Kos

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Kos featuring a castle and a coastal town

This island town impresses with magnificent Roman and Ottoman ruins, Hellenistic artifacts and medieval architecture.

From the Greeks to the Romans to the Ottomans, the world’s most powerful civilizations have left their mark on the remarkable Kos Town. Strewn with medieval castles and ancient marketplaces, as well as a Roman Odeon and one of history’s earliest medical centers, this village overflows with history. Explore the fascinating ruins before hitting the beach.

Kos’s archaeological ruins are some of the most popular in the Dodecanese. Visit the central square and stand under the Tree of Hippocrates, a plane tree where Hippocrates once taught his students. Meander along the port to the impressive Castle of Neratzia. Built by the Knights of St. John, this defensive structure overlooked the water passage between Kos and Halicarnassus. The inner Keep was built in the 14th century while the outer Keep dates back to around the 16th century.

South of the harbor is the excavation of the Ancient Agora where ancient houses with mosaics, columns, temples and bathhouses recall the lives of bygone civilizations. Stroll through the Ancient Market, which dates back to the third century B.C.

Continue your explorations in the Northern Baths area, home to the Ancient Stadium, and at the ruins of the Western Archaeological Site. Examine the intricate mosaic floors in the restored Casa Romana then rest on the stone steps of the nearby Roman Odeon Amphitheater, which was built between the first and second century. Look to the stage area and imagine that in its time, up to 750 people would gather here to watch theater, music performances and Roman games. Many excavated relics from this area can be viewed at the Archaeological Museum on Eleftherias Square.

Other impressive sites include the House of Count Francesco Sans, the Mosque of Gazi Hasan Pasha and the Panellenion Complex, where the Italian National Fascist Party held office. Day-trips to the ancient structures of the Asclepeion are also popular. This famed healing resort is where Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, is thought to have trained.

After a day of sightseeing, unwind on Zouroudi Beach or the quieter Psalidi Beach. For further relaxation, sink into the warm mineral baths at Therma.

Kos Town is located on the northeast coast of the island. Get here by boat from Piraeus, Rhodes or Turkey or fly into Kos Island International Airport, Hippocrates.

Where to stay in Kos

Mitsis Ramira Beach Hotel - All Inclusive
Mitsis Ramira Beach Hotel - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Psalidi, Kos, Kos Island
The price is CA $122 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
This family-friendly Kos property is located by the sea, within a 5-minute walk of Aegean Islands, Psalidi Beach, and Massage strand. Agios Fokas Wildlife Reserve ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (103 reviews)
"Lovely staff, couldn’t do more for you. Beach area is amazing, and great food and drinks all round!"

Reviewed on Sep. 4, 2021

Mitsis Ramira Beach Hotel - All Inclusive
Mitsis Blue Domes Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Mitsis Blue Domes Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Kardamena, Kos, Kos Island
The price is CA $205 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
This Kos property is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Aegean Islands, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lakitira Beach and Kardamena Port. Paschalis Beach and Helona ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (202 reviews)
"9 blokes stayed here for a 30th send off and we were extremely impressed even with the hotel being centred around a couples retreat. Great facilities, good food, great ale and very friendly staff making us feel at home. If you do want something away from the couples night life the disco bar ran by ..."

Reviewed on Sep. 27, 2021

Mitsis Blue Domes Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Ikos Aria - All Inclusive
Ikos Aria - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Kefalos, Kos
Nestled on the beach, this Kos property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Aegean Islands, Kefalos Beach, and Kamari Beach. Agios Stefanos Beach and Therma Beach are also ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (27 reviews)

Reviewed on Jul. 15, 2021

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Ikos Aria - All Inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Kos Hotel Junior Suites
Kos Hotel Junior Suites
4 out of 5
2 Charmilou Str., Kos, Kos Island
The price is CA $55 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
Located in the heart of Kos, this spa aparthotel is steps from Aegean Islands and Kos Marina. Psalidi Beach and Tree of Hippocrates are also within 15 ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (98 reviews)
"Welcome at reception with information about room and hotel facilities very good. Pool area is great. Bar and poolside service friendly and quick."

Reviewed on Sep. 24, 2021

Kos Hotel Junior Suites
Angela Thalia Apartments
Angela Thalia Apartments
1 out of 5
Mastihari, Kos, Dodecanese
The price is CA $79 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
Situated on the beach, this apartment building is steps from Aegean Islands and Hippocrates Garden Cultural Center. Mastichari Beach and Lido Waterpark are also ...
3/5 (1 review)
"Betreuung hervorragend - DANKE Michael! Aussicht (Sonnenauf- UND -untergang!) großartig! Die Ausstattung ist mangelhaft: Kochbesteck fehlt; sehr wackeliger Tisch am Balkon (aber andere Apppartments haben bessere). Aber die Betten sind gut. Die Meernähe ist nicht nutzbar, weil dort das Ufer von Felsbrocken ..."

Reviewed on Jul. 26, 2020

Angela Thalia Apartments
Villa Popi
Villa Popi
2 out of 5
Kefalos, Kos
Situated by the ocean, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Kamari Beach. Kefalos Beach and Agios Stefanos Beach are also within ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Nella norma per la categoria
"Camera ampia il bagno lascia a desiderare un po' per le dimensioni e un po' perché la doccia aveva la tenda che a mio modesto parere non è molto igienica"

Reviewed on Jul. 11, 2019

Villa Popi
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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