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Visit Kos on your next Grecian holiday

Explore the richly cultural island of Kos. This island is teeming with life, especially in the summer. As an important historical location in Greek history, Kos offers lots to see, do, learn, and explore. Visit the ruins of the ancient gymnasium, the Odeon amphitheatre, the Nerantzia Castle, and the ruins at Asclepeion. Start planning a Grecian getaway now, and look into what type of accommodation might be the best fit; HomeAway offers all manner of apartments in Kos. Explore the options and view the various amenities available with each property, and start planning a holiday on Kos today!

For couples, families, and smaller groups, a holiday apartment on Kos might be the best option. HomeAway offers myriad choices with various amenities and views. Larger groups, meanwhile, may benefit from a holiday villa on Kos; HomeAway has several villas available that are designed to suit the needs of larger groups and families.

HomeAway also caters to those who want to explore other Greek islands. For example, tourists who stay on Kos can also find suitable accommodation on Rhodes.

Things to do

House of Europa:

The House of Europa is comprised of two mosaics that tell the story of Europa's abduction by Zeus. Zeus had disguised himself as a bull in order to carry the Lady Europa to Crete. The mosaics are on display in the Western Archaeological Zone on Kos.

Plane Tree of Hippocrates:

The founder of medicine, Hippocrates (after whom the Hippocratic oath is named) is said to have been born on and lived on the island of Kos. Visit several sights associated with him, such as the Plane Tree of Hippocrates, where Hippocrates taught his students. This tree has proved invaluable for modern medicine.

The Odeon Amphitheatre:

The Odeon Theatre was built in the 2nd and 3rd centuries by Romans. The ruins were found in good condition in the early 20th century. The entire site of ruins is relatively compact, making it possible to see the theatre, the baths, and the gymnasium on a short walk.

Nerantzia Castle:

Visit Nerantzia Castle, in the city of Kos. The castle was built by the Hospitaller Knights in the 14th century, and was then subsequently expanded through the early modern period. The castle sits on an archaeological site and is surrounded by ancient ruins.

Ruins at Asclepeion:

Visit the ruins at Asclepeion, the most significant archaeological site on Kos. The site is a temple devoted to the god Asclepius. Excavations began in 1902 by German archaeologist Rudolf Herzog. The site includes multiple terraces with different ruins on each including rooms where ancient medicine was practiced, and a marble temple in the Doric style.

Embros Thermi:

The Embros Thermi, located on the southeastern coast of the island, are natural hot springs on the island of Kos. The sulphurous waters reach 49°C and flow into a large pool sufficiently deep for swimming, just adjacent to the ocean. This location is popular with bathers for its curative properties.

Weather in Kos

Grecian weather is generally fairly mild, making for ideal holiday conditions all year round. Summer temperatures reach a dry 30°C with plenty of sunshine; winters are rainy, but the temperature does not slip below 10°C. A high-wind system called the Meltemi is prevalent in late summer on the southern islands, but this concerns sailors almost exclusively and provides tourists with welcome respite from the heat.

Travel to Kos

The easiest way to get to the island of Kos is to fly. Kos Island Airport (KGS) has both regular and chartered flights arriving daily from all over Europe. Additionally, ferry services from other major Grecian islands and from Turkey are available. These run more often in the high tourist season, but are definitely available daily year-round.


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                                                                                                      Amazing experience !!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Xenos villa1 was an amazing experience. We were a group of 9 and we arrived really late with taxis at the Villa, Lydia waited to give us the key and she didn't want the deposit and passports, remanding it to the next day because we were tired and we didn't eat yet. In the kitchen we found everything (and more) we needed to cook, some cheese, ham, fruit and water (mineral and natural). The house was exactly like the photos, big, clean, in every bath, towels (Lydia gave to us 2 more towel to use on motorbike!), hairdryers, bathrobes, pool towel. There was also a nice lady that cleaned our house twice, and changed towels and sheets. The position of the house is really good, it is possible to reach Kardamena , Kos Town or Kefalos in easy ways, and there is lidl, carrefour, and a big supermarket near the house! For every problem Lydia and Nikos were available and so nice, the last days Lydia brought us an apple pie! A big hug from Maria, Lisa and the other of the group.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 22-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                      "Perfect Place To Relax & Unwind"

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This was a great place for my wife and I to relax in the sun, far enough away from the local towns to give us some peace and quiet but close enough to pop down to the beach or shops (10 min drive) when we needed to stock up on supplies. Centrally located in a sleepy village where nothing much happened, but with a choice of 4 tavern's on hand we could stroll out to eat in the evening. The house is beautifully restored, spotlessly clean and tastefully furnished. There was loads of space for the 2 of us with a choice of 3 eating areas (1 inside and 2 outside). Pool area was spacious and totally private. We were greeted by the owner Nick who has a brilliant knowledge of the island and the best places and tavern's to visit. A perfect welcome to a perfect holiday and we will be back !!!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 21-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      A beautiful villa and gardens

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We have just returned from a wonderful holiday in Kos. This is our third visit to the island and the best yet. And the main reason we have rated the return trip so highly is the fact that we stayed at this magnificent villa. The property and surrounding gardens completely exceeded our expectations We would describe the house itself as 'grand', tastefully decorated and furnished, containing everything required for a self catering holiday. The gardens are the pride and joy of our hosts and having spent many hours, sitting in the numerous seating areas, including around the pool, we can fully appreciate why. The location of the property is ideal for visits to the nearby towns, restaurants and beaches.Transport is advisable. Our sincere thanks go to our hosts who ensured our stay was so memorable.They were so kind and welcoming, making sure we had everything we needed and more.We particularly enjoyed the produce from Leo's vegetable and fruit trees. It is less than 24 hours since we returned from Kos and already we are planning to return to this beautiful villa. Des and Sarah
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016