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Martian Risk: considerable

Kos is not only a gateway airport but a hub for ferries. Big ferries operating from Piraeus to Rhodes pass through and a motley of smaller boats and catamarans island-hop NW to Patmos and SE to Rhodes, not to mention a daily procession of Greek and Turkish excursion boats making the short crossing north to Bodrum, less than an hour away.

We do not offer this un-hidden island for a full holiday, but Kos town, birthplace of Hippocrates the father of medicine, has fine Greek and Roman remains, a museum, the Aesclepeion, the tree (now very visibly prosthetically supported – just to stress the profession?) under which Hippocrates sat, and a busy historic harbour with a gigantic castle protecting its eastern edge. Ferry schedules sometimes dictate an overnight stay here but there are many worse fates, especially now that much of the town has been pedestrianised!


We do not offer this unhidden island...


That said, there's a busy harbour-front...


...where the fishermen sometimes get behind with their nets..


...and the Aesclepeion is superb with its view to Turkey...


...and the Tree of Hippocrates - now a demonstration for prosthetics?


Hotel Kosta Palace


Right on the harbour-front with a lovely panorama of the busy yacht harbour and the castle beyond. Convenient for everything.

Also ask about the Astron Hotel and Suites. All easily walkable from the port.

Enquire about: flights + accom'n at Kosta Palace


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Nick and Lindsey travelled to Mykonos, Fourni, Lipsi and Kos in June 2024
Stephen and Julia travelled to Kos, Nisyros, Tilos, Symi and Rhodes in Sep/Oct 2023
Carole and Angela travelled to Kos and Leros in Sep 2023
HG's Stephanie travelled to Kos (port area) en route to Lipsi in Jul 2023