Category: Destination

Top 10 Kos: what to do and see if you visit Kos for the first time

Top 10 Kos: what to do and see if you visit Kos for the first time

Kos is an island that combines beautiful natural landscapes with numerous historical sites. If you’re a first-timer and you want to make a basic planning of things-to-do and see, here are our top 10 tips. 1. Rent a bike and start exploring The first thing to do as soon as you set your foot on […]

Cicadas – August’s soundtrack

Cicadas – August’s soundtrack

As the late summer temperatures soar in the Aegean islands, there is one sound above all that surrounds us – the high-pitched buzzing of a remarkable insect – the Cicada. Cicadas (Tzitzikia, as they’re known in Greek) just love heat – the hotter, the better, and they’re at their ear-splitting loudest during the hottest part […]

Odysseus – the legend revealed

Odysseus – the legend revealed

We’re very proud of our name – Astir Odysseus, for it is derived from one of the greatest characters of Greek mythology, the legendary figure of Odysseus. Meaning a journey of epic scale, today’s word ‘Odyssey’, takes its roots from the Greek philosopher Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey which chronicles the adventures of Odysseus. Also […]

Pserimos: a great day out

Pserimos: a great day out

When staying at Astir Odysseus why not head out to one of Kos’s closest neighbours? Also known as Kapari, (capers grown in abundance here), Pserimos is the tiny island (less than 15 square km) that lies just four kilometres to our north. With around 100 permanent residents and the simple pleasures of a Greek isle […]

Architecture of Kos

Architecture of Kos

The architecture of Kos has developed throughout many centuries. Influenced by many civilizations through the ages, the style and cultural heritage of the island’s buildings are as distinctive as one might imagine. While some of these distinctions can only be seen by the trained eye, some other differentiations are imminently evident. If you look at […]

A Day Trip to Bodrum

A Day Trip to Bodrum

During your stay on Kos take the opportunity and enjoy a day trip to Bodrum. Situated just five kilometers away from Kos, Bodrum and its ancient wonders is just a ferry ride away. This largely unmentioned Turkish seaside town is blessed with several unique touristic attractions, scores of wonderful shops, and archaeological treasures that are nothing […]

A Short History of Wellness on Kos

A Short History of Wellness on Kos

The recorded history of Kos has been chronicled since the 3rd millennium BC. The early antiquity is when Greek mythology, mysticism, and medicine thrived on the island. While most people know Kos was the home of “the father of medicine” Hippocrates, few grasp the depth of historical significance of this island. On ancient Kos, stories […]