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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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 Li Mango Li Mango     
Tigaki
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...
 Apartments  Andreas Studios Apartments Andreas Studios     
Mastichari
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...
 Kordistos Hotel Kordistos Hotel     
Kéfalos
Located just 30 metres from the sandy beach of Kefalos, Kordistos Hotel features a swimming pool and a restaurant. more...
 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...
 Michelangelo Resort & Spa Michelangelo Resort & Spa     
Ágios Fokás
Rising above the pebble beach of Agios Fokas, this ultramodern 5-star hotel has 2 impressive infinity pools, panoramic decked terraces and spa facilities. Rooms have furnished sea-view porches. more...
 Dimitra Beach Resort Dimitra Beach Resort     
Ágios Fokás
Dimitra Beach is a 5-star all-inclusive resort in the popular Agios Fokas village of Kos that offers 6 swimming pools and 3 restaurants in a beachfront setting. more...
 Catherine Hotel Catherine Hotel     
Kos Town
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...
 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...
 Apartments  Orpheus Studios Apartments Orpheus Studios     
Kos Town
Located just opposite from the main coast of Kos Town, Orpheus Studios offers self-catering accommodation with free WiFi access and a balcony. more...
 Condo Hotel  Olympia Mare Condo Hotel Olympia Mare     
Kardámaina
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...
 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...
 Yiorgos Hotel Yiorgos Hotel     
Kos Town
Only 50 metres from the beach and the marina, the family run hotel Yiorgos is situated in a quiet area in Kos Town. The port and the centre are a 10-minute walk. 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...
 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...
 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...

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