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Basic information

  • Area: 287.2 km² (111 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +302242
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 33,388
  • Language: Greek
  • Time Zone: EET (UTC+2), EEST (UTC+3)

Kos – Overview

The captivating island of Kos is situated at the heart of the Dodecanese, a group of Greek islands that are scattered in the waters of the Aegean Sea. No stranger to tourism, holiday makers have for decades flocked to the shores of Kos, attracted by its promise of lazy days spent soaking up the sun on sandy beaches, and nights laden with light hearted adventure. Rated as a top spot for the young and old alike, Kos is crammed with pursuits that are sure to suit even the savviest of travellers.

For history lovers, stories from bygone days leap to life at the island’s ancient agora or in the midst of the magical remnants of sacred temple complexes. Beautiful beaches are found in abundance, so visitors won’t have to go far to track down the perfect place to pitch an umbrella. The island’s northern shores are renowned for their bronzed crowds, lively cafes and adrenaline pumping water sports, while sun worshippers in search of peace and quiet, can pack a picnic and slip off to the south where secluded coves can still be discovered. For a day trip to remember, hop aboard a boat and take a day trip to one of the nearby neighbouring islands that with their whitewashed ports, rambling cobbled streets and terraces are sure to delight.

For Foodies, Kos caters for every taste. Hungry visitors can refuel with all kinds of cosmopolitan cuisine, from big English breakfasts to succulent burgers, crisp salads and mouth watering Greek treats. Be sure to sample hearty helpings of authentic fare that include freshly caught fish, crumbling cheeses and hearty stews that burst with flavour.

As a well trodden tourist destination, the island boasts an array of accommodation options to suit all budgets, from family run Bed & Breakfasts to exclusive boutique hotels. Those wanting to be a in the thick of it can book into a one of many upbeat resorts, or for the ultimate experience of laid back living, head to the rolling olive groves inland, where a selection of self catering rustic villas await.

Kos is blessed with all year round sunshine, with temperatures ranging from 15 degrees in the cool winter months rising up to the early thirties during the height of the summer. Winters (November to February) are usually mild and sunny, although don’t forget to bring a rain coat, as showers can be frequent.

Kos has all the amenities needed for smooth stay, with ATM machines and car rental companies scattered throughout the main commercial centre. Foreign currency can also be exchanged into Euros at the airport on arrival, in bank branches or at exchange booths. For additional information or advice, visit the tourist office located just south of the main harbour.