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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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 OKU Kos
Located right on the sandy beach, 2.5 mi from Marmari Village in Kos, the adults-only OKU Kos is a village-style hotel features an outdoor pool and a modern restaurant amid its well-tended gardens. more...
 Michelangelo Resort & Spa
Rising above the shingle beach of Agios Fokas, this ultramodern 5-star hotel offers 3 outdoor pools, 1 of which is infinity, with panoramic decked terraces, a kids' pool and an indoor pool. 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...
 Oceanis Beach & Spa Resort
The Oceanis Beach & Spa Resort is a 4-star, adults-only hotel right on the beach in Psalidi. This spa hotel has a private beach, and offers 3 outdoor swimming pools and 2 tennis courts. more...
 Philippion Hotel & Apts
Featuring a fully equipped gym and 2 pools, including 2 for children and jacuzzi, Philippion Hotel & Apts enjoys an enviable location overlooking the sea, the mountain and the center of Kos Town. 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...
 Kos Hotel Junior Suites
Kos Hotel Junior Suites is located in the heart of the city, just 33 feet from the beach and a 20 minute drive from the airport. It features modern suites, a gym and spa and a swimming pool. more...
 Sunshine Hotel Tigaki
Sunshine Hotel Tigaki is located 984 feet from the beach in Tigaki village. more...
 Orpheus Studios
Located just opposite from the main coast of Kos Town, Orpheus Studios offers self-catering accommodations with free WiFi access and a balcony. 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...
 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...
 Mastichari Bay Hotel
The 4-star resort Mastichari Bay Hotel, nestled on the edge of the village of Mastichari, enjoys a waterfront location in Kos. more...
 Mitsis Blue Domes Resort & Spa
5-star beachfront Mitsis Blue Domes Resort & Spa features a 650-yard-long pool complex of 8 large pools and 6 sharing pools. The all-inclusive hotel offers guests 10 dining options and 6 bars. more...
 Aqua Blu Boutique Hotel & Spa, Adults Only- Small Luxury Hotels of the World
Just 0.9 mi away from Kos main town, Aqua Blu Boutique Adults Only Hotel includes an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool, and a wellness center. more...
 Dimitra Beach Hotel & Suites
Dimitra Beach Hotel & suites is a 5-star all-inclusive resort in the popular Agios Fokas village of Kos that offers 6 swimming pools and 3 restaurants in a beachfront setting. more...
 Ikos Aria
Located in Kefalos, a 6-minute walk from Paralia Kefalos Beach, Ikos Aria has accommodations with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center. more...
 HARMONY CREST RESORT & SPA
Featuring a restaurant, HARMONY CREST RESORT & SPA is set in Kos and also provides a bar and a terrace. more...
 Horizon Beach Resort
Horizon Beach Resort occupies a privileged beachfront location, with views over the Aegean Sea. more...
 Kos Aktis Art Hotel
Located on the beachfront, in the center of Kos Town, Kos Aktis is a luxurious, minimalist design hotel. more...
 The Three Graces
The Three Graces has a hot tub and free private parking, and is within 1.6 miles of Helona Beach and 4.1 miles of Antimachia Mill. The accommodations have a spa bath and a hot tub. more...
 Summer Village of Hippokrates
Located 1969 feet away from Marmari Beach, Summer Village of Hippokrates offers accommodations with a balcony overlooking the landscaped palm-tree garden. more...
 Sea Breeze Hotel
Located in Mastichari, 1.3 mi from Tam Tam Beach, Sea Breeze Hotel provides accommodations with a shared lounge, free private parking, a garden and a terrace. more...
 Mitsis Norida Beach Hotel
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...
 Pelagos Suites Hotel
Pelagos Suites Hotel is a beachfront hotel, spread in 128 ft² in a quiet location on Lambi Beach, 1.6 mi from the center of Kos Town. more...
 Sails on Kos Ecolux Tented Village
With garden views, Sails on Kos Ecolux Tented Village is located in Marmari and has a restaurant, a shared lounge, bar, garden, seasonal outdoor pool and playground. more...




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