Island in South Aegean

Birthplace of the Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, this island's history starts in 3000 BC. Today, it's a famous nightlife and beach life getaway.

Attractions & Things to Do in Kos

Port of Kos Town

The central port at the north-east of the island, which has a small marina and serves ferries that reach the Greek mainland & nearby islands.

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Neratzia Castle, Kos Town

At the entrance of the port, it is the most significant part of the fortification built by the Knights of St John's Order in the 14th century.

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The plane tree of Hippocrates in the Platanou Square, in Kos Town.
photo: JD554 / CC BY-SA 3.0

Plane Tree of Hippocrates, Kos Town

One of the oldest trees in the world that according to the legend it was planted by Hippocrates 2400 years ago and taught under its shadow.

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Ancient Agora, Kos Town

The social and commercial center of the island that was founded in the 4th century BC close to the port and excavated between 1935 and 1942.

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Roman Villa «Casa Romana», Kos Town

Unique monument of a Roman house in the Aegean that was restored after the big earthquake of 1933.

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≈ 1.3km

Roman Odeon of Kos

Founded in the 2nd century BC it is one of the most important public structures of antiquity that was discovered during excavations in 1929.

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≈ 1.5km

Hippocratia Festival​​​

A series of cultural events in honor of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine that take place during the summer since 1987.

Asklepion of Kos

Dating from the 4th BC, it was a place of worshiping of God of Medicine Asclepios as well as a spot of teaching and application of medicine.

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≈ 5.5km

Pserimos Island

One of the smallest islands among the Dodecanese complex with approximately 80 permanent inhabitants, and no roads or cars in its settlement.

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≈ 19.6km

Lido Waterpark, Mastichari Kos

One of the biggest waterparks in the country with modern facilities that include restaurants, snack bars, cafes, infirmary, and mini-market.

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≈ 23.8km
A photo taken from the dock of the port of  Kardamena on the island of Kos.
photo: Ori~

Port of Kardamena, Kos

Small port in the south part of the island, it offers routes to the nearby islands of the southern Dodecanese like Nisyros and Tilos.

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≈ 25.8km

Port of Mastichari, Kos

Located in the north-west part of the island it provides connection mainly to Kalymnos but also to Pserimos and Leros.

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≈ 27.7km

Kos International Airport


Its name reminds the “Father of medicine” originated from the island, while it serves domestic and seasonal international flights.

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≈ 29.1km

Plaka Forest, Irakleides Kos

Close to the town of Antimacheia is located the pine-forest of Plaka famous for the relaxing environment and the beautiful peacocks.

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≈ 32.6km


Its terrain makes the island an internationally acclaimed climbing destination, and locals have a long tradition in natural-sponge fishing.

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≈ 38.8km

Basilica of Agios Stefanos, Kefalos, Kos

Well-preserved monument founded between 469 and 554 AD. It corresponds to 2 basilicas since the first was destroyed by an earthquake.

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≈ 43.9km


Unspoiled from mass tourism, this island is ideal for peaceful holidays in nature. Its active volcano has ethereal views waiting for your camera.

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≈ 46km

Questions & Answers about Kos

Why Visit Kos?
  • Called "Island of Hippocrates" honoring the greatest figure in medicine's history.
  • Top Greek destination famous for its hospitality, entertainment, & local flavors.
  • The big network of bike lanes characterizes Kos as the island of bicycles.
What is Kos, Greece, and how it can be reached?

The Greek island of Kos is the third largest island in the Dodecanese after Rhodes and Karpathos. While population-wised it is the second one following the island of Rhodes. The island can be reached by ferry from Piraeus through a journey that lasts about 15 hours. Also, the island has an international airport and the flight from Athens lasts 55 minutes.

Does Kos attract many tourists?

In our time and over the years, the island of Kos has become a very successful tourist destination with top infrastructure and facilities that attract thousands of visitors. According to official data in 2018 it welcomed 1.2 million people. Apart from the beautiful beaches and other natural beauties, the island has a huge cultural heritage starting from Antiquity to the Byzantine era, and the Knights era until today.