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Kos island news and views

Kos lies in the middle of the Dodecanese chain of Greek islands that follow the Turkish coastline between Rhodes, in the south, and Patmos, in the north. Kos holidays are hugely popular with the British and Kos is one of the best for a typical beach holiday. As well as the nightlife of Kos Town and a plethora of sandy beach resorts, Kos also offers some of the best archaeological sites in the Mediterranean.

Kos to Bodrum ferry
Kos back to normal after quake

Kos is open for holiday business as normal after the strong earthquake in mid-July. And to drive home the message the island is staging a raft of tourism promotions.

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Kos is not a hellhole

The Greek Island of Kos has hit back at 'ridiculous' claims in the British Daily Mail newspaper that an influx of refugees has turned the holiday island into a 'disgusting hellhole' UK holiday visitors to Kos are bemused at the 'hellhole' tag as few come across any refugees

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Holiday plea for Kos tavernas

Regular holiday visitors to the island of Kos will no doubt have seen how popular beach resorts have been slowly turned over to all-inclusive hotel aimed at the package holiday market.

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Kos promotes historic park

Kos Town plans to do much more promote its historic centre and create an 'Open Archaeological and Historical Park' to attract more visitors. Kos town is already famous for its heritage sites.

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Kos workers protest

Seasonal holiday workers on Kos are protesting at the low wages and poor working conditions for part time holiday workers. Hotel staff and taverna waiters claim they are being exploited.

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Kos free culture plea

Cultural leaders on Kos are pleading for help to boost tourist holiday visitors. Top of the list is free use to stage cultural events on important archaeological and cultural sites, such as Kos Castle

Kos Asklepion ruins
Kos trains

Tourist trains, open-top coach companies and other Kos attractions may face new regulations as island authorities toughen up rules. It follows rows over the most profitable routes

Tingaki beach on the island of Kos
Kos tourist boost

Kos is to step up moves to bring even more holiday tourists to the island. It is part of a joint plan with Crete and Cyprus to promote marine tourism in the region and to promote the islands to overseas visitors.

Mastichari Kos beach seaweed
Kos beach clean-up

Holiday visitors to the resort of Mastichari on Kos cannot fail to have noticed the rotting seaweed that lines the shore. The seaweed has been a problem for years both on the beach area and in the port that links the resort to neighbouring Kalymnos.

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Stars on Kos

Hollywood superstars Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have arrived on the Greek Island of Kos on a summer holiday tour of the Mediterranean. The most couple has chosen the Greek Islands to spend their holidays this summer.

Kos airport plane landing
Kos holidays

Kos is back on the holiday map after a surge in UK visitors to Kos in April. British arrivals at Kos airport jumped nearly 19% on April last year with 3,845 holidaymakers flying in from the UK alone.

Kos airport holiday arrivals
Kos airport police

There are not enough airport police to deal with the holiday arrivals on Kos each year, the Greek government has been warned. Although Kos island has the same number of annual holiday arrivals as Corfu, it has three times fewer police officers.

Kos to Bodrum ferry
Kos looks to Turkey

The holiday island of Kos plans much closer ties with neighbouring Turkey in a move to promote more tourism between the two More than 80 holiday firms from Kos and Turkey met on the island to thrash out joint initiatives to create stronger links.

Kos Asklepion ruins
Kos health

Falling ill while on a Greek holiday on Kos and other islands could prove a problem this year as medical services suffer in the recent austerity drive with a shortage of medical staff and supplies.

Hippocrates Garden Mastihari Kos
Kos garden

Kos is not only a popular holiday destination it is also the island of Hippocrates, the ancient Greek philosopher and the father of modern medicine. The Kos holiday resort of Mastichari is now home to the unique Hippocrates Garden cultural centre.

Greek island goats
Bluetongue outbreak on Kos

Sheep and goat breeders on the Greek islands are in despair as a deadly virus sweeps through their flocks. Greek livestock farmers have reported outbreaks of bluetongue in Kos, Rhodes and other islands.

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