The island of Kos is a real hotspot for British travellers, catering for all types of tourists. Part of the Dodecanese group of Greek islands, Kos is one of the most historically significant of the area. Aside from the near 70 miles of coastline, which comprises of stunningly beautiful sandy beaches, Kos holidays offer an abundance of historical ruins, cultural interests and great nightlife.
A short ferry ride can take you to Rhodes, the biggest island in the archipelago, and Bodrum in Turkey, giving holidaymakers some great days out. Kos is perfect for families, couples and partygoers alike.
Head to Kos for Beaches and Nightlife
The two main resorts on Kos are Kardamena and Kos Town. Other popular resorts are Lambi and Psalidi, situated on the east coast. If you’re after a little less bustle then try the north coast and places such as Tingaki and Marmari. Wherever you go, you’ll always find a sandy beach to keep you relaxed and some form of activity to keep you entertained. Whitewashed villages are sprinkled down the hillsides, wild flowers blanket the fields and castles are flecked on Mount Dikeos on the south of the island.
Kos Town is the main harbour and it’s here you will find most of the history. Combining the best of both worlds, you can see a medieval castle surrounded by the lively bars and restaurants. On the grounds where the markets currently stand, was the ancient Agora of Kos – considered one of the biggest in the ancient world.
Kos Holidays for Ancient History
Holidays in Kos are perfect for any history lovers as the island played a prominent part in antiquity due to the healing temple of Asclepius. This was founded after the death of the pioneering physician Hippocrates, who is believed to be the father of modern medicine, establishing it is a separate discipline from other fields with which it had been long associated. It also features the remains of temples for other healing deities, including Isis and Sarapis, and appears to have been long regarded as an island healing retreat.
The island also houses a tree that is reputedly the oldest in Europe and Hippocrates is said to have given lectures from under its shade. Kos holidays offer a large number of archaeological remains from the Persian, Turkish, Roman and Byzantine conquerors that have all made their mark during the island’s long history.
Kos is a remarkable island and so close to Turkey that you can experience two countries and cultures in one day. Call Packyourbags Travel today and we can tailor make an itinerary to suit you.