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About Kos island, Greece

Kos, the beautiful «island of Hippocrates», according to the Greeks, «the jewel of Aegean» according to the foreign visitors, is situated at the southern part of Aegean Sea, forming part of the island complex of Dodecanese. It is the third island in size of the complex, with extent of 290 square kilometers, and a coastline 120 kilometers long. The island counts some 30.000 permanent residents, but in summer the population increases as it attracts crowds of tourists, not only Greeks but also people mainly from Northern Europe.

Once on the island, the visitor will «discover» the excellent climate, will admire the green mountains decorated with the white spots of the small scenic settlements and villages full of flowers, will be charmed by the excellent beaches with crystal-clear, cool sea, will learn about the glorious past and will live a fascinating present. It is not for nothing that in ancient times, the island was called «Nissos ton Makaron», that is to say, the island of the happy people.

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But, Kos does not offer only beautiful nature and hospitality on the part of the residents. Tourist facilities are excellent and the island is easily accessible, thanks to the good air and sea connections. If we top all these with the mild climate in all seasons of the year, the visitor will be, at least, very pleased, although most of the visitors are enthusiastic about the island, they become fans of the island and they keep returning again and again.

The history of the island goes back to the legendary periods of Mythology; then comes the period of glory, as the relics of the past show. The ancient city, the plane tree of Hippocrates, the castles of the Knights of St. John and the nice buildings of the period of the Italian domination seize the eye of the visitor and compete successfully with the wonderful beaches.

Departing from the airport, at the center of the island, or from the port, at the town of Kos, at the eastern part of the island, you may go everywhere on the island. You will enjoy unforgettable drives and see scenic inland villages and endless beaches with crystal-clear blue sea.

In a few words, the island of Kos is one of the best examples, where the modern tourist resorts with full facilities are in harmony with the wonderful natural environment, the mountainous landscape and the sea and with the warm hospitable villages of the inland.

If we have to describe and characterize Kos in only three words, we would certainly state: «modern, calm, beautiful».

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How to reach the island

The most popular (and cheap) way of arriving to Kos is, of course by ferryboat. The island is connected with Piraeus, Salonica, the rest of the Dodecanese and Cyclades. From Piraeus, there is at least one ship daily (in summer there may be more) and for the local connections (Dodecanese and Cyclades), there is also the possibility of flying dolphins and excursion boats from the nearby island of Kalymnos.

Of course, the most comfortable way is by airplane. From El. Venizelos, the International Airport of Athens there are some two flights to Kos everyday, all year round (in summer maybe more); there is also connection with Thessalonica, whereas in summer the island is connected with Leros, Astypalaia and Rhodes.

However, the best way, by far, to visit the island is by yacht; if you have not one, it is certainly worth renting one, as it is only in this way that you may reach places and beaches inaccessible to visitors using conventional means of transportation.

The airport of Kos

The airport of Kos, officially called «Hippocrates», after the name of the most famous person originated from the island, ever. The airport is found at the center of the island, close to the village of Antimachia, at a distance of some 27 kilometers western to the town of Kos.

Established in 1964, when the arrivals of tourists started to increase considerably, the airport was initially quite small. But, as the needs kept increasing more and more, it was renovated in 1980, with a new, much bigger aircrafts’ runaway, suitable for the landing of big aircrafts. Later on, in 1990 a new arrivals’ building was constructed, which, in general is sufficient even during the peak periods, for the crowds of passengers arriving every year to the island. The airport offers all the usual facilities; there is an exchange office, duty free shops, rent-a-car services, a café and a parking. The airport is connected with the town of Kos by the Olympic Airways buses. Of course, you may use a rented car, as well as a taxi. As the airport is at the center of the island, taxis can also bring you in every village or resort of Kos.

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The Marina of the town of Kos

The Marina of the town of Kos is located at the southern entrance of the town, in front of the square 7 March, very close to the central port. The marine had been inaugurated in 2001 and with its strong artificial water-breaks, not only does it offer a safe shelter to any boat or yacht, but also high quality service and full facilities are available. Additionally, it is very convenient as it is very close to the center of the town. Skippers should know that the geographic coordinates of the marine are 36ο 53΄ N και 27ο 18΄ E. It has a capacity of berthing up to 250 boats and yachts, from 7 to 50 meters long and with maximum draught 5 meters. It has advanced guarding, safety and fire-extinguish systems, rescue and accompanying powerboats and a good reception and service station. Moreover, in the stores of the town you will find all marine equipment necessary for a pleasant and safe sailing. Facilities of repairing are also available at the repairing zone, which has a capacity of some 150 vessels. It also has systems of sludge drainage and of immediate treatment of pollution of the sea. Finally, the marina is situated at a distance less than 45 miles far from some 20 islands and from the opposite coast of Turkey.

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Moving around on the island

Departing from the town of Kos, several bus lines connect the port with the center of the town and with the most important villages and tourist resorts of the island. For short distances, you may also use a taxi. As the major part of the island is flat, bicycle is a very convenient (and popular) means to go from one place to another. Moving on bicycle is also very safe, as in the town of Kos and in the area close to it, there have been previewed lanes exclusively for bicycles. Since there are many things to see, the most comfortable and faster is to use a car (rented or private) and motorbike. If you have a yacht, you may use the marine of the town of Kos and the small ports of Mastihari, Kardamena and Limnionas, for mooring and supply.

Excursions to Turkey

In summer and up to the end of October, ferryboats and flying dolphins depart daily, from the port of Kos to Bodrum, at the opposite Turkish coast. The journey lasts some 20 minutes by flying dolphins and about an hour by conventional ships. Bodrum is the actual name of the famous ancient city of Alicarnassos, a place with long and glorious history .

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