Kardamena located 29km south-west of Kos Town and 7km from the airport this former fishing village is now a popular tourist destination, particularly from British holidaymakers. As such, it has a vibrant nightlife with many restaurants, clubs, bars, pubs and nightclubs including Flamingos, Gregs Place, the Status bar and Cheers bar. However, the attractions of Kardamena are not only limited to its energetic nightlife. It is an attractive seaside town with houses and other buildings fringing the shoreline. The surrounding countryside is full of lush vegetation, trees and farmland. The nearby Plaka Forest is rich in flora and fauna with many peacocks, partridges, and small mammals, a wonderfully cool and tranquil place to visit, especially if you have small children. The village is built on the site of the ancient city of Alasarnia dating from the 2nd century BC. Archaeological excavations have uncovered some impressive ruins including a sanctuary dedicated to Apollo and Hercules, a marble temple which dates from the 3rd century BC, the remains of an extensive Christian settlement, a theatre, a castle and some ruins which date from Roman times. Finally, there are daily boat excursion from its port to the neighbouring island of Nisyros with its still active volcano, or alternatively, to Agia Irini where you can enjoy the therapeutic effects of its thermal springs. From Kardamena port you can also take a day trip to the popular and very beautiful Paradise Beach or half-day fishing trips to the small island of Agios Antonios and Giali
Visit the archaeological site of Alasarnia to see the Temple of Apollo the early
Christian basilicas and the ancient Theatre.
Full or half day boat excursions from the port at Kardamena.
Visit Plaka Forest
Find out what cultural events are planned. During the summer months there are many festivals which are dedicated to the ancient city of Alasarnia and includes many cultural events, theatre performances, concerts, painting and photographic exhibitions, cycling races, chess competitions and traditional dance displays. Other important festivals are the festival of Agios Ioannis on 29th August and, on 8th September, the festival of the Virgin Mary. Early October sees the Fish Festival. .
Kardemena has a beautiful long sandy beach which stretches and extends both sides of the village to a length of more than 3km. It has clear, clean waters and is well organized with sun beds and umbrellas and bars, cafes and restaurants along its length. Beach amenities also include a variety of water sports including skiing, paragliding and windsurfing..