About Kos ............Visiting and Holidaying on the Greek Island of Kos........... Zia


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Zia Village Kos

Zia is a small village located 16 km southeast of Kos town. Close to Asfendiou village on the slopes of Dikaion mountain, the village is renowned on the island for it's sunset views and many romantic rooftop restaurants. The village hidden among the lush green forests and running waters is also home to the oldest water mill on the Kos.
The village is quite pleasant to visit during the day, but don't expect too much, filled with a good selection of restaurants and tourist shops. You can buy a good selection of typical products:- olive oil soaps, thyme honey, olive oil with chili peppers, and locally manufactured clothing.
Because of the focus on the tourist trade Zia in the day is not the ideal choice for everyone, however at night the village takes on a whole different atmosphere; the shops are still open, but as sunset approaches the roads and rooftop's of the restaurants fill up with visitors from all over the island.



Zia Village Kos

Buses run to Zia from Kos town, they are not that often though, Kos town to Zia at 7 a.m. 8:40 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mondays - Saturdays. Return schedule: 7:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 1:30 pm and 3:50 p.m. the is no Sunday service. taxi's can be expensive but it depends on how many are traveling it may be cheaper if there are four of you, than it would be to take an organised tour. If you do take a tour check the return time against the time of sunset, some tours have fixed times and do not take this into account.
If you are traveling by hire car, note that the roads are steep and turns can be tight, the locals drive quite fast, and you will meet tourist coaches going the opposite direction at the most inappropriate times, listen out for a horns being sounded at the bends.
There is very little parking in Zia, so allow plenty of time if you wish to see the sunset, or have reserved a restaurant table.

Zia Village Kos

All of the restaurants in the village will tell you that they have the best view of the sunset. The best view may be from the roadside looking west toward Pili, but this gets very crowded, it's far better to sit have a meal and admire the view of the island as well as the sunset in comfort.