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Places to Visit in Kos Island

Kos is the second most popular island of the Dodecanese, after Rhodes. It is quite developed in terms of tourism and its facilities are very active in the summer season. Famous for its beaches, the island offers many historical landmarks as a result of the various cultures that have influenced it over the years.

Kos is also a great destination for cycling enthusiasts! You can find below the places to visit in Kos, in brief, as a list so you may plan your holiday making sure that you will not miss any of them. 

Kos Adası'nda Gezip Görülecek Yerler
Kos Asklepieion


Asclepieion, which served as a healing center in ancient times and took its name from Asclepius, the son of Apollo and the protector of health and medicine, is the most important archaeological site on the island.

Kos Antik Gymnasium

Ancient Gymnasium

The Hellenistic Gymnasium is part of a complex from the Hellenistic and Roman periods, which includes the remains of the Acropolis, Hippodrome, Nymphaeum, as well as the temples of Aphrodite and Hercules, a very elaborate structure from the 3rd century BC.

Kos Osmanlı Camileri

Ottoman Mosques

It has vividly left its mark on Kos’ rich history and architecture in general. This is also the case with the Kos Mosque, which strongly reminds us of Ottoman rule on the island for nearly four centuries.

Kos Aziz Stephen Bazilikası

St. Stephen's Basilica

There is a Paleo-Christian basilica complex near the beach of Kamari, south of Kos. The basilicas belong to the 5th and 6th centuries AD.

Kos Kastri Adacığı

Kastri Islet

Kastri is a small island just across from the beach of Agios Stefanos and there are the remains of the city walls and a small church on this islet, which can be reached by boat.

Kos Antik Agora

Ancient Agora

The Ancient Agora contains the ruins of the ancient city of Kos and is located close to the port. The ancient city had wide streets, sanctuaries, stadium, gymnasium and other settlements.

Kos Nerantzia Castle

Nerantzia Castle

Nerantzia Castle or the Knights Castle is located at the entrance to the port of Kos Town. It was built in the 14th century by the Knights of St. John on the site of an old Byzantine castle.

Kos Hipokrat Çınarı

Hippocrates Plane Tree

According to mythology, under this plane tree in Kos, the father of medicine, Hippocrates, teaches his students the secrets of healing. Of course, this is a family member descended from the original tree.

Kos Arkeoloji Müzesi

Archeology Museum

The Archaeological Museum, containing finds from the ancient Agora, the Asklepieion and other places on the island, is located in the heart of the city of Kos.

Kos Hipokrat Kültür Merkezi

Hippocrates Cultural Center

Located in Mastihari, the Hippocratic Garden Cultural Center is dedicated to the father of medicine. The center, which is an exact replica of the 5th century ancient Greek settlement, hosts many ancient Greek philosophy seminars.

Kos Casa Romana

Casa Romana

Similar in architectural style to houses in Pompeii, this house is a beautiful Roman mansion and inside is worth seeing some remarkable frescoes and beautiful atriums.

Kos Antimachia Geleneksel Evi

Antimachia Traditional House

Antimachia House is a traditional house in the village of Antimachia, which represents the architecture, interior and exterior decoration of the region.

Kos Antik Dionysos Tapınağı

Ancient Dionysus Temple

The ruins of the Temple of Dionysus near the Roman House are located on Vasileos Pavlou Street, south of the port of Kos, past the ancient Agora.

Kos Antimachia Venedik Kalesi

Antimachia Venetian Castle

The Venetian Castle of Antimachia, which includes two churches, is located on a hill above the village and offers a magnificent sea view. It was built in the 14th century and its walls have survived well to the present day.

Kos Roma Odeonu

Roma Odeon

The Roman Odeon was built in the 2nd century BC and is very well preserved. Like the Colosseum of ancient Rome, it housed crowds of people who gathered to watch fights between prisoners.

Kos Geleneksel Yel Değirmeni

Traditional Windmill

Antimacheia’s windmill was renovated to keep the tradition alive, as well as to offer a more beautiful view to the visitors. It is located in a small square in the center of the village.

Kos Pyli'nin Bizans Kalesi

Byzantine Fortress of Pyli

About 4 km from Pyli is the abandoned village of Paleo Pyli (Old Pyli), with a dilapidated castle on top. This castle was built during the Byzantine period and later restored by the Venetians to ensure the defense of the area.

Kos Agios Ioannis Manastırı

Agios Ioannis Monastery

Offering a magnificent sea view, Agios Ioannis Monastery is located 7 km south of Kefalos.

Kos Beyaz Taş Mağarası

White Stone Cave

The cave is an important excavation area related to the Prehistoric periods. The finds dated the cave from the Neolithic Age to the beginning of the Bronze Age.

Kos Termal Kaynaklar

Thermal Springs

At the site of Agios Fokas is a sea pool with hot springs known as thermes. The place is known as one of the most exclusive places in Kos.

Kos Folklor Müzesi

Folklore Museum

This museum has an interesting and unique collection describing the agricultural life of the people on the island from the 18th century to the present.