There’s more to Kos than bronzed beaches and lively nightclubs. Explore an ancient Roman city, cycle its family-friendly trails and soak in geothermal hot springs – these are just a handful of reasons why you should visit this Dodecanese island.
Famous for its white-sand beaches, hot thermal pools, ancient ruins and the gleaming waters of the Aegean Sea, there’s plenty to discover on this Greek island. In fact, explore Kos and you’ll discover facts about the Dodecanese islands’ storied past – from its rulership under the Romans, Ottomans and Italians – as well as scenic spots that keep travellers visiting time and again.
Walk the ramparts and sun-baked stone battlements that face the water, guarding the entrance to Kos Harbour. Neratzia Castle was named for the Seville orange trees that were planted across the island. It was constructed by the Knights of St John between 1314 and 1522 to protect the island from attacks from the sea. It remains largely intact; stroll through the courtyards filled with marble columns and statues.
There are plenty of things to see and do on Kos once you’ve been to the best restaurants on the island. You could also book a stay at a top hotel on Kos through Culture Trip. Alternatively, head to Athens and visit some of the best beaches in Greece before checking out some boutique hotels in the capital.