Kos is the birthplace of Hippocrates, the father of Medicine, to whose name doctors all over the world take their oath. There are various opinions of the origin of the island’s name. the 3rd largest island of the Dodecanese has a long historical background. Kos was firstly inhabited in the Prehistoric period.
It is 182 nautical miles from Athens.
Nowadays, Kos is a famous tourist destination, providing its visitors with all modern amenities. Τhe island is 295,3 km2 and has a population of approx. 33.500. The capital of the island is Kos and there is also the port of the island.
Some of the island’s sightseeings.
- The Plane tree of Hippocrates
- The Ancient Market place
- The altar of Dionysus.
- The Asclepium
- The Casa Romana and the Roman Conservatory
- The Archeological Museum and the Folkor Museum
- The Castles of Nerantzia and Antimachia
- The wetland of Psalidi
- Cavo Paradiso
- Aghios Theologos
- Aghios Stefanos
Activities and Events
On such a cosmopolitan island, a visitor can enjoy diving, sailing, surf, windsurfing, sea sports, kayak and canoe, horse riding, cycling, rocks climbing, etc.
Every summer, three main festivals take place :
Hippocratia – recitation of the Hippocrates Oath, music festivals, theatre, ancient tragedies, folklore exhibitions, and so on.
Dikea – with traditional dances, music, and singing.
Heraklia – theatre, music, traditional music and dance, various exhibitions.
Apart from those on Saint George’s day, the traditional fair that takes place includes horse races.
During summer there are also many religious festivals where you can taste local dishes – fish, of course, being the main ingredient-, wines, sweets.