Kos Tourist Information

Kos Travel Guide

Kos is one of the most beautiful Greek islands in the Dodecanese group, offering tourists long stretches of beach, mountains and a deep history. Add to this the attractive climate and lively nightlife, and it's easy to see why this island is so popular.

Known as the one-time teaching grounds of famous physician Hippocrates, one of the island's attractions is the Hippocrates Plant Tree, purported to be the oldest tree in Europe and the site of Hippocrates' lessons. A handful of well-known healing temples, including those of Asclepius and Isis, give evidence to the notion that Kos was formerly a island retreat for those with ailments in need of healing.

The conquests of the Persian, Roman, Turkish and Byzantine empires left a trail of important ruins that are worth exploring. Many ancient objects are on display at the Archaeological Museum, including artefacts from the Roman, Hellenistic and Classical eras.

Kos Tourist Attractions

The 15th century Castle of the Knights of St John dates back to the Venetian era and has been well preserved. On the outskirts of the capital town lies the Asklepieion Infirmary of Antiquity, set among numerous cypress trees. This 4th century BC infirmary is also the site of the Temple of Aesculapius. Physicians working here in ancient times used Hippocrates' methods of diagnosis and treatment.

Aside from the rich history and culture on display here, Kos is also full of lovely villages and great beaches. On the southwestern side, the village of Kefalos has some fantastic beaches and small tavernas, as well as the ancient ruins of Astypalaia.

Kardamena boasts postcard-perfect beaches that stretch for more than two miles. Therma Beach is unique, with its black sands and hot springs. For a livelier beach experience, Lambi Beach in Kos Town is lined with restaurants and shops.

Near Kos Town, there are several charming villages on Mount Dikaion. Agios Dimitrios, Zia, Asfendiou and Lagoudi all overlook the sea. Pyli is home to the ruins of a Byzantine fortress and is located in a lush setting of fields. Antimachia is set atop a plateau with a large Venetian castle and two Byzantine churches.