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Sun lounges on the beach in Kos

Kos is one of the most popular tourist destinations among the Greek Islands and is the third largest of the Dodecanese island group. As with many of the Greek tourist destinations, it offers an excellent mix of great beaches and a vibrant atmosphere as well as a fascinating local history and culture.

Visitors to Kos often choose this island because it isn't quite as busy as Rhodes, but still has plenty to keep holidaymakers entertained. Flights to Kos arrive at Kos International Airport (KGS), also known as Hippocrates Airport.

However, many of the flights are only available during the summer season. In this period, the island gets very busy, with some of the main resort towns filling up with young holidaymakers looking for a party scene. If you are looking for a quieter vacation, visiting at the beginning or end of the season helps to avoid the crowds but still takes advantage of the good weather.

The main urban area on the island is Kos Town, which has a number of great hotels, entertainment venues and eateries, as well as being the site of many of the island's major attractions. Its harbour alone is definitely worth exploring.

For a really exciting party atmosphere, the towns of Kefalos (with its excellent Camel Beach) and Kardamena are well worth a visit, as these are hubs for the island's younger visitors, with the latter having the added benefit of being extremely close to the airport.

White church in Kos, Greece

The island has been well developed for visitors and there are resort towns dotted across the entirety of Kos these include Tingaki, Mastihari, Kamair, Psalidi, Marmari and Agios Fokas. Many of these are based near to small local villages but are self-contained resorts. Marmari has an absolutely spectacular beach.

Outside of the towns and villages, some of the main attractions are the beaches. There is a good mix of these, from popular tourist areas to more secluded sandy coves. Bubble Beach is so named because of the tiny bubbles that froth up the waters around the shore. Paradise Beach and Exotic Beach are also popular. Boat trips for a day out to the nearby islands of Rhodes, Kalymnos and Patmos are also available.

History enthusiasts will also not be disappointed by Kos. It has been occupied since prehistoric times and featured in the Greek legend of Hercules. Arguably the island's most famous resident was Hippocrates the father of medicine. His plane tree is now held up by scaffolding but is supposedly the oldest tree in Europe and there is also the Asklepion  the medical temple where Hippocrates was educated.

Other sites of interest include the Castle of the Knights of St John and the hot springs of Thermes Beach. Kos flights also offer the chance to see some of the island's smaller settlements, such as Pyli and those in Ashfeniou.

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