Kos islands

A prize to past conquerors, a boon to travellers who want more than a beach holiday

On the edge of the Dodecanese, Kos is a feast of emotion, experience and excitement. To borrow from the famous American motivators, Canfield and Hansen, it truly is ’chicken soup for the soul’, as well as the body and the eye. Tall palm trees, endless sandy beaches, alternating landscapes and numerous  archaeological sites and attractions left by ancient Greeks, Romans, mediaeval knights, Venetians and Ottomans make Kos – or Cos as it is also spelt – more than just a pretty face. Hippocrates, antiquity’s most noted physician (he of the oath), was born here, on one of the most visited islands of Dodecanese. Whichever you choose of the aliases Kos has gone by – Meropi, Nymphaia or Karys – this fascinating island in the Aegean will be a prominent entry in your holiday diary from now on.

What to do on Kos

Hippocrates’ Asclepeion, a holistic healing centre
Just 4km northwest of the town of Kos, on a verdant hill with a spectacular view, you’ll discover one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites, the Asclepeion. A holistic healing centre, it contained infirmaries, temples, hot springs, hostels, a school for physicians and much more. In the 3rd and 2nd century B.C., the Asclepeion of Kos became the third most important institution of its kind in the ancient world, following guidelines set down by native son Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. It’s worth making time in your holiday itinerary to visit it.

A young city with a rich history
Following a major earthquake in 1933, the town of Kos was redesigned by the reigning Italians with large squares, sidewalks and wide tree-lined streets, flanked by modern buildings with shops, cafes and restaurants. That said, history buffs will love this place.

What other modern town can claim so many attractions like the Nerantzia Castle of the Knights of Saint John, late 14th-century walls hastily erected to keep out Sultan Bayezit I, an ancient Greek agora, a mediaeval district, an old harbour, and Roman ruins in the west? Don’t forget to pay your respects to Hippocrates’ huge plane tree - 12m in circumference – which, legend says, was planted by the doctor himself.

Beaches that go on forever
Got your tape measure? Almost every beach on Kos is a kilometre long. You’ll probably develop a particular soft spot for Kardamena beach, with its glorious scenery and deep blue water but don’t miss Mastihari, Tigkaki, Marmari, Chrysi Akti, Kefalos and Paradise.

Antimacheia castle and the power of a few
In June 1457, this castle was besieged by 16,000 Ottomans. Just 15 knights and 200 locals were left to defend it, but they held out for 23 days and the Ottomans eventually withdrew. Built by the Knights of Saint John in the 14th century, it is now a peaceful but impressive ruin.

Images of Kos

Hidden gems of Kos

A verdant hideaway for peacocks
Kos is an island full of surprises. Planted by Italians in the 1940s, the woods at Plaka, near Antimacheia, have become a sanctuary for peacocks and other birds. Carry some seeds to offer and they’ll be eating out of your hand.

Thermal springs at the edge of the Aegean
Unique among the Dodecanese islands, Kos has three different kinds of mineral water springs; hot, warm and cool. You’ll find them at Agios Fokas, Piso Thermes, Kokkinonero and Volkanous. Kokkinonero means Redwater, while the last on the list needs no translation.

The Archaeological Museum of Kos
You’ll find the museum in Eleftheria Square in town. A larger-than-life head of the goddess Hera greets you in the vestibule while impressive statues and mosaics await within.

Norida Beach Hotel

Norida Beach Hotel
The exlusive provisions of the hotels, its elegance, in combination with the friendly and discreet personel make the five-star all inclusive Norida Beach Hotel, the perfect destination for couples, as well as for families with children.
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Kos, 85302, Kardamaina, KOS
T. 0030 22420 91230
Fax: 0030 22420 91580

Summer Palace

summer palace pool
The five-star all inclusive Summer Palace Beach Hotel is a complete leisure experience,at a short distance form the town of Kos.Geust accomodation includes 252 rooms and suites, reflecting traditional hospitality in combination with the services of luxurious hotel.
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Kos, 85302, Kardamaina, KOS
T. +30 22420 92730
Fax: +30 22420 92745

Caravia Beach Hotel & Bungalows

Caravia Beach is a luxury hotel on the northern seaside of Kos Island. The hotel is built on a natural descent, surrounded by magnificent gardens and the unique Hippocrates garden with herbs from the past, while its bungalows are built in front of the crystal blue waters of the Aegean Sea. 
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Kos, Greece, 85302, Marmari, KOS
T. +30 22420 41291-4
Fax: +30 22420 41215

Ramira Beach Hotel

night view ramirabeach hotel
At a short distance form the town of Kos, only 3.5 klm away,the five-star all inclusive Ramira Beach Hotel is designed to fulfill the expectations of most demanding guest, offering high quality services in an isolated and quiet environment.
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Kos, 85300, Psalidi, KOS
T. +30 22420 22891
Fax: +30 22420 28489

Grecotel Royal Park

Royal Park, Grecotel All Inclusive Resort
Ideally located on an idyllic stretch of coast just two kilometers from the fishing village of Marmari, Royal Park glories in its serenity. The resort features bungalows built in traditional Aegean style with flat roofs and white-washed exteriors. Go to relax and recharge!
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Kos, Greece, 85300, Marmari, KOS
T. +30 22420 41 488
Fax: +30 22420 41 373