The Dodecanese Islands are located in the southeast part of the Aegean Sea and consist of twelve major islands and a number of smaller islands. Amongst the largest and most popular islands of the Dodecanese complex is the island of Kos.
Kos Island is the 3rd largest island in the Dodecanese (Rhodes holds the 1st place and Karpathos the 2nd one) and the 2nd one in terms of population (Rhodes keeps the 1st place even in this category). Situated in the Southeastern Aegean Sea, is 200 nautical miles away from Piraeus, the major Greek port. Ferries depart on a daily basis from Piraeus port to Kos, offering a distinctive trip with a unique view to the deep-blue Aegean Sea waters. Kos can also be accessed by airplane; the flight lasts less than an hour.
Arriving in Kos by Air
Direct charter flights land on Kos from all major European cities.
Jumbo Jets land of Kos:
- Three daily flights from Athens by Olympic Airways
- Two daily flights from Athens by Aegean Airways
- One daily flight from Thessaloniki by Olympic
Kos airport also serves direct International Charter Flights from cities all over the world.
Arriving in Kos by Sea
Numerous daily connections with all the Dodecanesian islands. Approximate duration of travel: one to two hours.
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Get familiarized to Kos Island
Kos is renowned as the birthplace of Hippocrates, the Father of Western Medicine, but apart from the first doctor in history, Kos is also proud of being the homeland of significant poets and notable philosophers. Kos reflects the outcome of the ideal combination between impressive cultural tradition and outstanding natural beauty. Consequently, it seems to be a really blessed place. Kos covers 287.2km and has a coastline of 112km, so it is neither too big to make you feel tired nor too small to make you feel bored. Kos offers a great variety of accommodation, sports and leisure, entertainment, sightseeing, and excursions options. What makes Kos unique in comparison to the other islands of Dodecanese is the moderate climatic conditions. Kos climate ensures nice and hot summers, and mild winters. Humidity levels are low and the refreshing breeze revives the senses.
Sightseeing / Things to see and do in Kos
This is an index of Kos most popular sightseeing and monuments. There is no doubt that you will remember all the proposed activities for lifelong.
Asclipeion / The Sanctuary of Asclepius
Asclipeion is the most well-known archeological sight in Kos. It was the place where Hippocrates used to act, and also a place of worship of Asclepius. Asclipeion is situated within a 5-minute distance from the town of Kos. Monuments, temples, and sanctuaries of Classic and Roman Times are still preserved nowadays. (Platani, tel. +30 22420 28763. Admission: €4. Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 08:00-15:00).
International Hippocratic Foundation of Kos
IHFK, a non-profit organization dedicated to Hippocrates (the so-called Father of Western Medicine) built in 1960, is located 0,5km east from Asclipeion and 3,5km south-west from Kos city centre. IHFK “embraces” an impressive hillside (670 meters above sea level) offering a unique view. The location is idyllic especially from March to August, when various kind of flowers blossom setting an unrepeatable scenery. IHFK’s gardens host 100 from the totally 256 therapeutical plants that Hippocrates was cultivating in order to use them to his medical treatments. (Platani, tel. +30 22420 22131, www.ihfk.gr. Admission: free. Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 09:00-13:00).
This is a renowned cultural center dedicated to the Father of Western Medicine, Hippocrates. It is located on Mastichari village, 22km west from the town of Kos, and it depicts a typical ancient Greek village, in order to highlight the ancient Greek lifestyle. One has the opportunity to visit a typical ancient Greek residence and to be familiarized to ancient medical techniques. Perimetrical of Hippocrates Garden organic farming activities are developed, so as to, along with interesting seminars that take place indoors, motivate people to rearrange their priorities and put nature’s preservation in the epicenter of their interests. (Mastichari, tel. +30 22420 59294, www.hippocratesgarden.gr)
Hippocrates Square (Platanos Square)
The most popular spot in town is located on the edge of Akti Kountourioti, behind the Commandery. The trunk of the 2.400-year-old tree, actually the most ancient tree in Europe –it is said that the Father of Medicine used to teach under its shadow- is 10m long. Around the square, one can admire the Roman fountain and the mosque of Lotzia, built in 1786 (Italian used the mosque as a salt store), while can also go shopping at the nearby shops.
Castle of Neratzia
This is the most well-preserved knights’ fort in Kos, built in 1445 on an islet attached to the Island of Kos, where the small port is. The building material that was used for its construction, was taken from the ancient town, while along with the castle of Bodrum, was the checking point for the sea passage towards the Holly Land during the Crusades. (Admission, €3. Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 09:00-15:00).
Castle of the Knights (Antimacheia)
This castle, built in the 14th century, is not as renowned as the abovementioned. However its history is with no doubt remarkable. Situated in the area of
Antimacheia, it was used by the Knights of Saint John who wanted to enhance the defensive capacity of Kos. Nowadays, in the Castle one can find the church of Agia Paraskevi, the one of Agios Nikolaos, and the ruins of Panagia e Eleimonitra Orthodox Church.
Western Archeological Area & the Casa Romana
On the west side of the town, roads, a gymnasium, Nimfeo, thermal springs, residences and the renowned Casa Romana (the residence of a Roman commandant), with its very preserved mosaics, have come to light. Roman Conservatory, which still hosts music performances, is situated in a very short distance from there. (Town of Kos, tel. +30 22420 23234)
Archeological Museum of Kos
The Archeological Museum, housed in a preserved Italian building (built in 1933), includes exhibits from the Neolithic Times to the Roman ones. Among the exhibits, the classic statues and the elaborate mosaics stand out. (Eleftherias sq., tel. +30 22420 28326. Admission: €3. Monday – Sunday, 09:00-14:00).
The medieval castle in Palio Pili, 15 km from Kos town, towards Kefalos, is called “Mistras of the Dodecanese”. If you walk up the steep acclivity, you will find, apart from the church of Panagia Kastriani, built in 1080, a hidden café. This is built in a rock, and there you can enjoy traditional Greek coffee and spoon sweets