Island of dream beaches
Kos has many unique sandy beaches, which are on one side in a quiet location for extensive sunbathing and in other places by the Meltemi ideal beaches for kitesurfers. For example, the beautiful sandy beach Tigáki Beach is located in the north of the island. It is characterized in the western part with naturalness as well as very clean water and also offers sections for sports and leisure activities. Also for the physical well-being is provided at this beach in the best way. For beach goers who prefer it a bit quieter, Lagada Beach in the west of the island can be recommended. Since the beach slopes gently into the sea, it is especially popular with families. Not far from Lagada Beach is Agios Stefanos Beach, which awaits its visitors with crystal clear water and attracts many of them with its uniqueness.
Also worth mentioning is Paradise Beach in the south of the island, which, as the name suggests, is indeed paradise-like with soft sand and crystal clear water. Something special here are small bubbles that rise in the water at irregular intervals. The volcanic origin of the island is the trigger for escaping gases in some places, which is why this beach is also called "Bubble Beach". Another recommended beach is Blue Beach in the south of the island. This is one of the more secluded places without any tourist attractions, which is why it has slightly fewer beachgoers even during the peak tourist season. For those seeking peace and quiet, who have packed some food and sunscreen, this is the ideal place for relaxed beach bathing. Cavo Paradiso beach should not be missing from this list. Behind this insider tip is a beach paradise framed by caves and bizarre rocks. After a not entirely easy journey, visitors are rewarded with glittering turquoise water and a velvety sandy beach. Kite fans are referred to the beaches of Kohilari and Mastichari, which offer ideal conditions for this water sport due to onshore northwest winds.
Kos Town- Greek and Roman Landmarks
The city of Kos combines its distant history with bustling port city life, boisterous nightlife, but also soothing idleness. In addition to countless bars and cafes, the town boasts a beautiful harbor, archaeological sites, and an extensive coastline with traditional tavernas serving delicious local and Mediterranean food.
The port of Mandraki has an attractive marina, but the fishing port, the large ferry port and the cruise ship port also have their place in Kos Town. The surrounding area encourages strolling, while some bars and cafes with a view of the sea invite you to linger. One of the most important sights of the town is the Neratzia Castle, built in the 15th century. The Castelli Neratzia is one of the most famous historical buildings and is unique with its battlements and towers.
Even further back in time are the ancient excavation sites in Kos City, including the Agora, the Casa Romana and the Odeon. You can follow in the footsteps of Hippocrates in the ruins of the famous Asklepion a bit away from the city. The most famous doctor of the ancient world, Hippocrates himself, is said to have worked and taught in this sanatorium. The archaeological museum in Eleftherias square has findings from ancient times to the end of the Roman period and statues from the Hellenistic era, mainly found in the Odeon arcades.
One of the most important Minoan settlements outside Crete was located on the site of today's Kos as early as 2,000 BC. After the early Mycenaean period and Greek antiquity, the island passed to the Roman Empire, later to the Byzantines and then to the Venetians. In the late Middle Ages the island was claimed by the Knights of St. John, while three centuries later (16th century) the Ottomans had their turn, until Italy took over in 1912. The island was placed under British administration after the German invasion in World War II, which replaced the Italians. Since 1947 Kos has been part of Greece.
A long, turbulent and eventful history that has left many distinctive traces on the island and in the town of Kos, which makes it so worth seeing.
Hot springs - "Therma"
Several hot springs are located on the island of Kos, which owes its formation to its volcanic origin. Two of these "Therma" are officially named. One is the Piso Therme, which is located on the steep coast of the Dikeos Mountains and can therefore only be reached by boat, and the other is the Embros Therme, which is developed and easy to reach by land. This is located in the southeast of the island about 12 kilometers from Kos Town, but is not operated commercially. After a footpath, which requires good footwear, the Embros Therme is reached. Do not get too close to the edges of a 25-square-meter natural pool lined with rocks, as water up to 80 degrees hot bubbles out of the crevices. In the pool itself, the average temperature is just under 50 degrees, with countless small gas bubbles rising to the surface. Spilling seawater brings some cooling, which is very welcome in the hot season.
Therma offer very sulfurous water, which is very beneficial to health due to its therapeutic effect. The high sulfur content of the thermal water is said to alleviate skin diseases, but also joint, muscle and also respiratory diseases.
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