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.
Zaharoplastio Paradosi, in Platani village, has been selling the best Turkish-style ice cream on Kos since 1955. There are big tubs available for takeaway (if your accommodation has a freezer), and plenty of decadent pastries, too (tel: 22420 21490).
"The Creation of the New Town of Kos", an exhibition profiling the whimsical art deco/Orientalist/rationalist monuments put up by the Italian colonisers between 1912 and 1939, is housed in one such structure on Grigoríou tou Pémptou, near the bus station.
WIth temperatures down, autumn is the best time to climb Christos peak (elevation 846m) in the Oromedon range. The trail up from Zia is clear, and the views from the summit unbeatable. Allow for a leisurely three-hour round-trip.