Kos Greece Beach Guides and Photos.

Generally about the Beaches on Kos Island.

Beaches on the island vary from sandy right through to quite heavy shingle - the beaches around the most popular holiday areas are regularly cleaned of seaweed and then totally re-covered with umbrellas and beach chairs - sometimes 4 or 5 lines of them out from the seashore. The cost of these varies but when we were on Kos early July we saw two chairs and an umbrella being offered for just a few Euros - and in some cases a couple of bottles of water were being thrown in as well (not thrown at you).
By July the sun is amazingly hot - even the sand can scorch your feet let alone the pebbles - so it is worth having some "jellies" whilst getting your sun tan. As you leave the beach chair hotspots like Kardamena the further-out beaches are frequently lined with at least a couple of feet of sea weed - and it's worth mentioning that where washed up sea-weed exists then often as not so do annoying flies. The most enjoyable beaches we thought were those after the hotel complexes on the far side of Psalidi up as far as Cape Ag. Fokas - these are shingle beaches but the pebbles are nice round types so you can strech out on them quite nicely - and there is a distinct lack of sea-weed - just nice clear sparkling sea. The sea temperatures seem always to be quite cool in the Dodekanese Islands and stay that way until well into August so it's quite a shock to go from a 35 to 40 degree beach into perhaps 21 to 22 degrees in the water. Kos does quite often enjoy nice sea breezes especially along the Tigaki - Mastihari side of the island.
However there is a need to be careful about sunburn since these cool breezes can make you think the temperatures are not as high as they really are especially when on the beach. The Kardamena side of Kos can feel quite a lot hotter as the wind and sea-breezes are often blocked by the mountains.
Kos - Tigaki Beaches near Tigaki - Kos, Greece The beach at Kos TownSpot of sunbathing at Psalidi Beach on Kos
Tigaki. - is located on the northern coast of Kos and a favourite destination for holiday companies and thus full of large blocks of accommodation - i.e. not particularly scenic. There are of course shops and tavernas etc. The beach right in the centre is sandy and is totally packed with sunshades and sunbeds - however as you head north along the coast the beach becomes quite narrow and does suffer from seaweed.
Beach at popular holiday resort of Mastichari on Kos Mastichari Harbour area at Kos Island, Greece Mostly traffic free shopping areas at Mastichari, Kos Part of the beach area at Mastichari, Kos
Mastichari. The town has a reasonable size harbour for yachts and there are some fishing boats - the harbour also provides a car ferry service out to Kalymnos. There are of course plenty of shops and tavernas plus accommodation in it's narrow mostly vehicle free streets. There is also a quite wide nicely paved promenade area running alongside it's presumably sandy beach because sadly yet again this Kos beach was covered in sun-beds and umbrellas. If you walk a little bit out of Mastichari the beaches become sun-bed free to a large extent and there is the possibility of some peace and quiet - however also the real possibility of sea-weed.

Kos Greece - Kardamena Beach.

We actually stayed at Kardamena some years ago and it has changed quite a lot with it's now nicely paved streets and walking areas and looking quite clean and tidy. This is pure package holiday Kos - tavernas, shops and bars are everywhere. The town does have a beach which is apparently sandy - it is somewhat hard to tell because it appears to be totally covered with sun-beds and umbrellas. I am not sure there is even room for anyone to stretch out on the actual sand should they find it because the lines of sunbeds are placed really close to the shoreline. However if you head north along the coast out of Kardamena the area is a little wilder and quite a lot quieter. The sand on the beaches has become a little coarser but you find far few people about and it's even often possible to find a bit of beach where you can strip off for a naturist swim and sunbathe if you wish.
The beach at Karamena, Kos A little way out of Kardemana you can see the actual beach Kardemana's harbour area Kardamena streets - nicely paved and traffic free

Pisso Thermes - Kos, Greece

Pisso Thermes Sulphur Springs on Kos Island Greece.

This is another target for the holiday tour company escursion coaches - apart from driving yourself you can also get there either by Bus no.5 out of Kos Town or by cycling to it (or of course walking as we did). The top parking area has several buildings selling hot dogs and other junk food around it - once past these head down left on a steep dusty track (there is some parking in two places on the way down by the way) to reach sea level. A little way along there are more places offering you culinary delights before you reach the sulphur springs - these barely noticeable outlets are located within a small-ish ring of rocks. As mentioned we walked there as part of a beach walk from Kos Town - really quite glad that we did not spend any money going to Pisso Thermes because quite honestly there is little there of interest and the area has quite a scruffy feel to it and is certainly not particularly scenic.

Out and About around Kos - visiting the South Coast Beaches on Kos including Kamari Beach.


Heading south from the airport towards Kefalos there is a huge bay which in effect is one long beach although various parts have been given individual names. Each of these named beach areas have road access from the main road - some are tarmac and others dirt roads but in any case the surfaces are fine to drive on. The northern end of the bay and it's beaches are by far the quietest and some of the area was actually closed because the military occupied it until recently.
However as you go further south round the bay it all becomes much more commercialised - especially Paradise (or Bubble) beach which is covered in the dreaded beach chairs and stuff. After this beach you come to the small archaelogical site at Ayios Stefanos - and also the small Church of Agios Nicolaos, the protector of the seaman, which was built on the remains of an old temple dedicated to Poseidon (The God of the Sea) on the Islet of Kastri. From here the beach continues for around 5kms to arrive at the fishing harbour at Kamari where it ends. This area is a very busy and popular tourist destination - lots of shops and tavernas etc - also another beach starts a little way past the harbour - as usual quite well populated with beach chairs. From here the beach continues for around 5kms to arrive at the fishing harbour at Kamari where it ends. This area is a very busy and popular tourist destination - lots of shops and tavernas etc - also another beach starts a little way past the harbour - as usual quite well populated with beach chairs.
Kos Greece - Crisi Beach
Crisi Beach - Kos
Unknown name of this Kos Beach
Noname Beach, Kos
Kos - Golden beach
Golden Beach, Kos
Kos - Paradise Beach
Paradise Beach on Kos
Kos - Camel Beach
Camel Beach - Kos Greece
Kos Sightseeing
Basilica St Stephen
Kos - the Basilica of St. Stephen
Kos, Basilica St. Stephen
Kamari Beach - Kos, Greece
Kamari Beach - Kos Greece

These beaches are to south of Kamari and easily reached by car. Interestingly (to us at least) there are lots of churches to possibly stop at and take a look round on the way. Once at the coast you will find several beach areas and there is also a taverna. The beaches are of a sand and pebble mix and look quite rugged and isolated - there are lots of rocks about including rock pools. There is a taverna right on the coast and if you wander along the sandy track for a short distance you will come across the lovely little church of Agh. Theologos.
Church near Theologos on Kos Greece Theologos Beach, Kos, Greece Kos - Agh Theologos Beach Agh Theologos
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