visit kos island
Discover the island of Kos
The Greek island of Kos is located only a small distance away from Bodrum, less than five kilometres lie between the island and the Turkish coast. An outing to Kos is made possible by the frequent ferry connection with the city of Bodrum and is well worth the visit as the island has a lot to offer. The third largest island in the Dodecanese is often referred to as ‘The Island of Hippocrates’, as it was here that the father of modern day medicine was born.
Kos impresses with its diverse landscapes. Long sandy beaches alternate with hilly landscapes. Along the coastline the full spectrum of Mediterranean flora thrives in abundance and the Tingkai Lake is a popular nesting ground for migrating birds. Even flamingos frequent this water reservoir annually, giving the lake a pink accent. In the background the Dikeos Mountains rise into the sky with its barren peaks and forested slopes. A true natural paradise which in recent years due to the Aegean Trail Project, a number of great trails for mountain bikers and hikers alike have made the landscapes accessible to outdoor enthusiasts. Nestled in the mountainous landscape is the quaint village of Zia. A truly unique place to visit for any holidaymakers on Kos.
Visitors who are eager to dive into the cultural background of the island will be spilt for choice. The most famous excavation site is the Asklepieion, the sanctuary and sanatorium dedicated to Asclepius, the god of healing, which was held in high esteem by the ancient Greeks far beyond the borders of the island. It is here that Hippocrates is believed to have dwelled and taught after fulfilling his medical studies. The Asklepieion is located only a few kilometres from the capital city of Kos, which also hosts numerous cultural sites. The vast Agora with its temple and bathing facilities is just as worth seeing as the Odeon, which once served as a music theatre and meeting place.
The old town of Kos with its picturesque, floral streets, the market hall, the Nerantzia Castle at the harbour and the famous ‘Tree of Hippocrates’ are also worth the trip. Those who are lucky enough to spend an evening in the town should take time to experience the atmosphere of the traditional taverns and the bustling night life.
Cycle Turkey organises guided day trips by bike to the island of Kos. Some of the week-long Aegean Bike / MTB & Boat tours also include a visit to the island with plenty of time to explore its highlights.
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