THE EXOTIC BEAUTY OF KOS
An island with a rich history and a colourful culture, Kos inspires you to explore every little nook and corner of its vibrant town center with the medieval fortresses, the precious archaeological findings and the delightful promenade with the palm trees, the refreshing sea breeze and the gorgeous views.
Kos, the island of Hippocrates, the greatest physician of ancient Greece, is surrounded by large squares, wide streets with trees, walkways, modern buildings, shops, cafes and restaurants.
Every corner of the island is hiding an unexpected surprise. For example once you take the road to Kefalos from the roundabout next to the airport, you just drive along for about 1 km and on your right-hand side a road leading to Plaka will appear. Plaka is a beautiful pine tree forest that lies in a gorge that meanders right down to the sea. A wonderful spot for relaxing along with marvelous, exotic creatures such as pompous peacocks showing off their wonderful, colorful feathers, terrapins and squirrels.
Furthermore, you can visit Zia Natural Park, where you can walk on the stone paths between the trees and breathe the fresh air. You can also have a close look at the local animals and plants in their natural environment. If you want to keep this connection with the nature in Tingaki, the Salt Lake Alyki, provides a haven for wild birds. Protected by the authorities, it makes a pleasant walking route as well as a must for all bird watchers. Pink flamingos are one of the most exotic visitors and can be seen either flying in this area or if not then actually on the lake itself. On a much smaller scale we mustn’t forget to mention the little pond at Pyli which is also home to a few wild birds of Kos.
It has been reported that the sea turtle named “Caretta Caretta” by the Italian occupiers of the island, referring to the squares on its shell, comes to nest along the coast north of Kefalos. It is of course not unusual to see dolphins swimming in the wake of a boat around the coast of the island.