Built on the site of an even older Greek predecessor, this 2nd-century Roman theatre seated around 750 spectators. In summer, performances are sometimes held here.
Lonely Planet's must-see attractions
A visit to the caldera is like stepping into a science fiction movie, cows grazing amid strange coloured rocks in what resembles a lunar landscape.
One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum (originally 44.8m high) was the greatest achievement of Carian King Mausolus (r 376–353 BC),…
Hippocrates' Plane Tree
North of the Ancient Agora is the lovely cobblestone Plateia Platanou, where you can pay your respects to the Hippocrates' plane tree, under which…
Castle of the Knights
Due to damage caused by an earthquake in 2017, Kos’ magnificent 15th-century castle is currently closed. Nevertheless, given its extraordinary location at…
Nearby Kos Town attractions
1. Decumanus Maximus
The original main street of the Roman town.
This cluster of Doric columns once supported the roof of an open-sided portion of the ancient gymnasium.
3. Western Excavation Site
This open archaeological site, south of the centre, holds ancient ruins uncovered by an earthquake in 1933. Its real treasures are the mosaics of the…
4. House of Europa
You can still sense the opulence of this 2nd-century private villa, of which the chief surviving relic is a superb mosaic floor depicting the abduction of…
Despite its misleading name, this columned structure was actually a public toilet.
6. Casa Romana
Reopened to the public in 2015 after years of restoration, Casa Romana is believed to have been constructed during Hellenistic times and remodelled until…
7. Temple of Dionysos
The overgrown but evocative remains of this Greek temple, dating from the 2nd century BC, centre on an altar with a frieze depicting Amazon warriors.
8. Archaeological Museum
Housed in a superb example of an Italian-era building, located in the central square, the small, but excellent archaeological museum possesses a wealth of…