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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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 Condo Hotel  Nissia Kamares Condo Hotel Nissia Kamares     
Kardámaina
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...
 Alexandra Hotel Alexandra Hotel     
Kos Town
Occupying Kos? tallest building, the Alexandra Hotel offers convenient units with stunning views, just 220 yards from the harbor. A fitness center with sauna room is offered. more...
 Aqua Blu Boutique Hotel & SPA - Adults Only Aqua Blu Boutique Hotel & SPA - Adults Only     
Kos Town
Just 1.5 km away from Kos main town, Aqua Blu Boutique Adults Only Hotel includes an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool, and a wellness centre. more...
 Neptune Hotel-Resort, Convention Centre & Spa Neptune Hotel-Resort, Convention Centre & Spa     
Mastichari
Set amidst a landscape garden decorated with artworks, Neptune Hotel features 5 swimming pools and 8 bars, within 5 km from Mastichari Village in Kos. more...
 Lakitira Suites Lakitira Suites     
Kardámaina
Surrounded by a beautiful landscaped garden, Lakitira Suites features a big swimming pool, a tennis court and 5-star rooms with a balcony and bathrobes. Helona Beach is within walking distance. more...
 Kos Aktis Art Hotel Kos Aktis Art Hotel     
Kos Town
Located on the beachfront, in the centre of Kos Town, Kos Aktis is a luxurious, minimalist design hotel. more...
 Condo Hotel  Ilios and Irene Condo Hotel Ilios and Irene     
Mastichari
Ilios and Irene air-conditioned apartments are set in a garden of bougainvilleas and roses, 400 metres from Mastichari Beach. more...
 Gaia Royal Gaia Royal     
Mastichari
Excellently located, just a short walk from the beach and Lido Waterpark, this large resort offers plenty of organized entertainment, large outdoor swimming pools and an all-inclusive package deal. more...
 Astir Odysseus Kos Resort and Spa Astir Odysseus Kos Resort and Spa     
Tigaki
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...
 Condo Hotel  Pavlos Hotel Condo Hotel Pavlos Hotel     
Kos Town
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...
 Kalimera Mare Kalimera Mare     
Kardámaina
Kalimera Mare is just 100 yards from the shore, 2 miles from Kardamena. It has a swimming pool and offers air-conditioned rooms with private balcony overlooking the sea and the hotel grounds. more...
 Kosta Palace Kosta Palace     
Kos Town
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...
 Kipriotis Village Resort Kipriotis Village Resort     
Kos Town
With swimming pools for adults and children, along with an enthusiastic entertainment team, Kipriotis Village provides fun and relaxing all-inclusive accommodations in Psalidi, just 2 miles from Kos more...
 Condo Hotel  Elga Hotel Apartments Condo Hotel Elga Hotel Apartments     
Kardámaina
The family-run Elga Hotel Apartments is 250 metres from the beach of Kardamaina and within easy walking distance from the village centre with restaurants and shops. It offers a swimming pool and a more...
 Condo Hotel  Argiri Hotel & Apartments Condo Hotel Argiri Hotel & Apartments     
Kardámaina
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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