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Top Choice Archaeological Site in Kos

Asklepieion

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…
Top Choice Taverna in Kos Town

Pote Tin Kyriaki

Named for Melina Mercouri's Oscar-winning 1960 song, 'Never on Sunday' is not the sort of place you expect to find in modern Kos – and it takes a lot of finding. This traditional ouzerie (place that serves ouzo and …
Top Choice Greek in Kos

Oria Taverna

Idyllic taverna, only accessible by hiking up the hillside facing the 1000-year-old Pyli Castle and enjoying what are certainly the best views on Kos…and quite possibly in the world. It’s open all day for snacks and…
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…
Cafe in Kos Town

Aegli

Stretching from beneath the arches of a municipal building onto the main square, this bakery/cafe is run by a cooperative supporting low-income women and employs only female staff. The speciality is marmarites – tra…
Mezedhes in Kos Town

Petrino Meze Restaurant

Peaceful and balmy, this graceful restaurant has a leafy garden shaded by bougainvillea, overlooking Kos Town’s western group of archaeological ruins. Highlights on its upscale menu include hearty meat concoctions s…
Taverna in Kamari & Kefalos Bay

Restaurant Agios Theologos

From its well-shaded terraces, dropping towards the sweeping beach, this much-loved seasonal taverna enjoys the best sunsets in Kos. Its zesty homemade cheese, courtesy of its flock of inquisitive goats, is at its m…