With a landscape veering from barren rock to hidden green valleys and alpine climbs carpeted in Aleppo pine, Kos (Κως; koss), the second-largest island in the Dodecanese, is full of surprises. Aside from its many beaches and deserted coves lapped by peacock blue sea, there’s plenty to see for history lovers, including Hippocrates’ breathtakingly preserved sanatorium and the Byzantine wonder of Kos town’s centrepiece fortress. The package tour crowd are stowed happily in Kardamena, and but for a few pockets of hedonism, the island still feels particularly Greek.
Kos destination guides
Private Tour: Kos Island Highlights Including Zia, Asklepieion and Tree of Hippocrates
Get to know Kos Island on a private half-day tour, visiting ancient ruins, a mountain village and a winery! While enjoying personalized attention from a guide, explore archeological excavations at Asklepieion and learn about Greek medicine and healing in ancient times.
Private Tour: Kos Island Villages and Wine Tasting
Explore Kos Island on a half-day tour with a private guide and visit ancient villages, ruins and a family-run winery! After enjoying free time in the mountain village of Zia, stop at a winery in the hills and soak up the sunshine while sampling the local wine.