Kardamena is one of the most popular resorts in Greece. Situated mid-way along the south coast of Kos Island, the former fishing village is now a commercialised town with scores of English-style pubs, restaurants and tightly packed apartment blocks. Visitors can organise a wide variety of watersports from the long sandy beach, and Kardamena resort is a good base for those who want to explore the island's fascinating interior.
Kardamena is packed with shops that offer everything from designer clothes to tacky holiday souvenirs. Most are located around the main square. Travellers who choose to stay in self-catering apartments can shop for well-known brands at good supermarkets or venture to some interesting local markets, including one across the water in Bodrum, Turkey.
Kardamena's restaurants range from Indian and traditional Greek, to fast-food establishments offering full English breakfasts. Many of the best Greek restaurants are clustered on the seafront.
Kardamena's fairly intense nightlife has dozens of bars and clubs that cater to a variety of musical tastes. Though not quite Ibiza, the scene is fun, vibrant and dominated by tourists.
Kardamena's main beach is ideal for lazy days in the sun. Watersports such as jet skiing, snorkelling and scuba diving are on offer and nearby Helona Beach has Blue Flag status. Fascinating historical sites are scattered around the island - especially in the capital, Kos Town - and visitors can arrange boat tours to the Rhodes and the spectacular volcanic island of Nisyros.
All bars along the main strip of Kardamena's seafront have loads of touts working for them. Their efforts to turn tourists into patrons can become annoying after a few nights. Drinks can be expensive by Greek standards.