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    Mandraki, Nisyros

    by Twan Updated Jun 17, 2013

    Nisyros is a small island (41 km2) south of Kos and north of Tilos. The coastal length is only 28 kilometers. The capital of Nisyros is Mandraki. Mandraki is the only port of Nisyros and here is where the boats arrive. Nisyros in the summer visited daily by many tourists because on the island is a volcano and a visit to the crater is definitely worth it. The craters are located on the plateau of Lakki and north of the mountain village of Emporios that is accessible by bus. Buses depart very regularly from the harbor and drive up to the craters. On the plateau of Lakki are five craters within walking distance. The largest crater called Stefanos and is up to 300 meters and at least 250 meters wide. The deepest point of this is 30 meters. The volcano on Nisyros is an active volcano, but a live volcano, fumes come out of the ground and the smell of sulfur in many places is very strong.

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    Tree of Hippocrates

    by Twan Written Mar 8, 2012

    On Kos are several memorials to the physician Hippocrates, and for the god of medicine from the Greek pantheon: Asklepios, who had been teacher of Hippocrates. For example, the famous plane tree of Hippocrates in Kos is the capital city. There is also a Hippocratisch museum dedicated to him. Furthermore, there are several archaeological sites in or near the city, including a Roman amphitheater and a gymnasium. The capital, Kos is the tourist and cultural center of the island. Close to the harbor it is the 14th-century castle the Neratzia, in 1315 by the Knights of St. John of Rhodes was built. In the center of Kos is an ancient marketplace, the agora.

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  • Bubble Beach

    by Djockovic Written Jul 14, 2011

    About a ten minute drive from Kardamena, the beach aptly named "Bubble Beach" sits in a nice bay perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports. Bubble Beach is also part of Paradise Beach, so when going down the road, make sure to look for signs for Paradise Beach. Once there, make sure to swim out about 300 feet to the red bouy. Dive underwater to see all the bubbles coming out from under the sand.

    Some areas had densely packed areas of bubbles that made it almost like a jacquizzi.

    Try out the water sports if you're interested. There is a paddleboat you can rent for ten euros for half an hour and it has a slide. Great for the younger ages. The water sports rental also has jet skis (but they are 45 Euros for 15 minutes, don't go for it) and parasailing and something called a fly fish where a boat pulls an inflatable raft and you go up in the air.

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    Asclepeion

    by SurfaceTravel Written Feb 4, 2010

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    The asclepeion in Kos is an ancient religious sanctuary, a healing centre, and a medical school. Hippocrates (460 - 370 BC), the "father of medicine", trained here.

    Sorry, I don't have much further information about its history, but it is worth the taxi fare from Kos Town simply for the views and the very pleasant quiet walk around the grounds. It is very green with fields and trees surrounding it, and it is situated on the side of a hill. There are amazing views of the island and across to Turkey from the upper part.

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    Archaeological Museum

    by grayfo Written Jan 14, 2010

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    The Archaeological Museum has many exhibits dating mainly from the Archaic, Hellenistic and Roman times, along with fine mosaics, ceramics and statues that includes one that is believed to represent Hippocrates, the father of scientific medicine.

    The building is an Italian art-deco building modelled after a Roman house and was purposefully built with rooms laid out in such a way so as to maximise the displays of art discovered. There are three main rooms, North, West and East set around the central vestibule.

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    Town Hall & Tourist Police

    by grayfo Updated Jan 12, 2010

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    The town hall and tourist police share this large white building. It was built in 1928 in a Venetian style during the Italian occupation.

    Tourist Police: +30 242 26666
    Town Hall: +30 242 28724

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    The Xyston – Kos Town

    by grayfo Updated Jan 12, 2010

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    The xytos was constructed originally in the 2nd century AD, it is the part of the ancient gymnasium that was covered by a roof, this was so that athletics could take place whatever the weather. Prior to any competition the athletes would cover their bodies in olive oil. A line of columns along the xytos has been restored and makes an impressive sight.

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    Church of Agia Paraskevi

    by grayfo Updated Jan 12, 2010

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    The church of Agia Paraskevi is situated in the capital of Kos, dominating the heart of the town. The exterior is beautifully painted with beige and blue and its interior is richly decorated. On its feast day, many pilgrims from all over the island come into the church to honour Saint Paraskevi.

    June 1999

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    Neratzia Castle - Castle of the Knights of St John

    by grayfo Updated Jan 12, 2010

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    The Knights of St John built this Venetian castle in the 15th century; its purpose was as an outpost, on their way through Turkey to the Holy Land. The castle is entered via a bridge that spans an avenue of palm trees planted along what used to be the moat.

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    Dolphin Fountain

    by grayfo Updated Jan 12, 2010

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    This dolphin fountain, a local landmark is at the centre of what is referred to as "Dolphin Square". Although it's not a square but a traffic roundabout, it is a focal point of the harbour area.

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    Hippocrates Plane Tree

    by grayfo Written Jan 8, 2010

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    In front of the Castle of Knights is a huge old plane tree, known as the ‘Hippocrates plane tree’. According to the people of Kos, the Hippocrates plane tree was planted by this famous Greek physician, who used its shade to teach his students in this place. As the tree is 500 years old, it is pretty obvious not the same tree that Hippocrates planted, since he lived around the 5th century BC, but it is claimed to be a descendant of that one.

    June 1999

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    Harbour

    by grayfo Written Jan 8, 2010

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    The "tourist heart" of the city Kos is the harbour with its many street cafes and restaurants, and filled with sailing boats bound for remote beach excursions, visits to the neighbouring islands and trips over to Bodrum in Turkey.

    June 1999

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    The Castle of the Ioannite Knights

    by peterdhduncan Updated Sep 20, 2009

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    The Castle of the Ioannite (Order of Saint John) Knights dominates one side of Kos' harbour. There are good views over the town and harbour and along the coast from its battlements.

    There was a small entry fee.

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    Walk the Old Town

    by balhannah Updated Jul 20, 2009

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    KOS............ Was originally founded in 366 BC. The Town you visit now is in the same place as the original one.
    Walking was a very pleasant, cheap way to see Kos. There are lots of delightful shops and Cafes, as well as ruins to see. I also visited Eleftherias Square, a Market, Defterdar Mosque, saw Churches, interesting Buildings and beautiful Flowers. Its in a fairly compact area, and when you are tired, stop and rest on a seat overlooking the Harbour!

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    KOS HARBOUR

    by balhannah Written Jul 19, 2009

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    This is a lovely spot in Kos town. Here, there are plenty of outdoor Cafes if you want to stop and have a bite to eat. If you just want to sit and relax those weary legs like I did, then there are seats along the Harbour front. Boats here do day tours to the nearby Islands.

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  • Aug 12, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Any info on swimming with dolphins, not just boat trips to view them please.

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      Aug 16, 2014 at 4:19 AM

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