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When I first arrived on Kos Island I did not know what to think. I spent the past years in Greece, knowing Greece from very traditional, slow food, slow living point of view and my first impression of Kos was its nothing like that…well, I was wrong. Kos is a nice combination of traditional Greece with typical tourist-orientated holiday destination.
Kos in the summer will be busy, crowded, loud, you will find there a Chinese restaurant, sushi place, pubs with pool table, go-go club, fast foods, coffee shops/bars with funky, evening led lights all perfectly interlaced with archaeological sites, traditional seafood taverns, ouzery with traditional live Greek music, placed farther from main promenade bars with cozy ambience.
In Kos, you will find that modern worlds life just smoothly runs over old roman build roads. I just jumped into Kos life, I wanted to get to know and see everything that there is to see in Kos. Go around Kos and try to check where all those little roads can take me. I could choose between renting cars, motorbikes, mopeds, bicycles and buggies. For daily travels around Kos, I just used a bicycle for farther trips, of course, a small car but I also used for some trips electric bicycle, which turned out just great. I never used one before so was just surprised how effortless cycling high hills can be 😊.
Kos has a lot to offer for everyone. You want hiking in woods, perfect some grate trails exist. You are more interested in archaeological sites, awesome cos Kos is one big archaeological site. You are dying for breathtaking views and craft shops go to mountain villages eg. Zia and on the way there stop in Asklepion ( crazy amazing archeological site), or Haihoudes village with old traditional stone houses first created by Armenian refugees in 19th century now being restored or Platani village just on the outskirts of Kos town where you can enjoy your relaxing time in one of the traditional cafes run by Turkish descendants. If you are addicted to water sports go to Kefalos or Mastichari, surf, kitesurf, play on paddleboards, water scooters. Whatever your choice is you will find it in Kos and at the end of the day, you can relax your body and mind in the traditional spa.

When approaching Kos Marina call always on Channel 77 to enter or leave the marina. The vast majority of spaces are stern to with lazy lines however they may put you side to inside the breakwater or side to on the end of the pontoon. The Pilot boats will assist you both coming in and out of the Marina.
Water and electric are obtained via a key which you can get in the reception and also top up with money in the reception. There will be a returnable deposit of 30 EUR for a key that is paid in the reception as well. You should check in at reception as soon as you arrive.
The fuel dock is to the South of the Marina (outside of the breakwater). You will come side to, with fenders water height and the fuel staff will catch your lines. 
Kos Marina has great facilities: great showers and a very clean toilet block, well stocked supermarket Kostas (that delivers to the boats/but very expensive so we do advise you to do shopping outside of marina and they can deliver to boats on trolleys as well), chandleries, café, restaurant and a air conditioned lounge and library (inside reception block). You can leave your bags in a locked room behind reception for 1.30 EUR/bag/day on transfer day. 

Kos Town is a 15-20 minute walk along the sea where you will find a grate choice of restaurants, bars, taverns. We do have our favourite like:
Fish and Grill House Taverna located just off the main road, up a set of white stairs. There is a large menu choice, it is a pretty courtyard away from the street sellers and they accommodate any number of guests providing it is booked in advance. 
Tel.: +302242021725
Ta Votsalakia Taverna, Geor. Averof 10, Kos 853 00, +30 22420 26555
Located on the other side of town than the yacht marina, near the ferry dock. Typical Greek taverna with a yard and tables on sea side almost on the beach. Serving Greek traditional food and nice variety of fish. Call always in advance as the space is limited, which might cause inconvenience during high summer season.
Platanos restaurant, Akti Kountouriotou 3, Kos 85 300, +3022420 28991
Restaurant placed in town center behind the council building around the Hippocrates Plane Tree.
They do serve more sophisticated food, have live music in the evenings. More expensive than other places but with a nice ambience.
Mavromatis Taverna, Vasileos Georgiou V, 85 300 Kos, +3022420 22433
You will find restaurant 10 min to the left from the Kos Marina entrance. Simple place serving typical Greek food, with open area and tables just at the seaside. 
Kos has plenty to offer for the ones interested in visiting.
Archeological sites: Asklepion, Roman Odeum, Restored Roman Villa, ruins of roman City, Hippocrates museum, Antimachia wind mill.
Some of the sites are within walking distance but some can be reached only by car. There plenty of rental agencies keeping prices at the same level. Also renting bicycles is very popular.

Haihoutes-Armenian village abandoned settlement with little Cafe/Restaurant and interesting history.

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