Kos Town holidays 2020
With its captivating history and scenic surroundings, there’s nothing quite like a trip to Kos Town. Set on the northeastern coast of the island of Kos, with our cheap holidays there’s an alluring amount of Greek culture to immerse yourself in, as well as sun-drenched beaches and charming little tavernas to sample gorgeous Greek cuisine. What’s more, Kos Town is perfectly situated between Greece and Turkey, so you’re never too far away from the delights of either destination. Take the ferry over the water to Bodrum for a range of great activities and attractions to enjoy.
While its history is likely to be the focus of your Kos Town holidays, there’s enough space for the more modern parts of Greece too. As well as great restaurants and cafes to be found on every corner, you’ll also encounter a cocktail bar or two – ideal if you’re looking to let your hair down and all inclusive hotels for pure relaxtion.
Kos Town at a glance
Discover the best beaches
Check out the beaches of Kos Town, most importantly Zouroudi Beach near the old town
Must-visit historical sites
Castle of Neratzia, Roman Odeon of Kos and the nearby Asklepion
Cultural hotspot not to miss
Legend has it that The Tree of Hipocrates is where the 'father of medicine' taught his pupils
Art & culture
Casa Romana is a Roman-style mansion filled with statues, mosaics and more
Perfect for watersports
Take up paragliding, jet skiing or windsurfing at Lambi Beach
Sample the local food
Stop off for a traditional Greek meal at the harbour, we're thinking succulent seafood and tasty baklava
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Things to do in Kos Town
While its popularity lies in the fact that it is a vibrant beach town, Kos is well known for its extensive history and there are numerous sites of interest for culture vultures. Explore the impressive Castle of Neratzia, a magnificent feat of architecture built by the Knights Templar. This building dominates the harbour front, making it difficult to miss if you plan to linger over a drink or peruse the coast.
Nearby, you’ll uncover the plane tree, a town landmark and not dissimilar to the one Hippocrates used to teach under – ideal if you want to give the kids a lesson outside the classroom. Meanwhile, the surrounding area is home to a range of Roman ruins to stumble upon. Take a trip west to embrace your inner Indiana Jones and discover the remains of the Asklepion; an ancient Greek sanatorium.
If you’re an art fan, a short walk from the harbour will reveal you to Casa Romana, one of Kos Town’s top attractions. This restored Roman mansion is breath-taking in itself – if only for its stunning architecture and extensive grounds. Take a look inside and you’ll be greeted with a wealth of great artwork, from mosaics and frescoes to glorious statues. There are 36 rooms in total to view, so make sure you get in early.
If its sea and sand you’re looking for, you’re in the right place. Zouroudi Beach is a welcome mix of sun-splashed sand and pebbly landscapes, making it a popular place for tourists and locals alike. It also happens to be in front of the castle’s medieval walls, giving an edge of historic style to this popular beachfront. Take a stroll along the coast, or lounge around on a sunbed to top up your tan – you can easily spend all day in this part of Kos Town.
If you’d rather something with a little more atmosphere on your holidays in Kos Town, head to the second bigger beach just opposite the harbour. There are water sports and activities to be had here, as well as numerous cafés and restaurants dotted around the place. Those embarking on a romantic retreat might crave a little more solitude, in that case, a walk to the shingle-clad shores of Psalidi is just the ticket.
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