KOS ISLAND :
KOS ISLAND :
KOS ISLAND :

KOS ISLAND :

ABOUT-KOS

The island of Kos is a real gem of the Dodecanese (meaning in Greek the twelve-island) complex of the Aegean archipelago and the proud birthplace of Hippocrates, the father of medicine. The town of Kos lies some 350 km south-east of Athens, which is the capital of Greece, and some 120 km north of the town of Rhodes, which is the capital of the Dodecanese (or Dodecanesos) district.

Kos has a population of 31,000 people and an extent of 290km2. It is the third biggest island of Dodecanese, with Rhodes being the biggest island. Its shape is elongated with a direction from N-NE to S-SW. Its climate is temperate with mild winters and typically hot Greek summers. Neighbouring islands to Kos are Kalymnos to the North, the island of the sponge divers and the volcanic Nisyros to the South. Most of people in Kos work in the touristic industry but the island is also known for the honey it produces.

Kos is easily accessible by boat or by airplane either from Athens or abroad. During summer, several high speed boats depart daily from Piraeus (the port of Athens) to Kos with the trip lasting approximately 10h. Equally frequent are the flights from Athens and Thessaloniki (the second biggest city of Greece) to Kos, with four flights connecting the island with mainland Greece. The flight from Athens International Airport (E. Venizelos) to Kos lasts approximately 50 minutes. Also there are direct flights connecting Kos with London Gatwick from the end of March to the end of October and many charters flights connecting Kos to various places in Europe. The airport of Kos is located in the village of Antimachia, some 27 km away from the Kos town.

The island is endowed with natural beauty and amazing beaches where one can enjoy the endless blue of the Aegean Sea and the Greek summer. The island has splendid villages by the sea and also some well-hidden traditional towns awaiting to be discover by the observant visitor. No visitor should leave the island without paying a visit to Hippocrateion, the place where Hippocrates, the father of medicine, lived, worked and taught.

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