If you are looking for an island that is also an open-air museum and where high quality service is key, Kos is the place to be. The island of the many archaeological sites is part of the Dodecanese islands in the Aegean sea. It is also the birthplace of Hippocrates(460-377 BC), the father of medicine. He taught his medicine in the ancient Asklepion, a beautiful landmark in the countryside. But did you know he was also the first to use medicinal herbs in food? Sage is an example of an herb that is used in many of the dishes you still encounter in Kos and has a good anti-inflammatory effect.
Kos is also known as the ‘cycling island’ of Greece. The island has a ‘flatter landscape’ than many other Greek islands and there are almost 10 miles of biking lanes. There are more than 6.500 bicycles available for rent and when you take your bicycle on an adventure there are many beautiful sceneries to explore. From trails up the mountain, to trails along the coast. With a coastline of 12 kilometers one can stop at the beaches of their liking. Because Kos really has a beach for everyone: golden or white sand, pebbles, rocky bays and even therapeutic thermal springs.
However the adventure doesn’t stop after a bicycle tour around the island. What about windsurfing, horseback riding on Marmari Beach, feeding peacocks in Plaka Forest and spotting flamingos at the island’s wetlands?
After a day of exploring head to Zia, a mountain village. This place is known for the yellow, orange and red sunsets of your dreams. Take a seat at one of the terraces of the village, enjoy a glass of Greek wine and let the magic begin.
Kos is also the starting point for many sailing adventures, as the marina of Kos is one of the largest and most organized marinas in the Mediterranean. There is a total of 250 berths that are able to accommodate yachts ranging from 8 to 80 meters. As many islands (like Kalymnos, Leros and Lipsi) are only a short sail away from Kos, you can easily take even the youngest sailor on board for a cruise over the clear blue seas. You can choose to make a day trip or, if you are a island hopping lover, spend a few days on the small islands surrounding Kos, such as Pserimos.