Kos is an island of majestic beauty, lying in the centre of the Dodecanese chain in the Aegean Sea. ("Dodecanese" in Greek means "twelve islands"). 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, history, pdotos and more for the travel destination Kos Island.
SIGHTS OF INTEREST
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 the 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 Asklepieion of Kos
Asklepeion is the biggest archaeological site on Kos and worth a visit. It is about 4 km outside of Kos town. Asklepeion was a religious sanctuary dedicated to Asclepius, god of healing. It also served as a healing centre and a school of medicine were Hippocrates was teaching. The site has three different levels. On the first level you can see the Roman public baths and the guest rooms. On the second level lies an altar of Apollo, the Temple of Asclepius and the Temple of Apollo. On the third level is another Temple of Asclepius. From here you will have a wonderful view across Kos town and the coastline of Turkey.
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 Rhodes, the island of the Sun, famous for its old town, which is literally surrounded by the castle walls, or the Acropolis of Lindos, where many international celebrities own houses.
Symi, the picturesque island in the Aegean with the monastery of Panorimitis.
Patmos, where Saint John saw the visions written in the final book of the New Testament, the Apocalypse or Revelations.
Kalymnos, with its natural sponges and the Church of St Savvas.
Nissyros, the volcanic Island where you get to literally stand in the volcano's crater.
Leros, Karpathos and even Samos... the list is endless!