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“had a good time”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2007

aI stayed in the Kordistos hotel (see seperate review) in the resort of Kamari Bay which is also known as Kefalos (a nearby town) on the south eastern part of the Greak Island of Kos.

The resort itself has plenty of resturants and is cheap but is very quiet so if you want a lively time this won't be for you. For the lively area go to Kardamena or Kos Town.

As i usually do i hired a bike and a car and travelled.............the Island is small so is easily covered and apart from the Kos Town area roads are quiet.

There are lots of small bays which are almost empty just to sit along, the best beaches i thought were just to the east of Kefalos
although the beach at Tigaki is good........the ones at Kos Town get packed.

Kos town is worth a visit for shopping and the history visitor...there is also a good castle on the southern side not far from the airport.
Well worth a go is a trip to the nearby Island of Nissyros the main town is lovely with a good Chapel but don't miss the Volcano...........you can walk into the crater..........its steaming, smells and is hot.

Kos Island is lovely but if you havn't been to a greak Island there are better

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“General tips for enjoying your Kos (Kos Town/Lambi based) holiday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2007

Kos General Tips (no order of preference)

1.Take a bus from the main road in Lambi into Kos Town for about Euro 1.50 each way. Buses run roughly every 15 minutes. Or start walking and look out for the buses on the way. To walk into town from Psalidi will take about 40-50 minutes. A nice walk after dinner to work off the great Greek food!

2.Take a day trip out on a boat from the harbour. They do a three island trip to neighbouring Kalymnos, Pserimos (my absolute favourite island) and Plati. There are plenty of opportunities to stop and swim along the way. Lunch is usually included. There's a bar onboard for a cooling drink and plenty of sunbeds if you fancy sunbathing or sit in the shade downstairs. It really is a totally relaxing and enjoyable day out plus you'll get a great tan! The boat trips are usually about Euro 20-30 depending on the season. Book direct to save money and choose your boat.

If you take a stroll along the harbour at Kos Town during the evening it really is a pleasant walk and you can look out for my friends' boats. They have the distinctive dark blue name plate along the gangway. There's the APHRODITE, NIKITAS, ARGO and POSEIDON. My friend Aleco is the Captain of the POSEIDON. Most of the Captains sit on their boats of a night time and are happy to have you look around so don't be shy... go on and see which one you prefer. Don't feel pressured into booking with the first one you see. Some of the reps can be a bit pushy...

3.If you want to go to Turkey I'd recommend buying a ticket independently not from the holiday rep in your hotel. You'll get a trip over for about half the cost. Walk along the harbour at Kos Town during the evening and you'll have a huge choice of boats to choose from. If you take one of the picturesque sailing boats the crossing will take around 2 hours. It's a proper day out. If you want to get there quicker (to give more time for shopping) go to the main port office and buy a ferry ticket on a hydrofoil. It should be around Euro 15 each. Remember you'll need your passport!

In Turkey (Bodrum) you'll find lots of fake designer bargains. Remember to barter with the locals as the price they say is usually double what they'll accept. Also, you can pay in Euros but the local currency is Lira and there are 000s of them to the Euro.

4.If you get the bus going in the opposite direction to the main town i.e. to the left of the harbour if you are standing with the sea behind you... it'll take you to Agia Fokas which is the end of the bus route. From here you can walk down the cliff to Thermes which is a natural spring and said to have healing qualities for arthritis etc. Make sure you check the return bus times as the buses usually only run one an hour and it's a long climb up the cliff to the bus stop. I missed a bus there once and ended up hitching a ride back on a motorbike! (Actually turned out to be quite good fun in the end!)

5.One of the few trips I'd recommend to buy from the holiday rep is the traditional Greek sunset dinner at Zia. Set in a small village up the tallest mountain in Kos there's a big restaurant with typical food, singing and dancing. The view from the village is breathtaking in the late afternoon/early evening.

6.Another cheap day out is to get a bus into Tingaki. It's the opposite side of Kos Town and about 15 minutes on the bus. Alternatively you can hire a bicycle and cycle there. A lot of people do it and the roads are quite flat so you don't have to be super fit to try. Bikes are cheap to hire... again barter with the sales people. Tingaki has a beautiful pale sandy beach about 5 miles along. It's a quiet town and on the outskirts the beaches are narrower but deserted. It's certainly worth a day out if you are bored with your hotel.

7.Check out the ruins and archaelogical sites just behind the main town (harbour side) of Kos. There you can find the Hippocrates tree and numerous old ruins from thousands of years ago.

8. Walk up any of the streets off the harbour towards the back of the Town to the Market (or "Agora" as the Greeks call it). Here you'll find lots of tiny restaurants in shady side streets plus a big undercover market shop selling local produce such as yoghurts, herbs, soaps, fruit & veg (much cheaper than the supermarket), nuts, shells etc etc). It's quite hard to get lost in the town but if you do ask someone to direct you back to the market and then you are only 3 mins away from the harbour again.

9.Near to the market walking in the direction away from the seafront you’ll find the “old
town” area. In this area you’ll find a lovely typical Meze restaurant (a meal consisting of lots of little dishes of hot/cold Greek foods such as dolmades, tsatsiki, melitzanasalata, taramasalata etc.

The restaurant is called the Olive Tree and all the tables out back are set under the branches of a huge Olive tree. Another restaurant, closer to the main road and but set off the main drag is the “Museum” restaurant. Very nice food with reasonable prices.

Along the main port and seafront road there are many, many restaurants and cocktail bars to chose from. All tastes from burgers upwards is catered for. “Goodys” is like the local MacDonalds (there is also a MacDonalds near Bar Street which is open till 5am). All the restaurants serve a very similar menu so pick a restaurant with a view that you like or an atmostphere which appeals. You can usually check the menu from outside the restaurant.

