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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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 Fantasia Hotel Apartments
Located within a 5 minutes' walk from Kos Port and just 492 feet from the beach, Fantasia Hotel Apartments offers a bar and rooms with kitchenette and a satellite TV. more...
 Irene Studios
Featuring a garden with colorful flowers, Irene Studios offers accommodations in Mastichari, Kos. Lido Water Park is 1.8 mi away. Irene Studios comes with a flat-screen TV. 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...
 Katerina & Efi Apartments
Located a few steps from Mastichari Beach, Katerina & Efi Apartments offers a garden, a terrace and air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony and free WiFi. 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...
 Labranda Marine Aquapark
Set on the beachfront in Tigaki, overlooking the Aegean Sea Labranda Marine Aquapark offers stylish accommodations in Kos. more...
 Peridis Family Resort
Within walking distance from the beach and the center of Kos, the 5-star Peridis Family Resort consists of 5 buildings, 2 large pools and a buffet restaurant. more...
 Chrysoula Hotel
Just 492 feet away from Kefalos Beach, Chrysoula Hotel offers self-catering apartments with views to the Aegean Sea or the surrounding garden. more...
 Villa Popi Studios
Just 492 feet from Kefalos Beach, Villa Popi Studios offers a swimming pool and a poolside snack bar. more...
 Pavlos Hotel
Pavlos Hotel is located just 330 yards from the sandy beach, 550 yards from the center and port of Kos. It offers a 2,150 sq ft swimming pool and a separate one for children. 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...
 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...
 Olympia Mare
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...
 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...
 White Rock of Kos
Boasting a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and tennis court, White Rock of Kos is located in Kefalos, 2.2 mi from Mylotopi. more...
 Kipriotis Village Resort
Located in Psalidi, just 1.9 mi from Kos Town, Kipriotis Village Resort features a garden, swimming pools for adults and children and all-inclusive accommodations. more...
 Amfi Apartments
Located 656 feet from Kardamaina Beach on Kos, Amfi Apartments offers self-catering accommodations with free WiFi and balcony overlooking the garden. Cafes, restaurants and shops are within 164 feet. 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...
 More Meni Residence
Offering an outdoor pool, More Meni Residence is centrally located in Tigaki just 492 feet from the beach. It features accommodations with minimal design and free WiFi. more...
 Gelli Apartments
The family-run Gelli Apartments enjoy an elevated position with panoramic views over the Aegean Sea, Kos Town, local mountains and Turkey. A 15-minute walk will take you to Kos Town center. more...
 Grecotel Kos Imperial Thalasso
Boasting a private beach, 3 landscaped pools with waterfalls and rivers and a children's pool, Kos Imperial features 5-star accommodations set within exotic gardens, in Psalidi area. more...
 Anthia Apartments
Set amid a landscaped garden, Anthia Apartments offers rooms with kitchenette and air conditioning, 820 feet from the sandy beach of Marmari. more...
 Michalis Studios & Apartments
Michalis offers self-catering units within 984 feet from Psalidi beach. It features a lovely pool with sun terrace and a snack bar. Free WiFi is available throughout. more...
 Cooks Club Tigaki More Meni
Located along the north coast of Kos, Meni Beach Hotel offers rooms with view to the well tended gardens or Tigaki Beach. more...
 Yiannis Yard studios & apartments
The Yiannis Yard studios & apartments are located in Psaldi, only a 15-minute walk from the picturesque harbor in Kos Town and a 10-minute walk from Kos Marina. more...




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