Kos Travel Summary

Kos is part of the group of Greek islands called Dodecanese and is famed for its historical sites, beautiful beaches, turquoise waters and traditional fishing villages.

The Naxos Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Kos:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this Kos;
  2. What to See

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!


1. An introduction and brief history to this island:

Kos is the birthplace of Hippocrates known as the the father of medicine (460-377 B.C) is rich with history with millennia-old Corinthian columns and castles across the island.   Kos town is blessed historical sights having been influenced and ruled by the Ottomans, Roman and was once the centre for the Knights of the Order of Saint John.   Kos Town is fronted by the wonderful 15th-century Castle of the Knights and the port area is very pleasant with its cafes and tavernas.  The historic centre is charming with its Roman-era buildings, mosques and narrow alleyways.

There is plenty to see for history buffs on the island including the Ancient Agora, the Western Archaeological Zone, Asklepieion, the Roman Odeon, the archaeological museum of Kos, Neratzia Castle and Antimachia castle.  If you are beach lover you will be spoilt for choice.


2. What to See:


Kos Town

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Kos Town is fronted by the wonderful 15th-century Castle of the Knights and the port area is very pleasant with its cafes and tavernas.
  • The historic centre is very atmospheric with mosques, Roman-era buildings and lots of narrow alleyways
  • History buffs should check out the Ancient Agora which is Kos’s ancient centre – you can still see the ruins of the Shrine of Aphrodite and the Temple of Hercules
  • Also check out the Western Excavation Site which includes the Decumanus Maximum and the Temple of Dionysos. You can also see remnants of the ancient gymnastic ground called Xystos
  • Nearby you will find the Roman Odeon amphitheatre
  • The Archaeological Museum has sculptures from the Roman eras including the statue of Hippocrates

Castle of the Knights:

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The Castle of the Knights (Neratzia Castle) situated at the entrance to the harbour has impressive walls and well-preserved bastions
  • It was built by the Knights of St John in the 15th century on the site of a former fortress to protect the town from imminent Ottoman attacks
  • The Neratzia Castle owes its name to the Seville Orange trees (Neratzia) that were planted all over Kos Island by the Knights of St John


Antimachia and its Castle

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The picturesque village is well worth a visit with its numerous working windmills
  • The Castle of Antimachia is a Venetian castle located in the picturesque village Antimachia
  • It was also built in the 14th century by the Order of the Knights of St John
  • Within the ground there are two Venetian churches – Agios Nikolaos and Agia Paraskevi



AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • Kefalos is a picturesque village on the southwestern tip of the island known for its sweeping bay and is famous for its beautiful beaches
  • The village retain an authentic Greek village feel with cobblestone streets and whitewashed buildings
  • Paradise, Exotic and Laggedes beaches are some of the best in the area
  • The abandoned village of Pyli is worth a visit for its old ruins and churches
  • Also check out the tiny islet of Kastri where you can find the church featured in the film Mamma Mia




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