A charming and cosmopolitan port town with a laid-back ambience, Kos Town offers an intriguing history, vibrant venues, a cool café culture, traditional tavernas and historic old streets. Highlights include the 15th century medieval castle that stands in front of the town, as well as various Greek, Roman and Byzantine-era ancient ruins. An archaeological museum nestles in the central square, housing various fascinating artefacts from the Hellenistic to late Roman eras.
Asclepius was the ancient Greek god of medicine and healing, and Kos’ most important ancient site is a religious sanctuary devoted to him. Asklepion was founded in the 3rd century BC and was once one of the greatest therapeutic centres of the ancient world, using the teachings of the ‘Father of Medicine’, Hippocrates. Located on a pine-covered hillside just south of Kos Town, the ruins are spread across three levels, including Roman-era baths, various temples and a small museum.
Kos is renowned for its abundance of stunning sandy beaches, lapped by the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea. The best known is Paradise Beach, home to a number of smaller beaches, backed by green cliffs and with stunning clear water. Our featured hotel in Kos, Ikos Aria, also boasts an exclusive area on the soft white sands of Kefalos Beach.
With a Mediterranean climate, Kos enjoys long, hot summers, pleasant springs and autumns, and mild, fairly wet winters. May, June, September and October are warm and sunny, while July and August often see temperatures soar to over 30 celcius.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Kos.
British Airways operate flights from London Gatwick to Kos between May and October. The flight duration is approximately 4 hours. Flights also operate with various other airlines and from regional UK airports. Ask your Luxury Travel Specialist for more detailed flight information.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
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Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
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