Who does not dream of going on vacation on agreek island?
To relax by the sea and have dinner in a nice restaurant? Or to set out to discover the island and spend the evening in a nightclub?
In this Kos it perfectly meets the needs of both those who want to relax on the beach and those who love to go to discover.
Located near the Turkish coast, just 21 kilometers from Bodrum, and 370 kilometers from Athens' Piraeus, Kos is one of the Greek islands that attracts the most tourists during the summer season.
It is undoubtedly one of the ideal places for get in touch with nature and relax, but there is also a rich cultural heritage to be discovered.
Beaches with crystal clear sea, archaeological sites, medieval castles, temples, museums and festivals, summer in Kos is anything but boring.
The island is divided into different areas and offers different types of accommodation, from the most classic hotels to family-run structures.
Scegliere where to stay in Kos it is not trivial and mainly depends on what one is looking for: sea, adventure, comfort?
First of all, therefore, think about what you want. It could be some relaxation on an equipped beach, as well as night clubs or adventurous experiences on the island.
So here is a short guide to the best areas where to stay in Kos.
- Where to sleep in Kos on a budget: Kos Town
- Where to stay in Kos for nightlife: Kardamena
- Where to sleep in Kos with children: Antimachia and Mastichari
- The best area to stay in Kos: Kefalos and Kamari
Where to sleep in Kos on a budget: Kos Town
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Kos Town it is located in the northwestern part of the island and is the main port of Kos.
Arriving you are greeted by the imposing Fortress of the Knights, a medieval castle overlooking the bay where the port and the promenade are located.
Animated by bars, shops, restaurants and hotels for all budgets, Kos Town could be the ideal solution for those who are not satisfied only with being on the beach and sunbathing.
The city is characterized by a singular mix of modernity and tradition and, in addition to being very close to beaches of Zouroudi and Lampi, allows you to easily reach the hiking trails and places of cultural interest.
Absolutely to visit the Old Town, with its archaeological museum, the mosque Gazi Hassan Pasha, the ancient Agora,odeon Roman and the altar of Dionysus.
About 4 kilometers from Kos town is theAsclepleion, dedicated to the Greek god of medicine, the Roman Villa and the Roman House.
It is also one of the ideal places from which to take a ferry trip to Bodrum, located on the Turkish coast just in front of Kos.
The city of Kos is also well connected with the rest of the island by one efficient public transport network, especially buses and taxis, which make getting around quite easy.
Here it is possible to stay both in luxurious hotels on the sea and in small guest houses with more modest prices.
The best hotels in Kos Town
Leonidas Hotel: Thanks to its excellent location, quiet but close to the beach and the town, this is one of the most populated hotels in Kos. Its 30 recently refurbished rooms offer a range of amenities, such as air conditioning, refrigerator and private bathroom.
Hotel Sonia: practically in the center, a few meters from restaurants and shops, this simple but clean family-run hotel is one of my favorite choices in Kos. There is a quiet terrace where you can have your homemade breakfast, the reception is open 24/24 and the kindness of the staff gives that something extra.
Kos Aktis Art Hotel: a charming upper-range (4-star) hotel, located on the seafront with minimalist and elegant rooms and suites. The suites have a living room with sofa beds. Good location within walking distance of Kos town main square, ferry port and harbor.
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Where to stay in Kos for nightlife: Kardamena
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Another interesting solution for your stay in Kos could be the city of Kardamena, located along the south-eastern coast of the island just 30 kilometers from Kos Town.
This town has gone from being a quiet fishing village to busiest holiday resort on the island.
Kardamena is the ideal place for those who love to have fun as it is populated by restaurants, bars and nightclubs, as well as numerous activities to do. Spend an evening at the Starlight Bar, the largest night club on the island where crazy parties are held.
The kilometer-long main beach is the place that attracts the largest number of tourists and for this reason it could be extremely crowded in some moments.
For those who prefer a little relaxation there is Banana Beach, located not far away and surrounded by sand dunes.
From Kardamena you can then go on numerous boat excursions, including Paradise Beach,island of Nissyros andKalymnos island.
