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The 3rd biggest Greek island of the Dodecanese cluster, Kos is a very long, narrow island, flat island with only two small mountains in the south, Simpatro and Dikaio. Its beautiful long stretched beaches, mild climate year-round, vibrant nightlife and the enormous historical interest all attract plenty of tourists to this Greek island each year. Car rentals are the most preferred option for most visitors to the island and should be booked well in advance of travel. Book cheap car hire in Kos right here with us for the best deals online. Fill in the form above and we'll do the rest by comparing quotes from all of the top car rental providers.
Kos town, the capital of the island, is a modern town but also home to many excellent archeological sites. One of the most famous is the Hippocrates Plant Tree, believed to have been planted by Hippocrate. It stands in front of the entrance to the Knights Castle and is considered to be the oldest tree in Europe. The 15th century Castle of the Knights of St. John, can be seen to the right of Kos harbour, and is is great condition. It is a magnificent monument of the Venetian period.
Just outside the town is the Asklepieion, Infirmary of Antiquity, built in the 4th century BC after the death of Hippocrates. It was discovered in 1902 and among the ruins you can see the Temple of Aesculapius.
Visit the impressive Archaeological Museum, which exhibits Roman, Hellenistic and Classical era findings, which include small statues of Aphrodite and Eros, ancient ceramics, small statues of Aphrodite and Eros, the 4th century BC statue of Hippocrates, and intricate mosaics.
Aside from its history, Kos’s old town is a delightful mixture of pedestrian lanes, soaked in sun, with plenty of bars and restaurants open during the day and night, offering tasty Greek cuisine.
The Dodecanese islands are one of the furthest from Athens, making them more difficult to get to. For this reason they are quieter, less touristy and free of the ferry-hordes. There is no international airport on Kos which denies it plane-loads of package tourists.
The quickest way to get to Kos is by plane. From Athens the journey takes only 50 minutes. The Islands airport is in Andimahia, located 27kms southwest of Kos town centre. There are daily flights from Athens’ western airport (Eleutherios Venizelos) to the island. Kos’ neighbour, Rhodes, has an international airport.
There are taxis and shuttle bus services from the airport to Kos town and other destinations around the island. Car rental providers are available at Kos Airport, but the number of cars are limited so please prebook online before you leave in order to secure a booking.
The other option is to reach Kos by ferry. From the mainland the ferry leaves from Piraeus Athens), with daily services to and from the island. Being so remote, the distance takes approximately 24 hours. Departure times in both directions tend to be geared to an early-morning arrival, meaning onward island-hops can involve some antisocial hours. There is also a boat service to and from Rhodes and Kalymnos. Rhodes has ferries to Turkey.