The tiny but beautiful Greek island of Kos boasts an incredible south-eastern Mediterranean location only 4km from Turkey’s western coast. With fantastic weather and plenty to see and do, find out why you should be visiting Kos right here.
Only 120km long and with a total area of 287 km2, Kos is still the third largest of the Dodecanese island chain found in the Aegean Sea after Athens and Karpathos. Having been inhabited since prehistoric times, the island was even mentioned in Homer’s famous ‘Iliad’ and was the birthplace of Hippocrates, the ‘father of medicine’. At the crossroads of the south-east Med, and with its close proximity to Turkey, the island still boasts a thriving Turkish community even today.
There are of course many notable historical sites to be found on this small but fascinating island, making it a great place to soak up some Greek history as well as some sun. If ancient history is your thing, then the Ruins of Apollo Temple is the perfect pit-stop for you. Or if you prefer touring a castle, then the 14th Century fortress built by the Knight Hospitalier at the entrance to the island’s harbor is a pretty spectacular site to behold. Or there is architecture from the Byzantine period such as the Antimachia Castle. In addition to this, the island also has some impressive religious architecture too with pretty Greek Orthodox churches, a cathedral (one of the 4 throughout the Dodecanese chain), and a mosque. There is also a synagogue that has been restored and maintained in respect to the Jewish community that was destroyed by the Nazis during World War II.
Aside from the amazing historical landmarks, one of the biggest attractions to Kos is of course the sun, sea and sand. Visitors from northern Europe flock to it for this very reason and with some beautiful beaches such as Lakitira Beach found on the island, you can enjoy long sunny days lazing on golden sands beside the sparkling blue Aegean Sea.
Greek cuisine is famed and loved worldwide thanks to its fresh and delicious flavours, and it is yet another reason to visit Kos. After tourism, farming and agriculture are the 2nd biggest occupation of the island with crops such as wheat, corn, tomatoes, almonds, figs, olives and grapes all being grown there, and with fishing communites still thriving on the island, you can be sure that you will be enjoying only the very freshest of produce. Apart from the typically delicious and healthy Greek food, there are also so specialities unique to the island. These include pitarridia which is lasagne boiled in meat broth, labropites which are a type of cheese pie, and kokkino tiri which is a cheese baked with red win, but there are plenty more delicacies peculiar to Kos, so do try them if you are visiting the island.
It’s not too late to take a trip to beautiful Kos this year; with balmy weather lasting into autumn, you won’t be disappointed with this incredible island.