One of the most visited islands of the Dodecanese, Kos seems to have something that other islands don’t have. Is it the rich sightseeing sites, sandy beaches, the overall atmosphere or the possibility to practice water sports, one cannot really say, but one thing is sure – you won’t be bored during your stay.
To start with, you can’t complain about the uniform beaches with pebbles and organized space. The choice span of beaches is quite impressive. You can really feel free to go to the one that suits you the most or test each one of them day after day. Kos is an island where every active person can find a way to go. When coming here you feel like you can do anything: try a new sport, go swimming, horse riding, walking, shopping or discover some old edifice. Even if you are not fond of active holidays, a few days on the beach or in the hot springs will give you such a great energy boost that you may end up windsurfing or visiting all museums on the island. Although, if you stay up to the chill out, then it is possible that after coming back home, the energy boost would last for several weeks.
It is hard to imagine how one can get bored on Kos, for the island has more than one center and more than one attraction. You can easily find new places to visit, if ever you feel like you have seen everything already. Be it the Turkish coast nearby. Numerous villages offer good accommodation and service quality, delicious food and fancy restaurants. No matter where you go the remains of civilizations that have passed through Kos since the Antiquity will welcome you in their entire splendor. These wonderful monuments spread around the island can tell more than one story.
Rich historical background
Starting with the town of Kos, one may notice that the city seems quite modern and fresh, but don’t get fooled! Indeed, after the earthquake in 1933 it was redesigned and reconstructed but the town’s architecture remains a mix of different styles and ages. Among others, you can admire the Nerantzia Castle, late 14th-century walls built under the Ottomans, an ancient Greek agora, a medieval district, an old harbor and Roman ruins. These are the monuments easily found walking through the city. Besides, in Eleftheria Square you can go even deeper in the history by visiting the Archeological Museum. It hosts huge statues and impressive mosaics.
Going next to Antimacheia castle, you will discover the tale of Knights of Saint John defending the castle from Ottoman attacks for 23 days. They were 15, the aggressors were 16 000, and in spite of it the Ottomans chose the withdrawal. This place will fill you with peace and admiration, even though it’s in ruins.
It is important to highlight that the most important site related to the island’s history is definitely the Hippocrates’ Asclepeion – a holistic healing center. Located on a verdant hill this archeological site gives us a lot of information about the father of modern medicine, native to Kos. We can see infirmaries, temples, hot springs, hostels, a school for physicians and other components of the ancient healing center. For anyone complaining about modern sanatoriums and hospitals, this place may give some powerful arguments. And these are only the sites situated near the town of Kos. Every little village on the island has its own stories to tell and places to see. Natives here are open and warm-hearted, eager to help you around.
Chilling and diverse
For those who are hardly satisfied with sightseeing, Kos gives access to endless beaches of different types. They are mostly sandy and safe for children like Lampi, but you can also find a scruffy beach of grey sand next to the hot thermal springs of Agios Fokas. If you thought that this could be all, you are going to be surprised. At Kos you can try out the naturist beach lying just beyond the outfall from the salt lake (Tingaki), the grassy Blue Beach (area of Psalidi), the pebbled one or many others. Each of them can offer you something different still giving you what you came for in the first place – some rest.