With generous golden sand, shallow blue waters, and a laid-back attitude, Kos is your quintessential destination for an indulgent beach retreat. When you combine these alluring aspects of island life with Greece's cultural highlights and culinary charms, it's easy to see why Kos luxury holidays are so popular.
Blessed with the finest beaches and lushest landscapes in the Dodecanese, Kos is a destination full of natural wonder. If you can tear yourself away from the abundant golden sand, where there’s a never-ending temptation to cool off in the sapphire waters, an island of historical pleasures awaits.
Kos Town is where the most interesting attractions can be found, including the 15th-century Castle of the Knights, two mosques from the Ottoman period, and Hippocrates's plane tree. Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, was born here and is held in high esteem by the locals. Take a stroll down the palm-lined seafront promenade or enjoy a drink at one of the town’s cosmopolitan bars.
Even though the island has a great deal of respect for its heritage, Kos also embraces the contemporary. Boutique hotels and luxury resorts provide visitors with indulgent holiday experiences, whilst the high-end restaurants of Kos give traditional Greek dishes a modern, mouth-watering twist. For sun, sea, and sand with the option of cultural exploration, it's difficult to look past Kos.
With its Mediterranean climate, Kos enjoys a long and hot summer, where temperatures can reach 35 degrees during the warmest months of July and August. Refreshing swims in the sea are perfect for cooling down, and you'll find the water temperature remains mild from June to October.
June and September still benefit from temperatures of around 23 degrees but without the peak summer crowds. Wintertime getaways to Kos can also provide you with a much-needed fix of sunshine, just bring waterproofs in case of short but sudden downpours.
British passport holders do not need a visa to visit Greece and can stay for up to 3 months. Passports only need to be valid for the duration of your stay. Visit GOV.UK for more information about visas and entry requirements.
No matter whether it's at an ouzeri (a small bar serving finger food) or a taverna (a sit-down restaurant with traditional favourites), Greeks love eating out. Whilst most dishes are simple, they make use of fresh seasonal produce, lots of olive oil, and traditional charcoal grills.
On the island of Kos, you can eat in a rustic setting, in an upscale town location, or experience fine-dining by the beach. If you get chance, don't forget to try some fusion cuisine, or duck into a ‘modern taverna’ for some contemporary fare.