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Things to do on Kos

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Kos Attractions and things to do on Kos

Besides its overwhelming golden sandy beaches, the Greek island of Kos is also sheered in monuments, miscellany from its magnificent past, making it the perfect holiday destination, not only as an option between other Greek Islands but on an international scale. You will find everything relating to tourist amenities, delights and nightlife. In spite of the profound development of Kos, you must also explore deserted places around the island and a more habitual way of life. The island has another rather more ordinary claim to renown - it's the home of the Kos lettuce which is a memorable sight on supermarkets the world over. The island of Kos is truly a place to travel around.

Shopping

Thickly packed shops in Kardamena offer wares from fashionable clothes to tourist oriented mementos. Traditional jewellery and a variety of sponges mark the best buy. The large shops are situated in the main square and by the bridge at the top of the main bar street. Local markets are open on Tuesdays, across the waters in Turkey.

Festivals

The “Alasarnia” festival takes place every summer, plus many cultural events, theatrical shows, concerts, visual art exhibitions along with several competitions (cycling, chess etc) and the nautical week. In Kardamena they honour Agio Ioanni (St. John) during the last week of August and Theotoko at the beginning of September with many festivities.

Head to the beach

Kardamena has a beautiful beach situated right in the middle of the village, curving from both sides of the harbour. The beach offers organised watersports and all the essential services you would expect from a tip top beach

Attractions

There are fabulous historical sites scattered all over the island and Kardamena can be used as a perfect base to visit these. Most of them are situated in the capital city Kos, which is easily accessible. A boat trip to the fabulous volcanic islands of Nisyros and Rhodes are also well worth the effort and provide for an interesting excursion. “The plane-tree” of Hippocrates, the “Mediaeval Castle”, excavations at the port, the ancient gymnasium “xystos”, the Odeon, Casa Romana, the museum, the “Asklepieion” are other places in the surrounding areas that must be definitely visited.


Lido Water Park If you fancy taking things easier, meanwhile, you can float down the Lazy River, pamper yourself in the bubbly jacuzzi or just laze on the sun terraces enjoying drinks and snacks from the restaurants and bars. The younger ones are well catered for too, with especially designed pool filled with mini-slides, games and fountains. A cracking day out for the whole family! Click on the name to see more details and pictures of the Lido Water Park .

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the Lido Water Park simply use the search box above and enter “Mastichari” as the resort. Look out for the 4-star Horizon Beach Resort and the 5-star Gaia Palace are very popular.

Simply Kos - Excursion Discover the best of Kos, from its popular seaside resorts to its rustic mountain villages, with this fascinating excursion accompanied by a guide revealing snippets of its history along the way. Visit one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites, the Askleipion, where crumbled temples stand on a pine-covered hillside, the remains of the world's first hospital. Snap the views and explore the ruins, it's where doctors first practiced the teaching of Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine. Then it’s on to the mountain village of Zia, which is surrounded by a dense cedar forest. Browse for handicrafts or admire from its homely rooftop tavernas the spectacular views out on to Turkey. Afterwards, we're off to Pyli, famous for its hilltop Byzantine castle and natural springs. Refill your water bottle here but take care what spring you chose - they're said to bring either eternal youth or fertility! Then we will head down to Kefalos, a picturesque seaside resort for some free time on the beach or a tasty lunch in a taverna. The tour will end on a high, with a visit to the historic village of Antimachia to see its little museum and the last remaining working windmill in the island. The town is also home to a 14th century crusader castle and the ruins of an early Christian basilica.


Kos Turkish Delight Why settle for just seeing Greece while you're here? Turkey is just a short distance away and this trip is a great taster of its culture and sights. The adventure begins with a short ride across the Aegean to one of its liveliest resorts, Bodrum. Hugging two bays which are divided by a crusader castle, it is straight from a postcard. On arrival, there's a guided tour of the main landmarks and best viewpoints, letting you take photos of the town and yacht-filled harbour from above. Then, it's onto a gold centre to learn about Turkish gold and maybe buy a few pieces. The next stop is the old town, where you'll have free time to look around the lanes and browse the bazaars. You'll be spoilt for choice shopping wise, too. We've timed the excursion for market day, so every street is doubly loaded with shops and stalls selling spices, carpets, leather and copycat designer goods. Haggle your heart out, sip on Turkish coffee and soak up the sights and sounds before re-boarding your boat back.


