Located on the southern side of Kos island, at the end of the asphalt road leading south out of Kefalos, you will find the picturesque Monastery of Aghios Ioannis Thymianos or of Krikelos. At a distance of a mere 7 kms from Kefalos, it is painted in the traditional colors of white and blue. The Thymianos appelation is a reference to the mountain opposite called Thymianos even though the actual church is situated on the Lathra Mountain. The second appelation i.e. of Krikelos is a reference to Cape Krikelos which is the southernmost tip of the island.
The monastery of Aghios Ioannis Thymianos lies near the top of a hill, is surrounded by vegetation and offers a breathtaking view of the bay lying in front of it. A large plane tree, supposed to be over 400 years old offers its refreshing shade to visitors of the church while in the area next to the church, benches and tables have been built so that people can get together to feast and/or admire the view. There is also a spring just behind the Church although there is no more water running.
The church of Aghios Ioannis Thymianos was built during the early 1900s and on either side there are cells which have beeen abandoned for quite some time. Inside the church beautiful icons and amazing frescoes decorate the walls, while a golden chandelier hangs from the roof. Next to the church, you will not fail to notice a significant landmark: the old, half-ruined bell tower. The monastery celebrates its Saint on August 29th and lots of pilgrims flock there on that specific day to pay their respects.