Best Beaches in Kos

The beaches on Kos are some of the most beautiful in the Dodecanese island group, ranging from soft white sand to volcanic pebbles, and from organised to secluded and unspoiled.

The best beaches in Kos, include …

Tingaki Beach

Dig your toes into the white sand of this 10km-long beach that offers ideal conditions for windsurfing and kite surfing in beautiful crystalline, shallow waters.

Pick a quiet spot to sunbathe on the soft sand, go swimming or relax with a book beneath an umbrella on a sun bed.

The beachfront offers a huge choice of tavernas, restaurants, bars, shops and accommodation options.

Tingaki is located on the north coast and is the best white-sand beach nearest to Kos town, just 11km away.

Marmari Beach

This endless white-sand beach is backed by sand dunes and packed with sun beds, umbrellas and a range of beachfront tavernas and cafes.

Sunbathe on the soft sand, cool off with a refreshing swim, go windsurfing or try some of the other watersports on offer.

Marmari is located on the north coast, around 5km from Pyli and 15km south of Kos town.

Mastichari Beach

This white-sand beach shelves into a turquoise sea that offers excellent conditions for swimming, sailing and windsurfing.

Facilities include sun beds, umbrellas and a range of beachfront tavernas, bars and shops.

Mastichari is located on the north coast 3km from Antimachia and 22km west of Kos town. Nearby sits Kos Waterpark, offering all the fun of a range of slides, rides and pools.

Lambi Beach

Located on the north coast near the port of Kos, Lambi stretches for nearly 1km, with a range of facilities including sun beds, umbrellas and beachfront tavernas, restaurants and hotels.

The beach, a mix of white sand and pebbles, shelves into turquoise waters perfect for swimming.

Therma Beach

Nestled beneath a craggy cliff face, this unique black sand and pebble beach offers the chance to swim in seawater heated by natural hot springs.

Relax in the boulder-formed pool on the beach and soak up the natural warm waters that flow along a trench from the cliff-face grotto.

Facilities include sun beds and umbrellas and a taverna sits atop the cliff. Therma is located on the south coast just 8km from Kos town.

Kardamena Beach

Pick your own private spot to sunbathe on this 3km-long white-sand beach that shelves into turquoise waters perfect for swimming.

Facilities include sun beds, umbrellas, numerous watersports and a range of beachfront restaurants, tavernas and hotels.

The village of Kardamena is known for its vibrant nightlife, with a choice of cafes, restaurants, bars and nightclubs on offer. Archaeological sights such as the Temple of Apollo, the Ancient Theatre and the Christian Basilica are located close by.

Kardamena, the second-largest beach resort on Kos, is located on the south coast, around 22km south of Kos town.

Ayios Stefanos Beach

This golden-sand beach nestles beneath a mountainous headland and curves around a small bay with views across to picturesque Kastri Island, with its striking rock formations and tiny chapel.

Facilities include sun beds and umbrellas and there is a resort nearby.

Relax on the beach, cool off with a swim or go snorkelling around the rock formations beneath Kastri Island.

Ayios Stefanos is located on the south coast facing Kefalos Bay, around 40km west of Kos town.

South coast beaches

Pick a spot to sunbathe on this long stretch of golden sand that curves gently along a hilly shoreline and shelves into crystalline waters perfect for swimming and jet skiing.

Facilities on the organised (but usually crowded) Paradise Beach (photo) include sun beds, umbrellas, a range of watersports and a beachfront taverna.

To escape the crowds, head east to the soft white sands of less-crowded Kamila Beach, with good snorkelling either side of the small cove.

Or go west to secluded Magic Beach, a long stretch of white sand with a beachside taverna and a clothing-optional area at the eastern end of the beach.

These beaches are located on the south coast around 43km south of Kos town. The nearest town is Kefalos.

Kefalos Beach

This fine white-sand beach shelves into crystalline water and offers a range of facilities including sun beds, umbrellas, watersports and many beachfront tavernas and hotels.

The town of the same name lies close by. Kefalos is located to the southwest of Kos, around 43km from Kos town.

Latest update: Best Beaches in Kos: 26 July, 2022