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Kardamena

Written by on 20/06/2013

The town of Kardamena is in fact a modern tourist resort, at a distance of 29 kilometers Southwestern to the capital town of Kos. The houses and other constructions have been built along the long beach extended at both sides of the settlement. The area around is very beautiful, full of cultivations, trees and green and the natural beauty is one of the attractions of the place. The town has also a small port, from where there is connection with the small island of Nisyros. The population of the town is some 1800 permanent residents.

Once at Kardamena don't miss to see the old restored building, now housing the local Medical Center and visit the churches of Aghia Varvara (Santa Barbara), Aghioi Anargyroi and the church dedicated to Virgin Mary.

Kefalos

Written by on 20/06/2013

Built on a hill at the western part of the island, Kefalos is a beautiful small town, situated at a distance of 40 kilometers southwestern to the town of Kos. In antiquity it was the capital city of the island; today it counts some 2.500 permanent residents.

The town is built upon a hill, with the houses clung one to another and narrow streets, quite characteristic features of the architecture of the islands, which make strolling around a very interesting and fascinating experience. There are several things worth seeing in Kefalos: the «traditional house», which in fact is a folk museum, presenting the agricultural life of the village in past times. Beside the traditional house, you will see the traditional windmill, which complete the image of the way of living of the past. Finally, don’t miss to visit the ruins of the old castle, just off the main settlement.

Antimachia

Written by on 20/06/2013

At a distance of 23 kilometers southwestern to the town of Kos and 4 kilometers southern to its port, Mastihari, it is situated the scenic village of Antimahia. It is a traditional village of the agricultural inland of the island, found on a plateau not very high. It counts some 2.200 permanent residents, occupied mainly in agriculture and tourism.

Antimahia is an ancient settlement, found at the same place and holding the same name for more than three thousand years. There are many places worth seeing at the village and in the area around.

Within the village you may visit the «House of Antimahia», a good representation of the traditional house of the early 20th century.

Opposite to the house you may see an old traditional windmill, the so-called «Mylos tou Papa» (the «priest’s mill»).

Pyli

Written by on 20/06/2013

Pyli, the ancient city of Peli, is found at a distance of 15 kilometers southwestern to the town of Kos and 4 kilometers southern to the coastal tourist resort of Marmari, which serves as its port. This small town of 2.500 permanent residents is situated almost at the middle of the island, within an overgrown plain with olive trees and vegetables.

Asfendiou

Written by on 20/06/2013

The old traditional village of Asfendiou is situated at a distance of 14 kilometers southwestern to the town of Kos, at the mountainside of mountain Dikaio, within an environment with luxuriant green. It is a small village, counting some 100 permanent residents.

The village that flourished for a century, from 1850 to 1940, thanks to viniculture and olive-crop, is very interesting for its architecture. It is composed by two quarters, Evangelistria or Pera Ghitonia and Assomatos.

Once in the village, it is worth seeing the church of Assomati Taxiarhes, built in the 11th century, with a very nice wood carved icon screen; just off the village you will see the ruins of the Early Christian basilica of Aghios Pavlos (St. Paul).

Tigaki

Written by on 20/06/2013

The tourist resort of Tigaki is situated at a distance of 11 kilometers western to the town of Kos and 7 kilometers northern to the big village of Asfendiou. It counts some 250 permanent residents. Located within a small, overgrown valley, the place has been developed during the last decades along the homonymous long sandy beach of the northern coast of the island. Even in past times, the place used to be the holiday resort of the locals, mainly the residents of Asfendiou.

The environment is mild but quite impressive. You will see plants and green all around and many flowers which add up their colors to this exciting landscape.

Agios Fokas

Written by on 20/06/2013

Agios Fokas is a tourist resort, organized and developed during the last few years; it is situated at the southern coast of the island, at a distance of 8 kilometers southeastern to the town of Kos. It counts only a few permanent residents.

In fact, the place is less of a real settlement than an extended complex of thinly built tourist construction, starting almost from the town of Kos and ending up at the beach of Thermes, with intervals of fields, very nice and overgrown.

The archaeological evidence shows that the area had been inhabited since prehistoric times. At the nearby settlement of Thermes (some 2 kilometers far away, at the West) you may see the nice small church of Aghios Georgios (St. George). The church is found at a low hill above the thermal springs at the beach, and it is hidden by imposing rocks.

Platani

Written by on 20/06/2013

The small village of Platani is located very close to the town of Kos, only some 3 kilometers far away at the West. It is a very scenic, «old-fashioned» village with a few hundreds of residents, all of them of Turkish origin, to which the village owes the name «Kermentes».

Very close to the village, you may visit the Jewish cemetery in a nice environment full of pine trees.

Kos Town

Written by on 20/06/2013

The town of Kos, the beautiful capital of the island is situated at the eastern coast of the island, within a wonderful overgrown natural environment. The modern town, counting approximately 18.000 permanent residents, has been built at the place of the ancient one; as a result the ruins of past, glorious times are visible everywhere. Moreover, the monuments of each historic period, from the remotest past up to nowadays alternate one another in an interesting cultural blend. The town, with its well-laid large streets and squares, the well restored historic buildings side by side to the modern constructions, has a quite original character.

Although human settlement in the area is dated as early as in the end of the 3rd millennium b. C., the town was in fact established in 366 b.C., when it was founded the new city, the capital city of the state of Kos. The town flourished during the Hellenistic and Roman periods; in these times the agora (market) of Kos was counted among the most important ones. As it happens today, even in past times the majority of economic, political and social activities took place at the port. For that reason, the most important sightseeing within the town is gathered in this area. It is here that you will see the Neratzia Castle, built by the Knights of St. John, as well as the Plane tree, one of the most ancient trees over the world under the shadow of which Hippocrates, the father of Medicine, gave his lessons.

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