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One of the most popular holiday hotspots of all the Greek islands, Kos is a sun-kissed beauty of a destination and famed for its sensational beaches. So get your toes in the sands of this island - book car hire in Kos to visit the best beaches, many of which are outside the main resorts.

Why go?

Read on to find out more about Kos and then start planning your break in Greece...

Kos is a Greek island in the south Sporades group of the Dodecanese islands. Kos is a relatively small island measuring approximately 25 miles by half a mile, yet it's still a good idea to arrange a rental car to get around easily and independently.

Kos is part of a chain of mountains from which it became separated after earthquakes and subsidence that occurred in ancient times. It is interesting to visit each of the mountains individually and by arranging a hire car you will be able to do this easily.

Wherever you stay on this pretty island, perfect beaches and historical sites are within easy reach. Some of the resorts are renowned for their all-night party scenes - Kardamena, for example - though if you have a hire car and you prefer a quieter place to stay you can simply visit for a few hours and then leave the night owls to it.

The tourist season in Kos is between May and October, with July and August being the hottest months. It's a good idea to keep bottled water with you and in your hire car during these months.

Arrange Kos car rental well in advance of your trip to make the biggest savings. You can then collect your rental car at Kos International Airport (KGS), which is also known as Hippocrates Airport. That way, you can make further savings by not having to book separate resort transfers.

Find a great deal on Kos car hire now by using the search tool on TravelSupermarket.

Where to explore

Pack your sense of adventure as well as your summer clobber and make the most of your time on this holiday island...

The island of Kos has a quiet and a lively side. The main port and population centre on the island, also called Kos, is the tourist and cultural hub, with whitewashed buildings and many hotels, restaurants and a small number of nightclubs forming a strip - this is the liveliest resort on the island.

Located on the north-eastern tip of this long and narrow island, the town is an hour at most by road from even the furthest areas, such as Kefalos in the south-west. The resort of Kardamena is located roughly halfway along the south coast. By day the beaches provide plenty of space to simply flop and relax, while by night - when the neon lights glow under the stars - bars and clubs fill with people looking to let loose and have a good time.

The other side to Kos is a complete contrast: picture-postcard scenes of small hamlets ideal for exploring and little whitewashed villages dotted across green hills. But to discover this other, quieter side, you'll need to arrange a good hire car. Smaller resorts like Marmari and Mastihari delve into the quieter side of Kos. Kos is a great holiday choice - whether you want a quiet or a lively holiday.