- Kos Luxury holidays
Kos is one of the Dodecanese - 'the Twelve Islands' - although the group is now considered to include 15 main islands and nearly 100 small islets. Kos is the third largest, with the second-largest population, and its beaches make the tourist trade the single largest contributor to the island's economy. Kos is a hugely popular destination for many holidaymakers each year.
Step into the past on Kos
The major landmarks of Kos offer a look back into its distant past, including the 14th century fortress found at the entrance to the harbour. This was built in 1315 by the Knights Hospitaller, during the time when they sought refuge on the island of Rhodes and took control of several other islands in the area. A second fortress, dating from the Byzantine period, can also be found in Antimachia.
A history of shopping on Kos
When it comes to buying your souvenirs, you are continuing a tradition of trade on Kos, which was once home to one of the ancient world's largest marketplaces. At about 300 metres long and 50 metres wide, the rectangular centre of the marketplace spanned the area from the main road through Kos at the south, to the city walls in the north, with shops along its eastern edge.This ancient market was destroyed in the fifth century by an earthquake, and modern-day excavations have revealed its mosaic floors, along with rooms along the western side of the rectangle which are believed to have been used for pitting animals against one another in fights, which was once a popular pastime.
When should I visit Kos?
Favour the sunny summer months if you want to experience idyllic Kos as it basks in the bright sunshine. However, bear in mind that if you do not handle the heat easily, then it might be more sensible to visit in the spring or autumn when it is a little cooler - then you can explore the area without the need to take cover during the hottest part of the day. The Dodecanese group, like all Greek Islands, offer warm conditions all year round, and as such you might find a visit out of season to be worth it, in order to enjoy a break from the cold conditions, frost and snowfall back home.
What’s on offer on a luxury holiday?
Luxury holidays promise the ultimate escape from day-to-day life. If you want to spend all day relaxing on the beach, you can. If you can’t wait to tuck into authentic Greek cuisine, take advantage of the dining options at your luxury hotel. The object of a luxury holiday is to ensure you enjoy a first-class experience – which is always worth that extra expense. Kos Island boasts endless possibilities for a luxury holiday. You can spend your days exploring the 290km of pristine coastline, or sip on cocktails in the cosmopolitan capital, Kos Town. Whether you’re looking for a chilled out luxury holiday or something more lively, Kos Island has it all.