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.
The island of Kos is the birthplace of one of the world’s most renowned personalities – the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates. Besides the Asclepeion, Hippocrates’s tree, and the the Hippocrates Garden, there’s a lot more to see on the island. Discover the legends behind the castles of Kos.
The Asfendiou village is a Kos destination like no other. Set on the slopes of Mount Dikeos, Asfendiou is an idyllic place, which maintains its traditional Greek character in architecture and lifestyle. The fertile soil surrounding the old village enabled it to flourish between 1850 and 1940. By the census of 1952, Asfendiou counted more than 2800 residents. But today, only around 100 people reside here because from the 1960s to the early 1980s many of the young residents left the village looking for better opportunities in Germany, Australia, Canada, and the United States.
Tigaki is your destination when you stay at Astir Odysseus Kos Resort & Spa. It is a quaint resort, known for its pristine Blue Flag beaches, including our own, which has been recognized by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) for water quality, environmental education, and management, safety and accessibility.