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This island town impresses with magnificent Roman and Ottoman ruins, Hellenistic artifacts and medieval architecture.

From the Greeks to the Romans to the Ottomans, the world’s most powerful civilizations have left their mark on the remarkable Kos Town. Strewn with medieval castles and ancient marketplaces, as well as a Roman Odeon and one of history’s earliest medical centers, this village overflows with history. Explore the fascinating ruins before hitting the beach.

Kos’s archaeological ruins are some of the most popular in the Dodecanese. Visit the central square and stand under the Tree of Hippocrates, a plane tree where Hippocrates once taught his students. Meander along the port to the impressive Castle of Neratzia. Built by the Knights of St. John, this defensive structure overlooked the water passage between Kos and Halicarnassus. The inner Keep was built in the 14th century while the outer Keep dates back to around the 16th century.

South of the harbor is the excavation of the Ancient Agora where ancient houses with mosaics, columns, temples and bathhouses recall the lives of bygone civilizations. Stroll through the Ancient Market, which dates back to the third century B.C.

Continue your explorations in the Northern Baths area, home to the Ancient Stadium, and at the ruins of the Western Archaeological Site. Examine the intricate mosaic floors in the restored Casa Romana then rest on the stone steps of the nearby Roman Odeon Amphitheater, which was built between the first and second century. Look to the stage area and imagine that in its time, up to 750 people would gather here to watch theater, music performances and Roman games. Many excavated relics from this area can be viewed at the Archaeological Museum on Eleftherias Square.

Other impressive sites include the House of Count Francesco Sans, the Mosque of Gazi Hasan Pasha and the Panellenion Complex, where the Italian National Fascist Party held office. Day-trips to the ancient structures of the Asclepeion are also popular. This famed healing resort is where Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, is thought to have trained.

After a day of sightseeing, unwind on Zouroudi Beach or the quieter Psalidi Beach. For further relaxation, sink into the warm mineral baths at Therma.

Kos Town is located on the northeast coast of the island. Get here by boat from Piraeus, Rhodes or Turkey or fly into Kos Island International Airport, Hippocrates.

Where to stay in Kos

Kefalos featuring a coastal town

Kefalos

Kefalos

Top hotels in Kos

OKU Hotel Kos - Former Casa Cook Kos
OKU Hotel Kos - Former Casa Cook Kos
5 out of 5
Marmari, Kos
The price is £134 per night from 23 Oct to 24 Oct

Nestled on the beach, this Kos hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Aegean Islands, Neptune Hotel Strand and Marmari Beach. Lido Waterpark is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (112 reviews)

"The whole hotel was very clean, exceptionally good and the atmosphere was fantastic"…"

Reviewed on 3 Nov 2019

OKU Hotel Kos - Former Casa Cook Kos
Neptune Hotels Resort, Convention Centre & Spa
Neptune Hotels Resort, Convention Centre & Spa
5 out of 5
Mastichari, Kos
The price is £86 per night from 14 Oct to 15 Oct

Located in Kos, this beachfront hotel is connected to the convention centre, just steps away from Aegean Islands and Mastichari Beach. Hippocrates Garden Cultural ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (158 reviews)

"I can highly recommend this hotel! We missed dinner on arrival so the hotel provided us with a voucher that we could use in the Taverna at any one lunch time of our stay. This was perfect as the Taverna is not cheap but the food the delicious (Id recommend the Octopus hot meze)! If you are worried ..."…"

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2020

Neptune Hotels Resort, Convention Centre & Spa
Mitsis Blue Domes Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Mitsis Blue Domes Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Kardamena, Iraklides, Kos, Kos Island
The price is £137 per night from 16 Oct to 17 Oct

Nestled on the beach, this Kos resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Aegean Islands and Kardamena Port. Lakitira Beach and Paschalis Beach are also within 2 miles ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (168 reviews)

"I’ve just returned from a week at Blue Domes. This is truly a beautiful hotel - the landscape, the views day and night are at times breathtaking. I stayed in a Garden View Bungalow close to one of the 10 salt water pools. I think the hotel have coped well with the COVID-19 crisis. There was plenty ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2020

Mitsis Blue Domes Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Kos

Elga Hotel
Elga Hotel
2.5 out of 5
Kardamena, Kos
The price is £23 per night from 7 Oct to 8 Oct

This family-friendly Kos aparthotel is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Kardamena Port. Antimachia Castle and Lakitira Beach ...

