Kos is Greece in a nutshell, ancient ruins, idyllic beaches, the flotsam and jetsam of passing civilizations, from Turks to Venetians, all within easy reach. Kos offers the visitor a wonderful variety of landscapes, beaches, sites and monuments, entertainment, cuisine and modern accommodation.
Its proximity to other beautiful islands such as Kalymnos, Patmos, and the coast of the Asian Minor, offers unique opportunities for small daily getaways.
In ancient times, Kos was home to Hippocrates, the father of medicine. His treatise Airs, Waters and Places, stressing the importance of a good environment, was no doubt inspired by the sparkling sea and hot sun of his native patch. West of Kos Town, in a magnificent hillside setting overlooking Anatolia, is the Asclepion, an old temple and cure centre where Hippocrates’ practiced and taught medicine.
Cosmopolitan, with excellent facilities, magnificent beaches and lush interior, Kos, combines it all. This is the reason why each year the island hosts many international conferences in its many large conference venues.
The International airport of Kos is connected via charter flights to the whole Europe as well as Athens and the other major cities in Greece, while there are daily sea connections with Piraeus, Rhodes and the other Dodecanese islands.
If you have never been to Greece before, Kos can give you an intriguing foretaste of what the country has to offer. And if you are an old-hander, then you can find out all again why you like Greece so much. Either way, there’s more than enough excuse to make the most of coming to ISCAS ’06 and to take some time out in the sun.
Kos is a welcoming island offering an attractive mix of beautiful beaches and interesting sights. Indeed, Kos has some of the best beaches in Greece and is one of the most famous sailing and surfing destinations in the Mediterranean.
The city of Kos impresses the visitor immediately, with its bike routes, its palm avenues, and its people-friendly design. With many archaeological sights, both within and surrounding the city, Kos is the ideal place for biking and strolling.
Hiking on the mountain
Approximately 14 kms away from the city of Kos, the mountain Dikaios is well known of its impressive natural beauty. Vast vegetation, great variations in altitude, picturesque traditional villages and a breath-taking view of Kos and the surrounding islands are certainly contributing in making the hiking on its sides an experience worth to remember.
Due its geographical position Kos is offered for daily tours to the beautiful surrounding islands of Nisyros, Patmos, Kalymnos, Rhodes, Leros.
Each of the islands has something different to offer to the visitor with a maximum travel time of 2 hours by hydrofoil.
An alternative option is to take a visit to Bodrum - the ancient Alikarnassos - in Turkey, which lies, just across the city of Kos. Combine two countries by traveling only 30 minutes!
Sailing from the Marina of Kos
One of the big investments that have been made in the island is the construction of the Marina of Kos, which is recently completed. A miniature town in which you will find bank, post-office, 10 shops, restaurants and cafes.
Each docking station is equipped with electricity, ISDN telephone lines, cable TV, waste removal, etc.
Kos, famous for its cosmopolitan environment, offers a great variation in recreation centers satisfying all kind of tastes. Numerous cafes, cocktail bars and nightclubs, scattered all over the town, are there to warm up your night! Enjoy authentic Greek live music or get into the groovy with all the international hits! Exquisite gourmet international cuisine in luxurious first class restaurants and unique island specialties in traditional tavernas.
Kos has something for everyone and more!