Resorts in Kos
The island of Kos offers something for everyone, with its shores lined with both lively and youthful resorts, and peaceful towns perfect for getting away from it all. From the exciting capital, Kos Town, famed for its nightlife, to the easy-going beach resorts of Lambi and Marmari, and the quieter and more peaceful Mastihari and Tingaki. there’s a diverse range of place to stay, with the local beaches offering the chance for leisurely days and fun-filled nights on the wonderful northern coastline.
The bustling capital, Kos Town is suitable for couples and groups looking for one of the liveliest bases on the island, with plenty to see and do. This historic town in the northeast corner boasts both a rich heritage and an excellent nightlife scene, and can be just the right destination for an action-packed holiday on Kos. The atmosphere is cosmopolitan and vibrant, and there’s a fantastic selection of bars and clubs, many open all night long, as well as the best shopping and dining on the island.
Kos Town is a wonderful mix of old and new, and is famous for its fascinating historic sites, including the charming Old Town, the Castle of the Knights, the iconic Hippocrates Tree and the Archaeological Museum, as well as the ancient site of Asklepieion.
The coastline around the town is predominantly pebble, with some sandy stretches, with the quieter more secluded beaches of the south well within reach. Being the hub of the island, you can get to any of the famous resorts and towns from Kos Town, and there are plenty of boat trips departing the harbour, travelling around the island and across to Kalymnos, Rhodes and Turkey.
Just a 20-minute walk from the buzzing Kos Town, Lambi offers the best of both worlds, being a quiet destination on the island located close to the lively capital. Good for couples and families in search of a restful beach holiday, Lambi offers a well-placed and convenient base on Kos, away from the hustle and bustle but with easy access to all the shops, tavernas, bars and clubs found in the town centre. Lambi holidays focus on the sandy beach, which has a host of tourist facilities and all the amenities you need for a peaceful week or two in the sun. There’s the chance for sightseeing in the capital and touring the island’s famous historic attractions, and the ancient monument of Asklepieion is located just inland.
You can choose the pace of your holiday, spending evenings in the busy clubs and bars in Kos Town, and then retreating back to the relative peace and quiet of your resort for the night. For a change of scene from the beach, experience some traditional Greek life by venturing inland to tour the ancient villages of Asfendioum, as well as other authentic little hamlets in charming country settings.
One of the local beach resorts close to Kos Town, Marmari is a small laid-back town, and offers an easy-going base for a relaxed couples holiday on Kos. With its lovely long stretch of sand and calm protected waters, it is also suitable for families looking for a more peaceful resort, with holidays here revolving around lazy days spent on the beach. Being just 15km from Kos Town, you can easily get into the capital for the day, and explore the ancient sights or take in the lively entertainment scene. You can stroll through the narrow streets of the Old Town, as well as enjoy the vibrant centre and busy waterfront, where there is a first-class selection of restaurants and tavernas, and excellent shops, boutiques and local markets in the bustling streets.
From Marmari, it’s a short drive inland to the traditional village of Pyli, and Mount Dikeos, where you can marvel at the scenic views from the summit – an excellent day out and a real change from the coastal scene. The resort is also close to the Lido Water Park in the neighbouring resort of Mastihari, which is a popular excursion for families during the hot summer months.
Mastihari is situated 25km west of the capital, and offers an excellent choice for a relaxed family holiday on Kos. The atmosphere is quiet, and there is a small-town feel that will appeal if you are looking for a welcoming and laid-back destination. This picturesque fishing village has retained its traditional character, and the resort boasts excellent sandy beaches, with cafes and tavernas lining the waterfront. Mastihari has a modern port, bustling with activity as ferries depart for Kalymnos and Pserimos, boats come in and out, and fishermen bring in the catch of the day.
The resort is also home to the Lido Waterpark, the largest in the Aegean, where you can enjoy hours of fun thanks to the great selection of pools and slides, and a lazy river - a perfect outing for the family, and a good alternative to the beach, especially in the height of the summer. Mastihari plays host to both the Wine and Honey Festivals in August, where you can sample some of the island’s delicacies and enjoy Greek music and dancing.
Tingaki is a small town on the north coast, 11km from Kos Town, and ideal for a family holiday revolving around the Blue Flag beach. Being a laid-back and peaceful resort, Tingaki is also suitable for couples looking to get away from it all, and enjoys a slow pace of life with a low-key nightlife scene. Here, white sands shelve gently into shallow waters and conditions are excellent for swimming and lazing in the sun, which are the main activities. A salt lake by the resort attracts plenty of wild birds, including pink flamingos, making the resort an excellent site for bird watching, with the nature reserve at Psaladi also nearby.
Located close to Kos Town, you can easily get to the capital to tour its famous sights and attractions, as well as wander around the Old Town, stroll along the waterfront, and take in the many shops, bars, restaurants and tavernas. From Tingaki, you can also venture inland and tour the historic villages of Asfendiou, as well as explore the countryside, and climb the summit of Mount Dikeos.