Kos is a gem floating in the Aegean Sea; experience charming Kos Town, party in Kardamena, relax in Kefalos or unwind in Tigaki.
Okay so I start most of my blog posts insisting that the destination in question is beautiful and a perfect holiday spot, but there are no truer words to describe the lovely Greek island of Kos. Steeped in natural beauty, this island has sweeping stretches of sun-gold sand, pretty hidden coves, fields coloured with flowers and blankets of emerald pine forests. Kos perfectly combines history, culture, tourism and a party atmosphere to ensure that holidaymakers of all types can enjoy their perfect break. This ability to beautifully combine opposites to provide an all-round enjoyable holiday makes Kos very popular with tourists from around the world.
Kardamena is one of the reasons why Kos has become so popular in recent years. You might not expect this beautiful Greek island, which is brimming with archaeological sites and traditional villages, to have an electric party town… but it does! Kardamena is a modern tourist resort with a party-hard attitude, located about ½ hour away from Kos Town. With an impressive array of bars, pubs and clubs (particularly on Bar Street), Kardamena welcomes tourists who want a relaxing, laid-back holiday by day and a lively one by night. In the day, unwind and recharge on the huge stretch of sandy beach or wander around Kardamena town and indulge in some retail therapy.
Kos Town is Kardamena’s neighbour; sleek and cosmopolitan with just the right amount of history and tradition, Kos Town is beautiful, interesting and a favourite with holiday makers. The 15th century Medieval castle (built by the Knights Templar no less) and Roman ruins give a glimpse of old Kos, shimmering through the modern glaze of bars, restaurants, shops and clubs. Dine at a choice of restaurants and tavernas at the waterfront harbour or settle down for an evening drink in one of the Town Square cafes and watch the world pass you by. Kos Town also has its own little beach which is small and pebbly and lies just next to the castle’s Medieval walls. Head north of the harbour and you’ll find a second, larger beach also belonging to Kos Town.
Kefalos and Kamari
Approximately 40kms away from Kos Town lies the beautiful town of Kefalos. Kefalos is the perfect destination for a relaxing beach holiday, with long stretches of beach combined with lovely shallow sea which is perfect for swimming. Charming and picturesque, Kefalos comes with one of the most stunning beaches on the island… Kamari Beach. The water here is crystal clear and laps gently against 5km of sand and shingle (the sandier parts are to the east of the beach). Close by is also Paradise Beach which has soft white sand and more beautifully clear water. The night life in Kefalos is very low key but there are around 20 bars, restaurants and tavernas plus you can travel by car to Kos Town (it takes about 50 minutes) if you want a bit more entertainment in the evening.
Fancy a truly laid back holiday? Then visit pretty Tigaki for a peaceful beach holiday set in idyllic countryside surroundings. Tigaki’s main attraction is a beautiful sandy beach (6km long!) and shallow, crystal clear water. It’s perfect for families with small children, people who like to swim and anyone wanting to try out some water sports. Tingkai has low key night life similar to Kefalos – think relaxing in a chilled out bar or watching live music rather than clubbing until sunrise. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy and a variety of shops too. Kos Town is close by again, 15 minutes away by car, for anyone that wants a livelier atmosphere in the evening.
Weather in Kos
Visit Kos in the summer and you’re pretty much guaranteed beautiful sun-bright days and hot, dry weather. Watch out for soaring temperatures in mid-summer when things can almost get unbearable (note to self: plenty of sun cream, shade and water). If you prefer your temperatures a little cooler then we recommend that you visit in Spring and Autumn, when the weather is a pleasantly milder and notably less extreme.
*Prices based on 2 adults sharing 23-30 September 2014. Prices correct when checked 05/09/2014