Whatever you are interested in, you will find something to enjoy during your stay on Kos.
If you love the water, you will love the great choice of beautiful beaches. Those on the south side are crystal clear and clean. Kamari Bay, Paradise Beach, Camel, Markos, Sunny and Magic Beaches all have beautiful soft sand, sunbeds for hire and tavernas nearby for refreshments. These beaches are also great for snorkelling and watersports (jet ski, parascending, ringos, water skiing etc). The beaches on the north coast are generally shallower and therefore slightly warmer. However, they face the prevailing north wind and therefore have some seaweed.
There are 2 fantastic Waterparks on the island with a wide range of slides. There are rides suitable for those who prefer a gentle thrill and those who like to ride on adrenalin!
As you wander around you will find a lot of antiquity on Kos. Hippocrates, the first Father of Medicine was born here (remember the Hippocratic Oath that doctors take, even today?) Apparently he used to teach his medicinal theories under a tree in Kos Town. “Hippcrates Tree” as it is known, is huge and is now held up by a frame. The Asklepion is the first “hospital” of the world, a huge and impressive historic site which enjoys fantastic views across to Turkey. The pillars of the ancient Agora, the Odeon, Hippocrates Tree, and castles of Knights of St John are also worth visiting.
The boat trips to the neighbouring islands of Kalymnos, Nissyros and Pserimos are highly recommended. Nissyros is the volcanic island you can see from The Tower House. This is definitely worth a visit as you can go right inside the crater. James Bond fans may be interested to know that some of Goldfinger was filmed here. Kos Town is just 5 miles from Turkey by boat. Day trips to Turkey Bodrum are great for bargain retail therapy – but beware of the genuine fakes!
If you have the energy there are lots of great walks to enjoy. On Kefalos peninsula we recommend St John’s Monastery and White Rock Cave, where a skeleton of a neolithic man was discovered. If you like heights, the summit of the island, Oros Dikeos is worth the climb. Palio Pyli is a camouflaged, abandoned village in the mountains with quite a history. It is quite a climb, but worth the effort. For more gentle walks, explore Zia, Asfendiou and Lagoudi, beautiful, colourful mountain villages.
Eating out is a big part of most people’s holidays and you will find no shortage of great food here. Most of the tavernas are family run and offer Greek and international cuisine. There is live entertainment, Greek dancing, a couple of (soundproofed) nightclubs and a range of family and sport-orientated bars.
A friend of ours owns an excursions office (JD Tours) and she will be delighted to help you organise days out to suit your whole group. There is a wide range of trips on offer. They are ideal if you are not keen on driving, or want some adventure. We have a Honey producer not far from The Tower House where you can taste and purchase different honeys. If wine is more your thing, then head over to our local vineyard where you can do wine-tastings and buy your favourites.
Yes, it’s true, for some of us no holiday is complete without some retail therapy! The jewellery in Kos is fantastic; the designs and quality are wonderful. You will find very high-end jewellers in Kos Town, but for hand-made, my favourites are “The Spinning Wheel” in Zia and “Ria & Remko” in Pyli. A gentleman called Dimitri runs a hand made gold and silver jewellery shop on the harbour road at Kefalos which is also well worth a visit. The minimum gold quality in Greece is usually 14 carat. If you’re looking for “genuine fakes” then a day trip to Bodrum is for you, but remember that you will need $20 (yes, American dollars!) for a day visa.
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