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Kos is a Greek island, part of the Dodecanese island chain in the southeast of the Aegean Sea. It's located just 4 kilometres from Bodrum in Turkey and has about 32,000 inhabitants. It's a popular beach resort area, but with a lot of nature and culture on offer as well.
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Kos has a Mediterranea climate with warm, dry and sunny summers and mild but wetter winters. Summer lasts from June to September with maximum temperatures averaging 28-32 °C and nights of around 24 °C. Winters from December to February see most of the rain falling throughout the year and temperatures between 10 °C at night and 15 °C during the day.
Kos Island International Airport (KGS) has a wide range of flights from European countries. TuiFly mainly serves the German market, with seasonal (April-October) flights to/from Frankfurt, Munich, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, Stuttgart and several others. Thomas Cook provides many flights to the UK, including London and Manchester.
Other airlines serve a range of destinations including Brussels, Paris, Oslo, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Prague, Stockholm, Warsaw, Verona, Milan, Rome, Bologna, Belgrade, Geneva, Helsinki, Tel Aviv, Zürich, Basel, Vienna and Ljubljana.
Kos is well connected to Piraeus (10 to 15 hours) and with all the islands in the Dodecanese, such as Rhodes (3½ hours) and Patmos (four hours), as well as additional connections to the Cyclades. In summer there is a weekly ferry service from Kos Town to Samos and Thessaloniki. Local car ferries run to Pothia on Kalymnos from Mastihari (one hour, four daily). In addition there are faster, passenger-only small ferries from Mastihari to Pothia running up to five times daily.
Car rental agencies are abundant and relatively affordable. Taxis on the other hand are not.
Scooters are a better and even cheaper way of getting around the island.
From the airport, there is a public bus going to Kos town via Mastichari.
|Astron Hotel-Kos||31, Akti Kountouriotou Str. 31, Akti Kountouriotou Str.||Hotel||78|
|Caravia Beach Hotel & Bungalows||Kos-Marmari||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Koala||Harmiloy 21||Hotel||85|
|Hotel Yiorgos||Harmilou 9||Hotel||86|
|Imperial Kos||37 Amerikis Street Kos||Hotel||-|
|Leonidas Hotel||Sintagmatos Dodekanision St||HOTEL||83|
|Paritsa Hotel Kos||Kanari - Spetson Sts||Hotel||-|
|Panormitis Studios||Ag. Stefanos - Kefalos||Apartment||-|
|Gaia Garden||Lambi, Kos Island||HOTEL||-|
|Gaia Village Hotel||Tingaki, Kos Island||Hotel||-|
|Gaia Royal - Mastihari||Mastihari||HOTEL||-|
|Beach Hotel Nina||Marmari P.O. Box 352||Hostel||-|
|Olympia Mare||Aranghi | Kardamena Kos||Apartment||-|
|Seagulls Bay Villas||Mastichari||HOTEL||-|
|Bristol Hotel Apts||Patakou Street 5||Hotel||-|
|Kelly Kos Apartments||Megalou Alexandrou 36||Apartment||-|
|Philippos Studios & Apartment||Kardamena||APARTMENT||-|
|Giakalis Apart Hotel||Marmari Kos||Hotel||-|
|Aspro Spiti Apartments||Tigaki||Apartment||-|
|Fantasia Hotel||Elefteriou Venizelou 1||HOTEL||83|
|Kos Bay Hotel||Artemissias Str.||HOTEL||86|
|Archipelago - Psalidi||Psalidi||HOTEL||-|
|Continental Palace - Kos||G. Papadreou Str.||HOTEL||-|
|Kalimera Mare - Kardamaina||Kardamaina||HOTEL||-|
|Katras Apartments - Tigaki||Tigaki Area||HOTEL||-|
|Sun Palace - Psalidi||Psalidi||HOTEL||-|
|Tigaki's Star - Tigaki||Tigaki||HOTEL||-|
|Triton Hotel||Vasileos Georgiou 4||HOTEL||-|
|Tropical Sol Hotel||Tigaki||HOTEL||-|
|Citi Hotel - Kos Town||Georgiou Papandreou & Thessalou||HOTEL||-|
|Luis Hotel Apartments||Mastihari Kos||APARTMENT||-|
|The Small Village||Mastichari||APARTMENT||-|
Internet access is widely available throughout the country. Almost all hotels provide internet access, either free or paid. Local coffee shops usually offer free Wi-Fi access, as many other public places do. Feel free to ask for the password, if the network is locked. Internet cafes however tend to be expensive, about €1.5-2 per hour.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The cheapest way to call someone abroad is to use a pre-paid calling card and call from a land line anywhere (also from your hotel room). Pre-paid calling cards are sold in many shops and kiosks. The calling card is not much more than a phone number and a pin code, which you dial prior to dialing the usual phone number. If you want to call internationally, ask for an international calling card. For one euro you can call for about 45 minutes, so buy a card in the cheapest value (which is about €3). Calling someone for half an hour is cheaper than sending one email from an internet café. Cards expire usually 90 days after first use. You can also use this pre-paid calling card at public phone boxes, which are widely available.
Mobile phones are prevalent in Greek's communication, and if you need to talk with your co-travelers it is advised that you buy a local prepaid plan instead of using roaming, as it is far cheaper. There are at least three mobile carriers, Cosmote, Wind and Vodafone all of which require by law presenting some form of identification in order to activate your prepaid plan. Choose whichever has better reception in your area, keeping in mind that GSM 900, GSM 1800 and UMTS 2100 bands are supported. Data usage is cheap, costing about €3 per 100 MB. Ask the mobile carrier for more information.
Hellenic Post is the Greek postal service. On their website you find more information about options to send letters, postcards and parcels and there is a search function regarding post offices and post boxes. It also has information on services like paying bills, transferring money, financial products etc. Greek post codes are five digits long and are usually written as follows; 123 45. The first three digits are used to identify the city, municipality or prefecture, for example the digits between 100 and 180 relate to the city of Athens. The last two digits identify a street or part of a street. Most post offices are open Monday to Friday from 07:30-14:00, although the largers ones usually have longer opening hours. For sending packages, you can also use international courier services like DHL, UPS or TNT.
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