Discover Kos and live a unique feast of experiences and emotions
With beaches of turquoise crystal clear waters, with many traditional settlements popping up in every corner of its green hinterland and with the same name main city, inviting every visitor to know its special history through the its monuments, Kos stands out as a destination, ideal for any demanding visitor. Offer yourself the unique experience of a walk in the city, through tree-lined streets with palm trees, squares and picturesque alleys and discover the history of the city, through monuments of every era, which turned the island into a great cultural and spiritual center over the centuries and crossroads of cultures, ideas and people. Discover the magic hidden behind the impressive castle of the Knights of St. John, which crowns the city.
Wander among the ruins of the ancient market and see what is left today of the Hellenistic conservatory and the restored ruins of the Roman mansion with its amazing surviving mosaics to end up relaxing under the large shade of Hippocrates' plane tree, which has a diameter of a trunk 12 meters. The myth says that the doctor of antiquity planted himself and today is the trademark of the city.
Do not miss a visit to the most important archeological site of the island, the Asclepieion. Built just 4km west of the city of Kos and dedicated to the god Asklepios, the great pan-Hellenic sanctuary emerged as a place of birth and foundation of medical science. Spread over three levels (terraces) joined by a marble staircase, the sanctuary offers from the highest point a breathtaking view. Wander among the ruins of the temple of Asclepius, see the Stoa that hosted the world's first medical school and indulge in the awe and excitement that the place and the monuments emerge.
Enjoy local cuisine
With a rich gastronomic tradition that faithfully follows the Greek Mediterranean diet, the local cuisine of Kos comes to satisfy even the most demanding palate. On the island we find a wide variety of dishes based on meat, as well as dishes based on seafood, squid and lobster. For the lovers of tasting, it is worth a try of the goat cheese which is preserved in wine and has a reddish color on the outside and is slightly spicy. Special mention is made of the wonderful syrupy sweets of the island (the famous sweet tomato of Kos), as well as the excellent quality wine produced on the island.
Best time to visit Kos
The island has a large number of visitors during the summer months (June-September). If you want to avoid the crowds, choose the month of May and the period from mid-September to mid-October where there are less crowds.
How to use transportation in Kos
Airport/port transfer options
During the summer months, the island is directly connected with domestic flights from Athens and other cities in Greece, as well as with international flights around the world. The "Hippocrates" international airport is located 27 km SW of the city. Alternatively you can travel by boat from the port of Piraeus.
Kos is a large island so we suggest having a car. It also has local transportation, a large number of bus lines connect Kos with the beaches and with others inland villages. Kos is also a bike friendly city. The city offers a wide network of bike paths and a numerous bicycle rental shops of all types (city and mountain) are located in every corner of the city.