Best beaches in Kos

  • Kos is famous for its gorgeous beaches, and you can take your pick from glorious stretches of golden sand or remote coves with azure waters. There’s something for everyone on this beautiful island! Whether you’re looking to party or chill out, want to relax with your partner or have fun  with the kids, here’s our round up of the best beaches in Kos just for you!

    Best for party people

    Kos Town is the main nightlife hub on the island, and its beach bars – particularly on Akti Zouroudi beach – regularly host fantastic parties in summer, including monthly full moon parties. The biggest and busiest resort on Kos is Kardamena, which has a fantastic, 2-mile-long sandy beach. It’s got every imaginable facility, from sunbeds and parasols for rent to beach bars and a water sports centre. It’s also backed by rows and rows of pubs, bars and cafés – cheerful, brash and largely catering to young Brits, there’s always a lively party atmosphere.

    Best for families

    Tigaki, ideally located just 7 miles from Kos Town, is one of the most family-friendly resorts on Kos. The fabulous sandy beach stretches for several miles, and the waters are crystal clear and shallow enough for even the youngest kids. Older children and teens will be happy with the range of water sports on offer, and there are lots of great places to eat and drink right on the seafront. Quieter Agios Stefanos beach, just east of Kefalos, is another great spot for bringing the family and has a beautiful natural setting. The beach is a mixture of sand and shingle, and has convenient facilities such as sunbed rental and beach bars.

    Best for couples

    Helona beach, with its long white sands, translucent waters and low-key vibe, is a magical place to relax. It’s just a few minutes’ drive from lively Kardamena, but feels a world away. You can choose to rent out sunbeds, or walk a little further to find an unspoilt corner just for yourselves. Another romantic option is Agios Fokas beach, which is just 5 miles from Kos Town, but remains quiet and uncrowded even in the height of summer. It’s a lovely place to soak up the views and spend a romantic evening. Lagades beach is another pretty, tranquil beach, but take a stroll and you’ll find even quieter little bays.

    Best for water sports

    All the main resorts – including Kardamena, Psalidi, Agios Stefanos (near Kefalos) and Kos Town – on Kos offer a great choice of facilities for water sports. Wind surfing, para-sailing, water-skiing, stand-up paddle-boarding, kayaking…you name it, you can find it on Kos. The beaches on the north of the island are windier, and Mastihari beach, close to Kos Town, and Marmari, are the best beaches for wind-surfing and kite-surfing.

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