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Kos, Dodecanese Islands, Greece

I spent a week in Kos in May 2002, staying in the laid back resort of Mastihari.

I arrived for the first week of the holiday season and the island was just waking up from the off-season. Tavernas and bars were just opening up and many were advertising for staff for the summer months.

The long, sandy beach was practically empty, the sun was hot, but the sea was still cold.

I spent a day in Kos town, the capital of the island. The town has an impressive harbour, a castle and numerous bars, tavernas and shops.

Mastihari was convenient as it is where the ferries leave for the neighbouring island of Kalymnos. I also took a ferry to Nisyros for a day trip, and to Bodrum in Turkey for another daytrip. There are also ferries and hydrofoils to other islands within the Dodecanese and further afield.

In the summer months, the island is much more lively with holidaymakers from all over the world. The resort of Kardamena is particularly busy - even in May, there were numerous tourists and the resort already appeared to be in full swing (well, compared to Mastihari at least).

I much preferred Mastihari to Kardamena - it is much more relaxed with authentic Greek tavernas, a handful of bars and a much less crowded beach.

  • Last visit to Kos: May 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jul 15, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    One of your many good, detailed reviews! We're going to Kos for the first time this August (2009) so any tips are useful as the most recent Rough Guide available is now out of date. P.S. "us Sheffield lads don't like paying over the odds for beer!"

  • May 14, 2009 at 3:06 AM

    Karnagio is closed since 2007. For tips about nice restaurants in Kos have a look at www.kosrestaurants.nl

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    Jun 9, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    really helpful transport tips and good review of the eateries

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    Nov 3, 2007 at 10:51 AM

    Excellent restaurant and transportation tips. Very useful for any first time visitors to Kos. Hope to be there one of these days..... SL :)

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    Nov 23, 2006 at 5:06 PM

    Fab restro tips..aah the exquisite detail.

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    Sep 8, 2006 at 2:20 PM

    We await your "Guide to European Restaurants" tome. Michelin should be worried! Cheers.

  • Aug 28, 2006 at 1:58 PM

    "Keeping in touch with VT", hey...?;o))) Hmmmm did you go to the internet cafe after that Irish Coffee, or...?;o)) // See? You were apparently quite nice back then....;o))

  • Jun 11, 2006 at 10:15 AM

    OK. 1 week+ in Greece, including Athens & Santorini..which other island to pick, mate? I'm planning.....


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