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Sun holidays in Kos

Located in the south of the Aegean Sea, just 4km off the coast of Turkey lies 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

Lakitira Beach Resort

When looking at the turquoise seas all day proves too tempting, then Lakitira Beach Resort offers a range of excellent free watersports facilities and tuition. Those that don't want to get their feet wet can head to our tennis or mountain biking centres. For families there is childcare from four months to 18 years with a range of fun age suitable activities.

Helona Beach Resort

The stunning infinity pools at Helona Beach Resort offer an amazing holiday backdrop. This 5 star hotel is a short walk away from Lakitira Beach Resort where guests can enjoy a range of activities on and off the water

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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Culture & History

Culture and 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.

Local food

Weather

Weather in Kos

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.

   May June  July  Aug  Sept  Oct 
High °C 26 32 35 34 30 26
High °F 78 89  95 93 86 78
Low °C 17  21  23  24  22  18 
Low °F 63  70  73  75  72  64 
Days of rain 3
Sunshine hours 10 11  12 12 10 

 

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