Your guide to Kos and the Surrounding islands!!!
Kos is a blessed island and our endeavor to feature all aspects of its splendor is an ongoing process for us here at Discovering Kos. Kos has always been a melting pot of civilisation and to this day brings together people from all over the world and all walks of life mostly during the summer season. The ruins and vestiges are an omnipresent reminder of the multifaceted glorious past of the island. For more on that check out our History and Culture section.
The island is linked irrevocably to wellness owing to the fact that Hippocrates chose to create the first hospital in history on the island of Kos. His holistic approach is appealing and to a large extent still very current . His presence was linked to the existence of a number of Thermal springs on the island. In fact, water is generally quite abundant on Kos allowing it to be quite “green” especially in comparison with all the surrounding islands which are all arid and bare. There are rivers/streams, a couple of lakes (Psalidi and Tigaki) a large pond (Linopoti) and a plethora of springs even though water consumption for the needs of the tourism industry is depleting a substantial part of the island’s resources. For more check this section: Of Springs, Lakes and all things water
In most people’s minds Kos is linked to summer, resorts and vacationing. There are many beaches and most of them are beautiful sandy ones making Kos an attractive choice for those who want to revel in the sun and spend their days on the beach. For the more demanding there are still some remote, untarnished beaches, if you feel adventurous and can spare the time to go and look for them. For more check out our Beaches page.
For the thrill seekers there are water sports available on most organised beaches and the growing windsurfing and kiting community attracts more and more avid fans. During the summer the Northern side is mostly windy and a Kiter’s Paradise (Psalidi, Alykes, Mastichari, Kochilari are the main spots) while in the South the waters are calm and ideal for the laid back experience. Local weather conditions make kiteboarding an all year round activity. For more check out our Kiteboarding page.
A large part of Kos is comprised of Natura protected areas and one can enjoy the beauties of what nature has to offer whether it be around the Lakes mentioned above, on the slopes of Mount Dikaios, in the area around the Plaka forest in Antimachia or on the more remote mountain ranges of Kefalos. There are a number of places to visit and even though trails are few, one can still hike around and explore. For more go to our section on Hiking. Kos has also been linked to cycling mostly during the late twentieth century and biking has now made a strong comeback with more and more official competitions taking place on the island. For those interested in hiking and biking we would recommend that you avoid the summer months as the heat can be a problem whilst nature is at its best during spring and autumn.
There are a number of smaller islands in the periphery of Kos which you can definitely visit. For the climbers amongst you Kalymnos has become one of the top/hottest spots in the world and is a mere 20 to 25 minutes away if you take the fast boat from Mastichari. Nera, Kalymnos, Platy, Pserimos, Nisyros are close enough for day trips although Kalymnos and Nisyros might be worth a longer stay. Telendos, Tilos, Leros are a bit further away but are also worth the visit for those who have more time to spare or are looking for something out of the beaten track. For more information go to our Other Islands section.
Hopefully Discovering Kos and the Surrounding islands’ insights will help you to make your stay more enjoyable. For more on DiscoveringKos check out our About Us page.
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