Kos island, Greece, sits bang in the middle of the Dodecanese chain of Greek islands that hug the Turkish coastline between Rhodes in the south and Patmos in the north. Kos holidays are hugely popular with the British package tour firms.
Kos is one of the best Greek Islands for a typical beach holiday and it was among the first to go for mass-market tourism in a big way with many Kos hotels built on beaches along the long, sandy coastlines to the east and south.
Kos is long and thin, about 45 kilometres by 11 kilometres and, unlike many other Greek islands, it is mostly flat and low-lying, especially in the north and west. As a result, much of the scenery on Kos is not outstanding by Greek standards. Kos does get more mountainous in the south and east.
The lack of hills has helped to make cycling a very popular holiday activity and there are no end of bicycle rental outlets and even some dedicated cycling roads between the big hotels.
As well as the nightlife of Kos Town and a plethora of beach resorts, the island also offers some of the best archaeological sites to be found in the Mediterranean.
For many though, it is the long, sandy beaches that make a holiday to Kos so appealing with day trips by boat to nearby Turkey a very popular holiday excursion.