Greece has it all. It is cute, picturesque, white & blue, charming, romantic, has clear blue water and delicious food ( think Feta, Pita bread, Greek Salads, Gyros, Moussaka, Souvlaki, Tzatziki Sauce – Are you hungry yet 😉 )
When you are on Instagram you might know that Santorini is one of those Insta famous destinations in Greece. But there is much more to this amazing country.
And although Santorini and Island hopping through Greece is definitely on our bucket list, I got my first taste of Greece by visiting the Greece Islands of Kos and Rhodes.
Before you read on and think:
Wow what happened to these photo’s, they look crap!
I must confess: Yes you are right, they look a bit crap compared to our most recent photo’s, but it’s a while ago I visited Greece on a work trip and instead of my Nikon D5200 I was still shooting on one of those grey pocket cameras 🙂
A picture says more than 1000 words they say, so I believe, although my Greece photos are not the quality you are used to, you still get an impression of the lovely island of Kos.
So here are some things to do in Kos
1. Greek and Roman History in Kos
Kos is rich with Greek and Roman history, particularly in and around Kos City. One of the most famous historical sights is the Asklepion, located on a hill with spectacular views just 4 km outside Kos City.
Asklepeion was an ancient healing center build in the 4th century, sacred to the god Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine.
You can easily bike from Kos City to Asklepion and spend a few hours at the Asklepion to wander around the old ruins.
2. Visit Kos City
Kos city is busy, bubbly and there is always something going on. It is a mixture of Venetian and Ottoman architecture with interesting historical buildings and things to do in and around Kos City. You can walk around here for hours, or even better rent a bike!
This is one of the best things we did at Kos. Just cruising around through the small streets of Kos City, biking along the esplanade, having a drink, shop around and explored a bit more outside the city of Kos.
3. Soak up some sun at Kos Beaches
The most tourist places are located on the southern side of Kos Island. The best places to go if you want a relaxing beach holiday are Kardamena and Befalls. This is where you can find large golden beaches with crystal clear blue water.
4. Party and have fun in Kos
If you like the hustle and bustle of a busy party town, lots of cafe’s, restaurants and bars, then Kardamena is the place to be. Once a little fishing village, but now the party place in Kos.
5. Stay at a typical Greek Fishing Village
If you are looking for a secluded getaway, want to skip the mass tourism and just looking for a typical peaceful and chilled out Greek fishing village? Mastichari is your best shot.
Mastichari is just a small cute fishing village with the freshest fish straight from the ocean. No party scenes around here, but great greek tavernas and laid back vibe.
Mastichari also prides itself with a long sandy beach and the perfect place for windsurfers.
There are also many typical ( sometimes sleepy ) Greek villages inland of Kos. This is where you will find those cute white and blue houses with many pot plants and lovely locals.
6. Enjoy a family holiday at Psalidi
If you are looking for the perfect family holiday at Kos, Psalidi is the best place to go.
Psalidi is close to Kos City and has an unspoiled beach and ocean where you can peddle around with the little ones. The ocean is shallow and calm and the lovely beach and promenade parallel to the beach make Psalidi the perfect family getaway.
Older kids will love the watersport activities!
7. Enjoy the nature of Kos
Kos is quite bold, but unique in its own way. Great beaches and crystal clear water. Olive trees and wildflowers. Mountains and amazing views.
Between the villages of Marmari and Tigaki on the North Coast of Kos, you will find the Aliki ( Salt Lake ) Until 1989 Aliki functioned as a salt production installation, but is now a protected area with many flora and fauna, including pelicans, flamingo, turtles and water snakes.
We drove up into the mountains and had a great view of Aliki and the surrounding bay from above.
8. Island hopping through Greece
Island hopping through Greece is definitely on our bucket list and is very easy in Greece. During this trip, we only went from Kos to Rhodes by ferry. Super easy, cheap and a great way to sail along the coast. You might spot some dolphines too!
Stay tuned for our next article about Rhodes, Greece.
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♣ Thanks to Neckerman Reizen, The Netherlands, for completely organizing and providing this trip to Kos & Rhodes ♣