Organize do-it-yourself vacation on the island of Kos in Greece

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To organize a DIY trip or vacation on the island of Kos in Greece it is quite simple and cheap. With the arrival of numerous low cost airlines on the island, reaching the island is cheap and easy. In addition, the many hotels on the island offer a wide and vast choice for all tastes and preferences.

Located off the coast of Turkey, the island of Kos is the second most important island of the Dodecanese, after Rhodes. Thanks to its large size, Kos maintains a balance in the development of tourism. Some points are very organized, while others are secluded and far from mass tourism.

Kos is a blend of Venetian and Ottoman architecture, with interesting sightseeing tours that include a visit to the medieval castle,Agora,Roman Odeon and, of course, the famous Asklepieion, an ancient healing center, within easy reach of the city and an ideal place to visit while on island holidays.

The most touristic places are located on the south side of the island, including Kardamena and Kefalos. Here visitors can find wide golden beaches with crystal clear waters. The island of Kos is one of the Greek islands of the Aegean Sea and belongs to the Dodecanese group of islands.

Kos is the second most popular destination after Rhodes, thanks to its magnificent beaches with crystal clear waters, interesting city sightseeing, intense nightlife, traditional villages and delicious restaurants. Geographically the island lies between the islands of Kalymnos and Nisyros.

I coastal villages of Kos in Greece are tourist spots with many accommodations, while the villages in the hinterland are kept away from tourism. Some beaches are organized, while others are totally isolated. There are also some naturist beaches near Paradise Beach.

The Greek island offers interesting sightseeing. Asklepieion it was a healing center in ancient times and is the most important visit. The Agora, the Roman Odeon, the city's Venetian castle and the Castle of Antimachia are also worth a visit. In this village, you can also visit an interesting folklore museum located in the central square.


- hotels they are generally cheap and offer good quality. If you are young and you like nightlife, you should prefer Kos town. If you are traveling with family and children you can also choose the other destinations on the island.

Where to eat

Although the prices for food and various services are cheap. There are many clubs and restaurants offering typical Greek cuisine, with Italian and international dishes.

Plan the travel

Kos is easily reachable with the many cheap flights departing from the airports and operated by low cost airlines such as Ryanair and Easyjet.

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If you book a hotel or accommodation in the city of Kos and do not want to visit the island, you can also move by public transport. There is a bus from the airport to Kos town. Then after to reach the hotel you will have to take a taxi.

Or if you want to visit the island or do not want to have problems and waste of time in traveling, it is better to prefer a car rental.

How much does a do-it-yourself holiday cost

The cost of a trip or a do-it-yourself holiday in Kos changes according to the period, duration and type of services you choose.

In principle i costs of various services are the following:

Low-cost flight low season (round trip) 20-50 euros

High season low cost flight (round trip) 70-100 euros

Low season economic hotel 20-30 euros per night (double room)

High season economic hotel 40-60 euros per night (double room)

Mid-range hotel low season 30-50 euros per night (double room)

Mid-range hotel high season 50-80 euros per night (double room)

Mid-range hotel low season 30-50 euros per night (double room)

Mid-range hotel high season 50-80 euros per night (double room)

Low season luxury hotel 60-100 euros per night (double room)

Mid-high season luxury hotel 120-200 euros per night (double room)

Low season car rental 20-30 euros per day

High season car rental 30-60 euros per day


Taking a holiday in Greece or in Kos is certainly one of the best choices for those looking for a low cost holiday.

Greece needs tourists and the prices in many places are quite low. So this destination could be a good choice for next summer.

If the do-it-yourself trip is not your thing, you can find many all-inclusive holiday packages offered by various tour operators in travel agencies or on various internet channels.

Port of Kos, Greece - Photo from Istock
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