Kos, the Island of Hippocrates

Kos is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. It has a population of 33,388 residents (2011 census) and is the third-largest island in the Dodecanese, following Rhodes and Karpathos, and the second-most populous after Rhodes. The island covers an area of 295.3 square kilometers with a coastline of 112 kilometers. The capital of the island is Kos, which also serves as the main port, and it is located 200 nautical miles from Piraeus.

Kos is rich in historical monuments and boasts significant archaeological and tourist attractions. It is also known as the "Island of Hippocrates" because Hippocrates, the father of medicine, was born here.

Today, Kos is a modern tourist destination with numerous options for accommodation, dining, sports, excursions, and entertainment. One of its most notable features is its extensive network of cycling paths, earning it the nickname "the island of bicycles."

This island, inhabited since 3,000 BC, served as a meeting point for various ancient Greek civilizations and the western and eastern cultures of the Mediterranean.

Kos is a fertile island, with its rich produce capable of feeding 200,000 people, as mentioned by Homer.
Its dense vegetation, abundant water sources, mild shores, and extensive beaches create an ideal environment for vacations, carefully preserved through the efforts of its residents and the development of infrastructure to protect the natural surroundings.
With its five-millennia history and visible influences from various cultures throughout the centuries, Kos is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Aegean and the Mediterranean. It is an island where visitors from all over Europe and many other parts of the world come and return for their holidays.
Its beautiful beaches, natural beauty, daily local events with traditional flair, offer limitless opportunities for entertainment and relaxation.
Historical landmarks, remnants of various civilizations, churches, distinctive architecture, and the internationally renowned Asclepius Sanctuary are significant attractions that one should not miss.
The town of Kos is an open archaeological park that harmoniously coexists with modern aesthetics, tourism development, and multicultural presence.
What sets Kos apart as a premier tourist destination in Greece and the Mediterranean is its people.
Those who, with their family businesses, have managed to find the golden recipe to offer you peace, hospitality, entertainment, local flavors, and unique experiences.

Kos is often referred to as the "Island of Bicycles." The island's flat terrain makes cycling an easy mode of transportation for visitors to enjoy various routes comfortably.

Bicycles are not only suitable for transportation but also for sports and entertainment. The Kos cycling path starts from the Faros Beach and extends to the end of Psalidi Beach, covering a distance of approximately 13 kilometers. With many side roads, some of which lead into the town of Kos, one can reach any desired destination solely by bicycle.

Many locals prefer this means of transportation for work, going to the beach, visiting cafes, or simply taking a leisurely ride through the beautiful town.

The Best Beaches of Kos

Karnagio Beach: Located opposite Lambi, Zouroudi, and Psalidi Beaches, Karnagio Beach is known for its gradually deepening sea, sandy shore, and absolute tranquility, making it the perfect destination for families seeking a day by the sea. The natural beauty of the beach is enhanced by the scarcity of umbrellas and sunbeds.

Kochylari Beach: Situated on the north side of the island, Kochylari Beach is a center for kite surfing, with rich waves and a sandy beach. It is an ideal spot for sports enthusiasts, with a school for kiteboarding, a sport that requires strong winds.

Limnionas Beach: Limnionas Beach is located in a quiet cove on the north side of Kefalos, approximately 43 kilometers from the town of Kos. It's a peaceful spot with two different beaches: a protected bay on the left side and a small harbor used by small fishing boats on the right.

Paradise Beach: Located on the southwestern side of the island, Paradise Beach truly lives up to its name. With its white fine sand, clear and shallow waters, it faces the sunset and is popular among people enjoying water sports, the welcoming sea, and the beautiful view from the beach bars and taverns.

Tigaki Beach: Tigaki Beach, a locals' favorite for decades, has received numerous "Blue Flag" awards for its clean, azure-green waters. With local beach bars that lift the spirits with music and flavors, it offers a wide variety of games and sports, catering to both young and old.κανοποιώντας μικρούς και μεγάλους.

Helona Beach: Awarded the "Blue Flag" in 2013, Kefalos Beach is enchanting. Azure and clear waters gently caress the golden sand on this well-organized beach, complete with umbrellas and sunbeds..

Zouroudi Beach: Zouroudi Beach, the most bustling beach on the island, features a beach bar, restaurants, and cafes, with the sound of lively music and a bustling atmosphere. It is the cosmopolitan choice of the island, just a stone's throw from the harbor.

Kamari Beach Kamari Beach, also known as Kefalos from the neighboring village, with its cold, crystalline waters, clean sand, and excellent organization, becomes a magnet for hundreds of visitors seeking accommodation by the sea – studios, rooms, and small hotels – good food with an emphasis on fish, and water sports.

Kardamena Beach The white sand and the option for organized or unorganized entertainment are the main characteristics of Kardamena. Umbrellas, sunbeds, and water sports are available for most of its 3 kilometers, along with tranquility, shade from trees, and sand dunes on the right side of the village. Kardamena Beach offers alternatives for every taste.

Mastichari Beach Mastichari, known for its "organized" setup with umbrellas and water sports, is an ideal choice for kite and wind surfing. With a length of 5 kilometers, white sandy beaches, and warm waters, Mastichari Beach gazes at the sunset as it bathes in the light, diving into deep blue waters.

Kavo Paradiso Beach The azure waters, fine golden sand, and the absence of human intervention in most of the landscape, with few umbrellas and sunbeds, give the landscape a wild yet hospitable beauty.

Kamila Beach For those who desire clear, icy waters with fine sand and pebbles, Kamila Beach is definitely the spot. The beach is organized with umbrellas, sunbeds, and water sports, making it an ideal place for snorkeling. There is a sign on the road to Kefalos indicating Kamila Beach.

Marmari Beach Equipped with umbrellas and sunbeds and offering a wide range of water sports, the northern Marmari Beach hosts dining and hospitality venues throughout its length.

Agios Stefanos Beach The ruins of early Christian temples just a few meters from the sea, clear waters, golden sand, the islet of Kastri with a small church dedicated to St. Nicholas, proper organization with full equipment, and water sports have made Agios Stefanos one of the most popular beaches in Kos.


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