The harbour is a great place to stroll along the promenade, looking at he colourful boats and yachts or have a break in one of the cafes across the road.
The boats offer many tempting day cruises - a popular one was the "Three Island Tour". This is a sail to Pserimos for a swim, then Kalymnos Island which is renowned for its spongers and where lunch will be taken and later in the day the boat sails for Plati island for another swim stop. These type of trips are favourites of ours and now I was beginning to wish we were staying longer!
The remains of the ancient city of Kos are scattered throughout the town of Kos and are divided into three archaeological zones:
the central - exhibits of the the museum and castle
The eastern - Agora area
The western - preserved monuments such as the temple and the altar of Dionysus, Thermes, "Afesis", in the ancient stadium opposite the church of Agia Anna, "Nympheon", with its remarkable mosaics and a staircase leading to the Acropolis and many others.
These are some mosaics seen by the western excavations - many here showed hunting scenes.
- Museum Visits
ZIA - HIGHEST TOWN OF THE ISLAND OF KOS
I really think this is a MUST DO!
This small beautiful village is located 16 kms from Kos and close to Asfendiou village high on the mountain side of Dikeos.
The drive up Mount Dikeos to this little village of Zia has breathtaking views. How I wished I wasn't in a bus so that I could get some good photos! At the top, the views are of the whole Island, just imagine a sunset - I imagine amazing!
The village itself is touristy, with a lot of Tour Buses here for lunch, but they all leave at different times which was good. I still found somewhere to eat, with not many people! There are lots of little shops selling all types of souvenirs, and if you see something you like, buy it. I didn't buy a Mouse pad here, thought I would get one in Rhodes, and couldn't.
A beaut little village for a stroll around.
- Arts and Culture
- Road Trip
This huge plane tree stands in front of the Castle of the Knights, in the centre of Kos town, you can't miss it! Hippocrates (c. 460 BC–380 BC) the ancient Greek physician, an outstanding figures in medicine of all time and regarded as the father of medicine. Well it is believed that he planted this tree some 24 centuries ago - although they only have a life span of some 400 years! Well whether any roots of offshoots of those roots are stil here its considered sacred and is fenced off accordingly - both for protection and support . On the left hand side a fountain can be seen for the washing before the muslims went to the mosque.
Walking around the castle walls in the other direction leads onto the promenade by the new castle moat - a popular place for a stroll - and leads around to the colourful marina of Kos with all its boats and yachts plying their trade of various trips.
Neratzia Castle - Castle of the Knights of St John
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.
- Castles and Palaces
NERANTZIA CASTLE / CASTLE OF THE KNIGHTS
The castle of the Knights of Saint John on Kos, was constructed with local stone and with the remains of previous constructions and buildings and was built during the occupation of the Knights, which lasted for over two hundred years.
Here, there is a stone Bridge crossing to the Castle. This is because the Castle used to be on an island, and the Bridge linked it with the main land. Today it is called “Phoinikon”, which means palm trees. The road below has an avenue of Palm Trees.
You have to cross over this bridge to reach the Castle and pay your entrance fee.
There are Four interior towers which are circular and are located in the four corners.
The Castle took a while to build, and it dates between the years 1380 – 1514.
The tower on the south was the largest, and still has gun ports, battlements and bastions on all the corners.
The oldest tower, the one on the left of the drawbridge, still has the blazons of Grand Master De Milly (1454 - 1461), and Grand Master De Lastic (1437 – 1454)
The interior is the oldest part, built in the times of of Sultan Bayazit. The exterior area was finished in 1514.
It is still possible to see a frieze depicting a number of garlands and masks from Hellenistic times.
There are great views from the Castle, especially of the Harbour area.
OPEN DAILY 8.30 - 3pm .......CLOSED MONDAYS
Admission in 2013 was....... 3 Euros
- Castles and Palaces
- Historical Travel
Relax at the beach
The best beaches near Kos town (although not the best of the island) can be found at Lambi (in the West) and Psalidi (in the East).
The beaches are pebbled, with a nice view of Turkey. There are no lifeguards, you are responsible for your own safety.
Many hotels, tavernas and beach bars rent out sunbeds and parasols. You will pay between 4 to 6 euros for two chairs and a parasol for a whole day.
