Not to be missed in Kos
Panoramas, beaches, archaeological sites, small villages and much more
Among striking views, ancient ruins and beautiful beaches, Kos is full of definitely unmissable places. Although the island is not so large, it is rich in natural beauty and not only, which is almost mandatory to include in your travel itinerary. You can easily rent a car or a scooter, and move along the island to discover the beautiful sights and landscapes which surround it. For hire, it is important that you have completed at least 21 years, preferably 25 to avoid paying an age-related surcharge: remember to always bring your driver’s license and a non-prepaid credit card to rent a car by your name.
The beaches not to be missed
For some years now Kos has been the second most visited tourist destination of the Dodecanese, after the splendid Rhodes. And it is no coincidence that the wonderful beaches of the island attract tourists year after year, lovers of crystal clear waters and seascapes. Absolutely not to be missed is the beach of Mastichari, where you will find a postcard view waiting for you: fine white sand and a beautiful emerald sea. Instead, change the landscape in the beach of Agios Stefanos, where the atmosphere becomes evocative thanks to the splendid ruins of the Christian basilicas that peek out on this beach of sand and pebbles. Last but not least, the beach of Marmari, surrounded by sand dunes and ideal destination for water sports lovers.
Walking around Kos
After an excursion to discover the historical and archaeological wonders of Kos Town, do not miss the opportunity to visit the Castle of the Knights built in the fifteenth century by the Knights of St. John in the port area, to defend the strait between the island and Turkey. If you are fond of ancient history, just a few kilometres from the city awaits you the beautiful archaeological site of the Asklipieion, the ancient shrine dedicated to Asclepius, Greek god of medicine and the Hippocrates tree. But the island of Kos reserves great surprise everywhere! Inland of the island, a visit to Asfendiou, a picturesque village surrounded by lush Mediterranean vegetation and wonderful water springs, is a must. Here you will have the opportunity to know and eat in the real Greek tavernas, overlooking the town square. Also remember to note the name of Antimachia, a small village, home to musicians and dancers, where the Knights of St. John built a marvellous Venetian fortress, to be included in your itinerary along with the Byzantine church of the town.