Kos, Greece

Kos is a Greek Island, part of the Dodecanese Island chain in the Aegean. It is just 4 km from Bodrum on the Turkish mainland, and depending on which ferry service you use, the journey takes between 20 and 30 minutes. It is a very popular tourist resort with the main town on the island also being named Kos. During the summer season there are 4-5 ferry crossings.

Often referred to as “The garden of the Aegean”, the abundance of water and lush vegetation have given this island some good fertile soil and you will see grapes, figs and olives grown here as well as a number of vegetables, wheat and corn. Outside of tourism the farming industry provides the main employment.

This is also “The Island of Hippocrates” due to the fact that Hippocrates, the Greek physician of the classical period was born here. There is plenty do and see on Kos and it has the benefit of being ideal for single, couples or families depending on where you stay. There are many excellent beaches and coves to enjoy.

Kos town is the centre of the island, and its capital. This is a lively and vibrant town with some amazing Greek tavernas, cafes, souvenir shops and narrow stone streets to explore. At night it comes alive and there are a number of clubs around the Bar Street area in particular. The town benefits from some good beaches and the surrounding area has some lovely traditional Greek villages. There are some thermal baths nearby which offer a natural swimming pool with sulphorous water. They can be found at Agios Fokas, which is about 12 kilometers from the centre of the capital.

Kos town is blessed with some good hotels. The whitewashed buildings give it a real traditional Greek flavour. If you are heading here from Turkey on a day trip then spend some time in the main town of Kos. If you like history be sure to visit the Casa Romana which has some beautiful mosaics.

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