Kos is one of the Dodecanese islands in the Aegean Sea and is located only a few miles off the Turkish coast. The island is characterised by an excellent climate, endless coasts and sandy beaches with turquoise water, ancient monuments, impressive Italian buildings (from the time of the Italian occupation, 1912–1945) and beautiful nature.
Almost every beach on Kos is very long. The most famous beaches are Kardamena Beach, with its glorious scenery and deep blue water, Masti-chari, Tigkaki, Marmari, Chrysi Akti, Kefalos and Paradise.
Kos is the birthplace of Hippocrates “the father of modern medicine” antiquity’s most noted physician. One of the attractions is Hippocrates’ huge plane tree – 12 metres in circumference – which, so says the legend, was planted by the doctor himself.
The ancient city and the castles of the Knights of St John who conquered the island during the 14th century, together with the impressive buildings of the period of the Italian occupation, attract the attention of the visitor and compete successfully with the wonderful beaches.
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