“Jazzmin” is my favourite cocktail bar to sit and enjoy a cocktail whilst watching the world go by. “Fikos” is a good, inexpensive restaurant opposite the harbour owned by a friend of my Greek friends on the boats. It’s frequented by the locals as well as tourists.

Few easy Greek words which will go down well if used.

Kali-mera- Good morning
Kali-spera- Good afternoon/evening
Ef-haristo- Thank you
Para-kalor- Please
Yiassou- hello/goodbye
Andaxi- ok/alright
Den melayo Ellenika- I don’t speak Greek
Milatay Anglika?- Do you speak English

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“Loved Kos - excellent for couples”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2006

Visited Kos with my boyfriend in July, We were on a last minute deal so allocation on arrival but were pleasantly surprised.

Our hotel was fine but the best thing about Kos is its size - such a small island so it means that whichever resort you end up in, you can easily access all the attractions on the island by bus for a few euro each, or by taxi. Plus there are loads of excursions available (not just through the reps but through independents) to Turkey and other neighbouring islands. Plenty to do!

We stayed in Tigaki. Small resort pretty much centered around one strip of restaurants, bars and hotels but we loved it. The best beach in Kos apparently (loads of comfy sunloungers for 5 euro a pair)

Enough of a selection of restaurants in Tigaki to keep you entertained (we highly recommend the restaurant at Hotel Meni Beach - excellent staff and fantastic food - try the Viagra chicken - the name means nothing!)

Travelled to Kos town on the bus one evening (took approx 15 mins) and ate at a great Chinese caled China Star - again fantastic staff who were really flexible - we were able to play around with the menu options! Much busier in Kos town with a wide variety of touristy shops & bars - gets much livlier later in the evening.

Would also recommend the Greek Night in Zia - travel upto the pretty mountain village for one of the best views in os and watch the sun set as you wander around the small shops. Then travel down to the restaurant for a slap-up Greek meal (unlimited wine) and Greek entertainment and dancing! Much fun.

Another place to mention is Kardamena - the liveliest resort on the island and home to many 18 - 30s but worth a visit if you like clubbing etc. Recommend the Amazon restaurant - they do a fab deal with 3 courses and unlimited alcohol (dangerous but excellent) and the food is really good too for the money - excellent selection.

Finally to mention the Lido waterpark in Mastichari - quite a few big slides here and a great wave pool. Very reasonable food prices inside too - unusual for a waterpark! LOADS of free sunloungers and they have a kids section too.

I'd highly recommend Kos to couples and families because there is simply so much that you can do if you want to.

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“Kos - the island that is better than you think it's going to be!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2006

Me and my boyfriend stayed in Kos for a week in July - one of the busiest months to travel. We booked it as a last minute deal and expected for £200 each to be somewhere full of English tourists, really cheesy and a club 18-30 type holiday, which was not what we really wanted.

We were so pleasantly suprised when we arrived in Kos town to discover ancient ruins, cute little shopping lanes, plants and trees everywhere, even the cheesy bar street overlooked ancient ruins. There were traditional churches and buildings, hippocrates ancient tree and cobbled streets alongside loads of restaurants, bars and shops. Yes Kos is touristy, but it's not overpowering. There were a real mix of people here, Germans, Dutch, English and of course Greek. Also a mix of couples, families, children and young people.

There are loads of things to do, we hired bikes for 3 euros a day - no deposit! You can hire mopeds, go karts, cars and quad bikes for driving around the island - not sure what documents you need or how much they are tho.

The thermal spring you can visit wasn't that interesting - it was so hot we couldn't even get in it!!! And it was really smelly. The beach is not very nice there either, black volcanic sand and rocks.The nicest beaches were Tingaki and Paradise beach. Tingaki was soooo windy but the sea was shallow for ages and beach nice and sandy. Loads of nice bars, snack cafes.

Paradise and bubble beach had sand, watersports and natural bubbly water. It's an hour away on the bus from Kos town and in the middle of nowhere with 1 snack bar and 1 restaurant.

My favourie thing was our 3 island cruise, 20 euros each on the Odesseya boat. It was so much fun! We went to crystal turquoise waters where you could jump in, snorkle and swim. Then we had the best bbq on board the boat and moved on too another island with gorgeous sandy beach and beautiful water. Afterwards we stopped for another swim and went back. The staff on board were brilliant!!!! So helpful, friendly and up for a laugh! We got really suntanned and took some amazing photos. They constantly fed us and gave us free ouzo at the end and theres a bar on board. it's a must!!!!

If your going to eat some fantastic food (not many chips on the menu here!!) then go to Zorbas (i think thats how its spelled) I had the best meal ever here!

Wow there are so many lovely restaurants and bars, I cannot praise the Greek people enough for how friendly and welcoming they are. We had one meal and ended up staying for 2 hours drinking free wine!!! Mostly you are greeted with 'hello my friend' and that is how we were made to feel in kos, like a friend. I would recommend this island to everyone as its gorgeous.

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“I will Never Come Back”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2004

If you are going for a quiet vacation, DO NOT GO TO KOS. We stayed for three weeks in Kosta Palace, Kos City, and actually investigated to see if we could fly out earlier. The street noise was driving us nuts and -note this- we are living in a busy street in Amsterdam!
The hordes of youths driving around on unmuffled scooters (or so it seems) emanate such a terrible noise that it was hard to fall asleep at night. Apart from that people seem hostile and unfriendly. We went on a trip to Bodrum, Turkey which was an altogether different experience- friendly people, clean environment.

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