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Kos Things to Do

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  • Casa Romana

    The Casa Romana is a reconstructed Roman house only a short walk from the town centre, which is well worth visiting. There was no charge to enter it when we were there.

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  • NERANTZIA CASTLE / CASTLE OF THE...

    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...

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  • ZIA - CHURCH

    I do not know the name of this gorgeous Church.If you are in Zia, then DO NOT MISS VISITING THIS CHURCH. Inside are the most beautiful frescos. The Church is small and breathtaking. To find it, heading up the hill in Zia's main street, take either the 1st lane or 2nd road/lane off to the right. This will lead you to a Cafe and the little Church.I...

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  • 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...

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  • Thermea hot springs Kos

    In the location of Agios Fokas, there is a sea-pool with hot springs, known as "the thermes". The place is well know as one of the most outstanding places on Kos. In order to get there, it is necessary to go across the East beach and pass Psalidi cape, as well as Agios Fokas cape. In the case of Agios Fokas, its cape is a steep arm coming from a 75...

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  • Vulcano at Nisyros

    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....

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Kos Restaurants

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  • Good food everywhere

    Although Kos is an island, relatively few fish for sale. Long time is around Kos fishing with dynamite. The explosions came the stunned fish float to the surface after capture easy. Although this is an effective way of fishing appeared later proved the fishing grounds so badly damaged that the fish around Kos was severely reduced. Many restaurants...

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  • Great Starters!

    The restaurant is located right near the taxi station, but far enough so that there is a peaceful atmosphere. Look for a little sign and perhaps a person waiting outside to greet you in. Inside is a nice courtyard where every guest sits. The wind makes for a nice breeze and the place is nicely decorated. Food was the most important thing for us and...

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  • Great Asian food in Kos Town

    Cheers Indian and Chinese Restaurant is located on Averof Street on the outskirts of Kos Town on the road leading to Lambi. It is located just a 5-10 minutes walk from Kos Town's harbour.I ate here one night during my visit to Kos in May 2006 and was very impressed by both the choice of meals available and the quality of the food.The restaurant has...

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Kos Nightlife

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  • Dancing and having fun!

    If you want to drink something during the day or if you want do dance all night long this is a very nice Café/Bar/Dance Club. You have a wonderful view over the sea as the club is outside, but it is covered.Most of the people are between 16 and 28 but also elderly people go there.The music is mainly Greek and Arabic belly dancing, and Greek and...

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  • Changes from year to year

    It's difficult to give advice on where to go when you want to have a good time at Kos. This because even though some of the bars and clubs remain from year to year, it might be the place to be one summer, and next season it's struggling to draw guests. The best advice is to talk to people you meet who has been there for a few days/a week, then...

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  • Beach bar

    At Lambi beach near the Atlantis hotel is a lovely beach bar. The bar is located around an old wind mill that has been restored. In the wind mill you will find toilets and douches. The bar and tables/chairs are in open air with a good view of the beach. They have comfortable seats with cushions and drapes giving the bar an Arabic flair.They also...

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Kos Transportation

  • Bus from Kos Airport to Kos Town

    I discovered that there are now buses from Kos Town to Kos Airport via Mastichari (a nearby village on the north coast) that actually stop at the airport itself.On my outward journey from Kos Airport to Kos Town I followed advice on the airport website (http://www.hcaa-eleng.gr/kosdat.htm) to walk up to the giant roundabout outside the airport...

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  • Tourist Train

    In Kos there are a couple of small wheel-driven tourist trains, the green one does a round trip of Kos Town passing all worth seeing spots. It operates from 10:00 to 14:00 in the morning and from 18:00 to 22:00 in the afternoon. Each route lasts for about 20 min. and is repeated every half hour. The departure point is at Akti Miaouli in the...

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  • Going through Passport Control

    Passport Control at Kos was not fast, and not very pleasant. The best thing to do, is 10mins -15mins before landing, head to the back of the Ferry where you are to get off. At least by doing this, you will be one of the 1st to go through, and avoid a terribly long line, and grumpy Officials. Perhaps they were just having a bad day!!!!

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Kos Shopping

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  • The Best Shoes in Kos

    It has the best choice of shoes in the whole Kos city, I would buy 10 pairs per visit if I would live there:) Shoes and greek cosmetics 30-60 euro per nice pair of shoes

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  • Kitsch from Kos

    It is difficult to walk along the sea front or through the old town without passing some the souvenir shops. Whilst the goods same seem kitschy the kids enjoyed looking around. Typical souvenirs include Ouzo or olive oil, hand-painted ceramics, T-shirts and baseball caps in the traditional colours blue and white or boxes with the famous Island...

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  • Mulling in the Market

    In the centre of Kos town is a small market hall that specialises in spices, herbs, oil, fruit, vegetables and wine, along with selected souvenirs of sea shells and sponges.June 1999

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Kos Local Customs

  • Tree of Hippocrates

    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...

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  • "Ippokrateia" series of cultural events

    The "Ippokrateia" is a series of events such as photo exhibits, painting exhibits, concerts, dance performances, etc. that take place in Kos during the summer. There are bronchures with the schedule and other information circulating in the main town. If you plan on attending however, make sure to confirm that the event is actually taking place. I...

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  • Snacks With Drinks

    It's usual to be given some sort of snack with your drinks. This is usually just a bowl of nuts or olives but can be more. At Cafe Central we got a bowl of mixed nuts and a bowl of marinaded raw vegetables (shown). It was almost a meal in itself.

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Kos Warnings and Dangers

  • Respect the locals and the police

    Kos town is an eldorado for young people who wants to party and let loose, but too much alcohol often leads to vandalizing and arguments which turn into fights.. The locals do their best to serve the tourists, but unfortunately many young tourists do not respect them, they steal, fight, are rude etc.. Believe me, you do not want to get involved...

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  • Drinking in Clubs!

    If you want to dring something when you go clubing at night you have to be careful. It would be better to order alcohol or other drings which are in bottles because sometimes barkeepers mix faked alcohol in your coctails which can cause stomachache. In some cases they would even mix other things in your drinks (especially in a girl's drink) in...

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  • Site Closed

    Don't go looking for the Casa Romana until at least 2006! It's closed for what appear to be rather lengthy restorations. The results should be well worth seeing. In the mean time, visit all of the other (free) attractions in Kos Town, Casa Romana is one of the few you'd have to pay to see anyway!

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Kos Tourist Traps

  • Make sure to get receipt for car rental.

    The local car rental company that I used gave me a copy of my rental aggreement without listing the price for the rental or the insurance that I had purchased. Luckily, nothing bad happened, but it's a good idea to get your paperwork completed properly. Understand the policy for the actual car rental (mileage, gas, etc.) and the insurance...

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  • Kos to Bodrum-much time & money spent

    This was part of my experience re. my day trip from Kos to Bodrum. I had booked the ferry ticket the night before and I was told that before I go through passport control I was to pay a 4 euro port tax. After waiting in line for ~ 20 min and asking 3 people, I found my way inside the cafeteria next to the passport control room where 3 individuals...

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  • Don`t always trust the holiday rep

    Try not to book trips with your reps.The price to go to Bodrum (Turkey ) for the day was £30.I went for £10 booked locally with a free City sightseeing trip included.I saw more of Turkey than the rest of the people in my hotel who had booked with the rep. Try and shop round for day trips and make the most of your holiday like I did.The only trip I...

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Kos What to Pack

  • Pack Light

    I like these tops that you can get called "technical wear". They're lightweight, cool, dry, easy to wash & dry and some are made with anti-bacterial silver threads. One top can last you a few days. I have a few by Helly Hansen, Berghaus and Ronhill. Their light weight means you can bring back more wine on the return journey...

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  • Sun ! soooooo......suncream ?

    In summertime : light clothes and your swimmingsuits. Sandals and walking shoes Don`t forget your suncream.

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Kos Off The Beaten Path

  • Hipprocates Garden

    In 2008 we were driving around the smaller roads as we came out of kos town toward the old Turkish village of Platani when we came across signs for Hippocratic Altis - intrigued we investigated and discovered a little garden oasis with a monument of Hippoctates and a wonderful view over the coastline. Not only that but it is a reconstitution of...

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  • Platani

    Platani is tan old Turkish village about 2 miles south of Kos Town, on the road that will take you to the Asklepeion. The village was originally known as Kermetes and until 1964 was a thriving Turkish settlement on Kos, with its own Turkish-speaking school, shops and mosque. Today just the mosque and a few Turkish-owned shops and restaurants. We...

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  • Rent a scooter or a motorcycle

    Rent a scooter or a motorcycle to explore the whole island of Kos rather than a car. It will give you a freedom to get to all historical, natural and other sites of interest within less than ten days.

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  • History of Kos

    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...

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  • DISCOVERY TRIP OF KOS

    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....

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  • Sun Beds

    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.

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