Averages for Kos in January

Weather Lowdown

January in Kos is the winter season making it a rainy, cloudy, and cold time of the year with little tourists and many locals. It is not a great time to visit weather wise or as a tourist since many of the summer season locations will be closed during this time. The average temperature during this month is 11 C (52 F), so if visiting, it is recommended to bring some warm clothes.

The average highs and lows start out at around 13. 3 C (56 F) a...

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  • Temperature Temperature 11°C 52°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 13°C 55°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 8°C 46°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 5 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 169 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 12 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 17°C 63°F

Daily averages for Kos

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Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
°C 12 13 12 12 11 11 11 11 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 12 12 13 12 12 11 11 11 12 12 11
°F 54 55 54 54 52 52 52 52 52 52 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 54 52 54 54 55 54 54 52 52 52 54 54 52

Weather Lowdown

January in Kos is the winter season making it a rainy, cloudy, and cold time of the year with little tourists and many locals. It is not a great time to visit weather wise or as a tourist since many of the summer season locations will be closed during this time. The average temperature during this month is 11 C (52 F), so if visiting, it is recommended to bring some warm clothes.

The average highs and lows start out at around 13. 3 C (56 F) and 9.4 C (49 F) and begin to drop as the month progresses. Also rainfall is around 47% chance which is a bit in your favor as the odds are around that of a coin toss, but with slightly lesser chances for a no rain result. Cloud coverage around this time is around 64% (partly cloudy) as January completes a peak that started rising at the beginning of autumn.  

As the month continues the highs begin a slight depression which is measured at around 13 C (55.5 F) during the middle of January, while the lows also begin a descent to 8.8 C (48 F). Rainfall during mid January reaches its peak of the year at 48% chance on January 20th so be sure to bring some rain gear around this time of the year. The clouds continue to dominate this time of the year as well staying at around 64% (partly cloudy) which also causes the average hours of sunshine to be at around 7 hours daily.

As January comes to a close the highs continue their peak low of the year at 12.7 C (55 F) on into February as the curve in the depression has yet to build momentum into the summer season. The lows fall to around 8.3 C (47 F) on January 27th making this the coldest day of the year. Chances of rain stay relatively the same at the end of the month on into February as cloud coverage reaches its peak of the year on January 26th at 65% (partly cloudy) as it continues its slightly fluctuant streak.

The average amount of rainfall in January is 169 mm divided into 12 days out of the month making it the rainiest month of the year. The good news is that there is higher chances of rain being moderate or light than a full on thunderstorm, even though those can occur during this month as well.

For those of you who love to swim at the beach no matter the weather, the average sea temperature in January is 17.2 C (63 F) which is better than most of the winter months in Kos. If you are planning to visit during this month it is a good idea to bring a blanket and a jacket to enjoy the beach in comfort.

Where to Stay

Finding a place to stay in Kos is not hard as there are literally hundreds of different kinds of decent accommodation. The hard part is finding open rooms in major resorts and luxurious hotels even during winter season. Pretty much the good thing is that there will be a place to stay, but the bad thing is that it may be sold out. Having said that, let's look at some of the best hotels in Kos...

Be close to the main part of the island in Kos Town when you stay at the Mitsis Ramira Beach Hotel. This hotel located in the Psalidi area has a great reputation for exceeding the expectations of families and couples alike. You can enjoy free breakfast in the morning at one of their many restaurants, have a drink at the bar and lounge while your kids enjoy a safe arcade and play room area, or play a game of tennis and go swimming.

Enjoy the beautiful sunset over the ocean right from your window at Neptune Hotels - Resort, Convention Center and Spa. This 5-star resort located in the Mastichari district has all you need for the perfect getaway. It has four restaurants, four outdoor pools, seven bars, various sports areas, child care, and delightful evening entertainment.

Akti Dimis located near the beach in Kos's Tigaki district is a family run hotel with comfortable apartments of all sizes to accommodate families, couples, or single travellers. Have a blast singing karaoke or have a Greek style cocktail with a great tasting burger at the snack bar.

Unwind near the southern coast of Kos in the cozy yet luxurious style Lakitira Suites. Have a swim in the outdoor pool or stroll comfortably to the pool bar over the beautiful little bridge. Tuck itno a delicious breakfast in the restaurant, play a round of tennis and then go sightseeing across the magnificent island – while having the security of a spacious room at a comfortable distance.

