Kos is an island of contrasts, and our walks reveal some hidden gems behind the party island.
Quieter beaches; short coastal walks take you away from the facilities, including a dip in a geothermal spa.
World-class archaeology; find ruined castles, ancient tombs, remote chapels
Hill walks through farmed and forested countryside on waymarked paths and ancient mule tracks to stunning viewpoints.
Hill towns and villages where traditional island life continues.
Flowers, birds, and butterflies, including rare and endangered species.
Good transport links: easy to get to and easy to get around.
Getting to Kos
Kos lies on all the major Dodecanese routes, with daily ferries connecting Kos with Piraeus, Rhodes, other Dodecanese islands, the Cyclades and Turkey.
Web links for the ferries:
Direct flights from all major European countries, Scandinavia, Russia, Egypt, and Israel. Domestic flights from Athens, and other islands.
Getting around Kos
Extensive road network, cycle lanes in Kos town, a full range of vehicles for hire.
Plenty of taxis and buses; www.kos.gr/en/transport/SitePages/bus.aspx
Day-boats for hire, from private charter to all day barbecue/beach excursions.
Staying on Kos
Full range of accommodation options, from luxury all-inclusive hotels, villas, apartments and studios in the big resorts to simple village rooms. Camping does not seem to be encouraged.
Maps and other information
Terrain maps published their 1:45,000 map in 2012. Updates published on their website www.terrainmaps.gr/index.php?l=en#products
Geopsis offer a 1:65,000 map published 2015) www.geopsis.com/geopsis-eshop/kos-map without contours and with limited detail, available digitally from Avenza. www.avenzamaps.com/maps/98853/kos-165000
Orama published a “GPS compatible” 1:75,000 map in 2019; https://www.oramaeditions.gr/index/mapsEn.asp?id=1824
Websites describing the island include