Renowned for its abundance of white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, there is a plethora of things to do in Kos, the third largest island of the Dodecanese island chain. Whether you are in search of the latest adventure or are looking to relax on a paradise beach, Kos caters for every kind of traveller. With year round sun and warm temperatures, ranging from 10 to 16 degrees Celsius in winter months and 20 to upwards of 35 degrees in the summer, Kos’ climate, beautiful scenery and rich, cultural history make the Greek island the ideal destination for looking to get out and explore while on holiday.
Defined by their white sand and turquoise waters, Kos’ beaches have plenty to offer tourists. Providing visitors with all of the modern amenities you would expect on a holiday island, most of the beaches are equipped with sun loungers with plenty of watersports and beach activities available – the ideal place to spend an afternoon with family and friends. There are also quieter beaches that don’t attract the masses where, at times, you can be the sole person on the beach.
With a number of boat trips around the island, like our 3 Island Cruise or the Zeus Superior, you can discover Kos’ hidden bays and coves for yourself. A great way to spend a day, the majority of boats trips will take you to quieter beaches and provide snorkelling equipment for those who wish to swim amongst Greece’s rich marine life. If you’re really lucky you may even spot a sea turtle which can be found in the area. For holiday makers who particularly enjoy spending time on the beach and in the water, Mark Warner have a range of watersports holidays to Greece, perfect for those looking for an active holiday in the sun.
Like most of Greece, Kos has an abundance of historical ruins dating back to ancient times. Perhaps the most famous and interesting of Kos’ ruins is the Asklepion Temple in the north east of the island. Home to one of the world’s first ever hospitals, the temple was a medical centre and a temple to the god of healing, Asklepion. With its long, historical relationship with medicine it’s no surprise that Kos was the birth place of Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine. As well as the Asklepion Temple Kos has a host of other ruins including the fascinating castles and historical city walls.
No trip to Greece is complete without experiencing a taste of their vibrant cultural traditions. In almost all of the towns on the island you will find traditional Greek Tavernas where locals enjoy kicking up their heels with a bit of traditional Greek dancing. A fun evening activity for children and adults alike, traditional Greek dancing has been around for thousands of years, since ancient times, when it was regarded in a spiritual nature.
A fantastic way to immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of the island, a guided tour of Kos is an enjoyable experience for all ages. Explore the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea on a boat trip or immerse yourself in the island’s rich history on a historical tour. With a variety of tours available, there’s something for everyone. Read more here.
Discover the beautiful island of Kos by taking part in the many outdoor activities that will keep everyone entertained during their stay. From windsurfing to sailing, mountain biking and scuba diving, Kos has a plethora of fun and exciting things to do under the warm Mediterranean sun. Read more here.
Kos is the ideal location for those who enjoy a night out on the town while on holiday. With an array of clubs in the renowned Club Zone that party all night long and charming cocktail bars serving up fresh and tasty drinks, Kos has it all. Kos’ nightlife attracts visitors of all ages and there is something to suit all preferences that guarantee a great night out. Read more here.
Make the most of your trip to Kos and explore the island's fabulous shopping scene where you can expect to find traditional Greek products, jewellery, leather good, perfumes and souvenirs. Pick up something special for your loved ones from the variety of shops, like Konstantinos, and explore the Market of Kos as well as various other markets dotted across the island. Read more here.
Create magical memories with your family and discover the best water parks in Kos, like the Lido Waterpark. With large pools, thrilling water flumes and on site cafes and snack bars, parents can sit back and relax while children have the freedom to let loose and enjoy the excitement of the water parks. Read more here.