Great Reasons To Visit The Beautiful Island Of Kos

by Sheri @ Purposeful Habits
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In summer of this year we visited the beautiful island of Kos. It is the second biggest island of the Dodecanese island group and a place that should be added to every Europe bucket list.

Famous for its sandy beaches, palm trees, luxurious hotels and  sightseeing, Kos will not leave you disappointed.

Kos is the birthplace of Hippocrates who is regarded as the father of medicine. This island is known for its rich history, influenced by many cultures.

Kos history

 

The Top 5 Things To See And Do On The Island Of Kos

1. Asklepieion

Asklepieion is the most significant archaeological site on the island. An ancient medical center that got its name from Asklepios, son of Apollo and protector of health and medicine. Many of the physicians of this medical center were also priests who provided both prayer and a sanctuary for the people of Kos.

 

2. Ottoman Mosques

The Ottoman rule on the island, that lasted for about four centuries, mainly from 1523 to 1912.  Two mosques survived this period and can be seen in the city center. Neither are open to the public, however, they are historical architectural landmarks that share the history of Kos.

 

3. Thermal Springs

The sea-pool with hot springs in Kos is known as the thermes. Therma beach is located  in the Agios Fokas region about 10km from Kos town.

The hot springs contain elements such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium, chlorine, and sulfur.

You can float between the hot water and ocean water that is about 10 degrees (celcius) colder.

 

4. Excellent Opportunities For Water Sports

You have a wide range of choices in terms of water sports on Kos Island. Jet skiing, stand up paddle, windsurfing, kite-surfing,  and so much more. Kos offers water sports for all ages.

 

5. The Beaches On The Beautiful Island Of Kos

 

The beaches in Kos are some of the most stunning in the Dodecanese islands. If you love sandy beaches with crystal blue waters then this is the place for you.

Kos sea view

The beaches are all very well organized, provide lounge chairs, bars and restaurants, plus water sports.

Below are the best beaches on the beautiful island of Kos:

Kefalos Beach

Agios Stefanos

Paradise Beach (our personal favorite)

My son at Kefalos Beach

My son at Kefalos Beach

 

Day Trips from Kos to Turkey

Kos lies in such close proximity to Turkey, it would be a shame not to use the opportunity to visit Turkey for at least one day while in Kos.

The Kos Bodrum ferry route connects Dodecanese Islands with Turkey and is currently operated by three ferry companies.  What is important t remember is to make sure you have applied for a visa to Turkey.

The Turkish city of Bodrum is located in Mugla Province, on the south coast of the Bodrum Peninsular at the point that checks entry into the Gulf of Gokova.  In Bodrum you can rent a car to explore places like Ephesus and the nearby cities of Priene and Miletus.

You will have to go through immigration so it is essential that you have your visa for Turkey and passport with you at all times.

German and Swiss nationals don’t need a visa to visit Turkey, but Austrian do. Please check with the Turkish Embassy in your place of residence for visa guidelines.

 

Where To Stay On Kos Island

Kos offers so many accommodation choices, you are sure to find just what you are looking for.

As we  were traveling with our fur year old, we wanted to make sure we had a family friendly all inclusive hotel, with at least one pool and activites for children.

Our choice was the Kipriotis Aqualand Hotel Family All Inclusive Resort.

Kipriotis_Village_Olympic_Pool

FACILITIES & SERVICES

A/C
Coffee & Tea facilities in the room filled with coffee, tea, milk and sugar upon arrival
Beach / Pool Towels (upon refundable deposit 10€ / towel)
Sunbeds and Sun shades by the pool
TV Room
Shuttle bus service to the beach

island of Kos aqualand hotel

SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT FACILITIES
Aside of the standard animation day and night activities, the following are offered
without additional charges:
6 water slides (4 multi racing slides, 1 aqua slalom slide, 1 black hole slide)
1 swimming pool with Aqua Games for children
2 swimming pools for adults
2 swimming pools for children
1 International Kids Club (4 to 12 y.o.) & 1 Teens Club (13 to17 y.o.)
Large open air Amphitheatre with animation
2 Tennis courts (upon reservation and refundable deposit 5€)
Table tennis (upon refundable deposit 5€)
Boccia (upon refundable deposit 5€)
Beach volleyball (upon refundable deposit 5€)
Kipriotis Fitness Centre (use of equipment free of charge)

For more on the all inclusive package, check out their website.

Sheri at the Hotel on Kos Island

Are You Convinced?

Aside from everything listed above,  the amazing and breathtaking island of Kos still has so much to offer.

Have you been to Kos or visited any of the islands in Greece? What did you love about it?

Share with me in the comments section below.

 

Purposeful Habits xoxo Sheri

 

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