Kos sits bang in the middle of the Dodecanese chain of islands off the Turkish Riviera between Rhodes and Patmos.

The island of Kos is one of the best Greek Islands for a typical beach holiday. Kos was one of the first Greek islands to go for mass market tourism in a big way with many Kos hotels built on beaches along the long sandy coastlines to the east and south.

Kos is a long thin strip of land, about 45km by 11km.Unlike many other Greek islands, it’s mostly flat and low-lying especially in the north and west. As a result, much of the scenery on Kos is not outstanding by Greek standards. There are more mountainous areas in the south and east but much of the north is made up of a flat plain.

Because of the terrain, cycling is a very popular activity, and there lots of bicycle rental shops plus some dedicated cycling paths between the big hotels.

Kos also offers some of the best archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. For many though, it is the long sandy beaches, plus nightlife, that make a holiday to Kos so appealing.

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