The best hotels in Kardamena
Nissia Kamares: if you are looking for a cheap place, suitable for young people traveling on a budget, this hostel is the right choice. It is located within walking distance of the beach and right next to the main nightlife strip.
All rooms have balconies, well-equipped kitchenette and air conditioning.
Cleopatra Superior: this three-star hotel offers comfortable and clean rooms within walking distance of the best bars and restaurants and the beach: it is precisely because of its excellent location that I consider it one of the best choices in Kos for a medium budget. There is also a sun terrace and an outdoor swimming pool.
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Where to sleep in Kos with children: Antimachia and Mastichari
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Antimachy it is located on a plateau about 23 kilometers from Kos Town and is one of the few villages on the island to have kept its traditional aspect.
It is characterized by picturesque neighborhoods, typical houses and wonderful landscapes, such as the typical windmills scattered around the village.
It is perfect for those who prefer a more relaxed atmosphere and cultural visits.
There are no discos here, but quiet seaside restaurants and tavernas where you can enjoy excellent local fish and goodness.
Here there are also the Venetian castle that overlooks the rest of the village, the eighteenth-century church Agis Paraskevi and the XNUMXth century church Agios Nikolaos.
Not far away are the beaches and about 5 kilometers away it is located Mastichari, that is the port of Antimachia, which looks like a small fishing village from which ferries depart for theKalymnos island.
The best hotels in Antimachia and Mastichari
Mastichari Bay hotel: Built in typical island style, the Mastichari Bay hotel enjoys a privileged location directly on the beach, within walking distance of the picturesque fishing village of Mastichari, on the north coast of the island of Kos. Cozy small bungalows, set among flower gardens with cobbled streets, harmoniously create a Mediterranean landscape between palm trees and fragrant flowers.
Ilios and Irene: Ilios and Irene are two fully equipped apartments in the south of Mastichari. Here you have the privacy of a self-catering apartment, but also the perks of an on-site restaurant with free breakfast! Upon arrival, you will receive a platter of local delicacies. Parking is free.
The Small Village: Located just outside Mastichari, The small village is a collection of apartments and suites right on the coast! There is a swimming pool, massage services and a fitness center on site. There are some large common spaces to meet other guests, and free WiFi is available everywhere.
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The best area to stay in Kos: Kefalos and Kamari
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Ancient capital of the island, Kefalos it stands on the hill southwest of the city of Kos and is divided into two parts.
On the hilly part is the original village, with narrow streets lined with ancient buildings and the remains of a castle.
Going down to the coast it is found instead Kamari, with its beautiful beach and marina full of fishing boats and yachts.
La Kamari sandy beach it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful on the island, perfect for relaxing under an umbrella, taking a swim or taking long walks on the water's edge.
This beach in recent years has become increasingly famous due to the fact that from here it is possible to reach the islet of Kastri, reachable both by swimming and by jet-ski.
Kastri owes its fame not only to its rocky appearance, but also to the fact that it houses the recognizable blue and white church that appears in the film "Mamma mia"!
The best hotels in Kefalos and Kamari
MY FAVORITE HOTEL IN KOS
Without a doubt, my favorite hotel in Kos is theIkos Aria, one of the resorts of the Ikos chain, born in Greece but which is expanding throughout Europe.
Located on the beach of Kefalos just in front of the island of Kastri, the Aria unites in itself the comfort of an all-inclusive resort and the services of a luxury hotel.
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Hermes Hotel: this charming hotel is located in Kefalos. It is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and attractions and is close to the beach. Consisting of 70 rooms, this delightful XNUMX-star hotel offers modern comforts, an outdoor terrace and a cozy lounge bar. There's also an outdoor pool and on-site booking service.
Zeus Hotel: Although this hotel is simple, it is well located for access to the beach and within walking distance of the local tavernas in Kefalos! There is a small pool area with a terrace and sun beds. Free WiFi is available in all public areas and free parking for guests.
Antonis Hotel: Antonis Hotel wins second place on where to stay in Kefalos. It is ideally located and well located for exploring the village and the island. Restaurants, shops and the beach are a short distance away. This property has 13 comfortable rooms, a swimming pool and offers a tasty breakfast.
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