Top Choice Archaeological Site in Kos


The island’s most important ancient site stands on a pine-covered hill 3km southwest of Kos Town, commanding lovely views across town towards Turkey. A religious sanctuary devoted to Asclepius, the god of healing, i…
Archaeological Site in Kos Town

Western Excavation SIte

This open site, south of the centre, holds fascinating ancient ruins uncovered by the 1933 earthquake. Its real treasures are the mosaics of the House of Europa, dating from the 2nd century AD and protected by rudim…
Archaeological Site in Kos Town

Ancient Agora

Exposed by a devastating earthquake in 1933, Kos’s ancient centre, the agora, occupies a vast area south of the castle. Back in the 4th century BC, this was the first town ever laid out in blocks, and you can still …
Castle in Kos Town

Castle of the Knights

Kos’s magnificent 15th-century castle was constructed not on a hilltop, but right beside the entrance to the harbour. Access it by the bridge from Plateia Platanou, crossing what was once a seawater-filled moat but …
Historic Site in Kos Town

Hippocrates Plane Tree

North of the ancient agora (market) is the lovely cobblestone Plateia Platanou, where you can pay your respects to the Hippocrates Plane Tree, under which Hippocrates is said to have taught his pupils. Plane trees d…
Museum in Kos Town

Archaeological Museum

Housed in an Italian-era building in the central square, the small archaeological museum is currently closed for restoration. When it reopens, expect to see sculptures from the Hellenistic to late Roman eras, with a…
Square in Kos Town

Plateia Platanou

The warm, graceful charm and sedate pace of Kos Town is experienced at its best in this lovely cobblestone square, immediately south of the castle. Sitting in a cafe here, you can pay your respects to the Hippocrate…
Archaeological Site in Kos Town

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 Europe by Zeus in the form of a bull.
Archaeological Site in Kos Town

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.
Archaeological Site in Kos Town

Shrine of Aphrodite

On the south side of the Castle of the Knights are the ruins of a Shrine of Aphrodite, the Temple of Hercules and a 5th-century Christian basilica.