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The Greek island of Kos is located in the south eastern Aegean Sea, near to coast of Turkey. The island is a particularly popular tourist destination, boasting an array of attractions including pristine beaches, excellent restaurants and bars as well as a vibrant local culture and intriguing historic structures and monuments from the island’s long and interesting history. Tourists are also drawn to the island due to its fantastic Mediterranean climate, which allows visitors to relax on the beaches and soak up the sun all day if they wish. Various fun-filled activities are available all over the island of Kos, offering visitors the opportunity to socialise and participate in enjoyable past-times or simply sit back and relax.
Sightseeing in Kos
The most popular activities in Kos can be found along the coastline. Tourists can either sit back and relax on the beaches, or take part in a variety of water sports including sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, wind-surfing and swimming in the ocean waters that surround the island. Kos also boasts a range of cultural attractions and historical sites, popular with visitors intrigued by the regions culture of heritage.
The Castle of the Knights of Saint John
Located at the entrance to the harbour of Kos is The Castle of the Knights of the Order of Saint John, which dates back as far as 1495. The castle contains two defensive barriers, an exterior and interior wall, designed to keep enemies at bay. The castle was constructed out of local rock as well as the ruins of ancient monuments recycled to create this imposing structure.
The ancient and impressive Asclepion is a Greek shrine dedicated to the god of healing, Asclepius. The shrine was discovered by German archaeologist R. Herzog and painstakingly excavated to preserve the monument as much as possible. It is now a popular historic tourist attraction on the island of Kos.
Kos’ two main museums are the Archaeological Museum of Kos and the Folklore Museum of Kos. The Archaeological Museum houses a variety of fascinating artefacts discovered during archaeological research on the island between the early 20th century and the present day. The Folklore Museum is home to a range of relics and exhibits celebrating the heritage and culture of Kos throughout the island’s long and fascinating history.
Shopping in Kos
Many large supermarkets and shopping districts are located across the island of Kos, selling a variety of gift, souvenirs and general amenities to help people’s stay run smoothly. Large stores in the region include Agora, Alexandros and Vassiliadis supermarkets where visitors and locals can purchase food, drink, sun cream and any other necessities. Visitors can also pick up mementos of their stay in Kos from the many smaller souvenir stalls distributed in the built up areas all over the island.
Eating out in Kos
A wide range of culinary delights are available across the island. Visitors can choose from a variety of excellent restaurant serving high quality Greek dishes alongside a selection of tempting international cuisine. Kos also contains several popular fast food outlets and low-cost snack bars.