Kos travel story
Other greek island in the Dodecanese island of famous Hippocrates father of medicine, island rich in ruins and archaeological finds, an island that still preserves many folk traditions. The island of Kos is today one of the resorts most modern, while offering insights of the past very interesting. In Kos you can live as best you want to, you can lose yourself in the midst of a noisy crowd and carefree and also you can isolate in a solitary beach. The island can be divided into three parts: 1) a mountain chain that starts from promontory north-east of Agios Fokas, passes through the southern coast and finish in Kardamena, 2) in a land extension to the north-west and reaches the sea, 3) in a mountainous area to the south-west along the peninsula of Kefalos.
For my stay on the island i chose the Family Village that falls within a large complex of three villages that together make up a large tourist infrastructure in the town of box-shaped elements. The complex is located close to the mountains that close to the north-east l& # 039 ;wide plain in which is located Kardamena. The three villages the Family is located in the highest with a distribution to terraces which offers an enviable panoramic view of the coast and the sea. The pebble beach and can be reached by walking down stairs passing through the other structures. The pool and not very large, represents the most panoramic point together with the small bar and restaurant. One feature worth mentioning are the rooms with the pool in front that allow direct access to these tanks narrow and long very suggestive. The rooms are spacious and equipped with also a kitchenette as nate precisely to accommodate families even if now these equipment are no longer usable. The service offered in its entirety you can define in media, the staff is gracious and reserved, the cleanliness is good and the food & beverage sufficiently varies with greek cuisine, Italian and international ……
As indicated at the beginning, Kos offers a certain variability in its tourist offer certainly able to satisfy a little bit. Today's capital of island has a urban plant modern with comfortable roads, tree-lined avenues and gardens, combined with buildings of various forms dating back to different epochs which stands out among the Castle of the Knights. Tourism has led to the creation of several hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues and countless shops. Reference point is the port constantly buzzing of life and this is one area where lovers of nightlife and entertainment at any cost can find satisfaction.
In town there are several archaeological sites including the downtown area, with the ancient Agora and the western area with the characteristic Hellenistic Gymnasium. Few monuments preserved and / or rebuilt but it must be remembered that this island has always been the subject of strong earthquakes throughout its history including the last one in 1933 that brought considerable destruction.
The north coast of the island is dotted with towns that have developed with tourism, small villages, which were originally inhabited by a few fishermen, have become areas with large villages, long beaches, clubs, shops, restaurants, etc. . These include Mastihari, Marmari and Tigaki. The south coast is characterized by a long stretch north uninhabited since that rough then flows south into a wide valley where Kardamena, the second city in importance of the island. A popular tourist destination features a long sandy beach south of the town while the north is mixed, less pleasant and poorly equipped. The center is full of tourist shops offering always the same souvenirs. Do not miss some night life thanks to the various restaurants, bars, taverns and entertainment venues youth. Following the southern coast further south, we find the wide bay of Kefalos with numerous beaches that stretch up to Kamari last town before the mountainous area. Kefalos is a quiet town situated on a hill of tuff in an enviable panoramic position overlooking the wide bay. Walking through its streets and alleys you discover a corner of Greece's past. Mass tourism is far away, here they prevail slow rhythms, customs and traditions of the past. A good part of the population is elderly retires indoors during the hottest hours of the day and return to get out when the air becomes cooler. Observing these people in their daily life you can live, even if briefly, a nice experience of island life.
From Kefalos you can push in the mountainous area to the east where narrow streets, but well kept, leading to unspoiled corners with very nice views over the rugged coastline of the peninsula and the sea. From here you can enjoy sunsets with very intense colors. Worth visiting churches with adjoining small monasteries of Agios Ioannis and Agios Theologos where, near the latter, there is a wonderful very quiet beach.
Kos offers visitors a step back in time, several are the remains of the greek period and not only to Kos city. The most famous site is to Asklepion (also Asclepius) located on a hill a few kilometers from the city. The site is divided into three levels that are located at different heights. You can see the remains of what were the patients' rooms, tubs for spa treatments, the medical school with the adjoining museum of anatomy and pathology, the temple of Apollo (some columns have been rebuilt) and several other areas and services that mean that this site represents the first hospital of human history thanks to the will and capacity of Hippocrates who worked for many years. When planning a stay in Kos, certainly it deserves foresee a day visit the nearby island of Plati, very small and rocky but with a clear sea blue, Pserimos, biggest small town with a quaint and Kalymnos, an island very large but mostly rocky and arid. Kalymons is already a town with lots of shops and services, famous for its sponges that are sold in every corner although certainly very few come from the seabed around the island. For a trip like this just go to the port of Kos where many little boats depart every morning expecting this tour and not only tours of sun and sea that, as a rule, ending at approximately 5 PM.