Kos

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Kos showing a coastal town and château or palace

This island town impresses with magnificent Roman and Ottoman ruins, Hellenistic artifacts and medieval architecture.

From the Greeks to the Romans to the Ottomans, the world’s most powerful civilizations have left their mark on the remarkable Kos Town. Strewn with medieval castles and ancient marketplaces, as well as a Roman Odeon and one of history’s earliest medical centers, this village overflows with history. Explore the fascinating ruins before hitting the beach.

Kos’s archaeological ruins are some of the most popular in the Dodecanese. Visit the central square and stand under the Tree of Hippocrates, a plane tree where Hippocrates once taught his students. Meander along the port to the impressive Castle of Neratzia. Built by the Knights of St. John, this defensive structure overlooked the water passage between Kos and Halicarnassus. The inner Keep was built in the 14th century while the outer Keep dates back to around the 16th century.

South of the harbor is the excavation of the Ancient Agora where ancient houses with mosaics, columns, temples and bathhouses recall the lives of bygone civilizations. Stroll through the Ancient Market, which dates back to the third century B.C.

Continue your explorations in the Northern Baths area, home to the Ancient Stadium, and at the ruins of the Western Archaeological Site. Examine the intricate mosaic floors in the restored Casa Romana then rest on the stone steps of the nearby Roman Odeon Amphitheater, which was built between the first and second century. Look to the stage area and imagine that in its time, up to 750 people would gather here to watch theater, music performances and Roman games. Many excavated relics from this area can be viewed at the Archaeological Museum on Eleftherias Square.

Other impressive sites include the House of Count Francesco Sans, the Mosque of Gazi Hasan Pasha and the Panellenion Complex, where the Italian National Fascist Party held office. Day-trips to the ancient structures of the Asclepeion are also popular. This famed healing resort is where Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, is thought to have trained.

After a day of sightseeing, unwind on Zouroudi Beach or the quieter Psalidi Beach. For further relaxation, sink into the warm mineral baths at Therma.

Kos Town is located on the northeast coast of the island. Get here by boat from Piraeus, Rhodes or Turkey or fly into Kos Island International Airport, Hippocrates.

Where to stay in Kos

Astir Odysseus Kos Resort & Spa
Astir Odysseus Kos Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Tigaki, Kos, Kos Island
The price is AU$211 per night from 22 Oct. to 22 Oct.
Nestled on the beach, this Kos hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Aegean Islands and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Tigaki Beach. Agios Fokas Wildlife Reserve and Roman Odeon ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (123 reviews)
"Overall just a really nicestay"

Reviewed on 29 Jun. 2021

Astir Odysseus Kos Resort & Spa
Mitsis Blue Domes Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Mitsis Blue Domes Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Kardamena, Kos, Kos Island
The price is AU$238 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
This Kos resort is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Aegean Islands, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Lakitira Beach and Kardamena Port. Paschalis Beach and Helona ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (198 reviews)
"Ability to eat in individual themed restaurants"

Reviewed on 17 Sep. 2021

Mitsis Blue Domes Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Utopia Blu
Utopia Blu
4 out of 5
Tigkaki, Kos
This family-friendly Kos hotel is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Aegean Islands and Tigaki Beach. Igroviotopos Alikis and Marmari Beach are also ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
"The staff are absolutely excellent in this hotel. The manager Katerina is great. She is so helpful and has picked a great team. The food and drinks are good for all inclusive and the resort is very well maintained and the rooms are clean and very well designed. The addtional restaurants are also ..."

Reviewed on 5 Sep. 2021

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Utopia Blu
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Bristol Sea View Apartments
Bristol Sea View Apartments
2 out of 5
8, Vasileos Georgiou Str., Kos
The price is AU$48 per night from 1 Oct. to 1 Oct.
Located in the heart of Kos, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Psalidi Beach. Port of Kos is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.
4.2/5Very Good! (5 reviews)
"Great service very friendly staff a lovely trip"

Reviewed on 11 Jul. 2021

Bristol Sea View Apartments
Kos Hotel Junior Suites
Kos Hotel Junior Suites
4 out of 5
2 Charmilou Str., Kos, Kos Island
The price is AU$68 per night from 2 Oct. to 2 Oct.
Located in the heart of Kos, this spa aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Psalidi Beach. Kos Marina and Tree of Hippocrates are also ...
4.2/5Very Good! (97 reviews)
"Welcome at reception with information about room and hotel facilities very good. Pool area is great. Bar and poolside service friendly and quick."

Reviewed on 24 Sep. 2021

Kos Hotel Junior Suites
Nissia Kamares Hotel Apartments
Nissia Kamares Hotel Apartments
3 out of 5
Kardamena, Iraklides, Kos, Kos Island
The price is AU$68 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
Situated in Kos, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Kardamena Port. Antimachia Castle and Lakitira Beach are also within ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (70 reviews)
"Lovely hotel. Cute courtyard. Beautiful pool area - children loved it. Great location close to the beach, shops and restaurants."

Reviewed on 3 Aug. 2021

Nissia Kamares Hotel Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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