Kos

I visited the gorgeous Greek Island of Kos in May 2016. The weather was just perfect – mid to high 20s all week, a little sea breeze and clear blue skies and a calm Mediterranean ocean.

We hadn’t spent too much time planning what we were going to do when we got to Kos, so had some fantastic impromptu trips and excursions! Here are some of my top recommendations if you visit this beautiful island:

Take a boat trip to Nisyros

The volcanic island of Nisyros is a short boat ride (approx 40mins) from the port of Kos. We arrived at the capital – Mandraki – and spent an hour or so exploring the pretty town and taking in the magnificent views from the ancient hilltop castle. We then took a coach to the tiny village of Nikia, which is home to the island’s more elderly inhabitants. Here you can find a beautiful church and square, two lovely cafes and amazing panoramic views of the volcanic valley below. Our final stop was the main attraction – the Stefanos Volcanic Crater. There is a powerful smell of sulphur as you walk down into the crater, and once at the bottom there are jets of warm air and bubbling volcanic pools; it was amazing and like nothing I’ve ever done before! This trip is a must if you’re ever in this part of the world!

Make a splash at a water park

There are three water parks on the island of Kos – Lido, Aquatica and Aquis Marine Resort. As we were staying in the Atlantica Porto Bello Beach resort, we were lucky enough to have free access to the Aquatica park.

I have always loved the rides and slides at water parks, but HATED the queuing that normally comes with it, however this was not an issue at all at Aquatica. This may be as we went to Kos off-season, but we didn’t have to queue once for any of the slides! There’s also a great variety – single and double riders, a gentle lazy river, steep and thrilling wave and kite slides and our favourite – the spin bowl! It’s the perfect fun way to cool off after a day soaking up the sun’s rays on the beautiful sandy beach!

Take a sunset ride along the beach

This particular trip was totally spur of the moment! On our last day we headed to Erika’s Horse Farm for a sunset ride along the beach! The farm was full of gorgeous animals – kittens, bunnies, goats, chickens – as well as the magnificent horses, and we were welcomed like long-lost family!

I am not a trained rider and have only been on a couple of pony treks in my life, but this was not a problem at all! I was introduced to my horse – the beautiful Harmony – and off we went!

We had such a fun and relaxing time on this stunning island, I’d definitely recommend it for a sunny Spring getaway!

Katie xx

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