The holiday island of Kos is known for its hot summer sun and action packed nightlife so best to avoid it if you are looking for a quiet holiday!
Kos basks in turquoise seas just off the southwest corner of Turkey, an island of sandy beaches and cooling Aegean breezes. Kos is also closely linked with the Greek father of medicine, Hippocrates. Behind the walls of the harbour front castle in Kos Town the ancient plane tree is rumoured to be the spot under which the famous man tutored his students.
Family beach fun
For family beach holidays on Kos try Tingaki on the north coast. The beach here is particularly good for children with soft white sands that shelve very gradually quite a way offshore. The waters of the southern coast beaches are cooler and calmer than those of the north. The 5-mile stretch at Kamari in the southwest is probably the best on the island although it does dip sharply offshore.
Strong Meltemi winds on the north coast make good conditions for windsurfing at spots such Agios Fokas, Tingaki and Marmari.
The bustling harbour of Kos Town is crammed with the masts of sailing boats bound for remote beach and snorkelling excursions. Enjoy diving from the deck and fantastic swimming and snorkelling in clear blue waters. Some trips will also include a deck barbecue feasting on fresh fish and kebabs. For a shopping trip in the Turkish bazaars take a ferry or hydrofoil trip over to Bodrum on the Turkish mainland.
Take a day cruise over to the volcanic isle of Nisyros. Buses will take you up to the crater rim allowing you to walk down to the sulphurous floor where bubbling mud and active volcanic fumaroles belch hot steam. Back down at the waterfront there’s time to stroll the narrow streets of the village and enjoy the views back over to the south coast of Kos.