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Kos Town is the capital of the Greek island of Kos, located very close to the Turkish coast of Bodrum. The Romans dominated Kos Town many years ago, and this still shows today in the town’s rich ancient history. Kos Town is home to some of the world’s best museums and archaeological treasures. The town is also the main focus of the island with many restaurants, bars, nightclubs and luxury hotels to choose from.

Old town charm

Kos Town has some amazing history and it is right on your doorstep. Brush up on your history knowledge at the medieval Castle of Neratzia, which dominates the skyline of the harbour. You will also find some impressive Greek and Roman ruins dotted around town.

Greece to Turkey in a day

Conquer two countries in a day and catch the ferry from the marina, and travel 20 minutes across the Mediterranean to Bodrum Town. Here you will find a grand castle built on the waterfront where you can explore the old dungeons and towers. Venture further into the town and discover the little souvenir shops or pop into a Turkish café and eat like a local, sampling a traditional Turkish meze.

Things to do in Kos Town

On the beach in Kos Town

Kos Town is not only big on its heritage, it also has its very own small beach – Zouroudi Beach – where you can relax and restore your energy after sightseeing. Zouroudi Beach boasts a mixture of honey-tinted sand and pebbles and is backed by the medieval walls of the castle. Head to Lambi Beach, just a short walk north of the harbour, where you will find a peaceful stretch of soft sand and sapphire sea separated by a thin line of shingle. It is the perfect place to spend a day away from the hustle and bustle of the main town and enjoy some water sports.

Top Tip:

When visiting Lambi Beach, be sure to take some extra change with you. There is a fee to rent umbrellas and sunbeds, and there are plenty of snack bars and cafes which make a great stop for lunch.

Eat and drink in Kos Town

Kos Town certainly has plenty to offer when searching for places to eat and drink. From upscale restaurants serving fresh seafood down by the waterfront to cafes and tavernas tucked away down the cobbled streets of the Kos Town square and the old town, there is certainly something to suit all tastes. You will find some serving typical Greek eats such as traditional Gyros and Souvlaki for reasonable prices. If you love your seafood, the local specialty of ‘Symi shrimp’ is a must and appears on most Greek restaurant menus.

Top Tip:

Mix with the locals and accompany your meal with a large glass of Greek Retsina wine.

Kos Town Nightlife

Kos Town has a great reputation for its booming nightlife and is bursting with lively pubs, bars and clubs. Be sure to head to the well-known ‘Bar Street’ which is in fact two streets, lined with bars lit up with bright lights playing music of all genres offering cheap drinks and dancing until the early hours. If you prefer something a little more peaceful, Kos Town square is the place to go. Kick back and relax in one of the cafes surrounding the square and enjoy a Mythos, the refreshing Greek beer, or a coffee.

Top Tip:

The biggest nightclubs are on the outskirts of Kos Town, you might even be lucky enough to see a famous DJ appearance.

Shopping in Kos Town

Kos is a great place to do a spot of shopping in between all the sightseeing and relaxing on the beach. You will find a selection of small boutiques, shops and markets around every corner, selling old-style Greek souvenirs such as jewellery, handmade soaps and locally produced honey which make for great gifts to take home with you. Kos is also the perfect place to purchase your luxury leather goods, perfume, art and crafts.

Top Tip:

Feel free to haggle for your purchases in shops, you could end up with a lot more for your money.

Things to do in Kos Town

It’s no secret that Kos is a great place for culture enthusiasts and history buffs, so why not take a tour around Casa Romana, an ancient Roman mansion – just a 10-minute walk from the harbour. You will discover some extraordinary Roman architecture as well as some beautiful pieces of art and old mosaics. For some fun for all ages, go to Lido Waterpark in Mastichari where you can get your adrenaline pumping on the waterslides or dodge the giant waves in the wave pool. Afterwards, chill out in a rubber dinghy on the lazy river or top up your tan on the sun deck whilst the children play in the kids’ pool.

Top Tip: Be sure to wear plenty of sun cream and make sure you top it up frequently throughout the day, the Greek sun can be intense, especially between 11am and 3pm.

We Recommend

Taverna Fish House

A traditional Greek restaurant serving up delicious fresh seafood and specialities like Moussaka and Souvlaki. The restaurant is set just off the main street with a beautiful view of the harbour.

Sitar Cocktail Bar

This bar has a great setting on the main street opposite the harbour and serves up some tasty cocktails, choose from the menu or just ask the bar staff to mix up one of your favourites. Dance the night away to the music and enjoy the wonderful ambience.

Hippocrates Festival

One of the islands most famous sights is the ‘Plane Tree’, thought to be the place where Hippocrates, the father of Modern Medicine, would teach. Throughout July and August, the Hippocrates Festival takes place to celebrate the man himself, where you can enjoy a full agenda of concerts, plays, folk music and dancing.

Fast Facts

· Currency – Euro (EUR)

· Time Zone – GMT+2

· Travel Time – Kos Island International Airport (KGS) – 3 hours 45 minutes (London Gatwick)


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10/10 Amazing

12 September 2013

really good place

everyewhere in kos town is good from places to eat to places to see you can go on the boats to turkey or the other islands from the harbour

The best thing about my stay was ...

the weather is always great

10/10 Amazing

07 December 2012

Kos Town

A bit of everythin for everyone!

The best thing about my stay was ...

Amazing views

10/10 Amazing

23 September 2011

Kos Town has something for everyone

Kos Town has wonderful shops, bars, authentic greek restaurants, pedestrian only streets, lots of history plus options of visiting other countries, islands by sea. This is our third visit and still lots of new things to do and see. Beautiful island. Lots of cycling lands, ships, street artists and the square where you can relax and watch the world go by. There is also the party street (Bar Street) but is discreetly tucked away and the music contained.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Beautiful buildings, roads and ice cream parlours.

10/10 Amazing

05 August 2013

Good all round resort

This is a varied resort which should suit most holiday makers. It has a lively Bar Street aimed predominantly at the many Dutch and Scandinavian youngsters there in July and August. Other bars are available though for the not so young and energetic. For those interested in history there are various ancient ruins around the town which are free to view and also the fortress by the harbour is worth the 3 euros admission fee. The main beach is reasonable but some parts can play very loud music in the afternoons; try Angelicas for something a litter quieter. Lovely sandy beaches at Tigaki and Mastihari are easily reachable by bus. Restaurants of varying costs are in town. Sunrise and La Sterga are recommended. Also, try the restaurants in the Old Town should there be live music on - there is a very nice atmosphere. Various boat trips run from the harbour - either visits to local islands or to Turkey (Bodrum). There are many cycle lanes in Kos Town. Many hire bicycles as a way to get around - it's a very flat place!

The best thing about my stay was ...

Is it's versatility - there is something for everybody

8/10 Great

02 October 2011

Great island

Kos town is lovely,the harbour is busy,lots of bars and resturants to choose from. The proper local Greek shops are behind the other shops .You can get a ferry to other islands and to Turkey.well worth a vist

8/10 Great

14 October 2013

A very friendly resort

As a frequent visitor to Kos, I have always found the people of Kos very friendly. Of course, Kos Town has changed considerable over the years not always for the better. I feel the building of more all-inclusive hotels has taken away a lot of the character of the island of Kos, however there is still a lot to see and do on the island and boat trips to visit neighbouring islands.

The best thing about my stay was ...

Friendly