4.1/5Very Good! (14 reviews)

"Belle piscine et belle vue Appartement spacieux Climatisation payante disponible seulement dans une chambre Papier toilette donné sur demande Mériterait un rafraîchissement Accueil aimable Beaucoup de vent"…"

Reviewed on 15 Jul 2020

Elga Hotel
Kos Hotel Junior Suites
Kos Hotel Junior Suites
4 out of 5
2 Charmilou Str., Kos, Kos Island
The price is £40 per night from 6 Oct to 7 Oct

Located in the heart of Kos, this spa aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Psalidi Beach. Port of Kos is 1 mi (1.6 km) away.

4.2/5Very Good! (90 reviews)

"Appartement spacieux. Nettoyé tous les jours. Draps et serviettes changés tous les 2 jours. Vue agréable avec aperçue mer. Bon petit déjeuner copieux. Personnel très aimable. Proche de la mer et des restaurants."…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2020

Kos Hotel Junior Suites
Argiri Resort Hotel Apartments
Argiri Resort Hotel Apartments
3 out of 5
Main Street, Kardámaina, Kos, Kos Island

Situated in Kos, this beach aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aegean Islands and Kardamena Port. Lakitira Beach and Paschalis Beach are also within 3 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (28 reviews)
Definitely recommend

"Very nice hotel just outside the busy centre ... loved it! Staff were extremely friendly. Hotel is practically brand new and modern, great outdoor amenities. Definitely recommend. Already booked agin."…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2019

Argiri Resort Hotel Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Kos

Tigaki Beach
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Tigaki Beach

4/5(22 reviews)

Revel in a day of sunbathing, swimming and watersports at a popular beach on the northern coast of Kos.

Paradise Beach
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Paradise Beach

4/5(17 reviews)

Go for a swim on a beach that is renowned for the bubbles of water that rise up to the surface from the sea floor.

Port of Kos
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Port of Kos

4/5(48 reviews)

The arrival point for many visitors to Kos is a beautiful port that borders a collection of historical attractions, including Roman ruins and a medieval castle.

Kefalos Beach
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Kefalos Beach

4.5/5(21 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Kefalos Beach, a popular beach in Kefalos. Discover the entertainment choices and spas in this family-friendly area.

Agios Stefanos Beach
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Agios Stefanos Beach

3/5(1 review)

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, Agios Stefanos Beach might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Kefalos. Stroll along the seaside or experience the entertainment choices in this family-friendly area.

Mastichari Beach
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Mastichari Beach

4/5(8 reviews)

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, Mastichari Beach might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Mastichari. While you're in the area, stroll along the seaside.

Top things to do in Kos

Nisyros Island Tour from Kos
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Nisyros Island Tour from Kos

£28
Per adult
Uncharted Escapes Landrover Safari Kos
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Uncharted Escapes Landrover Safari Kos

£86
Per adult
Uncharted Escapes Land Rover Sunset Safari Kos
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Uncharted Escapes Land Rover Sunset Safari Kos

£64
Per adult
Half-Day Sightseeing in Kos
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Half-Day Sightseeing in Kos

£223
Per adult
Ephesus & House of The Virgin Mary Day Trip from Bodrum
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Ephesus & House of The Virgin Mary Day Trip from Bodrum

£42
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Full Day Boat Cruise to 3 Islands
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Full Day Boat Cruise to 3 Islands

£27
Per adult

Reviews of Kos

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 45.16129032258065%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 9.67741935483871%
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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

14 Oct 2019

Our resort was lovely and no reason to leave the resort. However its a shame that many historical sites in Kos Town have been ruined by 2017 earthquake and not repaired or reopened due to safety. We were disappointed that we were unaware of this.

4/5 - Good

Emma

11 Oct 2019

Beautiful beaches, lovely restaurants and food, nice little shops in Kardamena and Mastichari but very barren and run down outside the tourist spots

4/5 - Good

Kamil

6 Oct 2019

Not so much to see and explore in Kos. Good for all inclusive holidays with kids if you don't plan to move around too much.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Oct 2019

Relaxing. Easy to get around. Fairly cheap food, drinks and buying gifts.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Oct 2019

Very good town, lot to go at.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

29 Sep 2019

Didn’t go there for sightseeing but for a couple of days serious rest and relaxation, which is what we got with the lovely hotel.

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