Psalidi is a cosy and modern resort destination on the eastern coast of Kos, just a few kilometres from the main town. Its compact size means you won’t have to share the beach with hordes of tourists but there’s enough here and in nearby Kos Town to keep you and your family entertained during your stay. The beach is more or less unspoilt, a mix of sand and pebbles that sits next to green rolling countryside and great scenery.
Average temperatures range between 28˚C during the day and 22˚C at night during the high summer months of July and August. There’s plenty of reliable sunshine throughout the year too, with more than 300 days on average each year
There’s just one international airport on Kos, located in the central part of the island. It’s named after the island’s most famous son, Hippocrates, and is around half an hour’s drive from Psalidi.
From exploring the rugged countryside to nights out on the tiles, Psalidi ticks a lot of holiday boxes thanks to its great location. Try some windsurfing lessons, zip across the water on a jet ski or, if you’re looking for some quiet time, find a secluded beach that you’ll have all to yourself. Holidays here are how you want them to be.
The famously clear waters of Psalidi are great for the kids to paddle in but head a little further out and you can have a different kind of fun. Jet skiing and windsurfing are both very popular with the regular but not too ferocious winds meaning it’s a great place to learn the basics. It’s quiet enough here so you don’t have to worry about too many people seeing you take the odd tumble either.
If you’re looking for a quiet or relaxing family break then the few tavernas and hotel bars in Psalidi will be more than enough. Don’t worry if you’re in the mood for something a little more exciting as it’s only a half hour walk or ten minute bus ride into Kos Town. Here you’ll find a buzzing bar lined harbour and a strip of bars and clubs offering all sorts of night time fun.
To the south of Psalidi, you’ll find the little beach of Agios Fokas where you can enjoy the beautiful views and impressive sunsets. From there around to the south of the island is a natural area free from any resorts or modern buildings where you can discover hidden coves, caves and stunning views from the hills out over the water. Chances are you’ll be the only ones there too.
Family beaches: The beach at Psalidi may be quite small but it’s quiet and gently sloping, so it’s great for families. Paddle safely in the water or get the blood pumping trying out some of the available water sports.
Access to Kos town: Psalidi is the best of both worlds, with small resort charm but also great access to the restaurants, bars and clubs of the more upbeat Kos Town. Walk, cycle or catch the regular bus to town.
Traditional cuisine: Alongside a few modern hotels, you’ll also find traditional tavernas in Psalidi offering some of the freshest and best seafood around, as well as all the Greek classics you’d expect.
Language: The official language on Kos is Greek.
Currency: The Euro (€) is the currency used in Psalidi.
Local time: Two hours ahead of the UK’s GMT.
Fly to: Hippocrates International Airport, located in the middle of the island around 25 minutes from Psalidi.
Flight time from UK: A little less than four hours.
Tourist Information: Discover more Psalidi tourist information at http://www.kosinfo.gr/.
Visa & Health: Before you travel to Psalidi, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for more information and advice on visas and health for your holiday.
Temperature: Average summer temperatures in the high 20s.
Best time to visit Psalidi: The summer is long and dry in Psalidi, with more than 300 days of sunshine on average each year. Summer temperatures are highest between June and August, with milder but still sunny months either side, so visit then for a quieter and milder break. Night temperatures are also warm, around 22˚C in the summer, so don’t pack too many clothes for your holiday as it’s comfortable most of the time.
By taxi: While there are usually plenty of taxis available in Psalidi, they can be a little pricey, so make sure you ask before you jump in a cab. Drivers are usually friendly and many can speak some English.
By hire car: There are a few places on Kos where you can hire cars. The airport and Kos Town are probably the most convenient for Psalidi. It’s a good way to get about and explore the quieter spots on the island.
By bus: There are good bus links from Psalidi to Kos Town. From one of the two bus stations here you can catch buses to the airport and towns all over the island
By bike: Kos is very flat with a number of bike paths running along beaches and through the main towns, so it’s a great way to explore. There are loads of places to rent bikes, which cost as little as €5 a day.
For festivals: There’s a choice of major festivals on Kos, with the annual Hippocratia cultural events and International Film Festival being the most famous.
For wine lovers: The village of Mastichari hosts an annual wine festival where you can sample the local tipple while watching traditional dancing and entertainment.
For horses: The village of Pyli celebrates the name day of Agios Georgios every year in April. It’s a big party with lots of food and wine, as well exciting horse races to enjoy.