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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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Featuring free WiFi, a restaurant and an outdoor pool, Grecotel Kos Imperial Thalasso offers accommodations in Kos Town, just 12 miles from Bodrum City. more...
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Located in Mastichárion in the region of Kos, 22 miles from Bodrum City, Neptune Hotel-Resort, Convention Centre & Spa features an outdoor pool and fitness center. more...
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Featuring a garden, Andromeda Hotel Apartments offers accommodations in Kos Town. Bodrum City is 12 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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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...
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Poseidon Hotel is 800 metres from Kos Town, and 200 metres from the closest beach and the promenade. more...
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Neptune Holiday Home is a detached vacation home is located in Mastichárion and and is 24 miles from Bodrum City. more...
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Featuring free WiFi, a seasonal outdoor pool and a playground, Sunset Hotel offers accommodations in Tigaki, just 17 miles from Bodrum City. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. more...
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Kosta Palace is in the center of Kos Town. The rooftop terrace, swimming pool and bright rooms offer stunning views of the Aegean Sea and the medieval castle. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. more...
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Featuring free WiFi and a year-round outdoor pool, Santa Marina Hotel Apartments is located in Kos Town. Bodrum City is 12 miles away. All units are air conditioned and feature a TV. more...
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This small, family-run resort is situated in scenic surroundings in Psalidi, a 5-minute walk from the beach and a wind-surfing centre. It combines self-catering accommodation and a swimming pool. more...
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Located in Tigaki in the region of Kos, 17 miles from Bodrum City, More Meni Hotel features an outdoor pool and playground. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site . more...
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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...
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Located 200 ft above the beach, this Robinson Club on the island of Kos offers full-board accommodations with free Wi-Fi, a buffet restaurant and a large pool. Kos Airport is 3 miles away. more...
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Showcasing an outdoor pool and playground, Astir Odysseus Kos Resort and Spa is located in Tigaki, just 15 miles from Bodrum City. more...
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Located in (( Kermetés )), this detached vacation home features a terrace and a garden with a barbecue. The vacation home has air conditioning and free WiFi. Free private parking is available on site . more...

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