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.
Cooler, clearer autumn days are perfect for the ascent of 846m Khristós peak. Views of Kos from the summit are unrivalled. Allow three hours for a leisurely return from Ziá village.
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).
You can't miss Yénnisis Theotókou Church at the summit of Lagoúdi village. The inside sports brilliant 1980s frescoes by reclusive painter Nikos Vlahoyiannis. The friendly Father Kyriakos will let you in.
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