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Travel To Kos: The Homeland Of Hippocrates

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Kos is the third-largest island of the Dodecanese, with its turquoise waters and endless, various forms of sandy beaches, tall palm trees, abundant archaeological and historical background in architectural elements and medieval monuments. Kos is one of the best summer getaways that one can choose to combine relaxation at sea, sightseeing, contact with people and nightlife all in one.

Cultural Influences

Today, the island is adorned with large squares, wide streets with tree lines, sidewalks, modern buildings, shops, cafes, and restaurants, but from the 5th-4th millennium, BC. had been colonized by many cultures. Of all these cultural influences and historic buildings from different periods and eras, which are paradoxically in harmonious coexistence, still survives, four kilometres southwest of the city of Kos, on a green hill with a unique view, one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece.

This is the famous Asklepieion, consisting of sanatoriums, temples, hot springs, hostels and the old medical school. During the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC, during the period when it was headed by Hippocrates, the leading physician and founder of modern medicine, the Asclepieion of Kos was the third most important Asclepieion of the ancient world.

Lovers of history will be deeply fascinated by the many attractions of the island, such as the ruins of the ancient city along with the Hellenistic and Roman buildings near the port and parts of the Ancient Agora (4th – 3rd century BC), with the Great Stoa (Arch of the Tax) and the other smaller galleries with sanctuaries dedicated to Dionysus, Aphrodite and Hercules. The Conservatory (3rd century BC) stands well preserved with twelve stands and vaulted galleries inside the city, while the Casa Romana is the restored Roman mansion with magnificent mosaics.

Also, the Ksisto, with the sixteen restored columns from the seventy that made it up in total, the two buildings that housed the Hellenistic and Roman baths and a part of the Roman street with marbles, mosaics and mosaics are places that any visitor is worth seeing. Within the modern city is the Ancient Stadium of Kos, at the intersection of 31st of March and Alexander the Great streets, while in the port of Kos is the Castle of Nerantzia, which is the most important and best-preserved castle on the island.

Place For Relaxation And Rest

Regarding the ideal place for relaxation and rest of the island, almost all its beaches reach one kilometre in length, while most are formed of fine, thick, white and black sand, with the shores of the Nautical Club, Marmari, Tigaki, and the Mill to be awarded with blue flags of the EU. You can move between the dozens of beaches of the island, moving with your vehicle, because the transport on the island is lacking. In case you do not own a car, then your only option is to hire a car, choosing a reliable rental company, such as Enjoy Travel, which has a branch on the island.

Due to the windy shores, many of the beaches have equipment for windsurfing and other water sports, and then the sea, bathers can dine in one of the various restaurants and taverns or visit the bars that complement them, responding to all tastes and preferences. Also, on the beaches of Psalidi and that of Agios Theologos, one can go snorkelling, while in Thermes, one can enjoy the hot thermal baths.

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