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Kos

Travel Guide
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 Norida Beach Hotel - All Inclusive
Mitsis Norida Beach Hotel - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Kardamena, Kos, Kos Island
The price is Rs22,158 per night from 26 Jul to 26 Jul
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 Kardamena Port. Paschalis Beach and Helona ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (102 reviews)
A good holiday experience
"We enjoyed our hotel as much as we could. The food was good and the all inclusive was fantastic. The children really enjoyed the pools especially the sliding pool. My reason for giving it a 4 star is because the hotel is not really a 5star in my opinion, the toilets in our maisonette had very bad ..."

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2020

Mitsis Norida 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 Rs25,197 per night from 21 Aug to 21 Aug
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 Kardamena Port. Paschalis Beach and Helona ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (191 reviews)
"We needed to extend our trip to Kos for 2 days and wanted to try a different hotel to be able to make recommendations to several family members that will be traveling to this island over the next few months. We initially booked another hotel on the same property that we were not happy with and made ..."

Reviewed on 7 Jul 2021

Mitsis Blue Domes Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Utopia Blu
Utopia Blu
4 out of 5
Tigkaki, Kos
This family-friendly Kos hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Aegean Islands and Tigaki Beach. Igroviotopos Alikis and Marmari Beach are also ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
"Hôtel équivalent à un 4 🌟 avec du personnel agréable et à l écoute de votre moindre besoin. Les chambres sont modernes et propres. On a vraiment apprécié le super marché et l arrêt de bus juste en face de l hôtel. On recommande et reviendrons"

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2021

Utopia Blu
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.
Sails on Kos Ecolux Tented Village
Sails on Kos Ecolux Tented Village
4 out of 5
31 March Provincial Rd, Marmari, Kos, South Aegean
The price is Rs5,219 per night from 29 Jul to 29 Jul
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 ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Worth it
"Great relaxing experience, lovely tents and set out of the campsite, super welcoming hosts and amazing breakfast!"

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2020

Sails on Kos Ecolux Tented Village
Pelopas Resort
Pelopas Resort
5 out of 5
Tigaki, Kos
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Tigaki Beach. Igroviotopos Alikis and Marmari Beach are also within ...
3.9/5Very Good! (11 reviews)
Great hotel and staff
"Great hotel, comfortable rooms and brilliant staff. Everything was very clean and well looked after. The pool was very good. The staff were very friendly and very helpful. We had a superb time and would recommend the hotel without hesitation."

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2018

Pelopas Resort
Michalis Studios & Apartments
Michalis Studios & Apartments
3 out of 5
Odissou & Karias Street, Iraklis, Psalidi, Kos, Dodecanese
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Psalidi Beach. Port of Kos is 2 mi (3.3 km) away.
4.7/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
"What a nice place, if you are thinking of booking here, then just do it. Very friendly owner, great location, super pool, nice rooms, comfortable bed. Very little noise, a supermarket a minutes walk away. Its about a thirty minute walk in to Kos Town, Excellent place and would book again."

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2019

Michalis Studios & Apartments
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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