Parent Review – Kos, Greece

Sarah from Magdeburg, Germany reviews the island of Kos as a holiday destination for parents with babies and toddlers.

Where did you go?

Kos Island in Greece

When did you go?

Summer 2012 in the month of September for 2 weeks

Who did you travel with?

With my husband Chris and my Daughters Anna and Sophie

How old were your kids when you travelled?

Anna was 1 Year and 7 Months old and Sophie was 12 weeks old.

Where did you stay?

In a lovely family Hotel called Nissia Kamares in Kardamena

How was the journey there?

The Journey there was fine. We drove to Berlin airport checked in, waited for our flight, boarded, flew for 3 hours landed and got taxi to the Hotel. There was no stress involved, our kids slept on the plane so it all went ok.

What was the food like at your destination?

The hotel did not really provide you with food except for a continental breakfast in the morning and snack food like toasties and chips; it was not the best but would keep the hunger away. We generally went out to eat in the restaurants as it was quite reasonable and a lot of the restaurants were child friendly.

Were you able to find all your baby and toddler essentials at your destination (formula, food, wipes, nappies, medication etc)?

Yes everything was accessible. There were plenty of supermarkets and chemists which provided most things in around our Hotel. The only issue was towards the end of our holidays, I ran out of baby formula and needed to buy box which was hard, and as we were coming from Germany I brought the brand available to me there, which of course you are not able to buy in Kos. So after a lot of searching and with the phone as translator I bought  formula, which Sophie drank.

How was the public transport system?

I did not really use it as everything was within walking distance. But we did get the bus one day to Kos center which was comfortable and reliable. It came on time..

Did you use a baby carrier or a stroller?

I had a double stroller with me something similar to Phil and Teds but from a Germany made company called Hauck. As Sophie was still so young we also had a baby carry bag with us that was transportable, she would lie in it and I could the carry her and was able to put her down on different surfaces e.g. floor, table, bed also in the buggy.

What kind of activities did you do?

We went to the beach, played alot in the hotel Swimming Pool, went for alot of walks around our area. With two small children you are limited as to what you can do as they get tired very easy and also it was very hot while we were there.

Overall, did you have a good trip?

Yes, overall it was a nice holiday it was nice to get away after giving birth to Sophie and Chris could take Anna out so I got a lot of rest; which I enjoyed.

Do you have any advice for parents travelling to the same place?

When travelling with small children to hot places, be prepared. Sophie could not take the heat and broke out in a really bad overall body heat rash which was not serious just made her uncomfortable. I was able to buy a cream for her so it helped. Also bring enough formula for the just-in case moment when you run out as it is quite time consuming trying to find one that your baby will like. Also I found keeping to the routine (eating, sleeping times) that I used back home helped the children not to get too much out of sorts.

See also…

Greece with a baby or toddler