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Kos holidays 

Full of endless golden beaches and architectural treasures, both ancient and modern, Kos holidays offer sun-seekers, history buffs and water sports enthusiasts the perfect place to take a well earned break. The island belongs to Greece, though it's just off the coast of Turkey, and is ideal for families as there's always plenty to do in the high quality resort accommodation.

26 °C

August is the hottest month with temperatures averaging 26°C and little likelihood of rain in the summer months.

4 hours

Kos Island International Airport: Located just outside the village of Antimachia in the centre of the island some 24km from Kos Town and around 14km to Kefalos.

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Book a beach holiday to Kos with Airtours and discover an island gem with a long and fascinating history, golden beaches and a pulsating nightlife.

Featured holidays in Kos

Fili Apartments

7 Nights, Room Only
Hotel highlights

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 340 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7. You can reach us on holiday through any of the following channels: 24hr helpline, digitally with SMS, WhatsApp and Email, plus live chat.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

Kalloudis Apartments

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • In the quiet resort of Tingaki
  • Close to beach, shops and tavernas
  • Modern and comfortable accommodation

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 310 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
  • If on arrival something in your hotel doesn’t live up to our description, we’ll take care of it within 24-hours. In the unlikely event that we can’t fix it for you, we’ll send you a voucher for 25% of what you paid for your holiday, or we’ll fly you home and refund the cost of your holiday.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7, you can reach us on holiday through our 24hr helpline, SMS, WhatsApp, Email and live chat. We also have a team in resort and if you need to see a rep while you’re on holiday, we’ll do our best to arrange this for you.
  • Our Quality Managers work together with the hotels to make sure that our high standards are constantly met. We work closely to make sure that the quality, service and hospitality live up to your expectations.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

Cleopatra Classic Hotel

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 340 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7. You can reach us on holiday through any of the following channels: 24hr helpline, digitally with SMS, WhatsApp and Email, plus live chat.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

Cleopatra Superior Hotel

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 532 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7. You can reach us on holiday through any of the following channels: 24hr helpline, digitally with SMS, WhatsApp and Email, plus live chat.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

Cleopatra Kris Mari

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 412 reviews

What is included ?

  • Your holiday cost includes one hold bag (per person) with a weight allowance of 15kgs. You can add extra luggage allowance on our Flight Extras page before you confirm your booking.
  • This flight inclusive package is financially protected under ATOL 1179 held by Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited.
  • At the airport when you arrive, you’ll be met by our Resort team and taken to your Hotel. Not all our coaches have a rep on board but our drivers know which hotels to stop at.
  • We’re available for you to connect with us 24/7. You can reach us on holiday through any of the following channels: 24hr helpline, digitally with SMS, WhatsApp and Email, plus live chat.
  • Manage your holiday from start to finish by downloading our My Holiday App. Use our features to order your currency, check-in online, book your excursions in the resort, add extra baggage and more. Log in using your MyAccount details to explore and access information 24-hours a day.

It may be a small island but Kos has lots of places to see and things to do. Of course it's known for its holiday lifestyle but you’ll also find many quaint villages and a chance to explore the ancient history of the place. There's plenty of shopping to be done as well as having adventures on the water or just lounging around on the beach. What better place to spend some holiday time than this magical island gem? 

When you've had your fill of delicious food in a little taverna, a quality restaurant or the buffet at your hotel, take some time to seek out some of the special products you can only get in Kos. Kanellada is a non-alcoholic traditional liqueur that's made of cinnamon, and you could also try soumada from neighbouring Nisros, made from almonds and also non alcoholic.

Seek out a sweet preserve that's made from baby tomatoes and try some "cheese of posa". It's a special type of goat's cheese that's stored in red wine. The local honey is made with wild thyme and other flowers grown on Kos, making it a tasty souvenir to take home for friends and family.

In Kos, like much of Greece, you might stumble across a festival at some point during your holiday. The major one is the Hippocrates Festival during July and August, where you'll find all manner of entertainment in Kos Town. You'll discover ancient Greek dramas, plays and concerts, energetic folk dancing and exhibitions of local arts and crafts.

You can also watch sailing contests, see the local religious festivals, known as panegyris, and try the fantastic Fish Festival in Kefalos in August.

The legendary Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, trained and taught in Kos. You can see the Plane Tree of Hippocrates, said to be standing on the place where the great healer taught. The town also has a castle that the Knights of St John built, and the temple of Dionysos, the god of wine, winemaking and the grape harvest.

In Kefalos you can visit Agios Stefanos, an early Christian basilica, and the little village of Antimachia is home to a medieval castle. There are many other monuments dotted around the island as well as plenty of other ruins and historical sites to check out. Whether you choose to relax, explore or enjoy the pulsating nightlife you certainly won't be disappointed with what Kos has to offer you.

Kos is best for

Water sports fans: Surrounded by the eastern Aegean Sea, the island is ideal for water sports, from the gentle pursuits of canoeing or heading out on a pedalo to the thrills of windsurfing, jet skiing and water skiing. 

Families: Kos is a family friendly island with resorts offering a wide range of sports activities and entertainment, or you could just lie around on a beach as the kids splash around in the shallow water.

History buffs: Historical sites from the Classical, Byzantine and the Roman eras are waiting to be discovered and explored.


Fast facts

Language: The official language is Greek but as the island is such a popular destination English is spoken in all the resort areas.

Currency: Euro. 

Local Time: Two hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly To: Kos Island International Airport "Hippocrates".

Flight Time from the UK: Approximately 4 hours 20 minutes from London Heathrow.

Tourist Information: Find out more about Kos.

Visa and Health: Before travelling to Kos with Airtours check out advice on health considerations and any visa requirements that may be necessary.


Weather and climate

Temperature: The Southern Aegean brings hot temperatures averaging the mid-20s (°C) in the summer, so it can be very hot during the high season. 

Best time to visit Kos: If you love the heat then July and August are the times to go to catch plenty of summer sun. June and September are a little less hot, averaging 23°C, with May and October around 20°C and April and November considerably cooler though still quite pleasant, averaging 15°C.


Getting around

By Train: A small tourist train takes visitors around Kos Town and passes all major sightseeing spots. 

By Bus: There are a number of bus routes that connect Kos Town with resort areas and villages, including Kefalos and Masichari.

By Taxi: This is an easy way to get around and there are plenty available in the main resort areas.

By Hire Car: Kos has good roads so car rental is worth considering, especially for driving up into the mountains.

By Bicycle: Cycling is a popular way of getting about. Kos is only 40km long and there are many options for bicycle hire.


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