Why Kos Should Be Your Next Greek Island Destination

Published on 15 October 2023 at 20:25

If you are looking for a destination that combines stunning natural scenery, fascinating cultural heritage, and endless entertainment options, then Kos might be the perfect choice for you.  Kos is the third largest island of the Dodecanese, after Rhodes and Karpathos, and it lies in the south eastern Aegean Sea, just 4km away from the Turkish coast.  

Kos has been inhabited since prehistoric times and has witnessed the rise and fall of many civilizations, from the ancient Greeks and Romans to the medieval knights and Ottomans.  The island is famous for being the birthplace of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, who founded the first holistic healing centre in the world, the Asclepeion of Kos.

The Asclepeion is one of the most important archaeological sites on the island, located on a hill with a spectacular view.  It consists of several buildings, temples, hot springs, and a school for physicians, where Hippocrates taught his principles of medicine. 

But the Asclepeion is not the only attraction that Kos has to offer.  The island’s capital, Kos Town, is a vibrant and modern city that was redesigned by the Italians after a major earthquake in 1933.  The city has large squares, sidewalks, and wide tree-lined streets, flanked by shops, cafes, and restaurants.  It also has a rich history that can be seen in its many monuments, such as the Nerantzia Castle of the Knights of Saint John, the ancient Greek agora, the Roman odeon and the medieval district.

One of the best ways to explore Kos town is by bicycle, as the city has many bicycle lanes and rental services.  You can cycle along the coast, visit the landmarks, and stop at any place that catches your eye.  Don't forget to pay your respects to Hippocrates' huge plane tree, which is said to be over 2,000 years old and where he used to teach his students.

Of course, no visit to Kos would be complete without enjoying its magnificent beaches.  The island has more than 100 km of coastline, with beaches for every taste and preference.  Whether you are looking for sandy or pebbly, organized or secluded, calm or windy, you will find your ideal beach on Kos.  Some of the most popular ones are Kardemena, Agios Stefanos, Mastihari, Tigkaki, Marmari, Kefalos and Paraside beach.

Kos is also a great base for exploring other islands in the Dodecanese or even hopping over to Turkey for a day trip.  You can take a ferry or a boat from Kos port and visit places like Rhodes, Patmos, Kalymnos, Nisyros, Symi, or Bodrum.  

As you can see, Kos is an island that has something for everyone.  Whether you are interested in history and culture, nature and relaxation, or fun and adventure, you will find it on Kos.  So don’t hesitate to book your trip to this amazing Greek island and discover its healing beauty and rich history for yourself!

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