Three Must-See Sights in Kos, Greece
The Greek islands are known for their beauty: rugged pine-clad cliffs, seas that vary in colour between emerald and tanzanite, turquoise-domed white-walled buildings and golden sand beaches that stretch for miles.
The region is also packed to the brim with history, so much so its museums are overflowing and artefacts are shipped off the museums and galleries around the world. To top it all off, the Greek Islands together boast one of the best climates in Europe: endless days of sunshine, warm and balmy evenings and cool night times.
Kos might not be on a similar scale in landmass to Crete or Rhodes, but it makes up for its lack of size with a heavy dose of history and breathtaking beaches. On The Beach offers Kos holiday packages throughout the year, making the most of its southern-Med climate, which thanks to its location in the Dodecanese islands, near to Turkey and with great hotels, is one of the Greek Islands’ best.
So what can you expect to get up to on a Kos holiday? Here are three sights that are not to be missed, though not for sporting activities.
This vast, towering and undeniably beautiful tree, with branches that reach forward seeking new light, is said to be one of the oldest trees in Europe. Legend has it that Hippocrates – the father of modern medicine – planted this tree around 2,000 years ago and taught his pupils the art of medicine from beneath its branches. It is located in Kos Town, in front of the Castle of the Knights. You can read more about it on Wikipedia.
Castle of the Knights
Located in the heart of Kos Town’s old area – which is a sight to behold in itself as it’s one of the oldest cities in Europe dating back to 366 B.C. – is the well-preserved Castle of the Knights. It was built-in the 15th century by the crusading Knights of St John to protect the island from Ottoman attacks. The on-site museum is brimming with artefacts from the castle and the island as a whole.
Although only ruins and remnants remain, you can still get some idea of the grandeur of this 4th century BC healing temple. It was built-in honour of the god of health and medicine, Asclepios, on a hilltop perch overlooking Kos Town and the beaches and rugged landscape surrounding it.