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Modern Kos is an interesting mix of modern and historic

Minarets, towers and domed mosques share the skyline with newer tourist developments.

The harbour is a particularly relaxing area with colourful, traditional  fishing-boats alongside smart, new and very expensive yachts.

After dark, the waterfront is awash with the bright lights of the tavernas and restaurants and cacophonous with the music of numerous bars and discotheques.

Kos Town and its sea-side suburbs, Lambi and Psalidi, to the north and south, respectively, offer a wide choice of over 80 hotels.

Kardamena, 16 miles from Kos Town, is in the middle of the hotter, less- breezy south coast.

It is a lively, vibrant holiday resort, built around an existing fishing village and is very suitable for youthful tourists, who flock here in high summer.

White-washed Kefalos is 24 miles from Kos Town and at the opposite, or western, end of the island.

Kefalos retains a great deal of rustic charm, and is one of the quieter resorts on the island. It is just inland of Kamari, which is spread out along a beautiful bay, with rocky headlands and tiny islets.

Mastihari is halfway along the breezier north coast. It has grown rapidly from being a  fishing hamlet, since a new port was built some years ago.

Tingaki, 7 miles from Kos Town is another north coast beach resort that has expanded rapidly in recent years.

Cooling north coast breezes can intensify to bracing wind.

If you feel like a change from the island, you can  take a day trip by ferry to one of the neighbouring islands of Kalymnos, Patmos or Leros, or even to the volcanic island of Nissyros.

Greek islands are so plentiful and close together, that island-hopping on day trips, via ferry, is no problem; just like hopping on a bus elsewhere!!