Kos Island in Greece is located just north of Rhodes, close to Turkey (which you can see just across the water) and has long been a popular destination for windsurfing holidays. The best windsurfing in Kos is in this area, just south east from Kos Town, as the wind generally blows side to side on shore from the left with very reliable summer conditions. One side effect of this side shore wind is that the beaches in this part of Kos tend to be very narrow and pebbly; the wind literally blows the sand along the coats with no natural obstructions. If you prefer a sandy beach then please see our details on Marmari Windsurfing Holidays.
In Psalidi Planet Travel offer a range of good quality 4 and 5* star hotels away from the more ‘touristic’ areas at the other side of Kos Town. The hotels here are generally of a very good standard, some set higher up above the waters edge with stunning views. The hotels in this part of Kos tend to be slightly better for couples or families with older children. The hotels in our other resort of Marmari tend to offer better family facilities for younger children.
"Kos was much better than I expected. I was initially concerned it would be too crowded and noisy but how wrong I was. The guys at the centre where super friendly and really made me feel at home. I had a great time and already planning my next visit."
"I just wanted to drop you a line to report what a cracking week we had at the Michelangelo and certainly couldn't fault the hotel. As far as the kiting was concerned, Big Blue Surf were brilliant. They were incredibly flexible with lessons and adjusted the timings to when the wind was best."
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Kos is a great short haul resort for families and couples looking for an easy and reliable windurf holiday. If you are happy with car hire then there are some stunning 5* properties just a short drive to the windsurf and Kitesurf beaches.
The Kitesurfing beach in Kos is a perfect location with a wide sandy beach (very coarse sand) and side to side on sore wind from the left. The water here is quite flat and not as choppy as other areas on Kos. There is a very good kitesurf school by the spot so we can offer a full range of beginner or progression courses.
Due to the location of the kitesurf beach Planet will provide a car with your kitesurf holiday to Kos for the short drive from your chosen hotel to the kitesurf school in Psalidi.
The wind at our partner windsurf and kitesurf centre in Psalidi is side to side-off shore from the left wit the best period from June to early October. On a normal day the wind tends to be lighter in the morning (perfect for beginners and kids), dropping a bit for midday (handy for a lunch break !) before building for strong wind conditions in the afternoon until sun down.
For those rare no wind days there is plenty to keep you busy in Kos. A great way to get around the immediate area is by bicycle, there are many wide and clearly marked cycle paths and this is a very popular way to explore the resort and town.
The windsurf / kitesurf centre in Psalidi offer free SUP board for our pre-booked Planet clients. There are some waterskiing and wakeboarding schools in the area. Most of our recommended hotels have tennis courts and well equipped gyms. There is are some excellent stables on the other side of Kos Town near Salt Lake for horse riding lessons or excursions.
Further away from the resort there are numerous historical sites to visit. As the island is quite small most places of interest are less than 1 hour away.
RECOMMENDED THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN KOSPlatani – last refuge for the Islands Turkish community – great food at even better prices Nissyros Island – the active volcano which last erupted in 1888 Therma Springs – Bathe in the hot volcanic healing waters Asclepion – Culture, stunning views and peaceful energy Kefalos – the picturesque Bay and hilltop village on the Southwest of the island Kalymnos Island – the neighbouring rock climbers island also famous for its sponge diving community
Kos Town is just a 10 -20 minute car or bus ride away offering a good choice of restaurants and bars. Kos Town can be a very pretty town to walk around with charming tree laden streets, beautiful historical architecture and an old fortress. There are some less charismatic areas but these are easily avoided.
The Surfers Bar on the harbour is always very popular with the guests and is open every day serving cold drinks, snacks and cocktails at the waters edge. It stays open into the night and also has live music nights and beach bbq’s. The famous Bar Street can keep you partying into sunrise or there are plenty of charming quiet small places for a romantic meal.