Fly To Kos, Greece
Kos is one of the most popular Greek islands for tourists, boasting bleached rock landscapes, lush forested valleys, and sun-washed beaches lapped by azure seas. It’s the home of Hippocrates’ sanatorium (lovingly preserved) as well as a Byzantine fortress in the centre of town.
Kardamena draws the majority of foreign travellers, and can feel a bit touristy at times, but for the visitor willing to venture a little further out, Kos still offers plenty of genuine Greek atmosphere and hospitality.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Kos, Greece. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and remember to check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African Embassy to Kos is situated in Athens, Greece. 60 Kifissias Avenue, Marousi, 15125, Athens. Phone: + 30 210 617 8020.
See and do
The cultural centre of Kos can be found near the main port, and its whitewashed buildings host many hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. In and amongst these, however, you’ll find some incredible historical finds, including excavated Greek and Roman ruins such as the Ancient Gymnasium and the Odeon.
The Knights Hospitaller of Rhodes have left their mark on Kos as well, and the castle by the port is a popular attraction, as are the Ottoman Mosques and fountains that can be found dotted around town.
There are several attractions in Kos dedicated to Hippocrates, who was born there, including the sanatorium, the Plane Tree of Hippocrates and the International Hippocratic Institute and Hippocratic Museum. The Asklepeion is one of the most popular of Hippocrates-related attractions, and the temple-come-hospital-come-academy is a fascinating place to see.
Kos isn’t all about ancient history, however. There’s a healthy modern, outdoor culture as well. In fact, Kos is one of the top yacht charter destinations in Greece, and the area is known as one of the hottest cruising destinations for all types of boats.
When it’s time for souvenirs, pay a visit to the old town seafront, where you’ll find Ouzo, olive oil and hand-painted ceramics galore. The islanders are particularly proud of their local wine, and a bottle or two makes a great gift for friends and family back home.
Getting around Kos is often easiest by bicycle, and you’ll find rental offices and a good network of bicycle paths all over the island. Alternatively scooters, ATVs and cars are available for hire. Buses run between Kos Town and the other island villages, while the tourist train runs exclusively to the Asklepeion near the village of Platani.
Kos Island International Airport – KGS
Kos Island International Airport is located near Andimachia village. It is the second closest airport to Bodrum after Milas-Bodrum Airport.
Food and beverage: There is one restaurant and four bars in Kos Airport where you can get your caffeine fix before continuing with your journey.
Currency Exchange: There are no confirmed foreign exchange bureaus at the airport. You may need to head into town to exchange currency.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to airport security, who will direct you appropriately.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Ampavris and Sophia Beach Aparthotel.
Car Hire: Hertz, Sixt.
Airport Hub: Kos Island International Airport (code KGS) is a focus city for Aegean Airlines.