Kos Greece is an island part of the Dodecanese. It is the third largest of the Greek islands of the group and the second most popular and touristy island after Rhodes. It is located between Kalymnos and Nysiros. It is very well organised and has everything in terms of tourism infrastructure. The various charms and beauties of the Greek Island are not visible at the first sight but, after a while, the picturesque villages and the fine beaches amaze all visitors.

Kos is the birthplace of the father of medicine, Hippocrates, which was born on the island around 460 B.C. and founded the Great School of Medicine of Kos. The island is famous for its rich vegetation and its temperate climate and it was characterized by the Roman doctor Gallino as "the most temperate place in the world". The morphology of the ground varies and is the result of long-lasting geological changes particularly owed to the volcanic activity of the commonly known Aegean Arc (Nisyros, Thira, Milos, Methana). According to the latest geological studies seven volcanoes are located between Nisyros and Kos and one of them in the Isthmus of Kefalos is inactive today. The big explosion happened 160,000 years ago between Nisyros and Kefalos. As a result it covered half of the island of Kos, in the western part, with a layer of ash and kisiris thickness of about 30 meters. Kos’s ground fertility is a result of its volcanic origin, which had been known since antiquity and has left the proverbial phrase “whom Kos can’t nourish Egypt can’t either”.

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Kos villages


In contrast to the busy resorts of Kos Town and Kardamena, Kefalos is a very laid back resort. The bars, tavernas and holiday accomodation follow the beach along the curve of Kamari Bay. The tiny Kastri island, with its little blue and white church, sits in the middle of the bay. For the more adventurous, conditions here are ideal for windsurfers or you can catch a boat from the small harbour to the nearby sandy beaches of Paradise (Bubble Beach) and Magic just around the headland.


Set on a sweeping bay, this relaxed resort is just a 20 minute bus ride away from bustling Kos Town. The uncrowded sandy beach is ideal for swimming or sunbathing, the sand shelves gentley into the sea, and there is usually an onshore breeze to cool things down. Beachside tavernas are a great place to relax with a cold drink, and you'll find plenty of sunbeds, umbrellas and watersports here. Tingaki Nightlife is low key with some friendly bars, and a couple of disco bars. Those seeking more will find the bright lights of Kos Town are only a short taxi ride away


Kardamena is the best known resort on Kos. It spreads out along the island's eastern coastline about 40 minutes drive south west of Kos Town. The beach offers excellent clear water and safe swimming. It's covered with sunbeds near the resort centre, but becomes less crowded as you head off in either direction. The original village square and small fishing harbour are still at the heart of the resort, but they're now surrounded by tavernas and bars, ideal for anyone looking for fun in the sun.


The small charming village is located 17 km southeast of Kos in the mountainside of Dikeos, hidden among the plane trees and running waters. It is situated close to the Asfendiou village, just 2 km from the south. Zia is regarded as a pole of attraction for many visitors, tourists and Greek resorters.

The village offers a magnificent view from the mountain. Before arriving at the small settlement, you will have the chance to admire three churches that were built on the slopes of Dikeos Mountain. There are plenty of traditional shops and great taverns with an interesting variety of local dishes and Greek recipes in Zia. It is worth taking a walk around the village or a short walk towards the mountain, the highest point of Kos island. Zia is popular for its amazing sunset.


Kos Marina is located one mile SE from Kos old harbour (Entrance: 36° 53' N 27° 18' E) and offers today 250 berths with Mooring lines, water supply, Electricity supply 220 & 380 V from 16 to 125 Amps, Telephone connection, Satellite TV.

Kos Marina premises are patrolled 24 hours by guards. Cameras cover all over the complex Kos Marina. Fire Precaution. All piers are equipped with fire stations with fire extinguishers; alarm system; fire hoses with both fresh and seawater circuit. All piers are equipped with emergency stations comprising lifebuoys, lifelines, emergency telephones and rescue ladders.

Pilot speedboat, WC-showers, Trolleys, Parking Lot, Bilge pump out, Sewerage pump out, Waste oil disposal, Refuse containers, Fuel station.


Zipari today is a busy little village with good schools and many apartment blocks and new houses as well as old developing and spreading out all the time. You will find a variety of shops


Stone houses and new villas, beautiful walking areas, an abundance of olive trees and grape vines, this is how to discover the real Kos. Small churches, and a photographers paradise.


Pili is a populated village situated up in Kos's hill area whilst Old Pyli is now deserted and really only consists of the ruins of the village and an old castle.

Pili should not be confused with Old Pili - they are quite a way apart and Pili is a fully occupied mountain village. There are two particular places of interest - the Springs (Pygi) which can be found a little way from Pyli village square. These springs have a six spouted fountain and are quite old as they were apparently renovated in 1592. Secondly, at the top of the village you can find a signpost indicating the ancient burial chambers of the Heroon of Charmylos and there is also a nice small church located there.

Old Pili - it's village and Byzantine Castle ruins. Old Pili - also known as Paleo Pili - is situated up amongst Kos's hills and is reached by taking the road from Amaniou. On the way up this road it's worth mentioning a really nice taverna which you may care to visit called Old Pili Taverna. From their terrace you can have a nice Greek salad or similar and enjoy some really good views across Kos's mountain sides and flat lands. Once you reach the end of the surfaced road there is a parking area by some springs and drinking troughs - this is serious Greek Goat territory by the way!. To reach Old Pili's ruins take the path on the left which is signed to the castle - this path climbs and brings you firstly to a small church and then you continue a little further to reach the ruined houses. The path to the castle is not marked for some reason however just before the first house go left and you soon reach the set of steps leading up to the castle. Once up at the Byzantine castle (which was built in the 12th century) you get pretty good views but it is in a pretty poor condition unfortunately - you need to take care because of unguarded steps, holes and some drops. Return back to the old village buildings (some of which pre-date the castle as parts are from 1088) - the village was abandoned in the 1830s after a cholera outbreak. Some of the buildings have started to be renovated especially the ones further up the hillside. One of these buildings has now been turned into a cafe.