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Kos Travel Guide  

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Info about Kos

Overview

Kos is the island of Hippocrates, the third largest in the Dodecanese after Rhodes and Karpathos, lying close to the Asia Minor coast, between Nisyros and Kalymnos. It is mostly a low-lying island, with a single mountain range on its eastern side. Its population is in excess of 20.000, most of whom are engaged in the tourist trade, stockbreeding, farming.

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Robert Bale
Level 100     6 Trophy   
Overall rating 6
Overall Guide : The climate is mild most of the year. This fact, together with the long hours of sunshine and the marvellous beaches has raised the island to the level of an international tourist centre. Kos can be reached direct... more by air from many of the capitals of Europe, as well as from Athens and Rhodes. There are ferries to Kos from the rest of Dodecanese, Piraeus, the Cyclades, Crete the islands of the northern and eastern Aegean and Kavala. In 460 BC Hippocrates was born ?n Kos. After his death the people of Kos built the famous Asklepeion, in honor of the god Asclepios, which operated as a hospital applying the methods of therapy taught by Hippocrates. The city of Kos, the capital and the chief port of the island, is on the north-east coast, very near to the shores of Turkey. It is a most attractive city, rebuilt after the 1933 earthquake. South of the Venetian castle of the Knights of St. John a bridge, crossing over the beautiful Avenue of Palms, links the castle with the famous plane tree of Hippocrates. It is said that Hippocrates planted this vast plane tree and that he taught medicine in its shade. Asklepeion stands at a distance of 4 km southwest of Kos town. Because of the slope of the ground, the buildings were put up on a number of levels, with steps between them. On the first level are the remains of a small temple and a fountain. In the center of the second level there are remains of the altar of Asklepios and those of a temple to Asklepios in the lonic order. To the east are ruins of the temple of Apollo. On the highest level are the foundations and columns of a Doric temple to Asklepios. This temple was the most sacred in the Asklepeion.
stephen mcgrath
Level 15     1 Trophy   
Overall rating 7
Overall Guide : Been to kos 5 times and each time we have stayed at the ambavris apartments kos town theres something for everyone in kos night life beaches shopping lots of ancient ruins, the ambavris apartments are located just on the edge... more of kos town there run by George and his family i cant rate them enough George and his family will do anything they can for you ! he does a great Greek night every Tuesday it was 15 euros last year and well worth every cent ! As for the island its great for cycling as its mostly flat unless you go up into the mountain range we cycle all over the island and its only cheap to hire a bike ! up in the mountains theres a great village called Zia were you can dine and watch the magnificent sun set looking over to turkey the island also offers plenty of trips to nearby islands on the whole a wonderful island were returning august 2012 cant wait !!
Not to be missed therma hot springs , the village of zia , the knights castle kos town
Overall rating 7
Overall Guide : Most shops and bars are closed. Beaches are not sand they are artificial and are small pebbles which hurt your feet
Sue Jones
Overall rating 10
Overall Guide : Best place in the world, try Tingaki, Akti Dimis, wonderful apartments, George and Bianca, wonderful people. Been back again after 10 years nothing much changed, lovely lovely people beautiful beach great tavernas.
Not to be missed Bubble beach , boat trip to bodrum , kos town
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