Summer will be here sooner than you think, so it time to start planning your perfect summer vacation. For me one of the best destinations for relaxed and active holidays is Greek island Kos. And it has great public transport connections, so you don’t even need to rent a car to see all the best spots. So, are you wondering what to do there?
1. Discover historical city of Kos
There is so much to see in Kos, the city! Go to the central Eleftherios Square to see the Gazi Hassan Pasha Mosque and St. Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church. Visit also the spice market and walk to the port and to the 14th century Nerantzia Castle known also as the Castle of the Knights. Don’t forget to buy yourself some ice cream! If you are a Roman history lover, you are up for a treat. In the city and nearby there are many Roman ruins worth discovering, as the ancient medical centre Asklepieion, Roman Odeon, Casa Romana, Ancient Agora, Hellenistic Gymnasium, Temple of Dionysos, many Roman mosaics and the Hippocrates Plane Tree.
2. Rent a bike
Rent a bike in the capital city Kos and head to the east of the island. Admire local restaurants, hibiscus trees and palms, green views of the island and find the best beach for your taste. A bonus: there is no crowds on the beach once you bike past all the hotel resorts and villages. If you are up for an uphill biking, go all the way to the Kos’s Thermal Springs in Agios Fokas. When you need a lunch break eat Greek gyros. It’s my favourite Greek dish!
3. Eat squid in Mastichari
Imagine this: old blue and white Greek tavern with wooden chairs, sea breeze coming from a nearby sandy beach, cold beer on the table and the waiter brings you the most giant squid you have ever seen! Go to Mastichari to recreate one of my favourite moment in Kos! After lunch head for an iced coffee to one of many coffee places next to the nearby beach and enjoy the sea. And have sea food again for dinner, you have to take advantage of being on an island.
4. Admire the view from Kefalos
Kefalos is a village situated in the top of a hill, which means it offers great views of the island, the village itself and of the Bay of Kefalos with nearby beaches and surrounding Mediterranean Sea. The best panoramic view is from the ruins of a medieval castle. Go and explore also its beautiful narrow streets, see the abandoned windmill of Papavasilis and eat some delicious sweets in local pastry shop. If you walk down to the beach, stop at the Monastery of Agios Ioannis, which is built in a traditional Greek architecture and painted in blue and white.
5. Sunbath and swim everywhere
Ok, this one was probably an obvious choice for a Greek island, but I had to write it down, so I have an excuse to show you pictures of all the beautiful beaches here on Kos. I had two favourite beaches here on Kos, one was at the most north-eastern point of the island and other one in Bay of Kamari, just below the village of Kefalos. On the island you can find many beaches with deckchairs and sunshades but also nice rocky beaches where all you need is your own towel.
Beaches just next to the city Kos
Beaches at the north-eastern part of the island
Bay of Kamari beaches
Visited: July 2014