Kos

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Kos
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 harbour 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 Amphitheatre, 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 theatre, 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.

Kos Aktis Art Hotel
Kos Aktis Art Hotel
4 out of 5
Vasileos Georgiou 7, Kos, 85300
The price is ₹9,377 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb
₹9,377
per night
31 Jan - 1 Feb
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Kos. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (169 reviews)
"Lovely hotel."

Reviewed on 5 Nov 2022

Kos Aktis Art Hotel
OKU Hotel Kos
OKU Hotel Kos
5 out of 5
Marmari, Kos, 85300
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Kos. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (143 reviews)
"Wunderschöne Anlage, leider schlechter Service! Es waren alle immer äußerst freundlich, jedoch wirkte es als wäre das Personal gnadenlos unterbesetzt und zum Teil auch nicht für ein 5-Stern-Hotel qualifiziert. Das gebotene Frühstück kann mit anderen 5-Stern-Hotels nicht mithalten, ebenso wie das ..."

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2022

OKU Hotel Kos
Mitsis Ramira Beach Hotel - All Inclusive
Mitsis Ramira Beach Hotel - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Psalidi, Kos, Kos Island, 853 00
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Kos. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (127 reviews)
"5-star service, but buffet options disappear in the final few weeks of the season"

Reviewed on 27 Oct 2022

Mitsis Ramira 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.
Olga's Paradise Hotel Apartments
Olga's Paradise Hotel Apartments
3 out of 5
Odissou Str., Paradisi, Kos, 853 00
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Kos. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Popular attractions Massage strand and Kos Marina are located nearby. Discover ...
2.8/5 (19 reviews)
Even though it's cheap I would stay again
"Booked this hotel for 2 nights due to island hoping round the Greek islands. Payed a cheap price for it so wasn't expecting too much however I would have even payed what I did for what I got. The shower is positioned with just a shower head attached to nothing so have to use your hand to move the ..."

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2016

Olga's Paradise Hotel Apartments
Erato Studios & Apartments
Erato Studios & Apartments
3 out of 5
El.Venizelou & Skevou Zervou 31, Kos, 85300
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Kos. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
3.7/5 Good! (17 reviews)
"Very clean and well furnished. Each Staff member is nice, professional. I loved staying at Erato"

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2022

Erato Studios & Apartments
Chrysoula Hotel & Apartments
Chrysoula Hotel & Apartments
3 out of 5
Kefalos, Kos, Kos Island, 853 01
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly aparthotel in Kos. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Agios Stefanos Beach and Kefalos ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (9 reviews)
"Good room, pool and breakfast. Near the beach. A longish but flat walk into town."

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2022

Chrysoula Hotel & 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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