You've also got lively nightlife, wonderful restaurants, magnificent scenery and a heap of family attractions...
Kos, one of the most popular Greek islands, offers a mix of great beaches, a vibrant atmosphere and fascinating local history and culture.
Visitors often choose Kos, the third largest of the Dodecanese island group, because it's slightly less busy than Rhodes but still has plenty to keep holidaymakers entertained. Flights to Kos arrive at Kos International Airport (KGS), also known as Hippocrates Airport.
Many flights to Kos are only available during the summer season. The island gets very busy during this period, with some of the main resort towns filling up with young holidaymakers looking for a party scene. If you are seeking a quieter vacation, visiting at the beginning or end of the season avoids the crowds but still takes advantage of the good weather.
Some of the main attractions in Kos are the beaches. There is a good mixture, from popular tourist areas to more secluded sandy coves. Bubble Beach is so named because of the tiny bubbles that froth up in the water 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. 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 Asfendiou.
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Thanks to the big holiday companies, you can fly to Kos in the summer months from airports across the UK...
Thomson, Thomas Cook, Olympic and Cosmos have non-stop flights to the island from departure points including Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol, Birmingham, the East Midlands and Newcastle. The four hour journey is flown up to several times weekly from early May to late October.
Low cost carriers have also begun flying to the island. easyJet has flights from Gatwick and Glasgow and Ryanair operates from Liverpool.
Stansted and Leeds Bradford. Monarch flies from Gatwick and Jet2 flies from Manchester, East Midlands and Leeds.
Outside of the summer season, the only way to reach the islands is on connecting flights via Athens. Aegean operates year round from Heathrow and Manchester.
Travelling between the centrally located airport and the island's main destinations is hassle-free and inexpensive...
The airport is situated roughly in the middle of Kos, with Kos Town some 25 kilometres away on the north-east coast. Kos Town is about as far as you can travel from the airport, apart from Agios Fokas, which is a little further on. A taxi ride from the airport rank to Kos Town should cost around €35 (about £28.50). It's about €20 to Kardamena and €30 to Kefalos.
For a cheaper alternative, walk out of the airport and find the KTEL bus stop. Services from here running to Kos town, Mastihari, Kardamena and Kefalos cost only a euro or two per person.
Car hire in Kos is a popular choice for adventurous visitors. Collect your rental vehicle from the airport when you arrive to save on the cost of transfers and then use your freedom to access hard-to-reach places, such as the more isolated beaches. Kos Town is worth a visit, too, if you are based in a resort. TravelSupermarket can compare prices on car hire in Kos for you.
Whether you are after peaceful evenings or party nights, choose your resort carefully to enjoy your holiday on the sun-baked island of Kos...
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 their exciting party atmosphere, the towns of Kefalos (with its excellent Camel Beach) and Kardamena will be especially appealing for the island's younger visitors.
The island is well developed for visitors and there are resort towns dotted all over Kos. These include Tingaki, Mastihari, Kamari Bay, Psalidi, Marmari and Agios Fokas. Many of these are based near to small local villages but are self-contained resorts. Marmari has a particularly spectacular beach.
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