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Located in the south of the Aegean Sea, just 4km off the coast of Turkey lays the long and gloriously sunny Greek island of Kos.

Kos Holidays suit those who prefer to dip in and out of old and new culture, with an abundance of trendy bars, shops and restaurants amongst archaeological sites, museums and charming street markets. You'll never have a shortage of things to do in Kos.

Kos enjoys a healthy tourist trade, but is perhaps a tad more mellow than its bigger sister Rhodes. Born in ancient earthquakes and once home to the ‘father of medicine’ Hippocrates, the hilly island is steeped in heritage, but boasts modern amenities too.

Kos Resorts

Visit Helona Beach Resort >

PictureVisitors to our Kos resorts can enjoy relaxing sun filled days on the beach or lie back and admire the coastline from the stunning infinity pools at Helona Beach Resort.



Visit Lakitira Beach Resort >

PictureAnd when looking at the turquoise seas all day proves too tempting, then Lakitira Beach Resort offers a range of excellent watersports facilities and tuition.

But glittering ocean and beautiful beaches aren't all Kos has to offer. Venture inland and you'll find a wealth of picturesque villages where you can shop for souvenirs and local crafts, rugged mountain scenery and plenty of history and culture.

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Why Choose Kos for your Family Summer Holiday

Local Food

Local Food

The food in Kos is based on Greek Mediterranean cuisine consisting of meat, fish, vegetables, olive oil and pasta. You’ll find typical Greek dishes such as tzatziki, moussaka and stuffed vine leaves on many taverna menus, as well as more local traditional dishes and plenty of fresh fish. However, thanks to its flourishing tourist trade, it’s easy to find chips, burgers, pizzas, British food or international cuisine here too.

Typical Kos dishes & food

Pittaridia: A type of lasagne that has been boiled in meat broth.
Varvara: A sweet made of boiled wheat with honey, sugar, almonds, nuts, raisins, pomegranate, cinnamon, rose water, orange zest and spices.
Katimeria: A cheese pie that has been rolled and fried and is made with mizithra cheese, served with honey and cinnamon.
Xismata: A local wheat bread made with mizithra cheese and spices.
Afrena and Eftazyma: Spiced breads made with yeast derived from the froth of boiled chick peas and with bay leaves.
Kokkino Tiri: A red cheese which locals bake using red wine.
Pligouri: A dish of ground pork and bulgur wheat.


Greece’s national liqueur is the aperitif Ouzo, which is clear in colour and has an aniseed flavour. The local lager is Mythos, which has an alcohol percentage of 4.7% and won an award at the 2001 Interbeer International Beer & Whiskey Competition. Retsina is a Greek white wine that has been made for at least 2000 years and is usually quite cheap.




Culture & History

Culture & History

With a rich history dating back to prehistoric times and fertile farming soil, it’s no wonder the Koan local culture involves a lot of celebration. The villages in particular like to celebrate the patrons and saints of their local churches with traditional dances, music and even boiled goat.

Religious festivals

Kos is home to many religious festivals, which relate to the Greek Orthodox religion that is practiced here. The biggest of these are held in Antimachia, Kardamena and Kefalos. The Easter-linked Shrovetide, for example, is traditionally celebrated with masquerade processions. Antimachia and Kefalos both celebrate the Assumption of Mary on August 15th with plenty of wine and the latter even serves boiled goat for the occasion. Saint John is celebrated in the same way on August 29th in Kardamena and Kefalos, while on April 23rd Saint George is celebrated in Pyli with horse races followed by more wine and food.

Cultural festivals

During the summer months of July to September, Kos Town and Kardamena come alive with the rich cultural festival programmes of Hippocrateia and Alassernia respectively. The programmes include painting, sculpture, photography, theatre, poetry and music - most of which comes from local talent. During this time, the Hippocratic Oath is also re-enacted each Sunday at the Asclepeion.



The weather in Kos consists of long hot summers, coupled with mild winters keep holidaymakers coming back year after year. Blessed with plenty of sunshine and warm waters, even in the lower seasons of autumn and spring when the island is less busy.

Its mild Mediterranean climate even caused the Roman Doctor Gallino to call Kos 'the most temperate place in the world.’ The height of summer can see up to 14 hours of uninterrupted sunlight per day, with hot temperatures made softer by cooling breezes.

What to See and Do

What to See and Do

You will not be short of things to do in Kos. From sunbathing on long sandy beaches, to shopping for crafts, soaking up history, or exploring the countryside – there’s lots to see and do in Kos. With 112km of coastline surrounding a mountainous landscape that is dotted with picturesque villages, family holidays in Kos are beautiful and fun-filled.

The island’s most important ancient site is the Asklepion, a religious sanctuary dedicated to the Greek god of healing, Asklepios. Situated on a wooded hillside, 4km west of Kos Town, there are ruins of temples, baths and an altar. An unlikely and unsubstantiated myth suggests Hippocrates worked and taught here.

Zia is positioned on the north side of the island and meandering around this pretty, quaint village is a very popular pastime in Kos. Situated on the Dikaion Mountain the views from the village are superb and can be enjoyed whilst relaxing in one of the cafés or tavernas that line the streets.



Why We Love Kos

Why I Love Kos

Name: Jono Kelly
Position: Resort Manager

Which resort and country do you work in?
Lakitira & Helona (Kos), Greece.

How long have you been working with Mark Warner?
10 years.

What’s your favourite thing about your resort?
Lakitira is in a fantastic location, which sees lots of sunshine and great wind for watersports enthusiasts. The hotels also have excellent modern facilities.

What are your top 3 favourite things about working with Mark Warner?
1. Meeting new and different people (both staff, locals and guests).
2. Each day presents a different challenge. Very rarely are two days the same – it’s definitely never dull!
3. With all the activities on offer and the beautiful surroundings, it’s always a fun and enjoyable environment to work in.

What are your top 3 favourite things about working in the country that you do?
1. The weather – Kos is known as the sunshine island as its pretty much sunshine from the moment the guests arrive in    May until they leave in November.
2. The beaches are absolutely fantastic, with beautiful clean waters.
3. There are also the perfect wind conditions for watersports.

When you’re not working, what do you do to keep entertained?
I really love to join in with the activities available in resort – there’s so much to do! I also love to try out the local restaurants and bars and enjoying the great local food. The island has numerous beautiful beaches, as well as fun water-parks.

What’s your favourite food from the area in which you work?
I love the Greek dishes Saganaki and Tzakiki. Fresh fish is always available and is absolutely fantastic. The local fruits and vegetables in season are also very tasty.

What’s your favourite local activity?
There are many boat trips to see the other islands and Turkey.

If you had one tip for anyone visiting your resort, what would it be?
Come for two weeks rather than one as there is so much to do.

If you had one tip for anyone visiting the country you work in, what would it be?
See some of the island – you can hire a car and see so much in one day. It’s a small island with so many attractions, it really is a must.


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