Friday, 7 October 2016

Kos, Greece ...

Hi guys,

So I have just been to Kos Island for the most relaxing week's holiday. It came just at the right time, just when I thought I was going to have a major burn out. Kos is absolutely gorgeous.

Kos is a greek island, just off the coast of Bodrum, Turkey. We had an amazing time and although writing this, I am now full of cold, I am still basking in my tan and holiday mindfulness. It wasn't Santorini or Mykonos but they're on the list for a future holiday.

There isn't a lot to write about the holiday. We basically spent the majority eating Moussaka and lounging around the pool. However, the Tuesday we decided to hire a car. We got it from Trust in Kos. It was a little Fiat Panda and wasn't the best for navigating around the island but we managed. It was only 40 euros for the car for an entire day - we got the extra insurance too (just in case!).

Our hotel was the Dmitra Beach in Psalidi, in the Agios Fokias area of Kos. It was only a little journey into Kos Town so we got a bus on a different day but we decided to visit the tourist spots in Kos while we had the car.

We travelled right down to the other end of the Island to Kefalos. On the way to Kefalos, we drove through a forest trail, as recommended by our rep, and found ourselves in a Peacock/cat sanctuary. A husband and wife team run this little sanctuary and encourage people to stop and take photos. It is so cool in the forest, the weather was so hot that having the change in temperature was perfect! Also there were lots of little baby peacocks which was a highlight!

Kefalos is right at the bottom (or top) of Kos Island and is right on a cliff side. Views from here are stunning and well worth a look. We stopped in a little tavern for lunch before moving on. 

We then moved onto Cardamena. Most people who visit Kos, tend to stay in Cardamena because of the bars and sunny harbour views. Cardamena was great and we managed to visit some little tourist shops and pick up some cute nautical theme decorations for our living room. 

After this we decided to go through the mountain roads to get to Zia. Zia is an incredible mountain top location and is reached by a lot of winding, steep roads. These roads are a little bit crazy and paired with tourists on buggies and bikes, it is a little bit hair raising!

However, once you reach Zia, it is well worth the climb. There are tavernas that look over the side of the mountain and the views are unreal. You can see around the entire Island from the top. It must be the highest point of the whole island. There are lots of tourist shops too which again are filled with "tat" but local specialities too for instance, sponge, honey and olive oil. Zia has a national park so if you are really quiet and go at just the right time, you get to see some local wildlife too.

On the Friday, we decided to visit Kos Town. We didn't really get time to do the entire island with the car and Kos Town was only a 10 minute journey on the local bus. Kos Town was very similar to Cardamena and again tourist shops and tavernas filled the area. 

Hippocrates was born on the island of Kos and they planted a tree in his honour. This tree is in a main square. It is now supported by scaffolding due to its age but it stands in the centre of the square, surrounded by small stores. The tree is one trunk which has split into four trunks.

The hotel was gorgeous. It is a 4 star but it was on par with the hotel we stayed in for our honeymoon in 2013 in Mexico. Our room was a bungalow with a garden view - if we had really looked into it, we definitely would have upgraded to a sea view bungalow as they had the sun loungers out front where we just had a table and chairs on the terrace. They also had other rooms with seaview balcony, but a lot of these weren't newly refurbished. The food was gorgeous. The buffet restaurant served a variety of meals each day - fresh fruits, breads, cheeses as well as cooked food - they also had a bit of a show cooking too!

The a la carte restaurants were Italian and Greek. The Greek was really good and the presentation of the food was beautiful. The Italian was gorgeous! We would have eaten there a second time if we had thought about it in advance - you need to book far enough in advance as they are so popular.

There were three pool areas at the hotel. The top pool, which you had to climb a LOT of stairs to had a swim up pool bar. The pool below was slightly bigger and was attached to the Greek restaurant. The third pool was attached to the Italian restaurant. Each pool also had a children's pool. There were plenty of sunbeds available around each pool so early morning reservation wasn't needed. There was also a bar and waiter service to the sunbeds too which was great!

Overall, we had a fab holiday. Just what we needed. 


























Lovely & relaxed now!

Is there anywhere you have been that relaxes you? (Will take note!!)

Rachael xox

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