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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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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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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...
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Located just 30 metres from the sandy beach of Kefalos, Kordistos Hotel features a swimming pool and a restaurant. more...
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Located 4.2 miles from Asclepieion of Kos in Tigaki, Li Mango features a restaurant and bar. The guesthouse has a spa center and hammam, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. more...
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Situated within a 3-minute walk from the promenade of Kos, and 40 metres from the harbour, Catherine Hotel features rooms with free Wi-Fi. Restaurants, shops and bars are within 100 metres. more...
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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...
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Ilios and Irene air-conditioned apartments are set in a garden of bougainvilleas and roses, 400 metres from Mastichari Beach. more...
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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...
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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...
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Located on the beachfront, in the centre of Kos Town, Kos Aktis is a luxurious, minimalist design hotel. more...
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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...
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Located just opposite from the main coast of Kos Town, Orpheus Studios offers self-catering accommodation with free WiFi access and a balcony. more...
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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...
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Surrounded by a well-tended garden, 900 metres from Tigaki Beach of Kos, Sunny Days features self-catering accommodation with a private balcony. more...
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Paraschos Studios offers self-catered accommodation in a quiet area of Kardamena, 5 minutes? walk from the beach. It features an outdoor pool with sun loungers and free WiFi in all areas. more...

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