Kos is a charming Greek island, one of the largest of the Dodecanese, surpassed in size only by Rhodes and Karpathos. As you’d expect from such a destination, the cuisine characteristic to the island is Greek Mediterranean, but the Turkish influence is strong too – due to the island’s proximity to the coast of the ancient region of Caria in Turkey.
Hani (Χάνι), a building once used to house livestock was carefully renovated in 2010 to be repurposed as an exhibition center, initially designed to showcase the permanent collections of the Exhibition Center of Modern History and Italian Architecture.
Kos is mountainous because long before the Dodecanese chain was separated into tiny islands by earthquakes, it was part of the Hellenic–Tauric system, a complex mountain belt that included the volcano of Nisyros, Kalymnos, and Kappari, which are all now stand-alone entities. Mount Dikaios, sometimes referred to as the Dicheo Massif, an important point of interest for mountaineers on the island.
Kos is one of the most captivating of the Greek islands. Its relief is diverse, offering a captivating mix of landscapes. As you approach Kos by boat or by ferry, the Venetian castle of The Knights Of St. John, better known as the castle of Nerantzia dominates the harbor – a postcard-worthy vista indicative of what expects you on the island.