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Where to stay in Kos
Castles, beaches and beauty
Kos is the third largest of the Dodecanese islands of Greece, and is situated close to Turkey. Famed as much for its golden beaches and clear waters as the ancient monuments dotted around the island, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Head towards Kefalos and Kardamena at the south of the island for the best beaches, or wander into Kos Town to marvel at the medieval castle that presides over all. History and the contemporary combine to make getaways to Kos both beautiful and memorable.
An island rich in history and tradition
History enthusiasts will appreciate the casual scattering of monuments around Kos, yet they are impressive even to those who aren't well-versed in Greek history. Kos Town, part of the Ancient Town, is a particular hotspot for excavation sites. The Ancient Agora is one such site where columns, mosaics and other ancient relics have been found from various periods throughout history, marking an area where houses and temples used to sit. The impressive Roman Odeon is also a sight to behold, and was only discovered last century. You can also take a walk across the Phoinikon (palm trees) bridge that used to connect the mainland to the medieval Nerantzia Castle, or The Castle of the Knights of Saint Jon, which dates back to the 1300s. These are just some of the many amazing monuments to see on the island. Take a detour during a shopping trip to experience a different side of Kos.
Sensational beaches all over the island
Kos is famous for its beaches and visitors won't be spoilt for choice, regardless of where they stay on the island. The aptly named Paradise Beach is renowned for its beauty, situated around 7km away from Kefalos Village toward the south of Kos. Hire a sunbed and relax on the white sands in front of the clear, sparkling seas, and add a bit of excitement with water sports. Complete with restaurants serving fresh fish as well as international cuisine, there's very little reason to leave this beach at all!
In the north, Marmari beach is lined with taverns and cafes to entice those weary after a day of sunbathing to sample traditional Greek cuisine. The nearby village of Pyli is a chance to experience authentic Greece, away from the hustle and bustle of the popular tourist spots. If you think Kos sounds like the perfect holiday destination, sign up to view exclusive offers on luxury hotels and Kos breaks to make your stay even more enjoyable.