Travel to Kos in Greece

Discover the vibrant atmosphere of Kos

Although the island of Kos in Greece was inhabited for many years it was only in 366 BCE that the town of Kos was founded whilst under Roman rule. The Byzantines began to reign but the island was then annexed by the Venetians. The Venetians proceeded to sell Kos to the Knights of Saint John from Rhodes. The Knights abandoned Kos out of fear of the Turkish armies and thus the island came to be ruled by the Ottoman Empire. Four hundred years later Kos was given to Italy and then commandeered by Germany during World War Two. In 1945 Kos became a British protectorate and was relinquished in 1947 to Greece.

Today, Kos town is the port of the island of Kos and a vibrant place. Kos is a town filled with relics of its tumultuous history. As you enter the port your eyes are immediately drawn to the Castle of Neratzia or Knights' Castle. Constructed between 1450 and 1478 the magnificent castle is linked to the mainland via a bridge. Inside you can view a fascinating set of sculptures and inscriptions from throughout the ages.

It is believed that Hippocrates (a famous physician) was born in Kos. At the heart of Kos town you will discover the Plane Tree of Hippocrates where tradition states the ancient doctor would teach. Also within the bounds of the city are the Hippocratic Museum and International Hippocratic Institute.

There are many more archaeological sites to explore as well as interesting monuments to gaze at. Consider stopping at some of these: the Stoa, Ancient Stadium, Hellenistic Gymnasium, Roman house, Sanctuary of Hercules, Ancient Agora, Temple and alter of Dionysos and the Sanctuary of Aphrodite Pandemos.

At night, Kos turns into a hub of clubbing activity. Visitors can dance the night away at one of the nightclubs or have a drink at a pub. Despite the late nights, when the sun rises, the beaches are packed with sun bathers. Why not plan your holiday in Kos during the Ippokratia Festival held annually in August. During the festival you can enjoy concerts, theatrical performances, folk art, the flower show and a reading of the Hippocratic Oath.

Arrive at Greece's Kos either by ferry or by plane. Your travel agent will be able to assist you in organizing a flight to Kos. Alternatively, check online for inexpensive flights to Kos. There are several hotels in Kos town to choose from. Read online reviews about the hotels in Kos town so that you can decide which will suit you best.

With so much to see and do, a holiday in Kos is one that you will never forget.


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