Volcanic Encounter If there's one must see while on Kos, it’s the volcanic island of Nisyros. This scenic gem can be visited thanks to this afternoon and evening cruise. On arrival at the capital, Mandraki, we'll begin an island tour. The first stop is Nikia, an old village offering bird's-eye views over its huge volcanic crater, formed by a massive eruption in the 15th century. Sip coffees or soumada, the local almond liqueur, in the cute square, taking in the atmosphere Then, head down to the crater's edge, as your guide explains Nisyros' geology and mythology - legend says the island was created from a stone thrown by the god, Poseidon. You can then stroll around the crater or head for the top, sniffing the sulphur fumes and experiencing the steam and heat. Afterwards, head back to Mandraki where there's times to admire the balconied houses, have dinner in a taverna or see its Cliffside monastery before returning to Kos. Meeting/ pick-up point: Pick up from hotels in Kos Town, Lambi, Psaldi, Kefalos, Tingaki and Kardamena. Start/opening time: 9.40-11.35am. End/closing time: 8pm.

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the start of the Volcanic Encounter simply use the search box above and enter “Kardamena” as the resort.


Paradise Beach Kos has its fair share of beaches, but Paradise Beach on the southwest coast tops the lot. The most popular on the island, it's sandy with bright blue seas and rocks towards one end. So how about spending the day here? We'll drop you here late morning and leave you to enjoy it all afternoon. You'll find plenty of facilities here too. Things like sunbeds, umbrellas, tavernas and water sports. Laze on the sands in the shade or the sun. Splash about in the waters - they're wonderfully shallow so ideal for games, kids and learner swimmers. Or just set off with a snorkel. An inflatable waterpark pops up here sometimes too. And the sea's a bit special as well. The locals call the beach ''Bubble Bay'' for a reason. In certain places, volcanic bubbles gurgle up from the seabed, creating natural Jacuzzis. Imagine swimming in fizzy lemonade and you've got the idea. Meeting/ pick-up point: Pick up from hotels in Kardamena, Kefalos, Kos Town, Lambi, Psalidi and Tingaki. Start/opening time: 9 - 9.55am. End/closing time: 5 – 6pm.

Please note! To find holidays and hotels near the Paradise Beach simply use the search box above and enter “Kefalos” as the resort.


Scuba Diving Good visibility and loads of fish makes the sea around Kos perfect for diving, so if you fancy giving diving a whirl, this is your chance. It’s a bite- sized taster that doesn’t tie you down to a fully-fledged course. First things first, you'll be given a brief classroom session introducing you to the sport. Then you'll zip on your wetsuit and get to grips with your facemask and air tanks in some shallow water. And after that, it’s time for your first dive. Accompanied by an instructor, you'll head for a local diving site where you'll get acquainted with the underwater world and swim through shoals of tiny fish. You may even spot bigger critters like Moray eels, bream and octopus too. It’s a great way to get started, if you're an experienced diver meanwhile, we can arrange more advanced PADI packages and diving trips to suit you - just ask for details. Meeting/ pick-up point: Pick up from hotels in Kos Town, Lambi, Psaldi, Kefalos, Kardamena and Tingaki. Start/opening time: 7.45-9.20am. End/closing time: 5.30pm.


Taverna Night Forget yourself amidst the darkness, the food, the drink and the music on this joyful tavern night out. There is quite nothing like a night out in Greece for a fun and exotic experience all mingled into one. One thing is for sure: the Greeks know how to enjoy themselves. So go with the flow and you won’t be able to resist the merriment. The night is young and it belongs to you. Let the evening kick off. You are first driven up to the quaint mountain village of Zia. Enjoy some time tottering around town and take in the spectacular views. Guaranteed, you won’t want to leave the magnificent sunset un-photographed from atop this vantage point. After that, its tavern time. Gorge upon the savoury meze – main course and desert accompanied with, oh yes, unlimited wine and soft drinks. After a while of light-hearted feasting, a bouzouki band will make their entrance alongside a happy-go-lucky group of costumed dancers. Join the fun and take to the floor when the performers invite you to form part of a Sirtaki, the traditional Greek circle dance. The music speeds up, the room spins round and feet stomp about. As the instruments jitter quicker and quicker, you don’t even have to worry about how to get home; at the end of the event you will be picked up and driven back to the hotel. So let your hair down; eat, drink and dance to your heart’s content. Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up from hotels in Kos Town, Lambi, Psaldi, Kefalos, Kardamena and Tingaki. Start/opening time: At 5.40-6.35pm pick-up from hotels and head up to the village of Zia. End/closing time: At 11pm return to resorts and hotels.


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