The island of Kos in the Aegean Sea is a popular tourist destination in Greece. Located in the south-eastern part of the Aegean Sea, close to the Turkish coast, it is the third largest of the Dodecanese islands and the second most popular tourist destination after Rhodes.

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We came back to this island for two consecutive years and always during the summer, since we needed some relax, sea, sun and great food!

In Kos you will find several ancient Greek and Roman monuments, mostly inside the city and the surrounding areas. The island measures 43 by 2 to 8 kilometres and we traveled far and wide having a lot of fun and renting a dune buggy like the one used by Bud Spencer and Terence Hill in “Come with me for fun in my Buggy”.

dune buggy Una settimana a Kos isola di Ippocrate e giardino dell’Egeo Grecia in giro in giro blog

Things to do:

Visit the town of Kos: Kos town is the main town on the island and is a great place to explore Greek culture. You can visit the Castle of the Knights of St. John, the Archaeological Museum of Kos, and the famous Plane Tree Square.

Spend a day at the beach: The island of Kos has numerous beaches to choose from. Some of the most popular beaches include Tigaki, Mastichari, Kardamena, and Paradise Beach.

Go on a bike tour: The island of Kos is perfect for exploring by bike. There are many companies that offer bike rentals, and you can choose to explore the countryside or the town.

Visit the Asclepeion: The Asclepeion of Kos is one of the island's most important archaeological sites. It is believed to have been an ancient healing center and has a beautiful view of the town of Kos.

The proximity to the coastline of Turkey and more precisely to the ancient city of Alicarnasso, known today as Bodrum, makes a day trip there possible. In Bodrum we visited the Greek amphiteater, which is still in use. From the stone bleachers you can admire the evocative panorama. By the way this city is also the realm of fake products: fake bags, wallets, clothes, sunglasses and watches of leading brands are sold from many shops in the most popular streets. It’s not unusual to read the writing “genuine fake”.

Things to see:

Hippocrates Plane Tree: The Hippocrates Plane Tree, located in the main square of Kos, is one of the island's most famous landmarks. It is said that Hippocrates taught his students under this tree.

Castle of the Knights of St. John: The Castle of the Knights of St. John was built in the 14th century and is one of the most picturesque spots on the island. It offers a panoramic view of the town of Kos and the sea.

Archaeological Museum of Kos: The Archaeological Museum of Kos houses a vast collection of artifacts dating back to the Hellenistic and Roman era.

Things to eat:

A must-eat you really can’t miss is the Greek salad, a worldwide known regional dish served with black olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers and fresh onions – vital ingredient is feta cheese.

In the psistarias (delis) we always ate meat and fish grilled on the spot. We recommend to choose types of fish from the region.

Meat lovers have to try the beef stew and souvlaki, meat skewers.

Spices are often used in condiments and for the famous Tzatziki, a sauce made of Greek yogurt, cucumbers and garlic. You will find it in every dish.

Enjoy your holiday!

Ciao da Cris e Marco del blog in giro in giro

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