Situated in the southeastern Aegean Sea, just off the Turkish coast, Kos is famous for its far-stretching sandy beaches and luxurious resorts. However, immediately behind the coastline promenades, the island unfolds the rest of its beauty. From the dots of restaurants and tavernas serving amazing Greek food, to dashes of antiquity and culture, Kos is a colourful live canvas that adorns the Mediterranean.
The second-largest of the Dodecanese Islands, Kos, along with its bigger sibling Rhodes, has long been a popular destination for holidaymakers seeking a relaxing escape from the humdrum of weekdays. On Kos you can bathe in the sun, take a dive in the clear waters or get involved with various water sports such as windsurfing, paddle-boarding as well as banana-rides. Once, you’ve soaked up sufficient sun and seaside-vibes, you can embark on your exploration of the rest of the island. Start with the statue of native Koan and father of modern medicine Hippocrates in the city of Kos. Situated under the tree where he is supposed to have taught his pupils, the sculpture can be found right next to the vast Castle of the Knights. This coastal fortress was built by crusaders in the 14###sup/sup### century against the Ottoman Empire and is a testament to the island’s rich history. Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Italians and Ottomans have all left their mark on Kos and today ruins from these past rulers are visible throughout the rectangular island. Visit the ancient Greek ruins of Asklepion, the traditional windmills and the Venetian castle of Antimachia as well as numerous other remnants of temples, theatres and monuments. Alternatively, take a tour of the hot springs in the southeast, or explore the island’s peaks, running along the southern coast with their charming mountain villages and perfect sunset vistas across the rugged landscape and the Mediterranean Sea. Heading back to the main towns of Kos, it’s time to sample some of the local cuisine. A typical menu on Kos will have familiar Greek dishes like moussaka, souvlaki and gyros. Although all of these are delicious, it’s also worth sampling some of the local cuisine. Try a hearty portion of pitarridia – a Koan take on lasagne, xismata-bread, as well as the cheese pie katimeria. Toast the sunset with a small glass of great Greek ouzo and enjoy your holiday on the sun-blessed island of Kos.
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