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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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 OKU Kos
Located right on the sandy beach, 2.5 mi from Marmari Village in Kos, the adults-only OKU Kos is a village-style hotel features an outdoor pool and a modern restaurant amid its well-tended gardens. more...
 Kos Aktis Art Hotel
Located on the beachfront, in the center of Kos Town, Kos Aktis is a luxurious, minimalist design hotel. more...
 Nissia Kamares
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...
 Ilios and Irene
Ilios and Irene air-conditioned apartments are set in a garden of bougainvilleas and roses, 1312 feet from Mastichari Beach. more...
 Smy Princess of Kos
The Smy Princess of Kos is located on a beautiful beach of the north side of Kos near Mastihari Village. It features 4 swimming pools (including 2 for children) and a fitness room. more...
 Michelangelo Resort & Spa
Rising above the shingle beach of Agios Fokas, this ultramodern 5-star hotel offers 3 outdoor pools, 1 of which is infinity, with panoramic decked terraces, a kids' pool and an indoor pool. more...
 Kos Hotel Junior Suites
Kos Hotel Junior Suites is located in the heart of the city, just 33 feet from the beach and a 20 minute drive from the airport. It features modern suites, a gym and spa and a swimming pool. more...
 Kordistos Hotel
Located just 98 feet from the sandy beach of Kefalos, Kordistos Hotel features a swimming pool and a restaurant. more...
 Lango Design Hotel & Spa, Adults Only
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...
 Ikos Aria
Set in Kefalos, 1.8 mi from Limnionas Beach, Ikos Aria offers accommodations with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center. more...
 Mitsis Blue Domes Resort & Spa
5-star beachfront Mitsis Blue Domes Resort & Spa features 10 outdoor pools. The all-inclusive hotel offers guests 11 dining options and 6 bars. more...
 Dimitra Beach Hotel & Suites
Dimitra Beach Hotel & suites 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...
 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...
 More Meni Residence & Suites
Offering an outdoor pool, More Meni Residence & Suites is centrally located in Tigaki just 492 feet from the beach. It features accommodations with minimal design and free WiFi. more...
 Utopia Blu Hotel
Utopia Blu Hotel offers a large swimming pool, 2 bars and a tennis court set within a palm-tree garden. more...
 Blue Nest Hotel
Surrounded by lush greenery and 394 feet from the nearest beach, Blue Nest Hotel offers an outdoor pool and a restaurant. more...
 Maritina Hotel
Located in the center of Kos Town, Maritina Hotel offers comfortable accommodations close to the island's attractions such as Kos Castle. more...
 Mitsis Family Village Beach Hotel
The all-inclusive 4-star Mitsis Family Village Beach Hotel is just 656 feet from the pebbled beach of Kardamena. Umbrellas and loungers are offered both by the 2 outdoor pools and on the beach. more...
 Byron Apartments
Just 66 feet from its private beach area in Tigaki, Byron Apartments offer self-catering accommodations with views to the Aegean Sea. It is set within a garden featuring free sun beds and a 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...
 Albergo Gelsomino
Located in Kos Town, Albergo Gelsomino offers beachfront accommodations 656 feet from Kos Town Beach and features various facilities, such as a restaurant, a bar and a shared lounge. more...
 Aqua Blu Boutique Hotel & Spa, Adults Only- Small Luxury Hotels of the World
Just 0.9 mi away from Kos main town, Aqua Blu Boutique Adults Only Hotel includes an indoor and an outdoor swimming pool, and a wellness center. 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...
 Oceanis Beach & Spa Resort
The Oceanis Beach & Spa Resort is a 4-star, adults-only hotel right on the beach in Psalidi. This spa hotel has a private beach, and offers 3 outdoor swimming pools and 2 tennis courts. more...
 Sea Breeze Hotel
Located in Mastichari, 1.3 mi from Tam Tam Beach, Sea Breeze Hotel provides accommodations with a shared lounge, free private parking, a garden and a terrace. more...




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