This island of the Dodecanese
group has been taken over almost completely by
tourism, catering especially for family holidays.
Aside from the drawcard of beautiful beaches,
Kos has an abundance of interesting ruins to explore,
and is easily reached from Rhodes or Bodrum (Turkey)
Kos was prominent in
antiquity because of its healing temple of Asclepius,
founded after the death of the famed physician
Hippocrates, who allegedly taught students on
the island. The island also features the remains
of temples for other healing deities, including
Isis and Sarapis, and appears to have historically
been an island healing retreat.
The island boasts a
tree that is reputedly the oldest in Europe and
Hippocrates is said to have held lecture sessions
in its shade.
The island also has
several archaeological remains of Persian, Turkish,
Roman and Byzantine conquerors that all added
their bit during a long history. Kos has busy
bars and an entertaining nightlife, and there
are some pleasant towns and beaches outside the
capital, but those looking for empty beaches should
head for quieter islands.
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