With miles of golden beaches, warm Mediterranean sunshine and plenty of fresh, pine-scented air, Kos holidays are relaxing and rejuvenating – this is the birthplace of the ancient healer Hippocrates, after all. Located in the Dodecanese islands, in the southeastern Aegean region of Greece, Kos is a sun-drenched holiday destination with plenty to offer every traveller – it’s up to you to do as much or as little as you like.
Holidays to Kos are blissfully easy. From fun-filled resorts to boutique adults-only escapes, you’ll be met with warm Greek hospitality at every turn. Ancient ruins scatter the interior, meaning you never need to travel far to soak up history. Family-run tavernas can be found in the pretty main towns, but also in the island’s off-the-beaten-track villages, while water parks and windsurfing schools are always a hit with families – and big kids. Night owls will love the wide variety of nightlife, whether it’s non-stop dancing in one of the buzzing nightclubs or low-key drinks as the sun sets by the sea, while hikers will find peace, tranquility and unforgettable views in the Dikeos Mountains. Then there are the beaches – from deserted secret coves to expansive white-sand bays, you could spend weeks exploring them all.
The island’s most impressive ancient site lies half a mile from Kos Town. It was built to honour the god of health and medicine, Asklepios, after the death of Hippocrates.
Admire the views of tiny Astari Island from Agios Stefanos beach, then paddle or swim over to ring the bell in the island’s blue and white church.
See, touch and smell the herbs and plants that were used in the time of Hippocrates in this intimate garden – a peaceful retreat at all times of day.