A-Z Travel Guide to Kos
The 2022 edition of the A-Z Travel Guide to Kos is the 15th
edition of the best and most comprehensive guidebook to Kos in the Dodecanese
islands of Greece.
This 2022 travel guide to Kos runs to 186 pages, making it easily the biggest guide to this popular tourist destination, and also the most up-to-date. It may lack the colour photos in some of the other handful of Kos guides, but this helps keep the cover price down.
It also gives you access to the A-to-Z Travel Club on the publisher’s website, which has even more Kos information, links, current weather, flight information and other topics that can’t be kept current in a printed guide.
A-Z Travel Guide to
As with the companion Santorini guide, this A-Z Travel Guide to Kos begins with an
overview of the island followed by a lengthy section on the history of Kos. I certainly didn’t know that it had been inhabited since at least 2900BC,
as confirmed by the prehistoric tombs and finds at the site of Asklupi (which
the author covers in the Places of Interest section).
After History, the author turns to the Culture of Kos,
describing the people, customs, cultural and religious events, local products
like honey, olives and wine, and the wildlife you’ll find on the island, from
bats and rats to dogs and cats.
Places of Interest
This section naturally begins with Kos Town, which covers a
generous 12 pages and is followed by an A-Z list of archaeological sites around
the island. This is followed by a page listing the museums, and then villages
and island attractions. Finally in this section there are several pages about
the neighbouring volcanic island of Nisyros, which is a popular day trip from
One of the few things the book lacks is an index, so you can
look things up quickly, rather than have to turn to the right section and then
the right page. That’s a minor quibble, though.
Kos Beaches and
Kos is best known as an island with great beaches and
resorts, and these get their own section, though the rest of the A-Z Travel Guide to Kos makes it
clear that there’s much more to Kos than just beaches. The beaches and resorts
are covered in depth, in 16 pages, going clockwise round the island from the
beaches nearest Kos Town.
Other Sections of the Guide to Kos
There are many more sections to the guide, too many to list
them all, but they include the best ways of getting around the island, the best
things to eat, what to shop for, activities around the island, and bugs and
other pests. Be aware that while the author talks about hotels and tavernas,
there are no listings for where to stay or where to eat.
The Author of the A-Z
Travel Guide to Kos
This Kos guide is written by Tony Oswin, who has lived on
Thassos since 2006, and makes regular visits to other Greek islands to keep his
several guides up-to-date. His first guidebook was naturally to Thassos, which
he and his wife retired to, and he has also written and published guides to
Rhodes and Santorini.
Buying the A-Z Travel
Guide to Kos
If you’re going to Kos then this comprehensive guide is
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