Kos Greek church

Kos offers cultural attractions such as beautiful Greek churches

Things to do

Kos is really a unique island in that it has things to do for people of all types. Whether you like to enjoy the beach, go boating to another island, view wildlife at a natural park, participate in a moment of history, party until the morning, or view ancient cultural artifacts and buildings of civilisations, which paved the way towards modern Western Civilisation; there is something for everyone here.

History buffs will have a kick out of visiting the Roman Odeon of Kos. This historical site was restored by the Italians in 1920, so it is not completely untouched, but it was built by the Roman Empire between the 2nd and 3rd century. Have a look at the wealth of the empire and the way they used to keep themselves entertained at this theater which can be traced as a part of the foundation of modern stadiums.

Another notable place of historical significance is the Kos Town Cathedral. This church in the main part of town is massive compared to standard chapels with its church library, theater, and lecture hall. Constructed in 1930 as a Catholic church it is the residence of the bishop and is host to a plethora of historical Byzantine icons. Its exterior is beautiful, but it is the interior which is stunning with numerous paintings of religious significance and extravagant chandeliers which give off an unforgettable ambiance.

For those who don't know where to start you can tour around the beautiful island of Kos with Kos Private Tours. Tours are done in an air-conditioned 8-seat mini-van for families or customised private tours for couples. The independent owner Loannis has a great reputation for being on time for pick-up at ferries and has detailed knowledge about the islands numerous historical sites, with access to spots that are not very well known, so you truly get the fullest out of your trip to Greece.

When in Kos it is a must that you try the local produce and what better way is there than by packing up a tasty picnic and heading to the nearest park or beach. You can find fresh fruit and vegetables cultivated locally on Kos's lush country side at the Kos Farmers' Public Market. This little market has everything you need to complete your Kos picnic adventure with a great stock of wines, pastries, bread, jams, candies, and much more. Best of all is that for those already out and about in Kos Town (main part of town), you can grab what you need on your way out to your hotel.

View the way that rural farmers lived in Kos at The Antimachia Windmill. This authentic blast to the past goes through the process of making flour complete with manikins with old styled clothing and a home filled with Grecian culture. Eat a fresh cookie made from the flour produced by the windmill and pet the donkey while you are there.

Kos ampitheatre

Ampitheatre, Kos

Where to Eat and Drink

There are as many places to eat in Kos as there is to stay and do, so finding a superb eatery is never hard. During January though, there aren't going to be as many places as you would find in the summer season. Most places open around this time are in Kos Town since that is the main part of the island and a popular spot for locals during the winter. That said, there are still many places to eat at so as to accommodate the island's population of 30,000.

Enjoy a fine blend of Turkish and Greek food at the Ali Restaurant in Kos Town. This restaurant has been open since 1988 and has served thousands of tourists rightfully with staff that speak a multitude of European languages including English. Help yourself to some authentic Moussaka, Giaurtlu Chicken or delicious cheese with honey all for great prices in a great part of town.

For some authentic Greek cuisine in a vibrant environment try Istros Restaurant in Kos Town. This cozy little family atmosphere is a great place for you and your loved ones to bond over dinner after exploring the island or having lunch in the morning before your day starts. Try their delicious array of Greek mezes while drinking an ice cold drink in a friendly environment. Also having some dessert is a must at this restaurant where you can try their tiramisu or a Yogurt with honey and walnuts.

Chicken and chips on the menu Kos

Chicken and chips on the menu at the BBQ grill, Kos.

January events in Kos

Culture

Feast of St. Basil

1st January 2018

Start off the new year on the right foot. The custom is to slice the Vassilopita (New Year Cake) and find the hidden coin. The person who finds the coin in his or her slice is awarded good luck for the New Year.

Website:

http://www.greecetravel.com/holidays/

Public Hoilday

New Year's Day

1st January 2018

This public holiday is full of feasts and celebrations in anticipation of a prosperous New Year. In the community of Plaki they reenact old customs of Farasson in Cappadocia. Also in Emborio Eordaias a community near Kozani the young men of the village dress up in the national costume and dance to traditional musical instruments.

Epiphany

6th January 2018

The Blessing of the Waters takes place on this day. A cross is thrown into a body of water and is retrieved by swimmers as a good luck charm. This event happens is particularly entertaining in Pireaus.

Website:

http://www.greecetravel.com/holidays/

Religion

Ton Foton

6th January 2018

Known as the day of light, this special day commemorates the passage of Jesus's birth through the time of his baptism. It also celebrates the feast day of St John the baptist. The name feast days are more important to the Greeks than birthdays!

Website:

http://www.greecetravel.com/holidays/

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