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Kos Island

Vacation on one of the largest of Greece’s Dodecanese islands to visit traditional villages, enjoy beautiful beaches and discover fascinating historical sites. 

Explore medieval and Roman ruins, relax on long sandy beaches and dine in traditional Greek tavernas on Kos Island. The third largest island in the Dodecanese impresses with its ancient heritage, laidback beach lifestyle and rural landscapes.

The island’s capital is Kos Town and it is sprinkled with historical treasures. Visit the ancient agora to see the remains of Roman temples and bathhouses. Go to the restored Odeon, a Roman amphitheater that dates from the second or third century. 

Walk through the remains of Kos Castle, a massive 14th-century stone fortress. The defensive structure was built by the Knights of Saint John, a Christian military order. Nearby is the Tree of Hippocrates, where Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine is believed to have taught his pupils. According to legend, this is also where St. Paul preached Christianity. Break up your tour of historic sites by sampling some traditional Greek cuisine in a harbor side restaurant.

Drive for about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of the capital to the beautiful hillside village of Kefalos. Stroll among streets lined with traditional houses and tour the remains of an early Christian basilica and a Neolithic cave.

If you have come to Kos for a beach holiday, you won’t be disappointed, because most of the coastline leads to a beach. Close to Kos Town is Agios Fokas Beach with its white and black sand. Relax on Paradise Beach, also known as Bubble Beach for the bubbles that rise up from the sea floor.

Reach Kos by flying into Kos International Airport Hippocrates, located in the center of the island. There are daily flights from Athens and other European destinations. However, most visitors arrive by ferry at the Port of Kos. Daily ferries connect it with other Greek islands, Athens and several cities on the Turkish coast.

Travel to the beaches, towns and historic sites of Kos by renting a car, motorbike or by taking a taxi. Alternatively, rent a bike. There are many paved and dirt cycle paths throughout the island and numerous shops where you can rent road and mountain bikes.


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Neptune Hotels Resort, Convention Centre & Spa

Neptune Hotels Resort, Convention Centre & Spa

Mastichari, Kos
4.7
of 5, from 75 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Mastichari, this beachfront hotel is connected to the convention center, 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from Lido Waterpark, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mastichari Beach and Tigaki Beach. Plaka Forest and Castle Palaio Pyli are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Casa Cook Kos

Casa Cook Kos

Marmari, Kos
4.8
of 5, from 6 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Marmari hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Tigaki Beach, Lido Waterpark, and Castle Palaio Pyli. Mastichari Beach and Antimachia Castle are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$101
Kos Aktis Art Hotel

Kos Aktis Art Hotel

Vasileos Georgiou 7, Kos
4.6
of 5, from 47 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Kos Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tree of Hippocrates, Ancient Agora, and Moslem Shrine Lotzias. Eleftherias Square and Church of Agia Paraskevi are also within 10 minutes.

Aslanis Village Hotel

Aslanis Village Hotel

Marmari, Kos
4.1
of 5, from 13 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Kos aparthotel is located by the sea, 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Tigaki Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lido Waterpark and Castle Palaio Pyli. Mastichari Beach and Roman Odeon Amphitheater are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Mitsis Norida Beach Hotel - All Inclusive

Mitsis Norida Beach Hotel - All Inclusive

Kardamena, Kos
4.4
of 5, from 33 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Iraklides hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Kardamena Port, Plaka Forest, and Antimachia Castle. Castle Palaio Pyli and Lido Waterpark are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Sweet Kalimera Apartments

Sweet Kalimera Apartments

Kardamena, Kos
4.7
of 5, from 15 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This Iraklides aparthotel is on the beach, 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Kardamena Port, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Plaka Forest and Antimachia Castle. Castle Palaio Pyli and Lido Waterpark are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$56
Alexandra Hotel

Alexandra Hotel

16, 25th Martiou Str, Kos
4.2
of 5, from 199 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Kos Town, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Eleftherias Square, Church of Agia Paraskevi, and Port of Kos. Moslem Shrine Lotzias and Ancient Agora are also within 5 minutes.

$41
Maritina Hotel

Maritina Hotel

19, L. Vironos Street, Kos
3.7
of 5, from 35 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Kos Town, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Ancient Agora and Church of Agia Paraskevi. Eleftherias Square and Moslem Shrine Lotzias are also within 10 minutes.

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