Kardamena Travel Guide
Overview Kardamena is one of the most popular resorts in Greece. Situated
mid-way along the south coast of Kos Island, the former fishing
village is now a commercialised town with scores of English-style
pubs, restaurants and tightly packed apartment blocks. Visitors can
organise a wide variety of watersports from the long sandy beach,
and Kardamena resort is a good base for those who want to explore
the island's fascinating interior.
Kardamena © Anna & Michal
Shopping Kardamena is packed with shops that offer everything from
designer clothes to tacky holiday souvenirs. Most are located
around the main square. Travellers who choose to stay in
self-catering apartments can shop for well-known brands at good
supermarkets or venture to some interesting local markets,
including one across the water in Bodrum, Turkey.
Restaurants Kardamena's restaurants range from Indian and traditional Greek,
to fast-food establishments offering full English breakfasts. Many
of the best Greek restaurants are clustered on the seafront.
Nightlife Kardamena's fairly intense nightlife has dozens of bars and
clubs that cater to a variety of musical tastes. Though not quite
Ibiza, the scene is fun, vibrant and dominated by tourists.
Activities Kardamena's main beach is ideal for lazy days in the sun.
Watersports such as jet skiing, snorkelling and scuba diving are on
offer and nearby Helona Beach has Blue Flag status. Fascinating
historical sites are scattered around the island - especially in
the capital, Kos Town - and visitors can arrange boat tours to the
Rhodes and the spectacular volcanic island of Nisyros.
Negatives All bars along the main strip of Kardamena's seafront have loads
of touts working for them. Their efforts to turn tourists into
patrons can become annoying after a few nights. Drinks can be
expensive by Greek standards.
The Castle of the Knights of the Order of Saint John is situated
at the entrance of Kos harbour and is an amazing place to visit.
The sprawling ruins, some of which are extremely well-preserved,
are located on what used to be an... see full details
Kos Archaeological Museum
Displaying mainly Hellenistic and Roman treasures found in and
around Kos Town and dating from as far back as the 3rd century BC,
the Archaeological Museum allows visitors a glimpse into the former
glory enjoyed by this quaint port town. The museum is... see full details