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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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 Nissia Kamares
Nissia Kamares, Kardamaina
Nissia Kamares are just a short walk from the golden beaches and the resort town of Kardamena. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the entire complex. more...
 Amfi Apartments
Amfi Apartments, Kardamaina
Located 200 metres from Kardamaina Beach on Kos, Amfi Apartments offers self-catering accommodation with free WiFi and balcony overlooking the garden. Cafes, restaurants and shops are within 50 more...
 Chrysoula Hotel
Chrysoula Hotel, Kefalos
Just 150 metres away from Kefalos Beach, Chrysoula Hotel offers self-catering apartments with views to the Aegean Sea or the surrounding garden. more...
 Panorama Studios
Panorama Studios, Kefalos
The family-run Panorama Studios enjoys panoramic views of the Aegean Sea, hence located on the cape of Kefalos Village in Kos. more...
 White Rock of Kos
White Rock of Kos, Kefalos
Showcasing a seasonal outdoor pool and fitness center, White Rock of Kos is located in Kefalos in the region of Kos. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site . more...
 Argiri Hotel & Apartments
Argiri Hotel & Apartments, Kardamaina
Argiri Hotel & Apartments is located on the coastal road in Kardamena, 200 metres from shops, bars and restaurants and 50 metres from the main beach. more...
 Ilios and Irene
Ilios and Irene, Mastichari
Ilios and Irene air-conditioned apartments are set in a garden of bougainvilleas and roses, 400 metres from Mastichari Beach. more...
 Paraschos Studios Kos
Paraschos Studios Kos, Kardamaina
Paraschos Studios offers self-catered accommodation in a quiet area of Kardamena, 5 minutes’ walk from the beach. It features an outdoor pool with sun loungers and free WiFi in all areas. more...
 Olympia Mare
Olympia Mare, Kardamaina
Olympia Mare offers home comforts in a relaxing setting, with daily serviced, self-catering apartments right on the seafront, just outside of the popular Kos resort of Kardamena. more...
 Savvas Studios
Savvas Studios, Kefalos
Featuring a beachfront location in Agios Stefanos, Savvas offers studios with free Wi-Fi and balcony or patio overlooking the Aegean Sea or the mountains. more...
 Akti Dimis Hotel
Akti Dimis Hotel, Tigaki
Akti Dimis is situated directly across the road from Tigaki’s sandy beach and 500 metres from the resort centre. It offers self catering studios, a snack bar/restaurant and an all-day pool. more...
 Villa Giorgos
Villa Giorgos, Kefalos
Villa Georgios is situated along Kamari bay, just off the main harbour road, featuring taverns and bars. Parking and Wi-Fi are free. Kamari Beach is just 100 metres away. more...
 Jonathan Studio Apartments
Jonathan Studio Apartments, Tigaki
Jonathan Studio Apartments are ideally situated 115 ft from the beach, in the seaside village of Tigaki. The complex offers self-catering rooms, a swimming pool and free Wi-Fi throughout the property . more...
 Sunset Hotel
Sunset Hotel, Tigaki
Sunset Hotel offers a large swimming pool, 2 bars and a tennis court set within a palm-tree garden. more...
 Captain Yiannis Studios & Apartments
Captain Yiannis Studios & Apartments, Kos Town
Centrally located in Kos Town in the Dodecanese region, Captain Yiannis Studios & Apartments features a sun terrace and free WiFi. Ancient Agora and Amphitheatre are 700 metres away. more...




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