Hippocrates plane tree
At Platea Platanou, in front of the entrance to the Castle of the Knights stands a huge plane tree. It is supported by some kind of scaffolding because the tree is very old. Some say that Hippocrates often sat under this tree to teach his students medicine. However, the tree could never been that old. Normally it can get about 400 years old. Next to the tree you will find a lovely fountain. The fountain was used by the muslims for washing before entering the Loggia mosque.
Complete Blow Out
This was one of the best places we've ever eaten at. For a start it's a very attractive little corner of Kos town, just up off one of the little square in front of the harour area. It's hard to miss (so long as you hit the right square) - the steps and walls of the alley up to it are painted blue and white in the typical Greek way. It's twee but very attractive. Seats are arranged alongside and behind the taverna and seafood is the speciality here, though thankfully for us they do great mezze too. We had all sorts here. We ate twice and had different stuff each time. The second time was our last meal on Kos and we ordered rather too much - it was a struggle to eat it all. Amongst the things that I can remember having are:
Warm hummous mixed with sauteed peppers, onions & tomatoes.
Beetroot in garlic (I love it, wife hates it)
Skodalia (as above!)
The castle contains a lot of ruined relics - pillars and columns, ruined statues, fragments of this and that. Most of them seem to be arranged just inside the entrance, where this picture was taken. I'm not sure if they are part of the original castle or if they have been brought in from elsewhere. Whatever, they are worth a look.
The existos was apparently some kind of covered running track and gymnasium. The columns that remain here used to hold the roof of the covered track. It's hard to imagine how it might have looked and some sort of interpretation boards would have been a useful addition to the site. I guess this is one reason why it's free - if you had to pay then you could expect more from the site.