And if you keep going from Agios Fokas, you get to Thermae. This is a where a sea pool has been made, into which a hot spring flows, and is really worth a visit. Some people dipped in for about ten minutes, but I spent around 90 minutes there.
I cycled from my hotel, about 4 miles/6 km (so double that from Kos Town). It is a good road, but uphill most of the way. The parking area, with drinks stalls is above Thermae, and there is a gravel track down (another 5 minutes walk) You could take a car down, there is some parking, but really better to park at the top. There is also a bus from Kos Town - not all go as far as Thermae.
When I arrived, a dreadlocked guy (probably Dutch) wandered over. "Hey man, no need to lock your bike, no-one steals them here". He was a very low key tout for the right-hand drinks stall, where I got a cold drink ( I certainly need it), as he gave me some advice.
This was, when you go into the pool, go in at the very left, and go to the back, then gradually move to the hotter area. The temperature anywhere in the pool is warmer than the sea, but varies quite a bit within the pool. The hottest is where the spring comes out of a rock fissure, at the far right shore-side. The temperature here is about 50C and you can sit in the fissure and broil (for about ten seconds). If you just wade into the hot bit first, everywhere else will seem cold.
Despite how the pic looks, it was a hot, sunny afternoon, and I don't know where all the people went when I took it!
As if you were in a park, you can walk freely through the remaining of the antic agora.
It would be great to get some kind of explanations about what were the different building but eh, it was free, I guess we shouldn't ask to much and better buy a guidebook instead ;-)
Walking the Walls
The castle has two main areas or precints (plus the outer walls that we walked around to enter Kos)ones. The interior area has four circular Towers in the corners; the southeastern Tower forms part of the exterior precinct, which is larger than the first, each with massive bastions on the four corners, battlements and gunports. These bastions are worth climbing up to for the views over town. The two precincts are separated by a large moat and connect via a drawbridge. Its a great castle to explore really, relatively unspoilt by tourisms.
"Yet another Greek adventure!"
Well, we've just returned from another holiday from our favourite destination - Greece.
I've always found the both the people and the place to be the most welcoming in Europe, and this holiday was no exception.
We'd booked through Co-op Travelcare and managed to haggle the online Kosmar price down to about £1250 for the 5 of us for two weeks self catering.
Tingaki (or Tigaki, depending who you speak to) is a coastal resort 12km away from the capital, Kos Town. It's considered to be the best beach on the island, and there are plenty of the usual tavernas, bars, restaurants and supermarkets to keep everybody happy.
One gripe was that there wasn't enough for kids to do in the actual resort, although there is a waterpark in Psalidi, but my three were happy enough just playing around the pool.
Anyway, click on my tips for further info and photos!