Kardamena is one of the most popular tourist resorts on the Kos. It's located about mid-way along the south coast of Kos and near the main island airport. Once a small and relatively isolated fishing village, Kardamena now attracts the young and 'lively' crowd. Rows of bars and cafes open out onto wide sandy beaches that sweep out either side of the resort.
This is a brash, commercialised sprawl of English-style pubs, karaoke-night bars, chips-with-everything tavernas, big-screen-TV cafes and racks of tightly packed apartment blocks offering cheap, basic accommodation.
Kardamena is chock full of shops. most lined around the main square, offering a wide range of goods from tourist tat to designer labels. Locally made jewellery and sponges are everywhere, as is the Kos island honey. There are some large supermarkets here to cater for the self-catering crowd.
Kardamena restaurants and tavernas abound, with everything on the menu — from English full breakfast to Indian take-aways. Traditional Greek food is harder to find, but not bad once you do find it.
Kardamena nightlife is as you would expect in a big party resort that caters for the young. It's hardly Ayia Napa but there is plenty going on for most tastes with clubs open until 4am weekdays and 6am weekends. Touts are the usual pestilential nuisance and drinks do not come cheap until you get away from the main Kardamena hotspots.
Kardamena has a three kilometre long sandy beach, packed with sunbeds and with an array of watersports on offer. The main strip follows the sea front so there is no problem getting a drink in the shade, though you will have to pay dear for the privilege.
There is a small marina nearby and a regular Kardamena bus service. There are also dozens of cruise tours to local sights including the Kamari Bay beach strip with lies just to the west around the headland.
As cycling on Kos has grown in popularity any number of bike rental outfits have sprung up to cater for the demand and its not unusual to see whole families out on a holiday jaunt to the beach .Cycling is a great way to discover the island of kos.
With it's pleasant climate and sandy beaches Kos is always a popular choice with British holidaymakers. Most resorts are right next to the beach and feature exquisite Mediterranean scenery.
Kos Town was once considered one of the most beautiful coastal centres of the ancient world and fortunately, the ruins of many ancient buildings are open to the public today.
Pserimos is a tiny islet found between the larger islands of Kos and Kalymnos and popular with day trippers . It is just a few kilometres from Kos and close to the coast of Turkey.