Kos is one of many of the beautiful Greek islands, closer to Turkey however.
A friend of mine lived over there a few summers ago, I went out to see what all the fuss was about.
I stayed at a lovely hotel in Tingaki (Tigaki) a very small little town with one main road and a scattering of house’s wherever they fit! It was beautiful! The relaxed atmosphere, 30 or above temperatures and the distant sound of pop music coming from all hotels and bars down the road.
I only spent a short week there but each day was filled with something incredible! Here i’m going to list a few amazing sights I saw and the general atmosphere of Kos, Greece!
On my first full day I took a coach over to Paradise beach, It’s essential that the first day of a holiday is the most relaxed right?
As the bus pulled in I was welcomed with the most beautiful landscape of a classic Mediterranean restaurant, outside seating that had a view over a balcony of a completely golden sandy beach and water so clear you could see an occasional rock sitting at the bottom. It was lush!
I had already eaten before I came so my first priority was getting to the water! I went for a swim straight away! The water was too tempting. So tempting that 10 meters out I just so happened to catch a shimmer in the water and at the bottom was my Phone… Staring me right in the face at the bottom of the ocean.
Boarding passes, contact to the outside world and certainly my dignity was lost for the rest of the day…
After spending an hour wondering whether I was stuck on this island forever I decided I might as well enjoy it! I went back out for a swim and discovered the warm bubbly sulphur springs! It was like being in the biggest hot tub ever! An amazing sight to tick off the bucket list.
And for the rest of the day it was sunbathing, swimming and the slight worry that I was going to have to set up a new life in Kos!
Paradise beach was truly amazing though, for a first day of pure relaxation I definitely recommend this beach!
Fancy getting away from literally everything?
On my next day I took off to see the landscape and within 20 minutes of walking, following any dirt track that leads through grassland or bamboo. Ended up in the middle of nowhere next to a huge salt marsh.
I had heard some of the locals mentioning the salt marsh and how they had Flamingo’s expecting to arrive any day from migration, I got really excited!
I walked around the whole thing and unfortunately not a single bird in sight.Never the less it was a beautiful walk and I couldn’t hear a single Human made noise for miles.
If you are someone who enjoys hiking, the whole area was full of huge hills and mountains. However I did not have the will power that day to see it through.
All throughout my walks and even just the view from my hotel I could see abandoned buildings everywhere!
Completely stripped of anything useful and left as a brick carcass for graffiti artists to decorate the landscapes.
I looked into why that was and found something very interesting.
One of the locals told me that the government offered an incentive to starting your own business by essentially doubling your investment. So if I had 50,000 Euros they would double it to give me 100,000 Euro’s. This got loads of people excited and wanting to start their businesses! However unfortunately the government was unable to payout for everyone as so many people bought in to it. That caused a ricochet of unfortunate people who could not afford to continue with construction and stripped the building of any value and left the remains to scatter the landscape which makes it eerie but very interesting.
The village of Zia.
The village of Zia is a tiny little village in high altitude on the side of Dikeos.
It pretty much consists of one cobble paved road with a few shops and a few restaurants. There is a less touristy side where there is a scattering of houses where the residents live. This little village is surrounded by dense woodland completely blocking out the light on the forest floor.
It really was a spectacular little village with an amazing atmosphere. This was a good enough reason to go but there is another reason people come up to the village of Zia.
You can practically see the whole of Kos and a huge amount of the surrounding islands such as Kalymnos and the beginning of Turkey.
And the sunset? The sunset is something to behold!
A truly spectacular hidden village in the trees!
The volcano island, Nisyros.
On the south of the island and a short boat ride away.
I found Nisyros, an island with very few residents and an active volcano!
We arrived at Mandraki which is the capital of Nisyros and the largest population on the island. Mandraki was pure, all the locals were happy to talk and eager to learn your story and share theirs! It couldn’t be more picturesque, Mediterranean buildings down cobblestone roads with glorious Hibiscus plants climbing up every building!
Unfortunately I couldn’t stay long as the next stop was further up the mountain. One of many volcanic craters across the island.
I was mind blown when I first encountered the crater. A huge whole in the earth in the middle of no where with a sulphery green shimmer through the whole thing. Something my brain just couldn’t comprehend.
If that wasn’t bad enough the next step was the pathway leading right to the centre!
As I walked down it got hotter and hotter and hotter! Until I was standing in what I imagine was 55-60 degrees Celsius! I looked up to see where I was standing and it was miles away!
Across the whole of the crater there were painted rocks laid out perfectly in a grid and the one condition of letting us into the crater to experience its intense heats was DO NOT TOUCH THE ROCKS.
They were laid out in a special way and on a regular basis the temperature of the rock would be recorded. This was for scientists to monitor the activity of the volcano and check for chance of eruption.
As daunting as that seems when you are standing in one of the many craters of Nisyros there’s no need to panic! The volcano maybe active however it hasn’t had a recorded eruption for 16,000 years, phew!
All in all definitely worth a visit! Another interesting fact that I learnt whilst I was there. They currently have no forms of gas heating or use of gas at all. As they have complex systems in place to collect heat from the volcano. channel it to water systems and heating systems, how cool is that?
Last Reason to visit the beautiful island of Kos.
This one is a very important one, very important indeed…
The number one reason to visit Kos and probably anywhere in Greece is *Drum roll*… The drinks!
You ask for a Coke and whiskey and you get a whisky and coke.
I swear each of my drinks were a 50/50 mix and I won’t lie to you, the first few nights I suffered for it big time! When you’re on holiday its always easier to day drink and night drink and get up at 8:00 to have breakfast because you’re on holiday!
But a warning from me, be careful! I drank as much as I would in the UK but with 5 times the quantity of alcohol, it hurt.
To top it off every couple of drinks you buy the very friendly bar staff will chuck in a shot. On the house.
I mean their tolerance levels must be amazing! And their patience as well! Especially when you got a tan lined British dad bod sliding down your dance pole…
One more point, sadly not a good one.
Unfortunately one thing did upset me during my stay.
40 yards down the road from me there was a large grassy square which looks like it could have been a hang out spot at some point. However it has not been touched for many years. This was due to the shear amount of debris and rubbish that had been chucked on the square.
In the salt marsh I visited, any areas of the water flow that was deeper than a meter had a good 2 feet of rubbish resting on the bottom. It was such a sad sight to see in such a beautiful area.
Considering that’s my only downside, it was an extremely good holiday full of things to do! I definitely intend on going back for more!
If you have have other experiences in Kos please comment and let us know what you think!
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