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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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 Angela
Offering a pool and a snack bar, Angela is located near the center of Kos Town. It features self-catering accommodations with a furnished balcony. Free WiFi is available in public areas. more...
 D' Andrea Lagoon All Suites - Adults Only
Set in Marmari, 9.3 mi from Tree of Hippocrates, D' Andrea Lagoon All Suites - Adults Only offers accommodations with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. more...
 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...
 Aegean Houses
Within 0.6 mi from Kos port, Aegean Houses offers accommodations with kitchen and balcony. It has a lovely swimming pool, a hot tub and a sauna. Free on-site parking is available. 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...
 Kos Aktis Art Hotel
Located on the beachfront, in the center of Kos Town, Kos Aktis is a luxurious, minimalist design hotel. more...
 Kordistos Hotel
Located just 98 feet from the sandy beach of Kefalos, Kordistos Hotel features a swimming pool and a restaurant. more...
 Cooks Club Tigaki
Located along the north coast of Kos, Meni Beach Hotel offers rooms with view to the well tended gardens or Tigaki Beach. more...
 Saint Constantine Hotel
Saint Constantine is located in the center of Kos within 328 feet from the beach. It offers rooms with private balconies overlooking the pool, and has a bar and a restaurant. more...
 LAMBI RESORT
Located in Kos Town, 1.5 mi from Kos Town Beach, LAMBI RESORT features accommodations with a restaurant, free private parking, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a bar. more...
 Triton Boutique Hotel
Located right across the main beach in the center of Kos town, Triton Boutique Hotel offers air-conditioned rooms and suites with balcony. It provides free Wi-Fi access and serves American breakfast. more...
 Captain's Hotel
Located in Kos Town, Captain's Hotel is 656 feet from the nearest beach and Kos Harbor. It features a bar and accommodations with air conditioning. Breakfast buffet is served daily next to the pool. 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...
 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...
 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...
 NISSEA Boutique Hotel
Complete with a bar, a garden and a terrace, NISSEA Boutique Hotel is located in Kardamaina, 1.6 mi from Antimachia Castle and 2.1 mi from Aquatica Water Park. more...
 Cirillo Family Hotel-Christinas Studios
Set in Mastichari, 1.3 mi from Tam Tam Beach, Cirillo Family Hotel-Christinas Studios offers accommodations with a bar, free private parking, a shared lounge and a garden. 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...
 Hermes Hotel
Just 2133 feet from the beach, Hermes is a family-run hotel located on the hillside of Kefalos overlooking the Aegean Sea. more...
 Alexandra Hotel&Apartments
Occupying Kos’ tallest building, the Alexandra Hotel offers convenient accommodations with stunning views, just 656 feet from the harbor. A fitness center with sauna room is offered. 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...
 HARMONY CREST RESORT & SPA Adults Only
Located in Kos Town, 1.1 mi from Kos Town Beach, HARMONY CREST RESORT & SPA features accommodations with a restaurant, free private parking, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a bar. 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...
 Royal Bay
Offering a pool and a restaurant, the beachfront Royal Bay is located in Kefalos Village. 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...




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