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!
Even within the centre of Kos Town there are narrow alleyways to explore just off the squares - you will soon find scenes just like this...and for our visit in May the colours of the trees were wonderful. This minaret was near to the western excavations and I think may stand on the site of the old acropolis.
The Asklepieion archaelogical site is just 4km out of town on a hill as most such sites were for the tremendous views they afforded. It was built after the death of Hippocrates, in the mid 4th c B.C. but was oly discovered in 1902 by the German archaeologist Herzog. You can get here by the blue tourist train - or many people cycle here. Entrance fee is 4 euros and last admittance is 2.30pm for the 3pm closing. Oh and don't come on a Monday, its closed!
Its a fascinating place and I'll put more pics and info on its own page. Click here
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More along the off-beaten path, on the way to Thermae. Stop here on route to enjoy the view. Most town buses end here, but some continue to Thermae. About 4 km from the Kipriotis, past the last hotels, the road curving around to the northwest coast.
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