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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.

Kos Town

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.

Paradise Beach

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 & Appartment in Kos, Greece Golden Sun
Golden Sun
Tigaki, 85300 Kos, Greece

The family-run Golden Sun hotel is located in a popular summer resort Tigaki in Kos just 8 minutes walk from the long, sandy beach. The distance from Kos Town is 11 km, while Kos International Airport is at 16 km.

Hotel in Kos, Greece Aegean Houses
Aegean Houses
Lampi Area, 85300 Kos, Greece

Aegean Houses are located in Kos Town, just a 5-minute walk from the long, sandy beach of Lambi. Kos Port is a 6-minute drive away. Kos International Airport is a 30-minute drive away.

Hotel & Appartment in Kos, Greece Angela Apartments
Angela Apartments
48, Veriopoulou Str., Kos Town, 85300 Kos, Greece

Angela Apartments is centrally located in Kos Town, just 500 meters from the Port. The nearest beach is an 8-minute walk away. Kos International Airport is 23.3 km away.