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Kos Island

Kos is the island that gave the world Hippocrates, the father of medicine. The third largest of the Dodecanese, it is long and narrow in shape, mostly flat with two low mountains, Dikaio and Simpatro, that run along its southern coast. Kos lies south of Kalimnos and was first inhabited in the Neolithic era. In 700 BC, it joined together with Lindos, Kameiros, Ialyssos, Knidos and Halikarnassos to found the Dorian Hexapolis. In the 4th century BC, its Asklepieion became famous as the leading "hospital" of antiquity.

The capital, Kos, is situated in a verdant district on the north-east of the island, at the back of an open bay. Around the port you can still see the ruins of the ancient city and the castle, built between 1450 and 1478 after the Knights of St. John took over the island. Excavations in the ancient city brought to light building foundations of the Classical era (e.g. the Agora) and of Hellenistic and Roman times (the Gymnasium, Odeon, Roman baths, a Roman mansion with beautiful mosaics). Also were found sections of wall from the Classical period, the foundations of a temple of Aphrodite and another temple, probably dedicated to Heracles. The rest of the town is modern and well laid out, with contemporary buildings, hotels and avenues lined with palm trees. In a lush area 4 kilometers west of town, you'll find the Asklepieion (Asklipiio) or Sanctuary of Asklepios. Its buildings, owing to the slope of the site, stand on four different terraces united by a marble staircase. The view from the highest one is stunning. The most important structure is the temple of Asklepios, a Doric temple erected in the 2nd century B.C. Other buildings include the Stoa (Colonnade), which housed Hippocrates' medical school and the Bomos or Great Altar (3rd century B.C.), which was decorated with sculptures attributed to the son of Praxiteles.

During your visit to Kos, it would be well worth your while to visit the pretty villages which are scattered round the island. Among them are:
Asfendiou - 14 kilometers southwest of town, built on the slopes of Mt. Dikaio overlooking the sea.
Pili - further south, with its ruined Byzantine castle and the Ypapanti church within it.
Andimahia - perched on a plateau in the middle of the island.
Thermes, with its hot springs and spa and Kardamena, a seaside resort, both on the east coast.
Tingaki (near the airport), Marmari, and Mastihari, Kos's second
Kefalos on the southwest coast with its splendid beach. The ruins of the ancient town of Astypalaia can be seen at the district known as Palatia nearby



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 Ilios and Irene
Ilios and Irene air-conditioned apartments are set in a garden of bougainvilleas and roses, 1312 feet from Mastichari Beach. more...
 Neptune Hotel-Resort, Convention Centre & Spa
Set amid a landscape garden decorated with artworks, Neptune Hotel features 5 swimming pools and 8 bars, within 3.1 mi from Mastichari Village in Kos. more...
 Argiri Resort Hotel & Apartments
Argiri Resort Hotel & Apartments is located on the coastal road in Kardamena, 656 feet from shops, bars and restaurants and 164 feet from the main beach. more...
 White Rock of Kos
Boasting a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and tennis court, White Rock of Kos is located in Kefalos, 2.2 mi from Mylotopi. more...
 Kipriotis Village Resort
Located in Psalidi, just 1.9 mi from Kos Town, Kipriotis Village Resort features a garden, swimming pools for adults and children and all-inclusive accommodations. more...
 Kordistos Hotel
Located just 98 feet from the sandy beach of Kefalos, Kordistos Hotel features a swimming pool and a restaurant. more...
 Blue Lagoon City Hotel
Centrally located in Kos Town, only 656 feet from the port, Blue Lagoon City Hotel features a swimming pool, a poolside bar-restaurant, and a spa area with gym and indoor pool. more...
 Labranda Marine Aquapark
Set on the beachfront in Tigaki, overlooking the Aegean Sea Labranda Marine Aquapark offers stylish accommodations in Kos. more...
 Yiorgos Hotel
Only 164 feet from the beach and the marina, the family-run hotel Yiorgos is located in a quiet area in Kos Town. The port and the center are a 10-minute walk. more...
 Lango Design Hotel & Spa, Adults Only
The beachfront Lango Design Hotel & Spa, Adults Only offers accommodations in Kos Town. The hotel has a seasonal outdoor pool and a private beach area, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. more...
 Nissia Kamares
Nissia Kamares are just a 3 minutes' walk from the golden beaches and the resort center of Kardamena. Free WiFi is available throughout the entire complex, while a 24-hour front desk is available. more...
 Andreas Studios
Andreas Studios is a family-run hotel located in the village of Mastichari, and is a 5-minute walk from the beach. It offers air conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi, and fully-equipped kitchenettes. more...
 Kosta Palace
Kosta Palace is in the center of Kos Town. The rooftop terrace, swimming pool and bright rooms offer stunning views of the Aegean Sea and the medieval castle. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. more...
 Triton Hotel
Located right across the main beach in the center of Kos town, Triton Hotel offers air-conditioned rooms and suites with balcony. It provides free Wi-Fi access and serves American breakfast. more...
 Olympia Hotel
Olympia Hotel is centrally located in Kos Town, 328 feet from the main square filled with shops. It features air-conditioned rooms, a bar and free Wi-Fi in all areas. more...
 Astir Odysseus Kos Resort and Spa
Located directly on the waterfront, the 5-star Astir Odysseus Kos Resort and Spa offers fine dining, 5 swimming pools, a spa with indoor pool and various sport facilities. more...
 Grand Blue Beach Hotel
Featuring two outdoor pools, Grand Blue Beach Hotel offers accommodations in Kardámaina, 17 mi from Kos. Free WiFI is available throughout the property. more...
 Astron Suites & Apartments
Set in Kos Town, Astron Suites & Apartments is 1312 feet from Kos Port and 328 feet from the sandy beach. It offers a rooftop outdoor pool with panoramic views. more...
 Diamond Boutique Hotel
Located 2297 feet from the beach, Diamond Boutique Hotel offers accommodations and a swimming pool, a few minutes’ walk from Kos center. Free WiFi and free on-site parking. more...
 Grecotel Kos Imperial Thalasso
Boasting a private beach, 3 landscaped pools with waterfalls and rivers and a children's pool, Kos Imperial features 5-star accommodations set within exotic gardens, in Psalidi area. more...
 Maritina Hotel
Located in the center of Kos Town, Maritina Hotel offers comfortable accommodations close to the island's attractions such as Kos Castle. more...
 Cosmopolitan Hotel
Just 170 yards from Lambi Beach in Kos Town, this family-run 3-star hotel features a tennis court, swimming pool, children’s pool. more...
 Hotel Koala
This family-run hotel is located in a peaceful area, 2625 feet from the center of Kos Town and 492 feet from Kos Marina and the beach. Hire a car from the hotel to see other parts of the island. more...
 Panorama Studios
Occupying a prime beachfront location, the Panorama Studios is a small family-run complex overlooking the lovely sandy beach of Mastihari. more...
 Catherine Hotel
Located within a 3-minute walk from the promenade of Kos, and 131 feet from the harbor, Catherine Hotel features rooms with free Wi-Fi. Restaurants, shops and bars are within 328 feet. more...




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