Kos (or Cos) is one of the sunny Dodecanese Islands and is renowned for its glorious weather, pulsing nightlife, unique shopping and idyllic sandy beaches. Located in the Aegean Sea, Kos makes full use of its more than 100 kilometres of Greek coastline with a range of water sports available as well as luxurious beach resorts.
There are plenty of activities on the island to keep visitors busy, from bike excursions to horse rides to windsurfing. Kos also has many ancient and historic sites to explore, including temples, shrines and an ancient harbour and market place dating back to the Middle Ages.
The popular island is a common stop on cruise itineraries exploring the Mediterranean. Companies such as Azamara Club, Celestyal, Ponant, Seabourn, Sea Dream, Star Clippers and Voyages to Antiquity include it as a port of call.
The island of Kos is located just 4 kilometres off the coast of Bodram, Turkey. Cruise ships dock at the main port, which is located only a short distance from the centre of Kos Town, on the eastern coast of the island.
It is possible to walk from where the ship docks into the centre of Kos Town. As it is the island’s capital, there are plenty of facilities available.
The Municipal Tourist Information Office is located on the waterfront, on the Vasileos Georgiou, and offers tourist advice and maps to help visitors make the most of their time in Kos.
How to Get Around
Kos is a very easy island to travel around. Kos Town is very walkable and buses are also simple to use. The buses will not only take you around town, but are also an affordable way to travel the island, especially to the beaches on the southern coast. There are many bicycle paths around Kos, making cycling an attractive option for tourists. It is possible to rent a bike in town. There are also plenty of car rental companies to choose from and driving around Kos is fairly easy.
Travel times from Kos Cruise Dock:
- It is a 3 minute journey to Nerantzia Castle
- It is an 8 minute journey to Hippocrates Plane Tree
- It is a 20 minute journey to Odeon and Roman Villa.
- It is a 4 minute journey to Odeon and Roman Villa
- It is an 8 minute journey to Lambi Beach
- It is a 21 minute journey to the village of Zia
- It is a 46 minute journey to Kefalos Beach.
- Currency - The official currency of Kos is the Euro (€). Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent denominations, as well as €2 and €1. Notes come in €500, €200, €100, €50, €20, €10 and €5 denominations. Major credit cards are accepted in most places, and all banks offer foreign currency exchange services.
- Time Zone - Kos falls within the Eastern European Time zone (EET), which is 2 hours ahead of Universal Standard Time (UTC). Daylight savings begins at the end of March, when the clocks are switched forward 1 hour. The island reverts back to standard time in late October.
- Weather - Kos has a typical Mediterranean climate, with tourists flocking to its shores to soak up the island’s long, warm summers. The average annual temperature on Kos is a pleasant 25 degrees Celsius. The mild winter months are slightly cooler with plenty of rainfall.
- Hippocrates Plane Tree - It is said that under this tree, in ancient Greek times, the famous Hippocrates lectured his students. With a perimeter of 12 metres, this historic tree is impressive. It is only a short walk from the dock and right near the impressive ruins of the 15th century Castle of Nerantzia.
- Zia - The village of Zia is a popular tourist spot, partly because the route there is one of the most picturesque on the island. Located on the slope of Mount Dekeos, amongst lush scenery, the village offers a stunning outlook over the island and breathtaking sunset views. Zia also offers quaint cafes, interesting churches and excellent shopping for local crafts. Nearby is the smaller village of Pyli, which is home to an ancient tomb and a castle ruin. These villages can easily be reached by car, as they are only a 20 minute drive from Kos Town. A bus also departs Kos Town a couple of times each weekday and runs to and from Zia. A one-way ticket costs €2,00.
- Kefalos Beach - Many visitors come to Kos simply to enjoy the stunning beaches. The beaches along the south west coast of the island, on the way to Kefalos are particularly idyllic. Make your own way there by car and stop anywhere along the coast to enjoy local hospitality, turquoise waters and sandy beaches. There are usually sun lounges for hire and showering facilities provided by the locals. There are buses that run several times each day between Kos Town and Paradise Beach at Kefalos, costing €4.40 each way.