If lazing by the beach is your main goal for a Greek getaway, holidays to Kos have you covered – plus cultural ruins and party vibes.

A-bit-of-everything isle

Sure, Rhodes is the big name in the Greek island game, but Kos is its little sibling and more than stakes its claim as your next getaway destination. Sandy beaches are a given, with Insta-worthy views out to sea, while inland you’ll find greenery, wildflowers and pine forests.

Culture central

The island’s capital, Kos Town, has a sand-and-pebble beach on its doorstep. Head inland and there’s lots of ancient ruins to go and explore, too – they’re basically slap-bang in the town centre. The Romans left behind their baths, an amphitheatre and an open-air gym for you to go and embrace your inner Caesar. But top of the list is the Castle of the Knights – a Medieval fort by the water.

Island nightlife

When it comes to nights out, Kardamena calls the shots. It won’t take you long to track down the bars – just follow the party vibes right to the aptly named Bar Street. Karaoke booths and British pubs are a given, but you’ll find late-night clubs and bars on the main strip, too.

Booming nightlife

When it comes to nights out, Kardamena calls the shots. It won’t take you long to track down the bars - just follow the bassy beats and flashing lights to the aptly named Bar Street. Here, karaoke bars and Brit pubs are all present and correct. Kos Town’s strip of bars goes by the same moniker, too.

At a Glance

  • Swig a smooth red at a teeny taverna in Tingaki
  • Soak up the late-night scene in Kardamena
  • Sample local ice-cream on Psalidi’s peaceful beach

Best time to go to Kos

The hot weather in Kos starts to crank up around May, with things staying warm and sunny right through until October. Unsurprisingly, it’s July and August when it’s strictly swimsuits and flip-flops – the temperatures often hit the mid-30s.

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