This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Kos. To help you make friends with Kos before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
With a rich history, beautiful beaches, and a thrilling nightlife, the Greek town of Kos has become a popular destination for tourists looking to experience more than just a sun and sand vacation on the Aegean Sea.
The home of Hippocrates, Kos provides a wide variety of opportunities for people looking to expand their knowledge of this unique location. Ancient ruins, castles, and historic sites are plentiful in this area – including the ruins of Asklepieion, where Hippocrates studied medicine under the tutelage of Herodicus.
There are tons of hotels and hostels for travelers to choose from when planning a trip to Kos – it just depends what you’re looking for. Many tourists choose to stay at a hostel or vacation rental within the town of Kos, venturing out during the day to check out the beachfront resorts or in the evening to visit some of the town’s exciting nightclubs and fantastic restaurants. Although Kos is a popular tourist destination, there are many more secluded areas where visitors can unwind and enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere.
The nightlife in Kos is a major draw for many tourists from the United Kingdom, and the culinary offerings from the town’s restaurants and taverns make these destinations appealing to all travelers. Fresh seafood is a popular fare, but visitors can sample traditional recipes and Greek foods by venturing up and down the city’s main street – where a wide variety of dining options are available.
Ferries are readily available during the summer season in Kos, and there is also daily flight service between Kos and Athens. For backpackers or adventurous travelers who are hopping to experience hostels and hotels at some of Greece’s other destinations, there are tours and “island hopping” passes to get you from place to place. Visitors can also take advantage of car rentals to take themselves on a self-drive tour of the island.
Written by local enthusiast for Kos hostelsJakob Lombardi