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Kos Town, the capital of the Greece island of Kos, has always been a bustling place, before it even appealed as a popular tourist resort. Nowadays, it has something to offer to every type of visitor, from the waterfront bars to the historical sights, a break in Kos Town will leave you wanting more. Located in the heart of the South Aegean, a stone's throw away from the Turkish coast, this Greek island has an abundance of local culture, ruins, markets and bars to explore, and by basing yourself in Kos Town, you will be perfectly placed for all of it.
Art Deco Archaeological Museum
Founded in 1935, this archaeological museum in the heart of Kos Town is home to a wealth of artefacts that showcase the island's history, from antiquities to Roman relics, with a healthy dose of sculptures and mosaics thrown in. The Art Deco influence is clear as you walk up towards the building, with the front façade being a true reflection of the Art Deco style that the Italian occupation left behind.
Head north of the harbour and you will arrive at Lambi Beach, a picturesque retreat that boasts a fabulous beach and plenty of watersports opportunities for the thrillseekers. With over a kilometre of soft sands, you can be sure to find your own section of beach on which to relax and unwind while the local cafés and ice cream parlours will keep your energy high throughout the day.
This restored 3rd century mansion can be found at the end of a leisurely stroll from the Kos Town harbour and will help you to visualise the beauty and architectural prowess of bygone times. It costs a couple of Euros to enter but there's plenty to marvel at, including statues and frescoes, so well worth the small entrance fee.
Ferry Over to Bodrum
As one of the closest Greek islands to Turkey, a day trip to Bodrum from Kos is certainly within the realms of possibility. With regular ferries operating between the two ports, you can be in this beautiful corner of the Turkish coast within 20 minutes. Explore Bodrum Castle which occupies the bay or take a look around the shops, markets and bazaars for chance to barter for a bargain.
Explore the Historic Relics
From the Castle of Neratzia to the Venetian buildings, Kos Town has a plenty of historic sites to discover. Make sure you stop by the Plane Tree of Hippocrates ' the trunk of the oldest tree in Europe has a massive 39ft circumference and will make a fabulous photo opportunity. It's a lively focal point for the town, with the piazza that it stands in being full of pretty tavernas and restaurants dishing up scrumptious fare at affordable prices. Journey a little out of town and see the Sanctuary of Asklepios to spy some incredible ruins, temples and baths.
Party on the Waterfront
Home to a plethora of bars and clubs, Kos Town's waterfront is the place to be if you want to enjoy the nightlife that the resort has to offer. Whether you're looking for a romantic meal for two or you are ready to dance the night away, there'll find the perfect venue.
Whether it's the medieval city that entices you to book a Kos Town holiday, or it's the more modern, wide streets of the new town that appeal, Kos Town has something for everyone. Pebble beaches can be found right in the centre of town, while you will be greeted with sandy beaches if you walk a little further. Bars and tavernas are in abundance, and the local culture and history is enough to keep you occupied for the whole duration of your Greek retreat.
You will find that Kardamena is a lot more popular with partying Brits, with Bar Street, running straight through the centre of town, being home to a wide variety of bars, clubs and nightlife hotspots that allow you to party the night away. Kardamena is definitely not a resort for the faint-hearted, if you have what it takes to party all night - it's the place for you.
Great value package holidays to Kos Town are available at Direct Holidays, that won't break the bank. Whatever your dream Greek break consists of, Kos Town is the place to make it a reality.