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.

Known for

Beach, Family-friendly and Monument

Top Hotels in Kos

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Neptune Hotels Resort, Convention Centre & Spa
5 out of 5
Mastichari, Dikaio, Kos, Kos Island
CA $120
per night
Oct 1 - Oct 2
4.7/5Exceptional! (134 reviews)

"Amazing hotel & staff... and also very rich breakfast..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 9, 2019

Neptune Hotels Resort, Convention Centre & Spa
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Mitsis Blue Domes Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Kardamena, Iraklides, Kos, Kos Island
CA $138
per night
Oct 20 - Oct 21
4.5/5Wonderful! (141 reviews)

"The staff were fantastic without exception and the standard of the food and beverage was superb. Rooms were great - we had a twin which was fine for us with a child bed and a cot, all amenities provided and perfectly clean and maintained. My one critisism is the booking for the 4 a la carte restaurants ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 5, 2019

Mitsis Blue Domes Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
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Kipriotis Village Resort - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Georgiou Papandreou Street, Psalidi, Kos, Kos Island
CA $108
per night
Oct 1 - Oct 2
3.8/5Good! (132 reviews)
kiproitis village

"amazing pools and flumes .so much food to choose from.staff really friendly and helpful.beautiful clean rooms"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 17, 2018

Kipriotis Village Resort - All Inclusive

Popular things to do in Kos

Tigaki Beach
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Tigaki Beach

Revel in a day of sunbathing, swimming and watersports at a popular beach on the northern coast of Kos.

Paradise Beach
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Paradise Beach

Go for a swim on a beach that is renowned for the bubbles of water that rise up to the surface from the sea floor.

Port of Kos
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Port of Kos

The arrival point for many visitors to Kos is a beautiful port that borders a collection of historical attractions, including Roman ruins and a medieval castle.

Tree of Hippocrates
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Tree of Hippocrates

Stand under the shade of this legendary tree where Hippocrates, a towering figure in the history of medicine is believed to have conducted his classes.

Agios Fokas Beach
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Agios Fokas Beach

Swim, sunbathe and surf on a delightful beach, close to the capital of the island of Kos. Then soothe your body in the nearby hot springs.

Kos Castle
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Kos Castle

Enjoy wonderful views of the Aegean Sea from the ruins of this massive stone castle, which dates back to the 14th century.

Top activities in Kos

Landrover Safari Kos
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Landrover Safari Kos

CA $125

Explore more in the island of Hippocrates, “Kos”. Our day starts from Kos city center and touristic areas heading towards mount Dikaios through unpaved mountain routes. Our 7 seater Land Rovers driven by expert escorts will help you to explore the Real “Kos” in a semi-private jeep tour.

Kos Island Tour from Bodrum
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Kos Island Tour from Bodrum

CA $49

See why the small Greek island of Kos has always been an enticing destination for tourists looking for more. On this day trip, you can see fine samples of Greek and Italian archaeology, splendid beaches, beautifully painted houses, and a town square vibrant with cafes and shops.

Nisyros Island Tour from Kos
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Nisyros Island Tour from Kos

CA $45

Skim across the sea from Kos to spend a day on the volcanic shores of Nisyros. Descend into the vast caldera at the heart of the island, and then while away a free afternoon in the port town of Mandraki, where you can grab lunch, visit the monastery, or soak in geothermal hot springs.

Land Rover Sunset Safari Kos
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Land Rover Sunset Safari Kos

CA $101

Do you think that the jeep safari during the day is too low dose of adrenaline. Combine unique adventure sunset safari and enjoy an off-road route with the best panoramic views.

Half-Day Sightseeing in Kos
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Half-Day Sightseeing in Kos

CA $53

Head out from your accommodation on this highlights tour that will cover all of the amazing historical landmarks that Kos has. See the beginnings of modern medicine at the Asklepion Temple and the Hippocrates Garden surrounding by beautiful healing trees.

Day Trip to Kos Island from Bodrum
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Day Trip to Kos Island from Bodrum

CA $51

Kos is a small Greek island located just 12 miles away from the coastline of Bodrum. It is close enough for a day trip. Fast hydrofoil boat leaves from Bodrum at 9:00 am and it takes just 20 minutes to reach the Greek island of Kos.