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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...
 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...
 Ikos Aria
Set in Kefalos, 2625 feet from Paralia Kefalos Beach, Ikos Aria offers accommodations with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center. 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...
 Kos Aktis Art Hotel
Located on the beachfront, in the center of Kos Town, Kos Aktis is a luxurious, minimalist design hotel. 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...
 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...
 Mitsis Norida Beach Hotel
Mitsis Norida Beach Hotel, right on a sandy beach, features an open air theater, 3 restaurants and 7 bars. The hotel is found only 3 miles from Kardamena and 19 miles from the town of Kos. more...
 Pelagos Suites Hotel
Pelagos Suites Hotel is a beachfront hotel, spread in 128 ft² in a quiet location on Lambi Beach, 1.6 mi from the center of Kos Town. 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...
 Diamond Boutique Hotel
Located 2297 feet from the beach, Diamond Boutique Hotel offers accommodations and a swimming pool, a few minutes’ walk from Kos center. Free WiFi and free on-site parking. 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...
 Horizon Beach Resort
Horizon Beach Resort occupies a privileged beachfront location, with views over the Aegean Sea. more...
 Orpheus Studios
Located just opposite from the main coast of Kos Town, Orpheus Studios offers self-catering accommodations with free WiFi access and a balcony. more...
 Utopia Blu Hotel
Sunset Hotel offers a large swimming pool, 2 bars and a tennis court set within a palm-tree garden. 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...
 Kyma Rooms & Suites
Kyma Rooms & Suites is located on the beachfront in Kardamaina, a 9-minute walk from Kardamena Beach and 6 miles from Antimachia Castle. 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...
 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...
 Mitsis Ramira Beach Hotel
Mitsis Ramira Beach Hotel is located along its private stretch of pebble beach on Psalidi, only 2.2 mi from Kos Town. Free sun beds and umbrellas are provided on the beach and next to its 3 pools. more...
 Triton Hotel
Located right across the main beach in the center of Kos town, Triton Hotel offers air-conditioned rooms and suites with balcony. It provides free Wi-Fi access and serves American breakfast. more...
 Kipriotis Aqualand Hotel
Only 1640 feet from Psalidi Beach, the 4-star Kipriotis Aqualand offers 3 pools with 6 water slides. Surrounded by a garden, it has 1 restaurant and 2 bars. A gym and a tennis court are included. more...
 HARMONY CREST RESORT & SPA
Located in Kos Town, 1.1 mi from Kos Town Beach, HARMONY CREST RESORT & SPA features accommodations with a restaurant, free private parking, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a bar. 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...
 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...




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