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Although perhaps not as well known as Rhodes or Karpathos, Kos is another Greek island paradise. Surrounded by the warm waters of the Aegean Sea and offerings its visitors truly amazing weather throughout the year, this location is a great option if you have been looking to outwit the throngs of tourists frequenting other major sites such as Athens. So, what does the island of Kos have in store, what is the best way to arrive here and what are a handful of the most enticing attractions to experience during your stay? Let's take a bit of a closer look at the answers to these three important categories.
As you may have already suspected, Kos is home to Kos International Airport (KGS). However, we should point out here that this hub is not nearly as large as other locations such as Athens International Airport. There may be times when a flight is more difficult to book. Some of the major international airlines which are served here include:
Please note that currently, Ryanair and Aer Lingus are NOT serviced by Kos International Airport. Booking well in advance of your intended departure date is the best way to make certain that you attain the most agreeable travel arrangements.
Like the other islands found within the Greek archipelago, Kos is famous for its rich history. The majority of attractions therefore focus around this unique quality. Even if you are not a fan of the past, locations such as the Greek temple of Asclepeion, the Tree of Hippocrates and Nerattzia Castle will definitely impress. Another great way to appreciate the roots of this society is to visit the many shops found around the main city of Kos itself (the same as the island). Numerous antiquities are on display and you may even be able to acquire a few keepsakes for the journey home.
Even the most ardent history buffs are forced to admit that the beaches here are truly phenomenal. White sands, private coves, tranquil waters and the blazing sun overhead attraction countless visitors every month of the year. Some of the most notable stretches of coastline include Paradise Beach, Tigaki Beach, Mastichari Beach and Kefalos Beach (found near the town of the same name).
One of the benefits to be mentioned when frequenting Greece is the fact that the entire country is desperate to increase the tourism sector. So, you are likely to find great deals throughout the year. Your only main concern will be the heat; temperatures on Kos and the nearby islands can easily top 40ºC. If you are not a fan of roasting, it may be better to book reservations for the early autumn or the late spring. Still, even visiting during the dead of winter can be wonderful. Temperatures rarely fall below 10ºC even on the coldest of days.