Cheap flights to Kos
With a rich history and an even richer coastline, action-packed resorts, and mountain scenery, Kos has been pulling in the tourists for decades. Long before it was its beaches attracting the crowds, Kos was pulling in a very different type of tourist. Travellers came to the island looking to be cured at the healing sanctuary known as the Asclepion, the remains of which can still be seen today, almost two and a half thousand years later. And did you know that Hippocrates, the father of medicine, also came from Kos? Well you do now. Don’t miss the ruins of the world’s first medical school, which he built here.
Check out the island’s main town too, called, yes you guessed it, Kos Town. If you like your ports picturesque then you’ll love this one, sitting impressively under the watchful eye of a medieval castle, complete with narrow, cobbled streets and pretty little squares. The town also doubles up as a lively resort with everything a tourist could wish for, from bustling nightclubs to typical Greek tavernas and beaches with every type of amenity imaginable.
Take a sunset horseride along Marmári beach with long-established Salt Lake Stables or even a longer full moon jaunt (late Oct in 2015). Prices from €40, with free transfers from hotel. Contact 6944 104446.
See a film at Orpheus, Fenaréti 3, Kos Town (early June to late Sept), one of the loveliest outdoor cinemas in Greece. Screenings are at 9pm and/or 11.15pm. Admission is €7; some hotels provide discount vouchers.
Kos Town's Casa Romana (Roman villa) opened again in summer 2015 after a lengthy refurbishment. Besides its spectacular floor mosaics, the place functions effectively as a museum of late Roman domestic life, with many finds displayed. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5.30pm, free.
Kos Town Archeological Museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the island's past, and some respite from the heat of the day (Platia Eleftheria, kosinfo.gr).
Kos Town's archaeological museum should re-open by June 2016, after a long refurbishment. Marvel at the Hellenistic mosaics and statuary, including of the island's favourite son, Hippokrates. It's set to be open every day apart from Mondays.
The Hippokrateia festival takes place every July and August. The reading of the Hippocratic oath marks the beginning of the festival, which showcases all forms of art including concerts, theatrical performances, folklore exhibitions, ancient tragedies, sculpture workshops, traditional dances and many activities for the children. Various venues. kosinfo.gr