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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, Mastihari
Ilios and Irene air-conditioned apartments are set in a garden of bougainvilleas and roses, 1312 feet from Mastichari Beach. more...
 Andreas Studios
Andreas Studios, Mastihari
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...
 More Meni Residence
More Meni Residence, Tigaki
Offering an outdoor pool, More Meni Residence is centrally located in Tigaki just 492 feet from the beach. It features accommodations with minimal design and free WiFi. more...
 Tramonto Villa
Tramonto Villa, Lagoúdi Zía
Located in Lagoúdi Zía, within 3.5 miles of Paleo Pili, Tramonto Villa offers accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning and a garden. With garden views, this property provides a balcony. more...
 Lango Design Hotel & Spa, Adults Only
Lango Design Hotel & Spa, Adults Only, Kos
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...
 Olympia Hotel
Olympia Hotel, Kos
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...
 Argiri Resort Hotel & Apartments
Argiri Resort Hotel & Apartments, Kardamaina
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...
 Orpheus Studios
Orpheus Studios, Kos
Located just opposite from the main coast of Kos Town, Orpheus Studios offers self-catering accommodations with free WiFi access and a balcony. more...
 Blue Lagoon City Hotel
Blue Lagoon City Hotel, Kos
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...
 Karis Hotel
Karis Hotel, Kos
The family-run Karis Hotel is located in Kos Town, within 1312 feet from the pebbled beach and just a short walk from restaurants and shops. more...
 Triton Hotel
Triton Hotel, Kos
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...
 Mitsis Norida Beach Hotel
Mitsis Norida Beach Hotel, Kardamaina
Mitsis Norida Beach Hotel, right on a sandy beach, features an open air theater, 3 restaurants and 7 bars. The hotel is found only 3 miles from Kardamena and 19 miles from the town of Kos. more...
 Nissia Kamares
Nissia Kamares, Kardamaina
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...
 Jonathan Studio Apartments
Jonathan Studio Apartments, Tigaki
Jonathan Studio Apartments are ideally located on the beach, in the seaside village of Tigaki. The complex offers self-catering rooms, a swimming pool and free Wi-Fi throughout. more...
 White Rock of Kos
White Rock of Kos, Kefalos
Boasting a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and tennis court, White Rock of Kos is located in Kefalos, 2.2 mi from Mylotopi. more...




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