Trip time! Discover the beaches, monuments and marina in romantic Kos.

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.

Known for

Beaches, Family-friendly and Monuments

Top hotels in Kos

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Neptune Hotels Resort, Convention Centre & Spa
5 out of 5
Mastichari, Dikaio, Kos, Kos Island
£102
per night
4 Oct-5 Oct
4.7/5Exceptional! (133 reviews)

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

4.7/5Exceptional! (133 reviews)

"Amazing hotel & staff... and also very rich breakfast..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Sep 2019

Neptune Hotels Resort, Convention Centre & Spa
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Mitsis Blue Domes Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
5 out of 5
Kardamena, Iraklides, Kos, Kos Island
£151
per night
14 Oct-15 Oct
4.5/5Wonderful! (139 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Kos resort is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Kardamena Port and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Antimachia Castle. Mastichari Beach and Plaka Forest are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (139 reviews)

"The staff were fantastic without exception and the standard of the food and beverage was superb. Rooms were great - we had a twin which was fine for us with a child bed and a cot, all amenities provided and perfectly clean and maintained. My one critisism is the booking for the 4 a la carte restaurants ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Sep 2019

Mitsis Blue Domes Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
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Kipriotis Village Resort - All Inclusive
4 out of 5
Georgiou Papandreou Street, Psalidi, Kos, Kos Island
£74
per night
1 Oct-2 Oct
3.8/5Good! (132 reviews)

Located in Kos, this beachfront resort is connected to the convention centre and within a 15-minute walk of Agios Fokas Wildlife Reserve and Psalidi Beach. Port ...

3.8/5Good! (132 reviews)
kiproitis village

"amazing pools and flumes .so much food to choose from.staff really friendly and helpful.beautiful clean rooms"…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2018

Kipriotis Village Resort - All Inclusive

Popular things to do in Kos

Tigaki Beach
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Tigaki Beach

4/5 (17 Ratings)

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

4.5/5 (11 Ratings)

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 (36 Ratings)

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 (17 Ratings)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Kefalos Beach, a popular beach in Kos. Wander the marina in this family-friendly area.

Tree of Hippocrates
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Tree of Hippocrates

4/5 (23 Ratings)

Stand under the shade of this legendary tree where Hippocrates, a towering figure in the history of medicine is believed to have conducted his classes.

Agios Fokas Beach
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Agios Fokas Beach

4/5 (5 Ratings)

Swim, sunbathe and surf on a delightful beach, close to the capital of the island of Kos. Then soothe your body in the nearby hot springs.

Top activities in Kos

Landrover Safari Kos
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Landrover Safari Kos

£75

Explore more in the island of Hippocrates, “Kos”. Our day starts from Kos city center and touristic areas heading towards mount Dikaios through unpaved mountain routes. Our 7 seater Land Rovers driven by expert escorts will help you to explore the Real “Kos” in a semi-private jeep tour.

Kos Island Tour from Bodrum
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Kos Island Tour from Bodrum

£30

See why the small Greek island of Kos has always been an enticing destination for tourists looking for more. On this day trip, you can see fine samples of Greek and Italian archaeology, splendid beaches, beautifully painted houses, and a town square vibrant with cafes and shops.

Nisyros Island Tour from Kos
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Nisyros Island Tour from Kos

£27

Skim across the sea from Kos to spend a day on the volcanic shores of Nisyros. Descend into the vast caldera at the heart of the island, and then while away a free afternoon in the port town of Mandraki, where you can grab lunch, visit the monastery, or soak in geothermal hot springs.

Land Rover Sunset Safari Kos
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Land Rover Sunset Safari Kos

£61

Do you think that the jeep safari during the day is too low dose of adrenaline. Combine unique adventure sunset safari and enjoy an off-road route with the best panoramic views.

Kos Shopping Tour
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Kos Shopping Tour

£14

Set out to shop for handcrafted souvenirs and artisan wares in Kos. During this half-day outing, discover landmarks like the 14th-century Neratzia Castle, taste local food and beverages, and stroll the streets of Kos Town.

Kos by Night
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Kos by Night

£14

Discover the evening charms of Kos Town after the sun goes down as you soak in the sights and sounds of this typical Greek village. After you're dropped off in the heart of the old town, the night is yours to while away as you see fit.