Large sandy beaches, a lively town with special architectural color, monuments and archaeological sites telling the rich island’s history from the ancient to the venetian times are some of the highlights of one of the largest islands of the Dodecanese. Kos has for decades been a cosmopolitan tourist destination, which in the last years has refreshed its character investing on luxury tourism, gastronomy and eco-friendly and wellness experiences. Don’t forget that Hippocrates, the grandfather of medicine, was born in the island and practiced his healing techniques here following the legacy of the ancient god of medicine Asclepius. Hippocrates teached in Asclepius’ sanctuary, which today is the most important archaeological site in the island with beautiful views of the Turkish coast.
Sightseeing musts include the roman villa Casa Romana, the Ancient Market, the Castle of the Knights of the Order of Saint John, as well as the impressive 20th century monuments of the times the island was under italian rule, like the Municipal Market and the Police Station. Eleftherias Square with the old mosque, the harbour, the coastal road with the palm trees and Exarheia district are classic spots for feeling Kos city vibe.
Visit Hippocrates Botanic Garden to see the healing and aromatic herbs which were used in the ancient times.
Antimachia is a nice village with a medieval Castle, a museum-reconstruction of a traditional house of the island and an old mill. Exploring the island you can visit Zia, a traditional village in the mainland with nice tavernas and sea views, byzantine Pyli, Kefalos with the homonymous monastery and the wetlands of Alykes for birdwatching. Kos is also a favorite of bikers and there are different routes to follow.
The most popular beaches are the large organised sandy shores of Marmari and Mastihari, which are the windsurfers’ favorites, and Paradise with beach bars. For swimming in a picturesque scenery try Agios Stefanos, while Therma is a more remote and quiet spot with hot thermal waters.