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Antimachia, Kos Island

At a distance of 23 kilometers southwestern to the town of Kos and 4 kilometers southern to its port, Mastihari, it is situated the scenic village of Antimahia. It is a traditional village of the agricultural inland of the island, found on a plateau not very high. It counts some 2.200 permanent residents, occupied mainly in agriculture and tourism.

Antimahia is an ancient settlement, found at the same place and holding the same name for more than three thousand years. There are many places worth seeing at the village and in the area around.

Within the village you may visit the «House of Antimahia», a good representation of the traditional house of the early 20th century.

Opposite to the house you may see an old traditional windmill, the so-called «Mylos tou Papa» (the «priest’s mill»).
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At a distance of 4 kilometers Northeastern to the village, via a good dirt track, you may see the ruins of the Medieval Castle, built in the 14th century by the order of the Knights of St. John, who also dominated the neighboring island of Rodos (Rodhes). Parts of the external strong walls, some castle-like houses and some cisterns are some of the constructions preserved. You may also see the old churches of Aghios Nicolaos (14th century) and of Aghia Paraskevi (18th century), both of them well enough preserved.

At Mastihari, you will see the ruins of the Early Christian Basilica, with a very nice mosaic floor.

Several alternatives for accommodation are available, within the settlement and in the area around. Lodgings are open from April or May until October and most of them offer full facilities.

Food is good in the taverns of the village, but more popular are the fish taverns in Mastihari, which, along with the delicious fresh fish, also offer a good variety of local delicacies.

Swimming is possible at the beach of Mastihari, the port of Antimahia. The beach is well organized and offers facilities for swimming, sunbathing and sea sports to the visitors.

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Apart from its history and the nice landscape, Antimahia is well known for the openhearted locals. The residents of the village are famous as very good dancers and singers; the village has some of the best folk musicians all over Greece. They are also known for their ability to improvise verses, satirical in most cases. Thus, if you are on the island during the period of Carnival, do not miss to attend the Carnival events at Antimahia. You will certainly remember it long after!

There are also two traditional local feasts («panighyri») in the village, on the 30th of June, in honor of the Saint Apostles and on the 15th of August, in honor of the Assumption of Virgin Mary.

But the most important event of the village is the feast of Honey, taking place in late August; apart from dancing, singing and enjoying yourself, you will also have the chance to taste the very good honey of the area, along with a variety of sweets, based on this excellent product of the village.

Another important and interesting event that everybody expects, is the Wine Festival taking place in early September: you will taste abundant local wine, along with delicacies from the local kitchen and you will enjoy yourself with Greek music and dance, which lasts until the next morning.

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In case of health problems, a local Medical Center is available at the village, where you will also find a Police Station.

Access from the town of Kos is easy by public buses, running frequently (Kos- Antimahia- Mastihari), by taxi and by rented or private car and motorbikes.

From the port of Mastihari (some 4 kilometers northern to Antimahia), you may catch the boat for Kalymnos; the boats depart regularly every day. If you have a yacht, the port of Mastihari is available for mooring.
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