Kos is an island of majestic beauty, lying in the centre of the Dodecanese chain in the Aegean Sea. ("Dodecanese" in Greek means "twelve islands"). Lying north west of Rhodes and south east of continental Greece, Kos is the third largest of the Dodecanese Islands after Rhodes and Karpathos.


Kos is basically a large, long narrow plain and measures 290.27 square kilometres, with the obvious exception of a mountainous region in the north west of the island.

 

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Shops in Kos

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The greek-tourism tourist guide informs you about the shops, apartments, traditional houses, studios, suites, rooms, pensions in Kos, in order to help you make a final decision on visitting and recommend the island to all your friends, endicing them to visit.

We made a choice of shops, apartments, traditional houses, studios, suites, rooms pensions on the basis of our criteria, and we took into account what the locals and our internet user members told us, without forgetting our own view of those apartments that seemed to stand out and are worthy visitting.

So we present you detailed information, such as photos, services, prices, categories, contact details, location and offers.

 

The Island of Kos Greece

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Kos offers magnificent beauty. Besides its breath taking golden sandy beaches, the island is also steeped in monuments, remnants from its glorious past, making it the ideal holiday destination, not only as a choice between other Greek Islands but on a worldwide scale.

Kos has much more than just the sea and sun to offer. It is also ideal for educational or school trips, (rich in history and famous since mythological times), scientific, hiking or mountain climbing, rural, curative or therapeutic, religious and athletic tourism and it also boasts some of the most advanced conference centres in the world as well as a modern Marina.


Most tour operators offer fantastic deals for visiting Kos, especially in the summer months. It should be noted however that quite a number of hotels are open all year round and many people prefer to to visit during the peaceful period, the rather mild winter months. Kos is readily accessible and the versatility of the Internet now provides more freedom for the individual, allowing you to search for cheap flights and book your holiday accommodation online with no middle man involved. You can search for and book cheap flights to and from Kos and anywhere in the world using the flight search form provided on the right. The rule of thumb is that the sooner you book, the cheaper the ticket.


So, discover the magic of Kos, the island of Hippocrates who was the first medical doctor in the world, the castle of the Knights of the order of Saint John, discover unparalleled beauty and why Cleopatra herself visited Kos and start living the holiday of a life time on the exciting and beautiful island of Kos!

 

Weddings in Kos

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Are you getting married and haven't decided on your honeymoon destination? Have you ever considered the island of Kos Greece? Known throughout the world as one of the most exciting and romantic islands, Kos is a paradise for newlyweds. Long sandy beaches, beautiful sunsets, amazing views, stimulating nightlife, and high-quality Kos honeymoon accommodation; what else could you wish for?
It is a great happiness for you and your spouse choosing the beautiful island of Kos for your wedding ceremony. The picturesque and cosmopolitan Dodecanese island is ready to share with you all sorts of amenities for your dreaming day.
There are several hotels offering everything you need not just for your wedding ceremony but, also, for your honeymoon experience. Come to Kos and we guarantee that you shall never forget that day. In Kos there is a great variety of small, white churches overlooking the Greek open sea, to choose from.

If you like, you can invite your special friends in order to share with you the most beautiful moment of your life. Your wish is our command. Live the myth and let your thoughts travel into the deep blue colors of the Greek sea.

 

Honeymoon in Kos

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Kos is known for its lively nightlife and sandy beaches but the island also offers some unique locations for a wedding. Most weddings take place in the Kefalos area . Kefalos is a picturesque village on the South East of the island and offers the opportunity for a wedding to take place on the island of St Nicolaos, outside an authentic chapel, on the shores of the Aegean Sea. .

The chapel is the only building on the isle and you will effectively be getting married on your own private island in the Aegean. It is also possible to marry outside a chapel overlooking the Aegean and the Town Hall of Kos. The island offers many tavernas offering traditional Greek food and hospitality for your reception.

