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Pyli, Kos Island

Pyli, the ancient city of Peli, is found at a distance of 15 kilometers southwestern to the town of Kos and 4 kilometers southern to the coastal tourist resort of Marmari, which serves as its port. This small town of 2.500 permanent residents is situated almost at the middle of the island, within an overgrown plain with olive trees and vegetables.

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The few hundreds of houses that form the town surround the central square, which is really the center of economic and social activities of the settlement. It is a nice square, with traditional stone buildings, traditional cafes and small taverns, the heart of everyday life of the locals. One of the best building is the «Pyliotiko Spiti» («the house of Pyli»); it is an old house with three rooms, where it is represented the kitchen, the living room and the bedroom of a traditional house of the past, with original furniture and objects, as its owners left them some more than 70 years ago. At a distance of less than 100 meters from the house there is a spring with cool water, flowing from 6 fountains. Just beside the spring, you will see the ancient vaults, which, according to tradition, are related to the local hero of the island.

Close to the settlement, beside the small church dedicated to the Holy Cross, stands the impressive Charmyleion, a complex of burials dated to the Hellenistic period and also related to the worship of the local hero and his descendants.

At a distance of 2 kilometers before arriving to town, you may see a small artificial lake, serving for the watering of the cultivations of the plain.

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Some 3-4 kilometers southeastern to Pyli, you may visit the old town of Pyli («Palio Pyli»), a semi-ruined, abandoned settlement. It is here, at the mountain Dikaio that used to be the town of Pyli, with the Byzantine castle at the top of a hill, overlooking the whole area. The Castle was constructed during the Macedonian Dynasty of the Byzantine Empire, who dominated from the 9th to 11th centuries. When the island of Kos was conquered by the Knights of St John, the castle was restored and strengthened, in order to ensure the defense of the area. It is really worth seeing and if you walk up here, you will certainly be rewarded for the effort: the view is breathtaking; you will see Marmari, the islands of Pserimos and Kalymnos and far in the horizon you will discern the coasts of Western Turkey (the Bodrum peninsula).

In old Pyli you may also see the church of Ypapanti, built in the 14th century, with excellent wall paintings, a wonderful wood carved icon screen and columns taken from an ancient Greek temple that existed before, possibly dedicated to Demeter. You may also visit the tiny church of the Byzantine lord Michael and nearby, within a clump of fir-trees, you will find a spring which in the past served to watering the animals.

Finally, at Marmari, you may see the old salt pans of the island.

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Several hotels of all categories with a wide range of facilities are available for accommodation in the settlement and in the area around.

Food is gorgeous in the taverns of the town and the broader area, where you may find local dishes and a variety of international tastes.

You will enjoy swimming, sunbathing and sea sports at the well organized long beach of Marmari.

If you are at Pyli during February or March, don’t miss to attend the Carnival in the town, where you will really have fun and amusement. The name day of Aghios Georgios (St. George) is celebrated in the village with a local feast («panighyri») and horse races. On the 23rd of June another local feast takes place in the town, in honor of Aghios Ioannis (St John), the feast known as «Klidonas». Finally, in late August a series of cultural activities are organized by the Municipality of Pyli, attended by a lot of visitors.

In case of health problems, a local Medical Center is available in the town. You will also find a Police Station.

Access from the town of Kos is possible by public bus, running frequently, by taxi or by rented and private car and motorbikes. If you have a yacht, the port of Marmari offers facilities of mooring; it may serve as your base for your excursions to the rest of the island and to the small islets around.
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