There’s always a spell-binding scene on the horizon here. Let your gaze sweep across the sea to the lofty mountains of neighbouring isles, and all the way to the Turkish coast. Kos has much to offer beyond our pristine setting. Only 50 km long and 10 km wide at its broadest point, the island’s small size of Kos is also one of its biggest assets.
Short distances invite explorations of every corner of Kos, which boasts large swathes of untouched nature, secluded beaches, archaeological sites and pockets of culture off the beaten track. It’s also easy enough to escape the inevitable clusters of modern holiday attractions and entertainment.
Casa Cook — Your springboard for discovering Kos. To start your sojourn off right, we’ve chosen one of the island’s most idyllic spots. Sparsely developed save for the farmland where our vegetables are grown, an uneven road first leads through fields before arriving at Casa Cook Kos. Where a white-sand beach continues as far as the eye can see, framed by rolling dunes, a turquoise-tinged ocean and the majestic contours of the islands Kalymnos and Pserimos just across the Aegean.
To the east, small and scenic Kos Town weaves together vestiges from bygone eras with the modern bustle of shops, eateries and bars one expects to find in a busy holiday port. A stroll through palm-lined streets and the central square reveals layers of history and the cultures that have left their mark here. Beyond the restaurants catering to international tastes, there are many spots to sample authentic flavours. From traditional Greek coffee to meze specialities or super fresh seafood brought in every morning by the fishing boats.
Strewn with villages, cool forests and footpaths, the mountainous interior of Kos is well worth a visit or two. A short drive along tiny roads will bring you to spots with spectacular panoramas of the Koan shoreline, neigh-bouring islands and even the Turkish coast.
The small town of Kefalos is the starting point for explorations of the island’s wilder parts. Its sleepy charm and maze of alleyways is the first indication that you’ve left the main tourist centres behind. But the true highlight of this hilly peninsula is its wild, untamed terrain. Only a smattering of roads criss-cross the countryside making it a paradise for bicycling, hiking and discovering the weatherworn chapels perched atop rocky slopes. Follow the unpaved tracks to reach postcard-perfect beaches nestled within coves.