We understand that Kos in winter perhaps does not offer all the amazing possibilites as it does in summer, however, the Kosexplorer team have added this section to our Guide to help benefit those wishing to visit relatives on the island of Kos from overseas, and not forgetting those visitors from Rhodes, Turkey and some of the other smaller islands too.
AND if you are coming from elsewhere…where there is a will there is a way!!! Welcome!
Kos is a quieter island (and of course cooler) from the end of October, but still has so much to offer to the potential traveller. The weather is not so cold so you can just wrap up warm and ramble over the hills and explore the mountains. Or perhaps cycle along the bumpy country lanes, taking in all the sweet and pleasant fragrances of local grown herbs, and fruit. Avoid all the hustle and bustle of the busy harbour roads by taking the carefully designed cycle paths in and around, and out of the town centre. (Be careful at junctions though!)
It might be too cool for pools, and sunbathing, but visiting in these months from the end of October-April you will find the real authentic Greece. It’s green in the winter, with an abundance of colourful flowers, and plenty of wild ones too….some that you can even eat, and even the grass known as’horta’!. There are forests to discover, with peacocks that roam freely, and picnic and BBQ areas, and mountains to climb! Churches to visit.
Greeks love their coffee and of course their food! You will find ample cafes open in and around the main resorts, especially the main town, (even in Winter), places that allow you to sit all day if you wish to, and play Chess and Tavli (backgammon) . Relish in the simple Greek atmosphere and warmth.
The restaurants, taverna’s, bars and snack outlets that are able to stay open, will welcome your visit. They offer seating inside (some have even open fires for the colder months) or on good days enjoy the fresh air and sit in gardens, or on stoned terraces, and even the street pavements! Watching the world go by….
Good ‘real’ food, traditional recipes, cooked and prepared ‘from scratch’ and wine (beverages) is one of the fundamental ingredients that makes Greece such a popular holiday destination today and that certainly is not restricted just to the main summer season.
Don’t forget the amazing bakeries too, that display a whole range of calorie laden, simply delicious and scrumptious bread, irresistible pastries (sweet and savory), croissants and desserts and homemade ice-cream too). What more could you ask for?
If you love shopping there are some fabulous boutiques, and shops, from shoes to booze! There are jewellers, leather outlets, hand made traditional Greek tablecloths, beauty products with olive oil, and places where you can pick up nic-nacs and souvenirs. Many shops are open throughout the year.
For those that enjoy longs nights and the party scene, there are many excellent bars on the island of Kos, and quite a few still staying open in winter too. Some only at weekends, (Friday and Saturday nights) but you will get chance to experience the real night life and totally lose yourself on the dance floor!
There are Clubs with guest Dj’s and special appearances, live music, theme and party nights which add a whole new dimension to Kos in Winter. Make sure you have a ‘siesta’ in the afternoon first though, as usually these particular clubs don’t get going till after 10.30-11.00 pm….and then you can party till the dawn light hours.
On the cultural side of Kos there is plenty to visit. Kos is an island that has a remarkable history, both in ancient times and during wars and occupations. It is certainly very cosmopolitan with buildings that display different styles of architecture from all around the world. Don’t forget that Kos has two of the most famous spectacular historical sites and places you should visit in Greece. The Hippocrates Plane Tree, and the place in which Hippocrates taught medicine himself (The Aescleplion). Don’t forget to check out our ‘Things to do’ category.
There are also the remains and strong Castle walls of The Knights of St. John that stand proud and surround the main Kos Harbour, which you can go inside, and see views of Kos Harbour like no other. Just a few paces from the main bus station you will also discover The Casa Romana (the Roman Villa) and the ancient ruins of Kos from days gone by.
It doesn’t matter where you roam, whether it is through the villages or around the town you will always be able to find an ancient Roman, or Greek representation of the past…..that will transport you back in time.
For children on holiday there are several inside (and outside), play centres especially in and around Kos Town, that have bouncy castles, ball parks, electronic games, and generally where they can have a good time, whatever the weather. There is also a ten-pin bowling centre. They are generally open in the evenings only, and at weekends, are available for parties, and are of course fantastic fun for all the family.
If you are feeling out of touch there are also many cafes offering free WiFi too, fabulous places where you can sit and be served coffee and snacks and catch up with friends or work colleagues on-line.
Kos really does have a lot to offer, both winter and summer, (places for you to stay), even if it’s just the simple life, fresh air, good food and great hospitality and local traditions of Greece ….. Kos is calling out to you! Winter and summer!
Please take a good look at our Winter Program and our featured posts and places, feel free to contact us for any further information, at any time.