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Kos is one of the most popular islands in the Dodecanese and has made a name for itself as having some of the most commercial resorts, and the best beaches. It is, though, a big enough island to also cater to people who like to get away from the crowds, and if you look beyond the beautiful sandy beaches there are plenty of other attractions. Kos Town, the island capital, has some ancient remains, a large archaeological site, an interesting Archaeological Museum, the Knights’ Castle, and a huge plane tree under which Hippocrates is said to have taught – though sadly the tree isn’t old enough for that to be true. Around this long, thin ...

Kos is one of the most popular islands in the Dodecanese and has made a name for itself as having some of the most commercial resorts, and the best beaches. It is, though, a big enough island to also cater to people who like to get away from the crowds, and if you look beyond the beautiful sandy beaches there are plenty of other attractions. Kos Town, the island capital, has some ancient remains, a large archaeological site, an interesting Archaeological Museum, the Knights’ Castle, and a huge plane tree under which Hippocrates is said to have taught – though sadly the tree isn’t old enough for that to be true. Around this long, thin island are resorts like Kardámena, which is one of the busiest, and traditional villages such as Kéfalos and Asfendioú, both well worth seeing. Also not to be missed is the main archaeological site outside of Kos Town, the Sanctuary of Asklipieion, which dates to the 4th century BC.

Mike Gerrard
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Mike Gerrard is the author of the National Geographic Traveler Guide to Greece, as well as guides to Athens, Crete, Corfu, the Greek Mainland, and the Greek islands for publishers including AA, AAA, Thomas Cook, Dorling Kindersley, Michelin, and New Holland. With his wife Donna Dailey, he also publishes the Greece Travel Secrets website.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: A Greek island in the south Sporades group of the Dodecanese; approximately 200 miles from Athens.
  • Language: Greek
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    If you like crowds and sun, then summer is ideal; otherwise, spring and autumn are better for most people.