When living in Altinkum/Turkey, I used to hop on a ferry from either Kusadasi or Bodrum to visit the Greek islands of Samos and Kos respectively.
A short ride across the water and I was in another country and culture. Being the history fan that I am, Kos provided me with plenty of that, plus pleasant walks along the water front and around the markets and a the biggest mixed fish and seafood platter in a restaurant in the port I have ever eaten. Once I made the journey just for that!!
Approaching the port you are greeted by a massive 14th century fortress, built in 1315 by the Knights Hospitaler. You can climb up and have a great overview of the sea and the island from the top.
Crossing the street you reach a promenade which runs all the length of the U shaped harbor and once, when I stayed longer, I went on a boat trip.
Although it’s not totally confirmed, Kos is considered the birth place of Hippocrates. I love the statue which shows him with disciples ad then there is the Plane Tree of Hippocrates, its branches supported by scaffolding. Wander around to look at all the remains of the many civilizations which have left their mark on the island, like the Asclepeion.
Of course, there is a modern part too which shop after shop and stall after stall, selling quite pretty Greek garments. Plenty of duty free shops too.
On the opposite site, in Kalymnos there are plenty of beaches, hotels of all categories, cafes and restaurants and Kos even has a small airport which caters to flights between islands.
If you plan to stay for a few days, now you have a first class hotel to enjoy your Kos adventure even more.
IKOS ARIA, KOS
Opening in May 2019, Ikos Aria is the latest addition to the luxurious Ikos Group’s portfolio. With existing properties in Halkidiki and Corfu, this latest chic outpost will take up residence on the Dodecanese island of Kos. Offering the group’s unique Infinite Lifestyle All Inclusiveconcept, incorporating extensive activities, premium drinks and cuisine and dine-out at authentic local restaurants within the price, the hotel will be ideal for families and couples alike looking for their every need to be taken care of, while immersing themselves in local island culture.
Sovereign Luxury Travel (01293 832 459, www.sovereign.com) has a seven night May Half Term holiday to the five star Ikos Aria on Kos, on an All Inclusive basis, from £3,799 per family of three. The price includes a 10% room discount, a free stay for one child, private resort transfers, UK airport security fast passes and access to N°1 Lounges (where available), and return flights from London Gatwick with Thomas Cook. Based on departures 27 May 2019. Book via www.sovereign.com/holidays/greece/kos/kefalos/hotels/ikos-aria/
If you plan island hopping in the Dodecanese think of including Kos in your travel itinerary.