Kos HONEYMOON

If you like, you can invite your special friends in order to share with you the most beautiful moment of your life. Your wish is our command. Live the myth and let your thoughts travel into the deep blue colors of the Greek sea.

 

History of Kos

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Before 2.000 BC: The first trace of habitation - Protohelladic tribes (Pelasgians, Leleges, Carians, Cretans) leave traces of buildings, Pelasgian walls, and the foundations of very early acropolis. - 15th century BC: Colonisation by Achaeans.
According to the myths, Herakles, returning from Troy, was shipwrecked off Kos and conquered the island after a fierce fight; this narrative indicates that the island was under Doric occupation before the Trojan War.
- ca. 1.200 BC: Kos - with Kalymnos, Karpathos, Leros, Nissyros and Kasos - sends 30 ships to the Trojan War, under Pheidippos and Antiphos of the line of Herakles (Homer, Iliad, II 622).
After the fall of Troy, Podaleirios, a renowned physician, and his comrades - all of the line of Asclepios - arrive as castaways on Kos and establish the cult of the healer-god Asklepios.
- 11th century BC: Colonisation by Dorians - Kos gains in Strength.

Kos HISTORY
- 7th-6th centuries BC: The period in which, according to Plutarch, Kos was the height of its power.
- ca. 700 BC: Foundation of the Doric Hexapolis - The Doric cities of Lindos, Ialysos, Kamiros, Knidos and Halikarnassos form a holy alliance with Kos.
- Late 6th century BC: Kos is taken by the Persians and sovereignty over it is given to their ally Artemesia, queen of Halicarnassos.
- 480 BC: Battle of Salamis - defeat of the Persians.
- 477 BC: Liberation of Rhodes from the Persians - alliance with Athens - membership of the Athenian Confederation.
- 460-459 BC: The great physician Hippocrates is born on Kos.
- 431-404 BC: The Peloponnesian War.



- 411 BC: Astyochos, the Spartan admiral, destroys Astypalaia, the old main city of Kos - Some of the survivors of the disaster move to the nearby island which takes the same name of their former homeland. Other survivors found a new city at the other end of Kos, where the town still stands today.
- 357 BC: At the instigation of king Mausolos of Halicarnassos and his consort Artemesia, the democratic system of gouvernment of Kos is overthrown, with desastrous results for the cultural and economic life of the island.
- 332 BC: The Persians conquer the island - in the same year, the generals of Alexander the Great liberate it - all the Greek cities are declared independent - Kos becomes an ally of Alexander.

- 311 BC: The island is ruled by Ptolemy.
- 306 BC: Kos is captured by Antigonos.
- 301 BC: Ptolemy recaptures Kos.
- 102 BC: Cleopatra, wife of Ptolemy Euergetes, entrusts the greater part of her treasure to the Asklepieion of Kos.
- 88 BC: The people of Kos help the Romans against Mithridates of Pont, who defeats the Romans and then sacks Kos, carrying off Cleopatra's treasures.
- 82 BC: Liberation of Kos. The island makes an alliance with Rome.




- 30 BC: Complete subjugation to Rome - although sometimes granted autonomy because of the importance of the asklepieion, Kos continues to lose most of its art treasures, the works in its libraries, etc.
- Early Christian period: St Paul spreads the word of the new religion, Christianity.
- 330 AD: Kos becomes part of the theme of the Dodecanese in the Byzantine Empire - constant raids and short periods of occupation.
- 1306: The Knights of St John purchase Kos from Byzantine admiral Vinioli, its overlord - the local people put up resistance and the Knights besiege the island.

- 1309: The Knights capture Kos and rule it for 200 years.
- Mid 15th century: First Ottomans attacks.
- 1523: Sultan Suleyman captures Kos after the withdrawal of the Knights from the islands.
- 1912: Italy occupies Kos.
- 1943: Germany occupies Kos in the Second World War.
- 1945: Kos is Liberated by the Allies.
- 7 March 1948: Kos and the other islands of the Dodecanese are united with Greece.

