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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
Nissia Kamares, Kardamaina
Nissia Kamares are just a 3 minutes' walk from the golden beaches and the resort center of Kardamena. Free WiFi is available throughout the entire complex, while a 24-hour front desk is available. more...
 Jonathan Studio Apartments
Jonathan Studio Apartments, Tigaki
Jonathan Studio Apartments are ideally located on the beach, in the seaside village of Tigaki. The complex offers self-catering rooms, a swimming pool and free Wi-Fi throughout. more...
 Lango Design Hotel & Spa, Adults Only
Lango Design Hotel & Spa, Adults Only, Kos Town
The beachfront Lango Design Hotel & Spa, Adults Only offers accommodations in Kos Town. The hotel has a seasonal outdoor pool and a private beach area, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. more...
 Blue Lagoon City Hotel
Blue Lagoon City Hotel, Kos Town
Centrally located in Kos Town, only 656 feet from the port, Blue Lagoon City Hotel features a swimming pool, a poolside bar-restaurant, and a spa area with gym and indoor pool. more...
 More Meni Residence
More Meni Residence, Tigaki
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...
 Pavlos 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...
 White Rock of Kos
White Rock of Kos, Kefalos
Featuring a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and tennis court, White Rock of Kos is located in Kefalos, 1.4 miles from Mylotopi. more...
 Kordistos Hotel
Kordistos Hotel, Kefalos
Located just 98 feet from the sandy beach of Kefalos, Kordistos Hotel features a swimming pool and a restaurant. more...
 Alexandra Hotel&Apartments
Alexandra Hotel&Apartments, Kos Town
Occupying Kos’ tallest building, the Alexandra Hotel offers convenient accommodations with stunning views, just 656 feet from the harbor. A fitness center with sauna room is offered. more...
 Panorama Studios
Panorama Studios, Kefalos
The family-run Panorama Studios enjoys panoramic views of the Aegean Sea, hence located on the cape of Kefalos Village in Kos. more...
 Diamond Deluxe Hotel - Adults Only
Diamond Deluxe Hotel - Adults Only, Kos Town
Boasting a beachfront location in Lambi, the adults-only Diamond Deluxe is a 5-star hotel offering rooms with PC and free wired Internet. It includes a spa center and a 2,000-m² pool complex. more...
 Lakitira Suites
Lakitira Suites, Kardamaina
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...
 Chrysoula Hotel
Chrysoula Hotel, Kefalos
Just 492 feet away from Kefalos Beach, Chrysoula Hotel offers self-catering apartments with views to the Aegean Sea or the surrounding garden. more...
 Olympia Mare
Olympia Mare, Kardamaina
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...
 Captain's Hotel
Captain's Hotel, Kos Town
Located in Kos Town, Captain's Hotel is 656 feet from the nearest beach and Kos Harbor. It features a bar and accommodations with air conditioning. Breakfast buffet is served daily next to the pool. more...




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