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Kos Family Holidays & Breaks

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Though one of the most-visited of the Greek Dodecanese islands, Kos is still a wonderful destination for family holidays. The second-largest and greenest of the Dodecanese and birthplace of the father of medicine, it's packed with fascinating Hellinistic and Roman ruins that make it more than a fly-and-flop destination, though it can be that with ease.

The fact that it was one of the first islands to experience package tourism means Kos has an excellent tourist infrastructure, and though few people head here for independent travel, it's easy to leave the resorts and move from village to village or from golden beach to beach on special buses and ferries. All kinds of watersports are available, and there's plenty of family entertainment – both are often included in packages.  

Things to do with kids in Kos

Visit Kos Town, a mad mix of beach and party resort and ancient ruins, with beautiful street mosaics and elegant Roman columns interspersed with nightclubs such as Lunatic or Crazy Monster.

Discover Asklepion, birthplace of Hippocrates. Visit the ancient sanatorium, founded in 444BC, but beware that you'll have to fight off hordes of traders selling "magic water".

Head for one of the many child-friendly beaches, long and sandy with shallow water – try Lampi or the beaches of the southern coast with anglicised names such as Banana, Paradise or Sunny. But do your research first – many beaches are popular with Scandinavian nudists.


Family holidays on Kos are stress-free when it comes to food, with even the fussiest kids catered to in most resorts, where international favourites are readily available.

But do try out a local taverna, where you'll find dishes familiar to many kids amidst the mezedes (small appetiser dishes), incuding tzatziki, taramasalata and dolmades. Also popular are moussaka, grilled fish, octopus and squid.

When to go to Kos

Schedule family holidays on Kos any time from early May to mid October. The hottest and busiest Month is July, with temperatures in the mid-30°Cs; in April and May, temperatures are nudging the mid-20°Cs.

High humidity in late July and throughout August can cause storms, but they are normally short-lived.


Family holidays on Kos start at around £250pppw for low- to mid-range packages, self-catering. Entertainment and activities are often included.

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