5 things to do on Greek island Kos

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?

Kos Greece island

Kos Greece island hibiscus tree

Kos Greece island beach Kefalos Bay of Kamari Mediterranen Sea

Kos Greece island typical traditional Greek food gyros

Kos Greece island food ice cream

 

  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.

Kos city island Greece Nerantzia Castle of the Knights

Kos city Greece Gazi Hassan Pasha Mosque

Kos city Greece island port

Kos city Greece island Roman mosaic

Kos city Greece island Roman ruins Asklepieion

 

  1. 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!

Kos city Greece island bike lane palm trees

green nature island Kos Greece

road island Kos Greece palm trees rent a bike

Kos island Greece Vanja Vodenik rent a bike

Kos island Greece beach rent a bike

 

  1. 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.

Greek taverna Mastichari island Kos Greece

Greek taverna Mastichari island Kos Greece squid seafood

Greek taverna Mastichari island Kos Greece squid seafood Vanja Vodenik

Mastichari Greece island Kos

island Kos Greece seafood

 

  1. 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.

Kefalos island Kos Greece view

Kefalos island Kos Greece view

Kefalos island Kos Greece village Greek house

Kefalos island Kos Greece Papavasilis windmill

Kefalos island Kos Greece monastery Agios Ioannis

 

  1. 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

beach Kos city island Greece

beach Kos city island Greece Greek taverna

beach Kos city island Greece reading book Vanja Vodenik

 

Beaches at the north-eastern part of the island

beach Kos island Greece

beach Kos island Greece

beach Kos island Greece

 

Mastichari beach

beach Kos island Greece Mastichari surf sail kite

beach Kos island Greece Mastichari

beach Kos island Greece Mastichari Mediterranean Sea

 

Bay of Kamari beaches

beach Kos island Greece Kefalos Bay of Kamari

beach Kos island Greece Kefalos Bay of Kamari Vanja Vodenik

beach Kos island Greece Kefalos Bay of Kamari Vanja Vodenik

2 Replies to “5 things to do on Greek island Kos”

  1. Your pictures are so beautiful! I wish I could go to the island Kos right now. Thank you for sharing your travels with us 🙂

    1. Marshmallow Travels says: Reply

      Thank you! 🙂 Love that you like it! 🙂

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