The Greek Island of Kos, in the Aegean Sea, has a coastline which stretches for over 290 kilometres and a population of around 33,000 people.
Data obtained from Bodrum weather station, 33 km to north-east
The history of Kos can be traced back to prehistoric times, about 3000 years BC. Gradually the island began to manufacture high quality silk and produce its own wine which gave Kos its wealth. Today the main industry in the area is tourism, as travellers are drawn to the beautiful beaches.
The centre of the island, also named Kos, is most attractive to tourists with its whitewash buildings, places to dine and a bustling nightlife. The second industry of Kos is farming and the production of grapes, olives and tomatoes as well as wheat.
Possibly the most famous person said to be from Kos is Hippocrates. He is known as the founder of Medical Science and was also an important philosopher of the time.
There are many cultural events and festivals to experience during a visit to Kos. The most important is the Hippokratia Festival where the Hippocratic Oath is read at the start of the festival and is then followed by concerts, exhibitions, workshops and dances.
Understandably water sports are particularly popular around the island with opportunities to try out various sports like water skiing, wind surfing and scuba diving.
During your stay be sure to visit the Archaeological Museum of Kos and discover the hundreds of artefacts that have been excavated over the years. Go into Kos Town and treat yourself to a spot of retail therapy or take a day trip to the volcanic island of Nisyros where you can walk right around the edge of the crater and experience the incredible heat.
The months of July and August are the warmest months with an average daily maximum temperature of 35 °C. The summer months are particularly dry with an average total rainfall of just 2 mm.
Last updated: 14 March 2014