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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

Top Hotels in Kos

Pelagos Suites Hotel & Spa - All Inclusive
Pelagos Suites Hotel & Spa - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Lambi Beach, Kos, Kos Island
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Nestled on the beach, this Kos hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Aegean Islands, Port of Kos and Psalidi Beach. Kos Marina and Tree of Hippocrates are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (22 reviews)
Nice, but could be better!

"Nice and clean hotel with nice water slides and playground for kids. Food and drink is nice but quality and variance should be improved. I was informed that there was animation team in the morning for my 4years old kid but I found out that it was only for Tomas hook groups otherwise I had to pay ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 12, 2017

Pelagos Suites Hotel & Spa - All Inclusive
Aqua Blu Boutique Hotel & Spa - Adults Only
Aqua Blu Boutique Hotel & Spa - Adults Only
5 out of 5
Ethelonton Polemiston Ko, Lambi Beach, Kos, Kos Island
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Nestled on the beach, this Kos hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Aegean Islands, Port of Kos and Psalidi Beach. Tree of Hippocrates and Church of Agia Paraskevi ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (204 reviews)

"Amazing hotel. Staff were great, breakfast was great, location was perfect. Even during this pandemic, we felt there was a glimpse of normality at the same time as being very safe. Would definitely return and recommend to anyone needing an escape from reality."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 28, 2020

Aqua Blu Boutique Hotel & Spa - Adults Only
Mitsis Norida Beach Hotel - All Inclusive
Mitsis Norida Beach Hotel - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Kardamena, Iraklides, Kos, Kos Island
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This Kos resort is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Aegean Islands, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lakitira Beach and Paschalis Beach. Helona Beach and Robinson ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (94 reviews)

"Great resort and services . Will definitely come back"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 31, 2020

Mitsis Norida Beach Hotel - 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.

Vacation Rentals in Kos

Sails on Kos Ecolux Tented Village
Sails on Kos Ecolux Tented Village
4 out of 5
31 March Provincial Rd, Marmari, Kos, South Aegean

Situated in a rural location, this villa is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Aegean Islands and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Tigaki Beach. Marmari Beach and Igroviotopos Alikis are ...

5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Worth it

"Great relaxing experience, lovely tents and set out of the campsite, super welcoming hosts and amazing breakfast!"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 8, 2020

Sails on Kos Ecolux Tented Village
Anthia Apartments
Anthia Apartments
2 out of 5
Marmari, Kos, Marmari

Situated on the waterfront, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Aegean Islands and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Tigaki Beach. Marmari Beach and Igroviotopos Alikis ...

4.2/5Very Good! (6 reviews)
Basic and poor value

"Though it says that they will come and get you from the airport when I contacted the property they would only do this until 9pm. No good for my Easyjet flight arriving at 9:20pm. This left us in the taxi queue which took more than an hour to get a taxi. Apparently in high season it can take 2 hours! ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2018

Anthia Apartments
Kos Hotel Junior Suites
Kos Hotel Junior Suites
4 out of 5
2 Charmilou Str., Kos, Kos Island
The price is CA $52 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in the heart of Kos, this spa aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Psalidi Beach. Port of Kos is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.

4.2/5Very Good! (93 reviews)

"Great place perfect for what I needed"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 17, 2020

Kos Hotel Junior Suites
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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