‘THE ISLAND OF HIPPOCRATES’
Kos is a splash of deep green located between ‘Kalimnos’ and ‘Nissiros’ Islands. Among the thousands of impressive sights are the ‘Asklepeion’, the famous plane of ‘Hippocrates’ stands in front of the ‘Castle of the Knights’, at the centre of Kos town. It’s a massive tree with an edge of twelve meters and is considered to be the largest in Europe. The inhabitants maintain that it was planted by Hippocrates, the supreme doctor in antiquity, who used to teach under its shade. According to tradition, the ‘Apostle Paul’ also taught there. On this site, cultural festivals are held each summer. The mosque of ‘Gazi Hassan’, the Ancient Agora, the houses dating from the roman era with the fabulous mosaics, the ‘Palace of the Knights of St.John’, in the town of Kos, the early ‘Christian Churches’ with their noteworthy frescos. The island also has many famous for the charm, quiet fishing villages, and beaches, ranging from empty to full. Besides its breath taking golden sandy beaches, the island is also steeped in monuments, remnants from its glorious past, making it the ideal holiday destination, not only as a choice between other Greek islands but on a worldwide scale. It is also ideal for educational or school trips, (rich in history and famous since mythological times), scientific, hiking or mountain climbing, rural, curative or therapeutic, religious and athletic tourism and it also boasts some of the most advanced conference centres in the world as well as a modern marina. The islanders make their living from fishing, animal farming, and agriculture but, by far, the tourist trade has taken over. Kos has so much to offer that it can cater to each individual taste for an unforgettable holiday.
WHAT TO EXPLORE
The Asklepion of Hippocrates, the first ever hospital standing for thousands of years waiting to be explored on Kos. The beautiful bay of Kefalos with the small chapel standing on the small Kastri island opposite of the ancient ruins of the basilica of St. Stefanos is one of the highlights. The ancient agora and ruins of the Dorian city of Kos together with the Roman temples and theaters in the modern city make out a great day downtown. Don’t miss the Therma hot vents in Ag. Fokas beach and also a boat ride to the amazing islands of Kalymnos and Pserimos. Visit the volcano on the picturesque island of Nissyros with the whitewashed villages and the great beaches. The islands gastronomy and night life is also great with many places to visit. Finally don’t forget to go to Paradise beach for a lovely relaxing day.