The beautiful island of Kos

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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.

Watersports

Strong Meltemi winds on the north coast make good conditions for windsurfing at spots such Agios Fokas, Tingaki and Marmari.

Aegean cruises

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.

Volcanic drama

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.

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Sallyann
21st Oct 2012
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So glad to see someone promote the beautiful island of Kos and my second home and soon to be my only home. The warmth of the people is second to none and there is so much to do and see on this fantastic, yet modest Island.
Once you go to Kos you get hooked for life. It’s quiet, it’s peaceful, it’s friendly, it’s a place where you get to say Kalispera everyday and get an answer back. It’s safe, it’s laid back. Is it beautiful? I think so, though maybe not in that breathtaking sort of way, more in that comfortable, familiar way especially when you drive into Kamari bay from the airport and see Aghios Stefanos in front of you.

It’s a place that has so many hidden gems to offer that once you get to know the locals they will be pleased to show you. It’s also a place where anyone at any age can go and feel safe and welcome.

I’m going out to set up a retreat for women, menopausal women in particular who can come out for a holiday alone or in groups for the chance to re-establish who they are, reconnect with what’s important to them, what they enjoy, what they love and maybe what new thing they want to experience. For that Shirley Valentine experience maybe? I will be offering a life-coaching workshop over several mornings for them during their stay, but encouraging them to take part in other experiences Kefalos/Kos has to offer. The workshops are for the women only, but if they want to bring family and friends with them there will be plenty of time to meet up and enjoy their holiday.

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