Welcome
Kos Town
Historical Excursions
Places of Interest
Island Hopping
Travel Information
 

Kos

...Dodecanese’s most exciting destination!

 

Today, Kos is among Greece’s most popular tourist destinations, receiving millions of visitors each year who are drawn by the islands’ history, gorgeous beaches, bountiful land with thick vegetation, casual atmosphere, and luxury resorts.

 

Kos Town is only 4 kms away. Here one can find archaeological remains, shops, banks and plenty of nightlife. The island of Kos is ideal for walking holidays, biking (it is the only Aegean island with dedicated cycle paths on most roads), visits to archaeological sites including the Asklipeos where Hippocrates taught.

 

Besides golden, dazzling beaches there is much more that the Greek Island of Kos has to offer. Famous since antiquity and notably for being the birthplace of Hippocrates, the first medical doctor in the world, visitors flocked to Kos to worship at the temple of Apollo or to be treated at the Asklepieion and to take advantage of the natural therapeutic qualities of the thermal springs which are still in use even to this day, most noteworthy of the ancient visitors being Cleopatra of Egypt. It climaxed during the Hellenistic and Roman periods, being a crossroad between civilisations, between East and West, the meeting point for both culture and trade. Its public market was of great fame during the antiquity and still is thriving in our days.

 

The combination of the stunning medieval architecture of the fortified city created on the islands by the Knights of Saint John, a Benedictine order founded in the 11th century, and the deep blue of the Aegean has also proved irresistible to Hollywood. In the 1960s and 1970s, Rhodes served as the backdrop for the blockbusters The Guns of Navarone, starring Gregory Peck, and Escape to Athena with David Niven and Roger Moore. Unesco has since declared the Knights’ medieval city, with the magnificent Palace of the Grand Masters and splendid cobblestone Street of the Knights, a World Heritage Site. The Castle of the Knights on Kos, although smaller in scale, is also quite impressive.