Kos has been home to Persians, Romans, Venetians, Ottomans and the Knights of St John. Today, it's a fascinating town and popular holiday destination, with a busy nightlife of bars, restaurants and local tavernas. Sadly, the main beach is a fairly narrow, shingle affair packed with beach chairs and umbrellas, though better beaches are just a short bus journey away. Kos Town is perfectly situated for taking boat trips to Turkey and nearby islands.
Kos Town is the major shopping destination on the island. Visitors will find a number of souvenir shops, as well as markets selling spices, olive oil, and seashells. Popular souvenirs include jewellery and leather goods.
Kos has many restaurants clustered along the waterfront and around the main square, ranging from traditional Greek to Italian and Chinese.
There are bars, pubs and tavernas scattered all over Kos Town, but the aptly named 'bar street' is the place to go at night. The party lasts until dawn in the warmer months and offers an eclectic mix of music, from local bouzouki orchestras to thumping electronic beats.
Kos Town's main beach is narrow and pebbled but nearby Tigaki has pure white sand. Lambi, Psalidi, and Agios Fokas are also popular and offer a range of watersports, such as water skiing, parasailing, and banana rides. History lovers will enjoy the town's attractions, which include the Hippocrates Tree, Knight's Castle, and the Archaeological Museum. Nearby villages boast interesting old ruins.
The nearest sand beaches are several miles from town, and the nightlife can be overwhelming for tourists looking for a quieter holiday.