Holidays in Kos island
Charming Kos; the birthplace of Hippocrates; belongs to the Dodecanese complex. Classical antiquity’s masterpieces, historical monuments from the time of the Knights, villages forgotten by time, the "exotic" coastal promenade with its huge palm trees and the beautiful beaches make up a place so unique and so special, which seduces even the most demanding guest!
The capital is the city of Kos, which unfolds in a green area on the northeastern side of the island. Big roads, impressive squares and the seaside promenade with its huge palm trees make up the image of this particular town. Reference points are the Platanos Square where the huge tree of Hippocrates is, and Eleftherias (Freedom) Square, with its characteristic mosque. While touring the city, take some time to admire the impressive buildings which retrieve memories from the period of the Italian occupation such as the Police building and the Public Market. Real jewel of the city is Nerantzia Castle, overlooking the harbor, in a location where used to be an island. The fortifications and the towers will travel you in the years of the Knights! Kos major attractions are the ruins of the ancient city walls, the remains of the Hellenistic and Roman baths and the altar of Dionysus.
Within walking distance from the capital, there is the archaeological site of Asclepion, which unfolds on the green slopes of a hill, offering beautiful views of the sea and the coast of Asia Minor. This is one of the most important Asclepiea of antiquity, as there, Hippocrates used to teach.
However, Kos beautiful sites are not only found at its capital. Within walking distance from it, you will find the picturesque village of Platani or Kermentes, with a strong Islamic character. Do not forget to visit one of the traditional taverns and taste delicacies from Asia Minor. A special experience is a visit to the ruined village of Agios Dimitrios or Chaichoutes, which seems to have been trapped in time! It is also worth visiting the village of Asfendios which is lazily perched on the green slopes of Mount Dikaio, offering beautiful views of Tigaki and the deep blue Aegean Sea. At the foot of Mount Dikaio the beautiful Pili village, with the stone houses and the picturesque square, unfolds. Major attractions of the village are the Pyliotiko House and the famous spring with crystal clear waters. In the hinterland of the island, the beautiful Antimacheia village, with the Antimacheiotiko House and the ruins of the Castle of the Knights Hospitaller lie. Seaport of Antimacheia is Mastichari; the harbor from where ships to Kalymnos operate. It is also worth visiting the cosmic Kardamena, with its luxury hotels and countless options for dining and entertainment.
Charming Kos, carries the marks of time to this day, witnessing the passage of many peoples and cultures from the island. In this Aegean island, past meets the present, in a place full of surprises and continuous image alterations!
Kos is famous for its vast beaches. Within walking distance from the city, there is the extensive and organized beach of Lambi. Near the capital, there is Psalidi beach; families’ favourite. Therma beach is famous for its warm and beneficial waters.
On the north coast of the island, there is Tigaki beach; ideal for families with children because of its shallow waters. On the same side of the island there are the organized beaches of Marmari and Mastichari; ideal for windsurfing.
In the southern part of Kos, you will find the beach of Agios Stefanos, which unfolds in a beautiful, almost theatrical setting, with remnants of early Christian churches, impressive cliffs; which are usually decorated with flowers; and stunning views of a facing island castle. On the same side of the island, you will find the popular Paradise beach, with beautiful sand and clear waters.
If you love tranquility and isolation, you should choose the remote ports of Limnionas and Agios Theologos, as well as Kochylari. One of the most beautiful beaches of Kos is the organized Kamari (or Kefalos), with extensive sand. Another option is swimming in the beautiful beaches of the neighboring islet of Pserimos.
- The Archaeological Site of Asclepion
- The Archaeological Site of Paleo Pylio
- The Archaeological Museum
- The Monastery of Agios Ioannis
- The ruined village of Agios Dimitrios or Chaichoutes
- The village of Asfendios
- The cosmic Kardamena
- Kefalos Castle
- Pserimos Island
- Kalymnos Island
- Sweet Tomatoes
- Posa cheese
Travelling by airplane
To reach the island of Kos, you can fly directly from Eleftherios Venizelos - Athens International Airport, or from Macedonia Airport of Thessaloniki.
For more information on the flights schedule from Athens Airport click here.
Travelling by boat
You can travel to Kos by boat, from the port of Piraeus, on the Blue Star Ferries line.
For more information on the itineraries visit the company’s site:
Connections with other ports
The island of Kos is connected by boat with the islands of Santorini, Rhodes, Patmos, Leros, Syros, Amorgos, Kalimnos, Astypalea, Lipsi, Tilos, Nisyros, Symi, Kastelorizo, Ikaria, Samos and with the coast of Turkey.
Transfer within Kos Island
For your transportation on the island you can use the Intercity Buses (KTEL Buses of Kos), the municipal buses, but also taxies, which can take you to any tourist spot on the island.
For more information on the routes of KTEL Buses of Kos click here.
During your stay in Ko, you can be served for health issues:
Medical Center of Kos, which is located at 34, Ippokratous street, Tel: (+30) 22420 23423, 28050
First Aid Station (Mesochori), Tel: (+30) 22420 71209
Regional clinic (Pyli), Tel: (+30) 22420 41230
Kos Port Authority: (+30) 22420 26594
Kos Airport: (+30) 22420 51591, 51567
Police Station of Kos: (+30) 22420 28211
Police Station of Antimachia: (+30) 22420 51222
Police Station of Kefalos: (+30) 22420 71222
Police Station of Pyli: (+30) 22420 41222
Fire department of Kos: (+30) 22420 22191, 22199
Medical Center of Kos: (+30) 22420 23423
First Aid Station (Mesochori): (+30) 22420 71209
Regional clinic (Pyli): (+30) 22420 41230
Intercity Bus Station of Kos: (+30) 22420 22292
Local Buses: (+30) 22420 26276
ΤΑXΙ: (+30) 22420 61204
ΤΑXΙ (Kos): (+30) 22420 22777, 23333
ΤΑXΙ (Kefalos): (+30) 22420 71222
ΤΑXΙ (Mandraki): (+30) 22420 31202
ΤΑXΙ (Pyli): (+30) 22420 41222