With a coastline that unravels for over 290 kilometres, Kos has more than its fair share of beaches. They come in all shapes and sizes, from golden swathes backed by beach bars to hidden bays and forgotten coves. The island’s good looks don’t end with its shores, either. Inland, whitewashed villages spill down the hillsides and wild flowers blanket the fields. Then there’s Mount Dikeos, whose slopes are peppered with pine forests and castles.
In terms of where to stay, Kos has two very different sides to it. Kardamena is the best place to head for nightlife – its streets are packed with karaoke bars, English pubs and strobe-lit clubs. The capital, Kos Town, is also really lively, but it’s much more sophisticated than its neighbour. Holidays here revolve around lantern-lit dinners by the harbourside, and cocktails in the chic bars of the backstreets.
Kefalos, meanwhile, combines old and new. At first glance it’s thoroughly traditional, with its sugar cube houses, ancient ruins and timeworn windmills. But it’s also home to the purpose-built resort of Kamari, which is bubbling with cafés, bars and restaurants. If you want to keep things low-key, Psaladi is a good option. There’s little more than a golden sandy beach and a sprinkle of tavernas and shops here, but the capital is just down the road, so getting out and about is easy.
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