Welcome to beautiful Kos!
Kos, with a long history dating back to the 3rd millennium BC, hometown of Hippocrates, father of Medicine, is a wonderful island with green mountain slopes, traditional villages, pristine beaches with crystal clear waters and modern bicycle lanes. In Kos, Mitsis Group offers a variety of accommodation choices: Blue Domes Resort & Spa, Norida Beach Hotel, Summer Palace Beach Hotel, Family Village Beach Hotel and Ramira Beach Hotel.
Kos is an island of majestic beauty, lying in the centre of the Dodecanese chain in the Aegean Sea. Lying north-west of Rhodes and south-east of continental Greece, Kos is the third largest of the Dodecanese islands. Besides its natural beauty and its breathtaking golden sandy beaches, Kos is steeped in monuments reminiscent of its glorious past.
The Greek province of Kos also includes the smaller islands of Nissyros, Giali, Pergoussa, Kandeliousa, Pahia and Strogili. The web-site www.kosisland.gr provides useful information, historical data, photos and more on Kos Island.
Cultural & historical sights
Cultural & historical sights
The Castle of the Knights of Saint John
This castle is situated at the entrance of the Kos harbour, on what used to be an island in antiquity, communicating with the inland through a bridge that can still be seen today – the “Phoinikon” bridge. The castle consists of two defensive precincts and was built with local stone.
The Sanctuary of Asclepios (Asclepieion)
The Asclepieion is the most important monument of the island and one of the most important temples of its kind. It dates from the first half of the 3rd century BC and it was built to honour the Greek god of health and medicine, Asclepius, after the death of the famous ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates. It is a healing temple, which patients would visit to receive either treatment or some sort of healing, whether it was spiritual or physical. From here, you will have a wonderful view across Kos town and the coastline of Turkey.
Discovered by the Italian archaeologist Laurenzi, in 1929, the Roman Odeon was designed for hosting musical competitions, but it was also used as the seat for the local senate. Today, it is used for cultural happenings, such as concerts and photography exhibitions, as it is very well preserved.
Located in the centre of Kos town, the Ancient Agora is one of the largest Greek commercial & social centres of antiquity. The Agora, the sanctuaries of Aphrodite & Hercules, part of the ancient fortification and port of the city, as well as some houses may still be seen.
Hot Springs of Kos Therma
Therma beach is located 8 km after Psalidi area. Therma is exceptional due to the hot water (that’s where the name came from) coming from the volcano of Nisyros. The hot springs are a real treasure containing elements such as Potassium, Sodium, Calcium, Magnesium, Sulfur and Chlorine, all ideal treatments for rheumatism, arthritis and gynaecological issues. The beach and its hot springs were discovered in 1934 by the Italian archaeologist Laourentsi. Access to the beach: via bus running daily, car, taxi, motorbike and bicycle.
The sunset of Zia
Zia, the highest village of Kos, about 14 km from the town of Kos, is famous for the breathtaking view of the sunset and the entire island. Enjoy your meal in one of the many traditional taverns and wander around the shops with handmade products & souvenirs.
Tree of Hippocrates
According to the legend, the plane tree was planted by Hippocrates (considered the father of medicine) 24 centuries ago. Under its shadow the great teacher instructed his students the art of medicine. The current tree is 500 years old and its perimeter reaches 12 meters.
Kos Island is ideally situated for a variety of excursions. There are numerous ways to travel to the surrounding islands or to Turkey, which is only half an hour’s boat ride away.
So why not take a day trip to:
The island of the sun, famous for its old town and the Acropolis of Lindos.
The picturesque island in the Aegean with the monastery of Panorimitis.
Here, St John saw the visions written in the final book of the New Testament, the Apocalypse or Revelations.
Famous for its natural sponges and the Church of St Savvas.
The volcanic island where you get to literally stand in the volcano’s crater.
Leros, Karpathos and even Samos… the list is endless!
HOTELS & RESORTS IN KOS