You won’t find much that’s authentically Greek in this unattractively overbuilt resort town surrounded by holiday villages. Even so, the surrounding beaches are beautiful, and this side of the island has a rather cooling breeze. Without too much effort you can find a deserted strip of sand to call your own, or go for a walk around the salt lake of nearby Alikes, which attracts a wealth of migratory birdlife in early spring, including large flocks of flamingos. The bus from Kos Town to the airport makes its only stop nearby at Mastichari.
When there was every reason in the world to stay away and see the ruins, one woman traveled to Greece to get to work.More