This is the tourist office in Kos- situated near the Agora in town and close to where the blue tourist train has its terminus. They have town maps and useful information readily availbale on stands in several languages just inside the door, so just pick one up when you get here (unless a VT friend has already done this for you ;-0 )and then decide what to see and where to find it.
When you arrive in Kos you will quickly realise that scooters and motorbikes are the most popular mode of transport. You are able to hire bikes but I don't know how it works with your licence. I don't know if you just need a car licence or you need to own a full motorbike licence to ride the larger cc bikes.
Virtually no one worn helmets of any kind of protection! I just could not believe it. I wouldn't dare go out on my motorbike without a helmet, proper jacket and gloves. But people don't seem to care in Kos.
If you want to hire a scooter or motorbike, all I can say is be carefull. The roads look a nightmare!
The New Marina
Quite a big marina from where lots of company are renting their boats.
The infrastructure here is perfect, much better than what you can find in Rhodes, very luxurious public bathrooms!!
The only drawback, it is not really in the center of the city, there is about 15-20 minutes walking to the castle...
This picturesque bridge crosses the road that runs around the city from the harbour on towards Psaladi. It looks very pretty when you manage to catch it without traffic thundering past.
The bridge is actually the way into the castle, leading out towards the square where Hippocrates' Plane Tree is.
The Greek Islands are big tourist destinations for North-Europeans. There are plenty of resorts and low budget hotels that could accommodate you if all you want is to get toasted by the sun...
If you want to have an adventure at sea take one of the sailing boats (that run on diesel engines) to visit some other islands.
At around lunch time you will be offered the opportunity to take a dip in the water and also have lunch on the boat.
During the boat tour you will stop at some island. Avoid the tourist traps (i.e.: visit a sponges’ factory) and visit the towns. I took a taxi to go up hill to a monastery. The view on this picture is from the monastery to the town.
Don’t be deceived by the humble appearance of the orthodox churches. Their interiors are magnificently decorated as you can see on the following 3 pictures.
One of the most famous monuments (ruins) in Kos is the Asklepieion. This was a complex of buildings some of then dating back to the 4th c B.C.
Here the sick came and waited for Asklepios to come in their dreams and heal them.
Cats, cats and more cats... I was amazed by the amount of cats that wonder all over the city of Kos. Here you see three taking a break from the sun under the shades of some bushes.
In the center of Kos Town are some some old Roman ruins (Agora) where you could wonder for a few minutes...
Kos has an old medieval castle. Built between 1450 and 1514 by the Venetians. You can enter the castle and wonder between its walls. This is a picture taken from the inside of the castle.
Near the castle you will run into the so called Hippocrates' Tree. The legend sais that Hippocrates taught his pupils under it. This seems to be a legend since the tree is stimated to be about 700 years old... But it is for sure one of the oldest trees in Europe.
Old Mesquite in the center of the city.
Near the Amphitheater are the ruins of the old Roman Forum.
"Visit other Islands or Turkey."
To visit farther away islands or Turkey, take one of the fast boats. This one passed us while we were "sailing".