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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...
 Kos Aktis Art Hotel
Located on the beachfront, in the center of Kos Town, Kos Aktis is a luxurious, minimalist design hotel. 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...
 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...
 Kyma Rooms & Suites
Kyma Rooms & Suites is located on the beachfront in Kardamaina, a 9-minute walk from Kardamena Beach and 6 miles from Antimachia Castle. more...
 Sunshine Hotel Tigaki
Sunshine Hotel Tigaki is located 984 feet from the beach in Tigaki village. more...
 White Rock of Kos Hotel - Adults only
Boasting a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and tennis court, White Rock of Kos Hotel - Adults only is located in Kefalos, 2.2 mi from Mylotopi. 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...
 Ilios and Irene
Ilios and Irene air-conditioned apartments are set in a garden of bougainvilleas and roses, 1312 feet from Mastichari Beach. more...
 Ikos Aria
Set in Kefalos, 2625 feet from Paralia Kefalos Beach, Ikos Aria offers accommodations with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness 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...
 Mitsis Ramira Beach Hotel
Mitsis Ramira Beach Hotel is located along its private stretch of pebble beach on Psalidi, only 2.2 mi from Kos Town. Free sun beds and parasols are provided on the beach and next to its 2 pools. 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...
 Mitsis Blue Domes Resort & Spa
5-star beachfront Mitsis Blue Domes Resort & Spa features 10 outdoor pools. The all-inclusive hotel offers guests 11 dining options and 6 bars. more...
 Miros Hotel Apartments
Featuring a pool with sun terrace and a snack bar amid its palm-tree garden, Myros Apartments lies just 328 feet from the sandy beach of Tigaki in Kos. more...
 Mitsis Family Village Beach Hotel
The all-inclusive 4-star Mitsis Family Village Beach Hotel is just 656 feet from the pebbled beach of Kardamena. Umbrellas and loungers are offered both by the 2 outdoor pools and on the beach. more...
 Yiannis Apartments
Offering an outdoor pool, Yiannis Apartments is located in Mastichari. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property. All units feature a TV with satellite channels. more...
 Utopia Blu Hotel
Sunset Hotel offers a large swimming pool, 2 bars and a tennis court set within a palm-tree garden. 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...
 Panorama Studios
Occupying a prime beachfront location, the Panorama Studios is a small family-run complex overlooking the lovely sandy beach of Mastihari. more...
 Mitsis Summer Palace Beach Hotel
Set in Kardamaina area, the seafront Mitsis Summer Palace Beach Hotel features a private beach, an indoor pool and two infinity pools. more...
 Smy Princess of Kos
The Smy Princess of Kos is located on a beautiful beach of the north side of Kos near Mastihari Village. It features 4 swimming pools (including 2 for children) and a fitness room. more...
 Mitsis Norida Beach Hotel
Mitsis Norida Beach Hotel, located right on a sandy beach, features an open air theater, 6 restaurants and 7 bars. The hotel is found only 3.1 mi from Kardamena and 19 mi from the town of Kos. 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...
 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...




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