Soaked in history and ruins, after a few hours wandering Kos town’s fortress and the Asklepion (Hippocrates' ancient sanatorium), you become almost blasé at sidestepping millenia-old Corinthian columns gathering weeds at the roadside. Indeed the past and present converge magically on this island (the second-largest in the Dodecanese) of varied treasures: from vernal valleys and peacock-blue coves, to sylvan hillsides and rocky stretches – one moment you find yourself in a rustic mountain taverna the next in a busy cosmopolitan cafe. There really is something for everyone here.
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.