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.
The 1935-built Italian market hall on central Platia Eleftherias shelters stalls devoted to herbs, spices, olive products, wine, honey, figs and the like, all attractively packaged, suitable for gifts and not outrageously priced.
The ruins of the Asklepieion, one of the ancient world's largest health spas, occupy terraces overlooking Turkey 4km south of Kos Town. Cycle there or take the fake train. Open daily in season until 6.30pm, funding permitting.
The Bros Therma hot springs lie 9km south-west of Kos Town. Once the winter storms are over, locals rebuild the shoreline boulder pool, which mixes scalding spring water with the sea to reach an agreeable temperature. Popular by night, especially around the full moon.