Kos


Kos and its neighbouring islands form the northern part of the Dodecanese, the dodekáissa, as the Greeks say. "Twelve Islands" would be the direct translation, but there are actually more.

With its 290m², Kos is the second largest and most famous island in the Dodecanese after Rhodos. Kos has 30,000 inhabitants all year round, but its population can grow to ten times more in the summer months, making tourism the main source of revenue for the island.

 

In addition to the tourism business, which is mainly located in the coastal regions, Kos also offers significant cultural and natural sites to enjoy. All nature lovers on bikes or on foot will be amply rewarded for their curiosity and efforts.


Kos is surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches but the middle of the island is covered by mountains which rise to form well known breathtaking views, something not to be missed ! The most impressive and the highest of these mountains is the mount Dikéos (880M), from where you will enjoy views of the whole island, its neighbouring sisters and Turkey. Be ready for a not too difficult but long treck to get there (6 to 8 hours all together). Should that sound a bit too strenuous for your taste, old Pili is a great alternative. There you will discover the ruins of an ancient fortress and it will only take you 1,5 hours to reach it, its panorama is also truly beautiful and you will find on your way a very original tavern built in rocks.

 

For others, the thermal springs behind Kos city are the right place to relax, go there towards the end of the day where less people are to be found and enjoy its therapeutic effect in a unique natural environment. That is if you actually want to do more than lay on one of the many beautiful beaches of the island to relax and do absolutely nothing !

 

But Kos has more to offer to those interested in culture and history. Above Kos town lay the ruins of the Asklepeion, an ancient Greek sanatorium and its founder, also originating from Kos, was the world-famous physician Hippocrates Considered as the founder of medicine around 400 BC. Still today, all doctors complete their studies with the Hippocrates Oath.


Traditional Greek Tavernas can be found all over the island. Whether in the mountains on a romantic dinner at sunset, in the harbour with sea surrounding you or in the middle of a picturesque Greek village, there is something for every taste and budget.


Ideally, you may opt for one day (or longer) and rent a car, it is the best way to really enjoy Kos to its full, the island being easy to navigate and the local Greeks very friendly if you are in need of a tip.