Mastichari Bay

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Mastichari, Kos, 85302, Greece
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Travel Tips for Kos


by sandysmith

We only enjoyed a day trip here and even that was not quite enough for the town sights, I guess this is yet another place we could return to and explore more of the town and also the surrounding villages and beaches of the whole island. The whole mix of town and harbour with archaelogical sights on its doorstep is just my kind of place.

Boat trips from Kos

by SWFC_Fan

Kos is conveniently located for those who wish to visit other islands during the course of their stay. In fact, you can even visit another country......Turkey is just a 30 minute hydrofoil ride from Kos Town.

In order to visit other islands, you can either travel independently on one of the scheduled ferries or hydrofoils or you can book yourself onto a pleasure cruise on one of the open deck ferries or pirate ships.

Tickets and tours can be purchased from any of the dozens of tour operators located in Kos Town or in any of the popular beach resorts.

Daytrip options from Kos Town include:

- Bodrum (Turkey): approximately 30 minutes away by hydrofoil. You can also take a more leisurely cruise (1-2 hours) on one of the numerous pleasure boats. A return journey costs around 20 Euros per adult, but some more expensive trips include lunch. You will need to pay departure taxes for Greece and Turkey and pay for a Turkish tourist visa. There are also trips to the Turkish resort of Marmaris.

- Kalymnos/Pserimos/Plati: these 3-island day tours include a BBQ lunch and time for swimming and snorkelling. The trips that I saw advertised departed daily at 10am and returned at 6pm, at a cost of 30 Euros per adult.

- Hydrofoils will take you to Rhodes, Symi, Leros, Lipsi, Kalymnos, Patmos, Tilos and Nissyros. For some of these islands, organised day tours may not be available and you may have to visit them independently.

On a previous trip to Kos in 2002, I also undertook daytrips from other parts of Kos:

- I caught a ferry to Pothia (Kalymnos) from Mastihari; and

- I did a daytrip to the volcanic island of Nissyros from Kardamena.

There are plenty of options for getting off the island for a day if you wish!


by balhannah

The Asklepieion is an ancient medical centre. It dates from the first half of the 3rd century BC and it was built to honour the god of health and medicine, Asklepios, after the death of the famous ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates. The symbol of this institution was a snake, as Greeks honoured this animal due to its ability in terms of selecting curative herbs; and it can still be seen. The physicians of this hospital were also priests and a sanctuary was available for everyone who wanted to pray.

The first terrace is enclosed by a portico with the shape of a "Ð" (Greek letter P), which leaves the south side open. This portico is believed to have been a medical school. On it east side there is a complex of Roman baths, dating from the 3rd century AD and with some porticoes as well, which used to have precincts for the patients and their families.

The second terrace holds the oldest structure of this construction, the ruins of an altar dating from the 4th century BC. To the south it can be found an area called “Avato”, where patients expected to see Asklepios apparition, in order to cure them during their dreams. To the left and the right of the altar, the ruins of two smaller temples lay as well. There are also some restored columns belonging to the Ionic Temple of Apollo (II Century BC).

Finally, on the third terrace, the remains of the Doric Temple of Asklepeion, dating from the 2nd century BC as well, can be seen. Asklepieion‘s centre also holds a church dedicated to Panagia Tarsou, built during the early Christian period. This period may have influenced the disuse of the Asklepieion in the sense that it was never reconstructed after the earthquake, as it has many idolatry elements. What remains from this church is just a capital with the initials ICXP, meaning ‘Jesus Christ’.

Its located on a hill, where you can see Kos in the distance. There are some nice gardens and Toilets are here as well

OPEN Daily 8.30 -3pm Later in Summer................ CLOSED MONDAYS
Admission 4 Euros

Shady Streets

by steventilly

The old Turkish quarter of town is a maze of narrow shady street, totally occupied by shops and bars. This shade is very welcomed during the hottest hours of the day, making it a pleasant place to wander and stop for a snack or a drink. At night this part of town is lovely too, and very bustling. The bars along it are all very welcoming, both inside and out, and at eather end of the area are squares filled with cafes & tavernas.

The West excavation from the Hellenic period

by dedeckerm.

"The West excavation"

The West excavation from the Hellenic period
The town itself is littered with historic sites, most of which date back to the ancient Greeks and Romans.

A `new statue` in the oldest West excavations


Some ruins were only uncovered in 1933 when an earthquake devastated a large part of the town and revealed manu undiscovered sites.

Excavations are still continuing and you sometimes feel as if you are in the middle of a gigantic building site

A `new statue` in the oldest West excavations

It was built in the 3rd. century A.D. and was excavated in 1929.
It is in quite good condition, with eighteen marble steps.
The construction of this Amphitheater was based on vauled arcades.
Inside these arcades some ancient statues were discovered, including the one of Hyppocrates, which is displayed in the museum.


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