Favorite thing: Archaeological finds show that Kos has been inhabited since prehistoric times. From the excavations at the cave Aspri Petra (White Stone) on the hill of Zini at Kefalos there have been discovered finds dating back as early as 3000 BC, the Early Bronze Age. The first settlement in Kos Town dates back to the end of this era and since has existed in various forms and under various dominations. Kos flourished during the Minoan and Mycenaean periods and, according to folklore took part to the Trojan War with 30 ships. After the collapse of the Mycenaean civilization, the island became Doric and a new period of glory started.
This is the name of a Bus tour I booked for Kos. A lady at the Ferry Terminal in Bodrum was walking around, handing out leaflets. If you were interested, you then booked with her on the Ferry, and met her outside Passport control at Kos. Here she showed you where the Bus was waiting to take you on tour.
The tour left as soon as everybody was there. We drove along a beach front for about 10kms, then wound our way up to the highest village on the Island. Views were fantastic on the way. Here we stopped for lunch (not included) and had time to explore the village. On the way back, we stopped at Asklepion, those who wanted could go for a look (not included admission) and then headed back to Kos. The Tour guide could speak good English, and gave a commentary the whole way. I saw more of the Island this way and I thought it was good value.
COST IN 2009 WAS 12 Euros.
Favorite thing: In the beach there are some places where you can use the sunbeds for free. You only have to buy something from the coffe shop and you can stay on the beach all day. Usually the "free" sunbeds are the ones without cushions.
Favorite thing: A remarkable building on the Eleftheria Square is the18th century Defterdar Mosque. It is still used by the 50 Muslim families mostly living in the nearby Platani town. It is not open to the public. In front of the mosque is a lovely cafe.
Favorite thing: 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.
Favorite thing: Eleftherias Square lies in the old town and close to the harbour. It's a bustling square with cafes, a museum, the municipal market and the Defterdar mosque. Around are many streets with mainly souvenir shops.
Favorite thing: The harbour is a nice place to walk along the promenade, which will lead you from dolphin square to the castle and beyond. There are many colourful fishing boats and yachts for day trips. Along the promenade across the street you can have something to drink or eat in one of the many cafes and restaurants.
Fondest memory: Palm tree Avenue is the most beautiful street in Kos town. This avenue lined by huge palm trees brings you from the castle to the centre of town. There is a stone bridge that crosses over Palm tree Avenue from Platea Platanou (where Hipprocates plane tree is), over the former moat to the castle entrance.
Favorite thing: Our visit to the dodecanese in May was greeted with a riot of colour - I wondered if it would be as green and as colourful later in the year or indeed at the end of the season. Anyway we were glad to see such a colourful bloom as this.
Favorite thing: Cat lovers will be delighted to sze cats everywhere - they looked to be a bit more healthier than those we saw on Rhodes or Symi. Thes greek islands all seem to have cat rescue charities and regularly go around feeding them - judging by the pregnant ones we saw there doesn't appear to be much of a neutering programme around! More kitties in the travelogue below!
Favorite thing: Just off the square near the museum is the covered market - we walked through its arcades and the smells of the herbs and spices filled our nostrils and the sight of the colourful fruit was very apealing.
Favorite thing: The huge white building of the tourist police office and town hall is just on the corner of the road as you enter Kos from around the castle walls. A really grand building and is readily visible as you approach Kos from the sea - as in intro pic. It was built in Venetian style by the italians during the occupation.
Favorite thing: 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.
Favorite thing: 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.
Take a stroll in town and visit the covered market hall.
Walk to the Ancien Town which is located in the north eastern part of Kos town, near the harbour.
There are the ruins of a Hellenistic Temple dedicated to Hercules, restored pillars of a small Temple and remains of a sanctuary, dedicated to Aphrodite.