches, and out to neighbouring islands and Turkey.
Best beaches in Kos
The north of the island is more developed, and the pebble beaches around Kos Town can be crowded and often windy. The further south you go, the more sheltered the bays and coves, so the best and most popular stretches can be found in this region. Here are our picks for the best beaches in Kos.
Best beach for activities - Kardamena
Kardamena is the island’s party hotspot, and the expansive 5km sandy stretch on the east coast also boasts a non-stop array of things to do. Choose from pedalo, donut and banana boat rides, jet skiing, windsurfing, water skiing, sailing, scuba-diving and snorkelling, and afterwards, visit one of the many beach bars and cafes lining the beach, for some much-needed refreshment.
Best beach for sunbathing - Paradise
Located just north of Kefalos in the south of the island, the 6km-long white sandy Paradise Beach enjoys a great location in a large sheltered bay. The clear shallow waters and picturesque green backdrop make this beach one of the most popular on Kos, although the water can be quite cold.
Best beach for isolation - Limnionas
The only north-facing beach on the island, the quiet beach at Limnionas sits in a protected little cove, and with fewer facilities than those on busier stretches of coastline, offers a peaceful base for a day’s sunbathing.