Kos: Mythology & Hospitality
Birthplace of the world-famous father of medicine, the ancient physician Hippocrates, Kos is not only about ancient history; it is also a buzzy island drawing hip, young things looking for the best of Dodecanese nightlife. Not far from the Turkish coast at the southeast of the Aegean Sea, Kos is a popular holiday destination and a great yacht charter destination for those who prefer longer passages and guaranteed wind conditions. Between Kos and Rhodes lie a string of fascinating islands: Symi, with its beautiful Venetian harbour, Niseros and its dormant volcano and Tilos, still off radar.
First, fully explore the island’s cultural centre and capital, Kos Town. The harbour at Kos Town is dominated by the imposing Knights of St. John castle. The mixture of medieval Frankish and Turkish architecture, and elegant Italian-built public buildings, is best seen from the water. Whitewashed houses and old winding streets are lined with romantic restaurants, boutique hotels and promenades.. In the centre of Kos visit Europe’s oldest plane tree, marking the spot where Hippocrates supposedly taught his students under its shade. The town comes into its own at night when the atmosphere picks up an almost carnival-like vibe until dawn. If nightclubs are not your scene, this small area is easily avoided. Clear water here is ripe for swimming, diving and snorkelling, there are a lot of natural and cultural sites on offer as well. And, of course, there’s sailing:for more than 100 years, the beautiful old marina of Kos has drawn sailors and yachting enthusiasts.
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