Like Rhodes, Kos is one of the main islands of the Dodecanese. Due to its strategic location, just off the Anatolian coast of Turkey in the Aegean Sea, the island attracted the interest of the Ottoman Empire, which captured the island on January 5, 1523. Kos thus became a province of the Ottoman Rhodes. The Turks ruled over Kos until 1912, when the island was transferred to the Kingdom of Italy, after the Italo-Turkish War.
Like all Greek islands, Kos has a long history with traces still visible at every turn. Kos Town has the largest concentration of Greek ruins, signs of a civilization ages ahead of its time, with healers with a hedonistic and scientific approach to medicine as early as 500 BC.
Astir Odysseus has a strong environmental conscience and takes a series of sustainability actions with respect to the environment and the nature of Kos. In this context, on October 16th we organized an educational environmental action for the children of…
In the southeastern Aegean, just off the Anatolian coast of Turkey, Kos represents a quaint haven of Greek and Mediterranean tradition, with the occasional Ottoman Muslim influences that give its lifestyle charm and flair.
Blessed by an ideal position on the Aegean Sea to offer visitors a long summer and the chance to stroll on the beach, and even go for a swim in the offseason, Kos has beaches that suit all tastes.
Visitors to Kos often speak of the curative experience the island on returning home. Famous as the birthplace of Hippocrates, who was the father of modern medicine, the island is also well known for its thermal springs like at Agios Fokas. Unbeknownst to most travelers arriving on the island, though, are the hundreds of medicinal herbs and plants native to Kos.
The Old Town of Kos is fascinating. This is where you will stumble upon legendary landmarks like the Tree of Hippocrates, Casa Romana, Platia Elefteria (Freedom Square) with the Agora and swanky cafes, Neratzia Castle, the Archaeological Museum of Kos, the Altar of Dionysus, and many other attractions.
The Executive Double Sea View Room with Private Jacuzzi is the newest type of room available when you want to vacation on Kos at Astir Odysseus Kos Resort & Spa.
PLAY Center Tigaki is a family-friendly destination not many travelers know about. Consider it a “locals know” kind of tip.