Ancient ruins and beautiful beaches
You'll find the island of Kos in the south-east of the Aegean Sea, just a short hop from Turkey. It's one of the biggest Dodecanese islands, with a verdant interior (ideal for walkers and cyclists) and a coastline edged with sandy beaches and peacock-blue waters.
Beach resorts line up along the island’s north coast – Lambi and Mastihari both offer golden sands and traditional tavernas – while on the south coast you’ll find Helona, a sleepy spot backed by wooded hills.
Kos lines up plenty of history, too. There are Roman ruins and the 15th-century Castle of the Knights of St. John in Kos Town (the unmistakably Greek island capital), plus the ancient healing temple of Asklepion, a few kilometres outside town.
As for day trip options, the Turkish town of Bodrum is a short ferry ride from Kos Town’s harbour and features an Ottoman castle and a smart waterfront area filled with restaurants and cafés.
The flight to Kos is around 3 hours 45 minutes from the UK.
Kos has a long holiday season, with pool-perfect temperatures kicking in from around May and staying put well into October. Rain is a rarity, so expect (and dress for) long hours of sunshine. July and August are the hottest months, where temperatures stick firm in the low 30s.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece.
In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers.
The official language of Greece is Greek. English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy.