23 km south of Kos, not far from the airport, on a hill above Antimachia, is the imposing Venetian castle. We spent a while up her exploring the ruins and enjoying the far reaching views over Kos Island - it was rather windy though so had to wrap up warm. There are a couple of old venetian churches within the walls wth some faded fresoes - the church of Agios Nikolaos dating from the 16th century and the church of Agia Paraskevi, built in early 18th century. Also some remains of cisterns and houses also survive but they are not in very good condition. The views from the walls are the main attraction IMHO.
Zia - Mountain Villages
Zia is a touristic mountain village 16 km south of Kos Town. Mnay go here for the tavernas at suset for the lovely views. The streets are lined with craft shops - climb a bit above these and you'll find the real old Zia with watermills and quieter cafes. The more adventurous will climb the mountain - Mount Dikaion. We saw several people gettign kitted out with hiking boots to take the trip up here.
Kefalos is the other end of the island from Kos Town - some 43 km away. The old town is built on a stone height, dominated by the imposing windmill of Papavasilis. The beaches and main resort areas are at the bottom of the hill!
Mastihari is situated some 22 kilometres western to the town of Kos. It serves as a ferry port for the nearby island of Kalymnos and has a less touristic feel to the village. Lovely tavernas on a beach promenade. Hire a sunbed for the day on the fine sandy beach, blissfully peaceful in the low season, and just relax and stay for a meal at one of the fine tavernas - the fish is really good and fresh. Locals are really friendly as we walked back to catch the bus back to Kos we were offered water melon by the local fruit seller.
Another plus was all the beautiful kittens here - they were really well fed ;-0
Three Islands Cruise on the Kalypso
The three islands cruise on the Kalypso began at Mastichari harbour from where we sailed to the harbour town of Pothia in Kalymnos. We spent a couple of hours wandering around it, and were given lunch at a restaurant looking onto the harbour, after which we continued to the unnoccupied island of Plati where we dropped anchor and swam from the boat. We then went on to Pserimos where we swam from the sandy beach before returning to Kos.
The lively and friendly crew encouraged us to join in with Greek dancing on the deck during the cruise.
All in all, a very pleasant and relaxing day!
Tingaki s normally a lovely sandy beach ..but in October it was virtually deserted. Early winds (a seasonal event apparently) had come early and the waves were tossing up seaweed onto the beach shore. To swim in the water you would have to wade through thick clumps of seaweed - yuk! The locals didn't bother to clear it as they knew it would jut re-appear the next day.
So if coming for a beach holiday to Tingaki avoid October or else head to the other side of the island of Kos to Paradise beach outside of Kefalos.
Popular resort with Brits. We just visited for a few hours for a walk along the marina and the shops and a spot of lunch in a cafe - where staff were very friendly btw. Wasn't over impressed with the beaches, quite narrow and shingly and glad not to be staying here, very little Greek atmosphere really IMHO.
Basilica Agios Stafanos
A short walk along the beach of Aghios Stafanos (or next turning long the road) are the interesting remains of an early double Christian basilica church with some fine mosaics. They were discovered in 1932 by the Italian archaeologist Lorentzi. The nearby islet of Kastri can be seen more easily here with the monastery of Agios Andonios.
- Historical Travel
Just before Kefalos as you go down the hill there are many side tracks leading down to various beaches which are worth exploring - they looked better than the ones in Kefalos itself which were a bit more shingly and narrower Some are better than others, some quieter. This one is Aghios Stefanios. A quiet sandy beach and in the distance the island of Kastri can be seen not far from Paradise Beach.
Just near the airport is a minor road which goes to Plaka - a small wooded nature area where peacocks and cats roam. They are quite tame, being used to visitors but were also hungry in low season (not as many visitors now) that as soon as a car appeared they congregated around it waiting for food. We watched a little boy being given chunks of bread by his Mum to feed them with instructions to break it up for them but they were already going for the larger chunks in his hand, much to his consternation. Bread for the cats was thrown just underneath a car so they copuld get it before the greedy peacocks. The road continues on towards Kefalos so no need to return on the bumpy road back to the airport. Just watch out for any cats underneath as you drive off - they seemed to have a fascination for the wheel arches!
- Family Travel
What to do on Kos ?
Kos is a beautiful island. We have been there twice and enjoyed it very much. The island is big enough for day trips and has lovely beaches of course. Kos city that has very nice beaches where you can spend days at leisure and there are Kardamena which is over touristic (lots of brits and pubs by the beach :-) Kefalos which is at the south end which is worth a visit on a day trip with the car up the mountain where you can see a typical greek village. Also there is the little village in the mountain called Zia that is very lovely for a daytrip has lovely sunset views. I also recommend to go for a few hours to Therma but keep in mind there are no facilities around Therma no toilets or places to change so I had to go to the nice restaurant up there ...(that was in 2006) Also I recommend the trip 2 the 3 islands and especially the day trip to the volcanic island Nyssiros that was really wonderful especially because Nyssiros is really so lovely.
This building is placed at the Eastside of the Platia Eleftherias (Freedom Square).
It was built in the year 1725 and belongs to the Islamic community of Kos-City.
Today, this mosque functions no more than Belief Home, but as place for a few shops and the coffee bar Aenaos.
- Religious Travel
- Historical Travel
The windmill of Antimáchia
This is the last of the old 100 windmills of Antimáchia.
The grain for the whole island was ground into these mills.
Until 1999, this mill worked almost every day.
Now, it stands the most, quiet.
The old construction was restored lately,
and the tourists can ascend the steep ladder indoors again as far as into the mill roof.
- Family Travel
- Arts and Culture
Traditional House in Antimáchia
The traditional House in Antimáchia (Paradosiakó Spiti) is a folklore museum, arranged in the year 1990, in an old farmhouse.
The culture society of the village had the initiative for this action.
There, one can see the life of a 14-headed family of the village, at the beginning of the twentieth century.
The house has three rooms and a stall.
Into this museum, one can see Greek traditions and local customs of the simple folk.
For the visiting of the house, one must pay an entrance donation of 50 cents.
- Arts and Culture
- Family Travel
Kos is a great island! we were there for 11 nights and we found that as the island is quite small (only 27 miles long and no more tham 6 miles wide) the best way to see the island would be to hire a quad bike 250cc. It was such a good decision we were based in Kardamena which was really central on the island.
We visited bubble beach, kefalos, kos town, tingaki... i could go on!!
It took about 20 minutes to get to bubble beach, 35 minutes to kefalos, about 30 mins to tingaki and around 40 minutes to Kos Town
A full tank of fuel would get you from one side of the island to the other and to fill up the bike it costs 8 euros... so cheap!
- Road Trip