Kos travel on test: our reader escapes to a Greek island in the Mediterranean

Kos travel on test: our reader escapes to a Greek island in the Mediterranean

Why Kos?

We needed a sunny break out of season, and home (the Isle of Wight) had been particularly wet. It was lovely because the roads were noticeably quieter and Kos town never felt crowded. Just seven days of beautiful weather and blue skies!

What did you get up to?

Kos is unspoilt with open countryside, so we took long walks along the beach and coast road, with beautiful views across to the Turkish mainland. Heading south we passed some interesting bunkers, which must have been used to protect the island in wartime.

Who would like Kos?

If you enjoy archaeology and history, Kos is for you. A small tourist train took us to Asklepeion, an ancient healing site that dates back to around 400BC. Back in Kos town we enjoyed a cool drink in Platanos Square, overlooking the 500-year-old tree of Hippocrates. It is said that the famous father of medicine taught his students there.

Was it good value for money?

Absolutely. Travel around the island was very cheap. It was just 4 euros to get into Asklepeion, plus we got a pensioners' discount. Return journey by train was another 4 euros. Buses were cheap and reliable, and daily bike hire was just 3 euros.

Would you go back?

We'd love to go back and take a boat trip to Turkey. I'd like to explore Asklepeion further, and visit the sea-pool with hot water springs at Thermes. It's on the south cost, which we didn't quite get to, but it's supposed to have healing powers!

For impressive harbour views try Kos town castle, built by the Knights of St John


  • Kos is a Greek island off Turkey's west coast; 13 miles from Bodrum as the crow flies.
  • Autumn temperatures are usually around the low-mid 20s‚ and even in hotter weather the sea breeze keeps temperatures reasonable.
  • Sandy booked with On the Beach, call 0871 474 3000 or visit www.onthebeach.co.uk
  • For information about Kos, visit www.kosinfo.gr
  • The Iberostar Kipriotis Panorama and Maris Complex at Psalidi, where Sandy and Brian stayed, has rooms adapted for disabled access. The seafront walk is level; the castle is not, but you can get lovely views from the tourist train.

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