Kos lies in the center of the Dodecanese complex and is one of the most popular Greek islands. Sandy beaches and rich history are the two major attractions of Kos, along with vivid nightlife. There are many interesting sites on the island, including the impressive Sanctuary of Asclepius (Asklepieion), the Ancient Agora, the Venetian Castle in Kos Town and the Fortress in Antimachia. A picturesque village to visit in Kos is Zia, while nice beaches are Thermes, Paradise, Mastichari and Agios Stefanos. Popular activities in Kos are windsurfing and diving. Visitors also have the chance to take a boat trip from Kos Town to the tourist resort of Bodrum in Turkey.
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Asklepieion is the most significant archaeological site on the island. In antiquity, it worked as a healing center and it got its name from Asklepios, son of Apollo and protector of health and medicine.
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 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.
Nerantzia Castle, or else the Castle of the Knights, is located at the entrance of the port, Kos Town. It was built in the 14th century by the Knights of Saint John, on the site of a former Byzantine fortress.
Located in Mastihari, the Hippocrates Garden Cultural Centre is dedicated to the father of medicine. It is an exact replica of a 5th century BC ancient Greek settlement and organizes many seminars of ancient Greek philosophy.
The Venetian Castle of Antimachia is located on a hill above the village, offering a gorgeous view of the sea. It was constructed in the 14th century and its walls survive in a good state today. Inside the castle, there are two churches.
The Roman Odeon was constructed in the 2nd century BC and it has been very well preserved. It used to host crowds of people that gathered to watch fights between prisoners as it happened in the Colosseum of Ancient Rome.
About 4 km from Pyli, there is the abandoned village of Paleo Pyli (Old Pyli) with a ruined castle on top. This castle was built in the Byzantine times and was later restored by the Venetians to ensure the defense of the area.