As a tourist destination, Kos is second only to Rhodes for the Greek Islands, which is no surprise. The third largest of the cluster, the island is home to a fascinating blend of history, isolation, sun spots and nightlife, making it an ideal destination for a wide spectrum of holiday-makers. Made up of several districts and towns, Kos is also a great destination for people looking to explore the surrounding area thanks to its proximity to the Turkish coast and the neighbouring islands of Kalymnos and Nysiros. The scenery in Kos is to die for, providing endless opportunities to get your camera out and take some snaps.
While a very small city car would be ideal for the size of the roads, something somewhat more robust is required to tackle the potholes and other poor road conditions to drive comfortably.
Driving in Kos
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Important things to note
Some of the road surfaces in Kos are of a poor condition with numerous pot holes and cracked surfaces.
Many of the roads in the rural areas of the country have no barriers despite their height, and combined with the narrow nature of the road, it is highly advised to avoid driving at night and to drive carefully at all times.
The main strip of the island is often full of pedestrians from the evening until the early hours of the morning; it is highly advised to avoid driving at this time.
Highlights & Hotspots
Kos is one of the best islands in the area in which to take a step back into the history of the famous Greeks. Historic sites include the 3rd Century BC colonnade with reconstructed columns, a 5th Century Christian basilica and ruins of a Shrine of Aphrodite and Temple of Hercules.
Beach life is a major draw to the island thanks to the 112m long coastline and numerous immaculate and idyllic beaches. Lined with bars and restaurants, some of the most popular beaches are within walking distance from the main town centre and can make for relaxing, fun and unforgettable days.
You might not be expecting a culinary adventure on your trip to Kos, but there are plenty of amazing restaurants on the island for everyone to enjoy. A real highlight is Elia which is adorned with images of the Greek Gods along with serving delicious and traditional Greek cuisine.
A little on the outskirts of the central town, the Asklepeion, the once training places of Hippocrates, is open for exploration for a very reasonable fee. Having a chance to walk through the ancient hospital and medicine academy is a true honour and reveals a great deal about the history of the island.
Kos International Airport is based close to Antimachia in the centre of the island. The airport is connected to Athens on a daily basis and to several European countries during the peak seasons of travel.
The airport has roads going eastwards to the town of Kos as well as to the west of the island towards Kefalos and other towns and villages.