Flights to Kos
Kos is a Greek island and popular tourist destination, known for its lovely weather, beaches, ancient history and attractive towns. Kos is situated just 4 kilometres off the coast of Bodrum in Turkey, and is part of the Sporades group of the Dodecanese islands.
The Kos Island International Airport (airport code: KGS) is also known as Hippocrates Airport. It’s approximately 22 kilometres outside of Kos Town, near the village of Antimahia. When travelling from Johannesburg, all flights to Kos have 2 stops, usually going through Athens before arriving in Kos. Virgin Atlantic and British Midland both stop in London and then Athens. An alternative is a one stop flight to Kos via London, then changing airlines and taking a charter flight with any one of a number of airlines such as Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways or Monarch Airlines. These fly from Gatwick so you may need to change airports if flying in to Heathrow from South Africa.
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The Tourist Attractions of Kos:
Kos has long been popular as a sun and sand destination, especially with Europeans because of the fairly short flight time here. It’s best loved as a place to come and relax, enjoying the great Mediterranean climate, beaches, numerous water sports and other activities, and lively resort towns where there are plenty of bars and restaurants to try. As a bonus, Kos also has some culture and history to offer, though its archaeological attractions are not as extensive or as famous on those on Crete for example.
Kos is a small island, measuring just 40 by 8 kilometres, but its coastline is full of attractive beaches. There are a variety of resort areas, some larger than others, but you can still find some quieter corners of the island if you want to come here for relaxation and not much else.
The small town of Kardamena is one of the most popular destinations. Once a small fishing village it’s now fairly overrun with tourists during the summer as has the bars, pubs and restaurants to cater to them.
Kefalos is another popular destination. Kefalos old town sits on the hillside overlooking the Aegean Sea while the new tourist town is on the coast itself. In the area surrounding Kefalos there are a number of places to explore including ruins of a medieval castle, the ancient site of Palatia, and caves.
The most famous person said to have been born in Kos was Hippocrates, the father of medicine. If you have any interest in the ancient Greek physician there are several related attractions in Kos. The Hippocratic Museum exhibits the history of the Hippocratic Foundation of Kos, while the Tree of Hippocrates is a plane tree where Hippocrates used to teach his students.
Nearby to Kos town are the ruins of Asklepieion, the most significant ruins on Kos. This was a healing temple where visitors would come to be healed. Hippocrates is said to have received his training here, and there are still some fairly significant ruins left.
When Should You Visit?:
The Mediterranean climate means Kos stays relatively warm all year round, but is best to visit in the summer when there’s no rainfall and temperatures are hot. The average high in the summer, May to September, is around 32C. Winters are mild, but wetter, with an average high of around 14C.