Kos is the third largest Greek Dodecanese island in the southeastern Aegean Sea. Located just miles away from the Turkish coast of Bodrum, Kos is connected to many other notable Greek islands such as Rhodes, Kalymnos and Nisyros. From being a traditional Greek town to evolving into a modern tourist destination, Kos, the home to Hippocrates, is filled with excitement and boundless beauty.

Things to Do in Kos Island, Greece

Kos may be huge compared to its neighboring islands, but there are only so many things that one can do when traveling there. The lack of activities is craftily made up with the most beautiful landscapes, with acres after acres of unspoiled virgin mountains lined against the sky of the bluest hue. Listed below are the top things to do in Kos Island, Greece.

Go on the Most Beautiful Road Trip

The perfect way to spend your day on Kos in none other than going on a road trip from one end of the island to the other. Feast your eyes on the mountainous terrain, volcanoes, long stretches of pristine beaches, sleepy villages, and beautiful sights all along the way.

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Boundless beauty on Kos

Visit the Monuments

If you enjoy sightseeing and exploring historical places, then Kos will not disappoint you. The island is rich in historic monuments and ancient castles that will blow your mind away. Examples are:
  • Hipocrates Plane Tree
  • Roman Odeum
  • Venetian Castle of Antimachia
  • Asklepieion Sacred Hospital
  • Ruins of the Basilicas, Agios Stephanos

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Ruins of the Basilicas in Agios Stefanos, Kéfalos



Find Your Way to Aspri Petra

Aspri Petra, or the White Stone Cave, is a 140 million years-old cave from the early Age of Bronze (2900-2100 B.C.) and was used right up to the Roman times. The former place of worship stands on an altitude of 257 meters on the slopes of Mount Zini on southwestern Kéfalos, and was formed as a result of bedrock dissolution. It is located 33km away from the town of Kos, and is accessible by a very bumpy car or bike ride, followed by a short climb.

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Aspri Petra, Kos

Go Wildlife Viewing

A large variety of wildlife can be found across the island. It is especially famous for its Spur Thighed Tortoises, Balkan Terrapins, Loggerhead Sea Turtles, Starred Agama Lizards, peacocks, hedgehogs, Levant Water Frogs, and different species of migratory birds.

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Things to Do in Kos Island

 Visit a Church (or a Mosque)

The main religion practiced on Kos is Greek Orthodoxy. There is a cathedral, a Roman Catholic church, as well as a mosque for the Muslim Turkish-speaking community on the island. There is also a Synagogue, though no longer used for religious ceremonies.

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A church in the Kéfalos village, built on a hill at the western part of the island

Visit the Beaches

There are approximately 20 beaches scattered on the coast of Kos. The balmy weather, soft sands, and emerald waters will definitely make your stay on the island an extra unique and relaxing one.
Not to miss: Mastichari beach, Empros Thermi (hot spring), Lambi beach, and Tigaki.

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Crystal clear water

Visit a Traditional House

The traditional houses here depict the traditional architecture of the residence in the region, and are built according to the architecture of early 20th century.

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Inside a traditional house on Kos

Sit Back and Just Enjoy the View

Sometimes, doing nothing at all could just be the most rewarding experience. Let your hair down, sip on a glass of hot Greek coffee, and simply appreciate all the goodness and aesthetic pleasures that Kos has to offer.

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