The Greek island of Kos, between beaches, towns and history

Perfect for fun-seekers, Kos is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece – here's what there is to do on the island
The Greek island of Kos, between beaches, towns and history

Known for its numerous sandy beaches, Kos It is one of the islands of Dodecanese Also note how Kos Island, houses numerous Greek and Roman ruins that make it interesting not only from a naturalistic point of view, but also from a historical point of view.

But what is the best way to get to Kos? And what can you see on the island? Here you will find everything you need to know, from the most beautiful beaches to archaeological remains and boat excursions.

The most beautiful beaches in Kos.

It is said that Kos is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Greece: there are the most popular ones, loved by young people looking for less inflated entertainment than that of the most famous islands, and there are, on the other hand, the wildest beaches, perfect for authentic contact with nature.

the most beautiful is Paradise Beach, along the coast of Kefalos Bay: once almost always deserted, today it is one of the most popular and best equipped. Connected to the other beaches of the bay, it forms a continuous strip of land at the foot of a promontory: therefore, it is perfect for discovering Bubble Beach (with puffs of volcanic steam that create fun bubbles with the tide), Camel Beach (particularly suitable for diving and snorkelling) and Magic Beach, loved by naturists.

The Greek island of Kos, between beaches, towns and history

Among the other equipped beaches they deserve a mention. lamp, easily accessible by car or bus and therefore very popular, and Caution: 10 kilometers long, its coast has a very white beach and a transparent sea, and is dotted with bars, taverns, hotels and apartments. Finally there is Desire, Awarded the Blue Flag for its numerous services and also suitable for families with children, due to the presence of shallow waters (as well as Kardamena, a 3 km long beach also famous for its nightlife).

But on Kos there are also wilder beaches: Agios Stefanos It is made suggestive by the islet of kastri which is located right in front of the beach and is a rock spur on which a small white and blue church was built; either Terma which, with its pebbles and dark sand, is not the most beautiful but is fascinating for the hot water springs that, through an underground channel, mix with the sea forming a kind of natural pool.

The Greek island of Kos, between beaches, towns and history

Kos town and the island's villages.

Town with a glorious past, the cos city offers the opportunity to visit the ruins of its Hellenic, Roman and Byzantine past, although it was severely damaged by the violent earthquake of 1933. The best way to visit it is by renting a bicycle, explore the old city with its taverns and shops, admire the ships arriving at the port and organize cultural visits to the Archaeological Museum with its splendid sculptures and the Cavalieri Castle.

The city's must-see destinations are also the Ancient Agora with the ruins of the Sanctuary of Aphrodite, the Temple of Heracles and a Christian basilica, and the Plateia Platanou: It is said that here, under the banana branches still visible today, the founder of modern medicine gave lessons to his students.

The Greek island of Kos, between beaches, towns and history

But the city of Kos is not the only inhabited center of the island. Inside there are many parks characteristic, everything to discover. Unlike the coast, full of resorts and offers for tourists, the heart of Kos remains intact and far from mass tourism: here you can find extraordinary places such as the mountain village of zia, Inhabited by a handful of inhabitants and with a splendid view of the sea and Türkiye. From the village, a suggestive path leads to Mount Dikeo, the highest peak on the island.

But by renting a car, it is possible to come across numerous picturesque labyrinths of narrow streets and old houses, which can be explored without a fixed destination.

Night life

Although not comparable to other islands, such as Mykonos, the island of Kos has a lively nightlife, the most eccentric in the Dodecanese. The places loved by young people? He The life of Diakon and Nafklirou which, in the cities of Kos, host a whole series of clubs and discotheques.

For dinners with the best view head to the port area, while for lovers of house and techno music the right place is the town of Kardamena.

What about beach parties? The best ones are organized by Paradise Beach Bar and Mylos Beach Bar.

Archaeological remains from Ancient Greece and Roman times

In addition to its beaches, the island of Kos is also famous for its people. archaeological remains. The most important site is Asklepeion, a religious space dedicated to the cult of the god Aesculapius; Located on top of a hill, with a splendid view and cypress trees providing shade, it was unfortunately damaged by the 1933 earthquake.

Then there is the Agora of Kos, the Roman Odeion theatre, the Temple of Dionysus, the 2nd century Roman Casa di Europa, with its splendid mosaics, and there is the Archeological Museum, which preserves important sculptures from the Hellenic period to the late Roman period.

The Greek island of Kos, between beaches, towns and history

Boat tours to Bodrum and the Dodecanese Islands

Those who choose to spend a holiday in Kos will be able to dedicate a few days to boat trips. With sailboats or hydrofoils, from here you can discover the other islands of the Dodecanese, but also the coasts of Turkey.

You can sail to the islet of Giali, to dedicate yourself to half a day of fishing, or visit the island of symi with its coves, its fjords and its extraordinary beauty. But the most popular excursion is the one that takes basement, in Turkey: in 45 minutes you can disembark on the shores of the splendid city, to enjoy its beaches and its architecture. Connections are daily.

Where is Kos and how to get there by plane and ferry?

Located in the Dodecanese, Kos is often chosen as a coastal destination after a visit to the Greek hinterland. In summer, however, they are there. Direct connections between the main Italian airports and the island., operated mainly by Ryanair, Vueling and Volotea.

Alternatively, you can reach it by sea: in fact, Kos is connected by ferry to the other islands of the Dodecanese, but also to the Cyclades, the island of Samos and the city of Thessaloniki. Or, you can reach it, also by sea, from the Turkish coast of Bodrum.

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