Kos is an island of majestic beauty, lying in the centre of the Dodecanese chain in the Aegean Sea. (“Dodecanese” in Greek means “twelve islands”). Lying north west of Rhodes and south east of continental Greece, Kos is the third largest of the Dodecanese Islands after Rhodes and Karpathos. Besides its natural beauty and its breath taking golden sandy beaches, Kos is steeped in monuments, remnants from its glorious past, dating from antiquity, the Byzantine Era and Venetian times up to the present.

Kos is basically a large, long narrow plain and measures 290.27 square kilometers, with the obvious exception of a mountainous region in the north west of the island. This region comprises of a series of peaks, the tallest of which is Dikaio Christo (which in Greek means “The Just Christ”). A castle of the Knights of the battalion of St. John still survives on one of the many peaks of Dikaio near Thimiana.

The shores are gently caressed by the waters of the Karpathian Sea. Kos’ coastline stretches to 112 km. Kos is a Greek province which also includes the smaller islands of Nisiros, Giali, Pergoussa, Kandeliousa, Pachia and Strogili. The city also has a cathedral, one of the four in the entire Dodecanese. The islanders make their living from fishing, animal farming, and agriculture but by far the tourist trade has taken over. Kos has become a modern centre of extremely well maintained holiday apartments, hotels, restaurants, bars, night clubs and organized excursions. Kos has so much to offer that it can cater to each individual taste for an unforgettable holiday.

Are you planning to visit one of the beautiful Greek Dodecanese islands? Looking for a genuine taste of Greek tradition and local culture? Maybe the island of Kos is the place you are looking for, a breathtakingly beautiful island, the home of Hippocrates, where the rich history, the numerous monuments, the sandy beaches and the natural beauties will enchant you.

LOCATION OF KOS Kos is the third largest island of the Dodecanese and is located in the southeastern Aegean Sea, south of Kalymnos and north of Nisyros, and just 3 nautical miles from the coasts of Asia Minor. It is the third largest island in the Dodecanese, covering an area of 290.29 kilometers and the circumnavigation of the island is calculated to 60 nautical miles, although one can reach the island by air in less minutes.

CONNECTION Kos is connected to several destinations, both by air and by sea. The main connections are with Athens and Piraeus and the islands of Rhodes, Kalymnos and Nisyros. There are also some ferry connections with some of the largest Greek cities and islands like Patmos, Lemnos, Leros etc., while regular trips are scheduled with small boats, with different routes like Kalymnos – Plati – Pserimos, and Nisyros. Kos is also one of the few places in Greece from which one can visit Turkey. Throughout the year there are coastal shipping links, especially during the summer months, while many excursions are planned, such to Alikarnassos.

WHERE TO STAY IN KOS Before you begin your trip, you should have secured your stay. The demand is enormous during the summer months and the accommodations are scattered throughout the island. Consult the categories of accommodation and book immediately your reservation. If you’re looking for a hotel, make your booking now.

GETTING AROUND Kos has many forms of travel, local transportation, miniature trains, but to be sure rent your vehicle as soon as possible. If you have a vessel, Kos has an organized Marina, located next to the historic Port of Kos, in the heart of the Dodecanese, one of the most fascinating resorts in Greece and perhaps the best yachting area in Europe.

KOS, A WORTH VISITING ISLAND There are multiple reasons which make Kos worth visiting.

Kos is an island rich in monuments. The tour of the island gives you the opportunity to discover unique and stunning scenery. Make a tour around the islandand you will not lose. Besides the attractions, the island has many natural beauties. Do not forget to visit the hot springs, which have healing properties.

Kos is also a modern tourist island and is rightly ranked as one of the top tourist destinations, among other islands such as Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes and more. It offers many possibilities regarding accommodation, food, cafes, sports, excursions, night entertainment. Enjoy a traditional Greek night and get to know the Greek music.

The island is very well known for its cycle lanes this is why Kos is often characterized as the island of the bicycle. For this reason, there are various cycling trips. If you are a horse riding lover, respective trips for beginners and non are offered.

The whole island has beautiful beaches, organized and not. Kos is a great place for windsurfing, jet-skiing or even sailing, while it is preferred by many as an ideal place to plan their wedding.

For more information about Kos kindly refer to the pages of kosinfo.gr website. Find information regarding the villages of Kos, History, Mythology and Attractions with descriptions written by the archaeologist Ms. Sophia Ntintioumi. Through the webpage you can book your vacation without spending time and effort: ferryflight tickets, excursions, rental of transport services, organizing your trip.

You can also refer to the Map of the island and the city of Kos (download it here) and to the Professional Guide to find at any time any professional or service in Kos. Also, it has an information center with the most useful telephone numbers.

Finally, we would like to inform you that kosinfo.gr will always be updated and will always add pages of any information deemed useful for the visitor but also for the resident of Kos. Our beloved island has now its own website, created with an artistic feeling so the whole world can discover Kos, which apart from the beautiful beaches and the natural beauties it has also a glorious past!