Kos in Greece is filled with beautiful harbours, charming towns, archaeological sites… and some pretty spectacular beaches.
In fact it’s one of the Greek Islands that never fails to draw in the crowds thanks to its sandy shores, picturesque landscapes and swim-friendly waters.
During peak season the beaches can get pretty busy but there’s still heaps of space for sun-seekers looking to make the most of the views.
There are plenty of beaches to choose from, but the sheer amount on offer can be a little overwhelming, so to help you narrow it down we’ve picked out 10 beaches we think you won’t want to miss.
Looking for more beach holiday inspiration? We’ve also rounded up the best beaches in Greece sure to give you major wanderlust.
Check out our pick of the top 10 Kos beaches below…
1. Lambi Beach
© Getty Images/iStockphoto Lambi Beach
Lambi Beach has pebbled shores rather than sand but its azure blue waters and breathtaking landscapes still make it a hit with tourists.
During peak seasons you can hire sunloungers and there are heaps of bars and restaurants nearby for those who fancy a spot of lunch.
The atmosphere is pretty vibrant – but it can get quite busy at times!
2. Kardamena Beach
A short walk from the southern end of Kardamena’s town and harbour, this spacious beach has everything you could want for a postcard-worthy beach day.
We’re talking fine sandy shores, turquoise swim-friendly waters and facilities ranging from sunloungers to bars and restaurants.
The scenic harbour with traditional fishing boats in the village of Kardamena, Kos island, Dodecanese, Greece.
As a result, it tends to be a hit with families!
Looking to stay nearby? You can find hotels in Kardamena from £61 a night on Lastminute.com.
3. Psalidi Beach
© imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock Psalidi Beach
Sitting just a few kilometres east of Kos Town, this beach is a mix of sand and shingles.
You’ll find plenty of hotels and resorts right on the waterfront so it tends to be popular with Brits looking for package holidays, but as it’s a public beach there are also plenty of spots where you can hire sunloungers and make a day of it.
Thinking of package holidays? Jet2holidays has heaps of Kos holidays and you can take advantage of the brand’s low deposits if you want to spread the cost of your holiday.
4. Kefalos Bay
© Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited Beach on Kefalos Bay, Kos, Dodecanese, Greek Islands, Greece, Europe
Kefalos Bay is home to some pretty beautiful beaches and can be a little quieter as it’s not right by the bustling resorts.
There are sun loungers on offer and you’re not too far from Kefalos if you do fancy a bit more hustle and bustle after a day of basking in the sunshine.
Thinking of staying in the area? Booking.com has a round-up of the 30 best hotels in Kefalos to suit a wide array of budgets.
5. Tigaki Beach
© Getty Images/iStockphoto Tigaki Beach
The turquoise waters at this sandy beach are seriously inviting, and the good news is that they’re shallow and generally rock-free for those who do fancy a dip.
There are heaps of sunloungers and parasols up for grabs along Tigaki, while there are also plenty of water sports spots.
6. Paradise Beach
© Daily Mirror Paradise Beach
Paradise Beach is popular with families as there’s loads of space on the shores and the waters are ideal for swimming.
The beach also has plenty of facilities including toilets, snack bars and spots where you can hire sunloungers and parasols.
As it’s quite a long stretch of sand, there are also areas where you can find windier hubs ideal for water sports.
7. Marmari Beach
© Getty Images Marmari Beach
Located on the northern coast of the island, Marmari Beach is a long stretch of sand with dunes, that tends to be popular with families as there’s loads of space and you can swim in the waters.
The beach is located right by a wide array of hotels so it can be quite a popular spot during peak season, but it is ideal for those who like a bit of hustle and bustle.
Looking to book a stay? TripAdvisor has a handy round-up of hotels closest to Marmari Beach suiting a wide array of budgets.
8. Agios Fokas
© Getty Images/iStockphoto Agios Fokas
Because it’s smaller than some of the other beaches on the island, Agios Fokas tends to be more of a spot for explorers rather than sun seekers (although there are sunloungers if you do want to have a lazy beach day).
There are plenty of picturesque landscapes around the beach to explore, as well as nearby towns if you do fancy a spot of lunch.
9. Thermes Beach
© Getty Images Thermes Beach
This black pebbled cove is ideal for those looking to escape the busier spots across Kos (although like most places it can still be busy during the peak seasons).
Also nicknamed ‘Bubble Beach’, the beach has a volcanic heated spring which tends to be a hit with visitors, and there is a nearby taverna serving up some seriously delicious local fare.
10. Agios Stefanos
© Getty Images/iStockphoto Agios Stefanos
Not many beaches double up as an archaeological site, but you can find some fascinating ruins along the shores of Agios Stefanos.
If you’re looking to relax in the sunshine, the beach also offers up pebbled shores and shallow waters, but it’s worth noting that it can get quite busy so head down early for some of the best spots.