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About Kos

Kos is a Greek island. With a population of 33,388 people, it is the third largest of the Dodecanese (12 islands), by area. Kos is majestically blessed with incredible beaches and lush valleys. Tourist attractions on the Greek island include rustic mountain scenery, an ancient healing centre, Asklepieion and crystal clear water.

Cheap flights to Kos are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be amazed by this island treasure! Kos is home to Kos Island International Airport (KGS), which is located a short three minute drive from the city centre. Kos Island Airport serves a multitude of airlines – including Olympic Air S.A. Popular international flights depart from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Kos is approximately 17 hours.

Why visit Kos

greek statue

Asklepieion

Discover the island’s most prized ancient site, Asklepieion. The religious sanctuary was once a healing centre and a school of medicine.

castles at sunset

Castles

At the entrance of the harbour lies a regal 14th century fortress. Take a trip back in time as you gain sight of the castles which include Antimachia.

ancient greek pillars

Ancient Agora

The first town ever laid out in blocks, impressively in the 4th century BC. You are still able to recognise the original town plan.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Greece
Currency Euro
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.73 EUR
Language Greek
Hub Airport Kos Island International Airport
Airline Olympic Air S.A
Time Zone GMT +2
Travel Adaptor Type C, D, E and F

Best time to visit Kos

The sunny island is influenced by the Mediterranean climate. The warmest month has an average temperature of 22 °C. With July being the hottest, reaching 30 °C, the ideal time to visit would be during these golden sunshine filled months. Beaches can be enjoyed from June to September. May is the best time to visit the ruins of ancient Greece or the Middle Ages, as it is much cooler for walking and exploring the island.

Weather & Climate in Kos

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 8°C 8°C 9°C 12°C 16°C 20°C 22°C 23°C 20°C 16°C 13°C 10°C
High °C 15°C 15°C 17°C 21°C 26°C 30°C 33°C 33°C 30°C 25°C 20°C 17°C
Rainfall (mm) 11 9 6 3 1 0 0 0 0 4 6 10

The Greek island is a destination with astrologolical history which tells of modern man. Ancient sites boast incredible architecture that give clues of life in the early centuries. The island has contrasting imagery of old Greek remains and cosmopolitan scenery.

Women in Kos often make local recipes including pitarridia (lasagne which is boiled in meat broth) and katimeria (twisted fried cheese pie with mizithra cheese). These dishes are made by the dozen and can be eaten at large religious celebrations.

Beach life is what the island is known for, the golden sandy beaches will enchant you with the spectacular Mediterranean views.

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South African Passport holders do require a Schengen Visa for Kos and Greece. The documents that you will require include – proof of financial means, copy of passport, and copy of flight and accommodation details.

Contact details for the Consulate General of South Africa in Greece are: 60 Kifissias Avenue, Marousi, 15125. Telephone (+30) 210 617 8020. Fax (+30) 210 610 6636 / (+30) 210 610 6640. Email athens.info@dirco.gov.za / athens.consular@dirco.gov.za

Health preparations for your trip help to protect you against illness. Vaccinations for Hepatitis B is required. A rabies shot is not mandatory but it is encouraged. Ensure that your routine shots are up to date before departing for Greece. The vaccinations include diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, D.P.T. vaccine which covers measles, mumos and rubella.

The island is a safe destination with very little crime incidents. However, it is always best to be vigilant when it comes to your valuables. Do not carry big amounts of cash on you when you are in public places. Be sure to know where your bag is at all times. It is not new for opportunistic thieves to take advantage of unsuspecting tourists. This can happen anywhere around the world.

Item Johannesburg Cape Town Kos
Meal (inexpensive restaurant) R 90.00 R 100.00 R 110.00
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 41.00
Cappuccino (Regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 31.00
Taxi 1km (Normal tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 25.00
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 35.00
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