What to see in Kos

Kos Attractions

When most people think of Kos, they envision sun drenched beaches and thousands of young tourists on package holidays, but there is more to Kos than meets the eye, with some wonderful sightseeing opportunities on offer.

History buffs will enjoy a day trip to the dramatic and beautiful Patmos, the island where the exiled St John the Evangelist wrote the Biblical Book of Revelations. Asclepieion, south of Kos Town, was the sacred healing temple where the physician Hippocrates is said to have taught students. The hot sulphur springs at Agia Irini or the hot sea water pools at Agios Fokos are also worth a visit to take a therapeutic dip.

Take a stroll around the old harbour area opposite Dolphins Square to view the sculptures by Alexandros Alwyn, and the huge Tree of Hippocrates, which is located in front of the entrance to Knights Castle, one of Kos Town's most famous attractions and a really exciting, and extensive, ruin to explore. The ruins of a Hellenistic Temple dedicated to Hercules and the Roman Odeon are also located here, and the Archaeological Museum in the Plateia Eleftherias will captivate visitor's imaginations.

On a less historical note, the warm Aegean Sea is perfect for watersports: waterskiing, jet skiing, and parasailing are ideal for adventurous adults, while pedalos and banana boats are popular with older children. Kos is known as having some of the best sandy, golden beaches in Greece, including Kefalos, Kardamena, and Lambi. For those looking for outdoor activities beyond the beach, hiking on the mountain of Dikaios is a must, while the more relaxed option of biking around the towns is a safe and scenic way to see Kos's local life.

Knights Castle

The Castle of the Knights of the Order of Saint John is situated at the entrance of Kos harbour and is an amazing place…

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Kos Archaeological Museum

Displaying mainly Hellenistic and Roman treasures found in and around Kos Town and dating from as far back as the 3rd…

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This island, sometimes called the 'Jerusalem of the Aegean', is an official pilgrimage site for members of the Catholic…

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