A helpful guide to choosing where to stay in Kos
Our Kos resort guide is designed to help holiday makers, day trippers or travellers decide which towns and villages to visit whilst in Kos.
Kos offers a lot of different resorts for the holiday maker, from the capital Kos town to the smaller Kefalos or the always lively Kardamena there’s a plethora of choice and this page is designed to help narrow down your choices.
The map above should help you to see where each village is on the island as well, in case you are planning on getting a car and travelling around this helps you to make sure that the village you book is close to other places that you want to visit.
The best places to stay in Kos for couples
Couples can pretty much stay anywhere, there’s no right or wrong place for you. Firstly, you need to decide if you want to be close to the best beaches or close to the best restaurants and nightlife.
If you wan the night life then you’ll be looking at Kos Town, if you want the best beach then head down towards the south coast beaches in the Kefalos area.
For the best of both worlds, look at Tigaki or Marmari, both these resorts are on the north coast and have huge beaches.
The best places to stay in Kos for families
If you’re looking for a package style holiday with a beach and a town big enough to explore as well as good options for dinner and entertainment then we’d recommend looking at Tigaki, Marmari and Mastichari on the north coast.
All 3 are blessed with large beaches, have a good choice of restaurants and accommodation as well as things to do, there’s horse riding, beach sports like jetskis and bannana boats as well as a go karting track in the area too.
Where should a group of single friends stay in Kos
If you’re going on a girl’s holiday or week away with the lads then the best option is most likely Kardamena. It’s the party capital of Kos with may late night bars and small clubs. There’s an endless supply of cheap accommodation and a decent beach too so it’s perfect for a lively break.
Another option is Kos town, it’s got great night life but with loads of culture too. There’s a good beach up towards Lambi and you can find a beach party or a party boat from the harbour which will be great for those wanting to meet new people.
What's the best resort in Kos for older couples
Older couples will enjoy the culture and historical significance of the capital, Kos Town but also the quiet, relaxed atmosphere of Kefalos. Kefalos is a little hilly so maybe too much of a challenge for some and Kos town may be too commercialised and busy for others so take a look at both and pcik which fits best for your preferences.
Quiet and traditional villages in Kos
If you want to get away from the popular resorts and see something a bit more traditional Greek, why not try heading to the south west corner and visiting Kefalos, it’s a quaint village in the hills and a lovely place to spend the day. Zia is another popular traditional village, it’s up in the mountains and has several restaurants that are filled with people who come to enjoy the sunset views.
Kos resorts with great night life
The obvious choices here are Kos town and Kardamena as both have late night bars and plenty to keep you entertained once the sun goes down but that doesn’t mean that you can’t also look at somewhere like Zia for a one off night out to enjoy the sunset or even head to Tigaki and take in some of the various bars there.
Best Kos beach resorts
Speaking of Tigaki, it’s probably the best choice for those that want a great beach on the doorstep. It’s not necessarily the best beach on the island but it’s sandy, absolutely huge and has loads of amenities including table service and a full array of water sports. Lots of space to stretch out and play as well as loungers to hire so it’s ideal for beach lovers.
Arguably the best beaches are those on the south coast like Paradise beach but there’s not much in the way of accommodation or amenities in the surrounding areas so probably not an ideal area to stay for most.
Another option is Lambi, it's close to the capital and everything on offer there but still has a decent beach for those lazy days.