PLANE TREE OF "HIPPOCRATES"
In the centre of Kos island in front of the Castle of Knights stands a huge old plane tree, known as the ‘Hippocrates plane tree’. It is said that 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 not the one that Hippocrates planted, since he lived around the 5th century BC. Therefore, it is said to be descendant of that one.
This plane tree has a perimeter of twelve metres.
A wall with metal railing prevents it from extending excessively and stops people from climbing it. The wall has Turkish ornaments on one side and on the other, there is a historic white engraved tap in Arabic language.
The tree has made history around the world, since some of its cuttings or seeds went to several destinations as gifts to the National Library of Medicine in the United States, in which its seeds have been planted in 1961. The Department of Medical Genetics at the University of Glasgow, the Michigan Medical School, and the Sydney's School of Rural Health in Australia.
During summer, there are also some events related to Hippocrates plane tree.
On September the 5th, there is a tradition for housewives making two wreathes, one with old leaves, and the other with new ones. The old one must be taken into the sea, while the new one has to be put on the shore. This one symbolizes the beginning of the year, and must be hold until forty waves lap it.
Once it is done, housewives come back to the tree with the wreath, holding some pebbles and sea water in pannikins while they grab the tree, which supposedly assure them health and a long life. Once at home again, the ritual continues, as the wreath must be put on some religious icons, and sprinkle them with the rest of the sea water.
- Historical Travel
Kos is the third largest of the Dodecanese Islands after Rhodes and Karpathos. Its known as the birthplace of Hipprocates - the father of modern medicine but veggies will know it better for the lettuce which bears its name. The capital, also named Kos, is located on its northeastern coast. It is very green with its avenues of plam trees, oozes turkish influence with its architecture and the bustling harbour with its cafes and boats waiting to wisk you off to beaches and other islands is a delightful place for a stroll and really deserves more than the day trip that we had.
- Family Travel
AGORA - "ANCIENT MARKET"
The Ancient Agora, meaning ‘ancient market’, is an excavation area where a number of temples, baths, and houses with remaining mosaics, columns, and other pieces of construction belonging to several periods have been found.
The columns date around the 4th and the 3rd centuries BC and they were partly restored during the Roman period.
The ancient Market itself, was a market that took advantage of its location next to the harbour, as it was ideal for trading, to the point that Agora used to be centre of Kos. Some of the most recent findings are an 80 metres wide by 300 metres length building, with a large stairway leading to an inner yard. There are also two restored columns that give the idea of a portico.
In addition, the Market has also some ruins of an Aphrodite Shrine, as well as a small temple -seemingly in the honour of Hercules- and a Christian Basilica dating from the 5th century.Some other findings are the mosaic floors, which date from the 3rd century BC and a statue of Hippocrates.
FREE TO BROWSE AROUND!
- Historical Travel
Tigaki Beach is the nearest Beach to Kos. It has a long sandy beach and shallow waters. Umbrellas and Sun beds are available, as well as water sport equpiment. Everything you need is here......Accommodation, Cafes & Restaurants, Bars and shops and MORE.......
To reach here, you can catch one of the 10 daily Buses that come here from the Bus Station in Kleopatras Street.
- Water Sports
The hot springs are amazing, they are supposed to have healing qualities. We went, I suppose at the wrong time of day, as the water really is hot and the daytime heat combined was a bit too much. If I was to return to Kos I would make the effort to go at night.
- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
Bubble Beach as it is widely known is a really good excursion.
There is a cafe here, plenty of car parking and of course - the beach!
In the sea there is a hot spring, and you will see the bubbles rising to the surface, you will usually see a swarm of people in the area where the bubbles are, and they are very warm.
Its like a whirlpool/air spa in the sea....very impressive!
Well worth a few hours if not a day out of your holiday.
This is the resort in which we stayed.
Its a bustling resort, with some excellent restaurants - try the Calamari and the Swordfish!
The beach here is long and narrow, and there are numerous watersports that you can try.
For the best view of the beach, hire a pedalo and go out as far as you can.
During the evening, there are numerous bars to choose from and the Pr's will usually be handing out tickets for free drinks etc
The best club that we found, was called "Downtown", because the music goes off at midnight, most people then go to clubs.
If you are self catering here, there is a big supermarket, near where the buses stop off, it has a huge deli counter with fresh Feta and meats, and tins of different types of Olives.
They also sell Metaxa and Ouzo really cheap - which is always a bonus!
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