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Welcome to Kos!

ATTRACTIONS


The ancient town is near the port, has numerous temples and public buildings and it’s inhabited for more 2000 consecutive years. The city is divided into the following regions: western, central and eastern part.

The Castle of the Knights of Saint John built atop the ancient one on the 15th century is well preserved. An arched bridge connects the castle with the square, where Hippocrates’ plane is, as well as the Turkish mosque of Gazi Hassan Pasha.
Hippocrates’ plane is a massive tree, which was believed to be planted by him and that he used to teach and see his patients under it. Of course, the current plane is not the same, but its branches are supported by columns.
Gazi Hassan Pasha mosque or Loggia was built on 1786. For its construction, ancient materials were used. The Derfenda Mosque in Eleftheria Square is still a worship place for the Muslims that live on the island.
The Gate of Foros was built on 1391. This road –which has many cafes and bars- leads to Eleftheria Square.
The building of the Club in Eleftheria Square has in its façade an inscription with engraved verses from our National Anthem and the date Dodecanese were united with the rest of the country.
Asclepieio (western part of the city). It’s a magnificent building, built on three levels, connected with stairs. The surrounding area is truly beautiful. The entire archeological site was built in the beginning of the 3rd century BC and came to light in 1902 from the German archeologist R. Herzog. In the second level, you will see remnants of a big altar dedicated to Apollo Kyparissio (4th century BC). On the highest level, you will see remnants of the Doric temple of Asclepius, dated back to the 2nd century BC. During the Christian times, on top of the vestibule, they built the church of Virgin Mary of Tarsos. You will also see a column capital, which was used as an Altar and has engraved with the initials ICXP.
The Ippokrateio Foundation of Medical Research.
The Archeological Museum of the city
, with ancient Greek and Roman exhibits. You should definitely see the mosaic with Asclepius reception, the headstones and the statues of Demetra and Hippocrates.

ROUTES

Kos – Agios Fokas – Thermes (13 km): This route runs through the eastern beaches of the island and Cape Psalidi with the important wetland, as well as Agios Fokas Cape with the steep rocks, and ends up in the popular area of Thermes, with the medicinal springs.

Kos – Zipari – Asfendio (14 km): This route ascends towards the most picturesque village of the island, which has many quarters, through the village of Zipari. When it’s time to return to the capital, descend towards the seaside village of Tigkaki.

Kos – Platani – Asclepieio (4 km): This is a short and essential route, which will bring you to Asclepieio, the most important site of the island, but also to the International Ippokrateio Foundation of Kos.

Antimaheia – Kefalos (20 km): This is a route that heads towards the western part of the island and approaches its less popular and developed side. Around Kefalos, you can explore the capes of Krikelos and Drepano and discover many isolated beaches behind the rocks or under the pines.

Antimaheia – Kardamaina (6 km): This is where the biggest and longest beach of the island starts (about 10 kilometers long). Just across, you will see the island of Nisyros, which is only 12 nautical miles away from Kardamaina (small boats are departing regularly).

Antimaheia – Mastihari (6 km): North of Antimaheia you will find Mastihari. From its port, small boats depart to take you to the beautiful island of Kalymnos, while south of the pier there is a long, golden beach with dunes and cedars!

ROAD TIPS

In the main highway of Kos-Antimaheia, which is about 25 kilometers long, you will experience heavy traffic, with tourist coaches, taxis, scooters and cars, during the summer months. You will experience an equally heavy traffic on the way to Asclepieio, even though not as heavy throughout the day. 


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