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Shoppers should visit the island's towns and villages for the best deals. Psalidi, Zipari, Asfendiou, Zia and Lagoudi all offer charming, authentic and reasonably-priced traditional wares.

Visitors will find high-end fashion stores in the old part of Kos Town, as well as smaller shops selling local leather goods, jewellery and ceramics.

Eleftherias Square is a good place to buy locally made souvenirs, oil paintings and Byzantine icons. Local markets carry fresh goods and produce, such as local red cheese, or candied tomato sweets called glyko tomataki.

Kiosks are open 24 hours a day during summer and sell everything from food to cigarettes. Kardamena resort town also offers fantastic shopping opportunities.

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