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A part of heaven in Dodecanese: Kos

Dodecanese ● Kos ● 08 September 2017
 

Kos is a very popular island of the Dodecanese, but many visitors attracted only by the touristic facilities and the sites that everyone knows. If you want to go off-the-beaten-path and discover hidden gems of Kos away from the crowds, read this insider's guide with tips from locals.

Kos was always a paradise for cyclists. Nowadays, there are special bike paths that extend the limits of Kos Town, so that cyclists can explore by bike a large part of the island and its beautiful coastline. Along the castle walls, there is a well-developed bike path under the palm trees, which is perfect for a walk. You can rent a bike in Kos Town and start an amazing journey that will also keep you fit.

For the best sunset view in Kos, visit Zia, a little village, which is the highest inhabited spot on the island. It has a magnificent view of Aegean Sea, the plain and the wetland below. Sunset is also very pleasant at the Asklepieion, the sanctuary of Asklepios, which overlooks Kos Town.

For an alternative experience of swimming, go on the southern side of Kos Town to the area of Kamari at Kefalos. Across the water from the Basilica of Agios Stefanos, there is a tiny islet called Kastri. This spot is renowned for its cool currents that make the swim very invigorating. For family-friendly beaches with shallow and calm waters, ideal are the beaches of Tigaki and Marmari on the southern coast of Kos.


Kos has also many natural hot springs. The most recommended spring in Kos for a natural spa experience is the spring of Agios Fokas, where you can also swim at the beach of Therma, which is located nearby.

Kos has a robust agricultural tradition and a breadth of nutritional habits that date back to the ancient times and the diet guidelines of Hippokrates. The cuisine of Kos is similar to the famous Cretan cuisine as it includes a lot of grain, vegetables and pulses as well as fish and meat. In ancient times, Kos had vineyards, while wine production is experiencing a rebirth in recent years. Hatziemmanouil and Triantafyllopoulos wineries are the most recommended wineries, where you can get a taste of the island's wine production. Don't forget to taste the delicious meze krasotyri, renowned in Kos. It is goat's cheese aged in a vessel filled with wine must, which gives it a red skin and a very special flavour.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Kos, Greece Hotel Yiorgos
Hotel Yiorgos
9, Harmilou str., 85300 Kos, Greece

The family-run Hotel Yiorgos is situated in a quiet area in Kos Town just 150 m from the beach and 1 km from the port. The centre of the lively capital of Kos island can be reached within a 10-minute walk. Kos International Airport is at 23 km.

Studio & Appartment in Kos, Greece Jonathan Studio Apartments
Jonathan Studio Apartments
Tigaki, 85300 Kos, Greece

Jonathan Studio Apartments is located in the seaside village of Tigaki, just a 2 minute walk from the beach. Kos Town and Kos Port are approximately a 15-minute drive away. Kos International Airport is a 20-minute drive away.


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