8 MUST DO’S TO EXPERIENCE KOS AT ITS BEST
Let’s explore the best things to do in Kos:
The place where Hippocrates was training his students in the 5th century BC was discovered not far from Kos Town in 1902. Raised above the Kos plain, the Asklepion is the Sanctuary of Asclepius, the god of medicine. People in suffer would travel from far to seek treatment.
Hippocrates Tree is located close to the Castle of Knights and one spot you can’t miss when in the area. This huge old tree is around 500 years old and is claimed to be the largest in Europe. It has replaced an earlier one that, apparently, Hippocrates planted and sat under to teach his students.
Agios Stefanos Beach
The beach itself is likeable, with a mixture of white sand and pebbles. But what makes it so special is that it sits on a channel of twinkling turquoise water, facing Kastri, a picturesque islet crested by a tall rock.
Head to the races
The feast day of Saint George (each April 23rd unless it conflicts with the Holy Week) is celebrated in Kos with a horse race, an age-old custom that brings almost the entire population to the village of Pyli. The celebration starts with a pro- cession of the saint’s icon, followed by a parade of around 40 riders and then by the race itself. According to tradition, the bishop will “anoint” the winning horse by breaking an egg over it before bestowing it with the winner’s ribbon.
Take a bike tide
Kos is a great place to get around by bicycle. An island bike tour, catching the breathtaking views of the nearby islands, is the perfect way to spend your day. Kos also has many guided bike tours for bike enthusiasts. There are also mountain bike trips, sunset/sunrise bike rides, all available for a very reasonable price.
Therma Hot Springs
In a natural reserve that covers much of the east of Kos, is another beach with hot springs bubbling up through the rock. The waters reputably bear healing properties as they are rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur and sodium, elements considered instrumental in cures for skin arthritic or rheumatic diseases. The water’s temperature hovers between 30-50 Celsius.
Kitesurfing and Windsurfing
Learn to surf the sky! Kos is surrounded by 112km of clean, beautiful beaches and the deep blue Aegean Sea. The waves of Psalidi beach 3k outside of Kos are easily accessible. With your feet in loops on the board and a body harness and lines to manage the kite, the rush of speed, controlled flying, jumps, board grabs, and other kiteboarding stunts are within your reach, with professional training and help.