KOS TRAVEL GUIDE
Find out everything about your holidays in Kos on our travel guide! Kos is the third biggest Greek islands of the Dodecanese island group and a place that has it all! Sandy beaches, amazing places for sightseeing, palm trees, peacocks(!), vivid nightlife, luxurious Kos hotels, water sports centers… We could go on and on!
Thanks to its big size, you can find both crowded and more isolated spots in Kos Greece, depending on your mood.
Geographically located between Kalymnos and Nisyros, Kos has a rich history, influenced by many cultures. Therefore, sightseeing in Kos is more than enjoyable! Asklepion, the holistic medical center of Hippocrates, Neratzia medieval Castle and Antimachia Castle are some of the best historical monuments to visit!
Check our Kos travel guide to discover everything about this interesting island.
MORE ABOUT KOS GREECE
Kos is the second most popular island of Dodecanese, after Rhodes. Known for its historical sites, beautiful beaches, and lush vegetation, Cos is visited by almost 1 million tourists every year!
Kos has a 5,000 years long history and has been influenced by many cultures, such as the Romans, the Venetians, the medieval Knights, and the Ottomans. Thanks to the remains of all these cultures, sightseeing is one of the best things to do in Kos. The most important of them is Asklepieion, one of the top holistic healing centers of the ancient world, which followed the medical guidelines of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. Other sights worth visiting in Kos are its churches, Neratzia medieval castle, the ancient Greek Agora, and Antimachia Castle.
One of the best things to do in Kos is cycling. It’s not a surprise that the island is also known as the “Cycling island”, as bicycling is a very popular means of transportation. There’s also a 13 km long cycling road, ideal for bike strolls, starting from Faros beach and ending at Psalidi beach! Apart from the cycling road, though, there are many mountain cycling trails, ideal for cycling in nature!
What can we say about Kos beaches? They are endless! Sandy, shingle, crowded, secluded, organized, unorganized… There’s a beach for every taste and they are all easily accessible. Don’t miss to visit some of the best Kos beaches, such as Kardamena beach, Tigaki beach, Mastichari beach, Marmari beach, and Kefalos beach.
Get ready for an unforgettable trip to Kos!
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HOW TO GET TO KOS?
Kos island has an international airport and receives daily flights from Athens and many European cities. Kos can also be reached by ferry from the port of Piraeus in Athens and also from other islands of the Aegean sea.
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HIGHLIGHTS: BEST THINGS TO DO
Discover the best things to do in Kos! From Kos sightseeing, to activities and from Kos tours, to restaurants, we give you the best recommendations for the ultimate Kos holidays experience!
In close distance to the Town, there is the ancient sanctuary of Asklepios. This was actually a healing centre and in fact the father of medicine, Hippocrates, would teach there.
In short drive from the Town is the famous beach of Themes, with black pebbles and thermal waters. The waters in this beach has healing facilities.
In the location of Agios Fokas, there is a sea-pool with hot springs, known as the thermes. The place is well known as one of the most outstanding places on Kos.
The Hellenistic Gymnasium is part of a complex of the Hellenistic and Roman periods that also includes the Acropoli, the Hippodrome, the Nymphaeum a very elaborated structure dating from the 3rd century BC, as well as the ruins of the temples of Aphrodite and Hercules
The main town is a beautiful place with distinctive architecture. The old part of the town has Medieval style, with Venetian houses and Ottoman mosques.
Kastri is a tiny island right opposite the beach of Agios Stefanos. Remains of fortification and a small church are located on this islet, which is reached by boat. Some people even swim there.
A complex of Paleo-Christian basilicas is located near the beach of Kamari, southern Kos. The basilicas date from the 5th and the 6th century AD.
This house is a beautiful Roman mansion and its architectural style resembles of the houses in Pompeii. Some remarkable frescoes and nice atriums can be seen inside.
The Archaeological Museum of Kos stands in the heart of Kos Town. It includes findings from the Ancient Agora, the Asklepieion and other sites on the island.
Nerantzia Castle is actually the Medieval Castle at the port of the capital town. This is an interesting monument to explore and gives nice view to the Aegean Sea.
The rich history of Kos, and all Dodecanese islands in general has vividly left its mark on the architecture of the islands. That is the case with the mosques of Kos Town, strong reminders of the Ottoman rule on the island, that lasted for about four centuries.
Windsurfing is a popular sport on the island of Kos. The best places for windsurfing and kite surfing are the beaches of Mastihari, Tigaki, Psalidi and Kefalos.