 

Museums of Kos

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The Museum lies in Eleftherias Square, in the center of the town, housing a lot of exhibits such as statues, mosaics and other findings which sketch the various periods of the island history mainly the archaic, the Hellenistic and the Roman one. In the museum is also to be found the statue considered to represent Hippocrates, father of the scientific medicine.

 

Excursions in Kos

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Kos Island is ideally situated for a variety of excursions. There are numerous ways to travel to surrounding islands and Turkey which is only half an hour's boat ride away.

So why not take a day trip to Rhodes the island of the Sun, famous for it's old town which is literally surrounded by the castle walls and the Acropolis of Lindos where many international celebrities own houses. Symi, the picturesque island in the Aegean with the monastery of Panorimitis. Patmos, where Saint John saw the visions written in the final book of the New Testament, the Apocalypse or Revelations.


Kalymnos, with it's natural sponges and the Church of St Savvas. Nisyros, the volcanic Island where you get to literally stand in the volcano's crater, Leros, Karpathos and even Samos... the list is endless, or while you're here, discover Kos by joining an organised Island tour or a Jeep Safari.

Probably the most popular form of travel are the hydrofoils or the Flying Dolphins as they're affectionately known. Ferry boats are another way or one of the small sailing ships if you're in a romantic mood.

Kos and the surrounding islands have so much to offer that an excursion is an absolute must!

 

Activities in Kos

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Kos Activities : Information about the Activities in Kos

The greek-tourism tourist guide informs you about the activities, sailing, diving, apartments, traditional houses, studios, suites, rooms, pensions in Kos, in order to help you make a final decision on visitting and recommend the island to all your friends, endicing them to visit.

We made a choice of activities, sailing, diving, apartments, traditional houses, studios, suites, rooms pensions on the basis of our criteria, and we took into account what the locals and our internet user members told us, without forgetting our own view of those apartments that seemed to stand out and are worthy visitting.

So we present you detailed information, such as photos, services, prices, categories, contact details, location and offers.

 

Kos by Night

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The greek-tourism tourist guide informs you about the clubs, cafe bars, apartments, traditional houses, studios, suites, rooms, pensions in Kos, in order to help you make a final decision on visitting and recommend the island to all your friends, endicing them to visit.

We made a choice of clubs, cafe bars, apartments, traditional houses, studios, suites, rooms pensions on the basis of our criteria, and we took into account what the locals and our internet user members told us, without forgetting our own view of those apartments that seemed to stand out and are worthy visitting.

So we present you detailed information, such as photos, services, prices, categories, contact details, location and offers.


 

Information about Kos

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Kos is an island of majestic beauty, lying in the centre of the Dodecanese chain in the Aegean Sea. ("Dodecanese" in Greek means "twelve islands"). Lying north west of Rhodes and south east of continental Greece, Kos is the third largest of the Dodecanese Islands after Rhodes and Karpathos.



Besides it's natural beauty and it's breath taking golden sandy beaches, Kos is steeped in monuments, remnants from its glorious past, dating from antiquity, the Byzantine Era and Venetian times up to the present.

Kos is basically a large, long narrow plain and measures 290.27 square kilometres, with the obvious exception of a mountainous region in the north west of the island. This region comprises of a series of peaks, the tallest of which is Dikaio Christo (which in Greek means "The Just Christ"). A castle of the the Knights of the Order of St. John still survives on one of the many peaks of Dikaio near Thimiana.

Kos 

The shores are gently caressed by the waters of the Karpathian Sea. Kos' coastline stretches to 112 km. Kos is a Greek province which also includes the smaller islands of Nissyros, Giali, Pergoussa, Kandeliousa, Pahia and Strogili. The city also has a cathedral, one of the four in the entire Dodecanese.

The islanders make their living from fishing, animal farming, and agriculture but by far the tourist trade has taken over. Kos has become a modern centre of extremely well maintained holiday apartments, hotels, restaurants, bars, night clubs and organized excursions. Kos has so much to offer that it can cater to each individual taste for an unforgettable holiday.

 


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