Kos Holidays 2015

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Captivating Kos

The stunning island of Kos is home to 112km of idyllic coastline, all decorated by gorgeous powdery sands, clear blue lapping water and a real buzz of excitement and escapism, ensuring that Kos holidays are a memorable and indulgent experience. While much of the island’s lure is based around the sparkling waters of the Aegean Sea, you’ll find various other captivating elements of the island available to explore, including an insight into the world of Ancient Greece.

Due to its close proximity to Turkey, Kos provides a great bridge between Greek and Turkish ideals, best discovered in the delectable culinary scene on the island, enjoyed in beachfront tavernas or on bustling streets in Kos Town. Action and adventure is key during holidays to Kos, whether that is embraced on the waters of the Aegean or within the rolling mountains of the island’s immense inland landscapes.

Beach Bum Lifestyle

Indulging in the beach lifestyle simply comes naturally in Kos, with countless beaches and beach resorts to choose from, offering everything from serenity and relaxation on the sand to thrills and action in the water. In addition to the lure of the sand and sea, the resorts are also decked out with great hotels, wonderful eateries and vibrant bars, providing the perfect base for your holidays in Kos. Psalidi is a great place to base yourself, offering superb dining in an idyllic setting, as well as being on the doorstep of one of the island’s top nature parks – perfect for trekking.

Kos is scattered with idyllic beach holiday settings from the long stretches of sandy beaches in Kardamena, to the white sand and shingle beach at Paradise Beach in Kefalos, with its shallow and warm waters providing perfect swimming conditions for children on your beach holiday, while Mastichari promises even more indulgence on the sand. If you’re looking for calmer waters and a less vibrant atmosphere, family-friendly beaches can also be found at Tingaki and Lambi Beach in Kos Town. Water sports are readily available during your holidays to Kos, with everything from snorkelling and sailing to kite-surfing and windsurfing, providing avenues of action for those that find it tough to sit still on the beach.

A Flavour of Ancient Greece

If you’re after a great cultural experience, the island has a number of historical sites that you simply can’t miss. Head to the medieval castle and famous windmill in Kefalos and the Greek and Roman ruins scattered throughout Kos Town, such as the ancient Odeon, the Roman House and the ancient Gymnasium. The whitewashed buildings of Kos Town and its fantastic range of hotels, restaurants and nightclubs combined with these ancient attractions result in a mesmerising location on the island.

In addition to the sites dotted around Kos Town, holidays in Kos holds many more secrets and treasures of bygone eras, displaying important examples of Greek history and giving history buffs and culture vultures lots of things to do. Make sure you pay a visit to the breath-taking Asklepion - once a training place for Hippocrates, the impressive Paleo Pili and the intriguing Knights of St. John Castle, all before relaxing after your day of exploration and discovery in one of the island’s great spas during your Kos holidays.

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Travel Information
Language: Greek (English widely spoken)
Currency: Euro
Local time: GMT/BST +2 hours
Local airport: Kos
Flight time: 4 hours

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Tingaki, Kos

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Lambi, Kos

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Cycling

The flat landscape means that cycling is a really popular way to get around the island and there are several cycle hire companies to choose from. This is a really great way to take in the scenery at your own pace and get off the beaten track, not to mention checking out some near deserted beaches. There are even some dedicated cycle roads between the big hotels.

Water Sports

If lazing around on the beach all day isn’t your idea of fun, why not check out one of the many varied water sports? With everything from water skiing and windsurfing to banana boating and jet skiing, there is a lot of fun to be had out on the crystal clear waters. Those who prefer to take life at a slower pace can explore the island on pedalos or canoes, while parascending offers a great view of the island from way up high.

Horse Riding

If you’re looking for a fun and leisurely way to explore Kos, why not do it on horseback? There are several companies offering a variety of packages including hacks for beginners or experts and supervised pony rides for children. It is possible to either book lessons or take it easy on a leisurely trek, which will take in historical sites and small villages that are off the beaten track. Safety is taken very seriously and all companies should offer riding hats.

Hiking

As Kos is mostly flat, it’s a great place for beginners to try out a hike across the island. There are loads of great trails, which you will be able to find on a map that will take in historical sites and gorgeous beaches. The natural scenery with its rugged cliffs, lush green forests and lively wildlife makes for a great day out walking. Whether you check out Neratzia Castle or some of the other ancient ruins, there is plenty to see on a walking tour in Kos.

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