Kos Greece Cruise Port

The ships dock at Kos Town and the town center is not far from the dock.

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Kos offers magnificent beauty. Besides its breath taking golden sandy beaches, the island is also steeped in monuments, remnants from its glorious past, making it the ideal holiday destination, not only as a choice between other Greek Islands but on a worldwide scale. Kos has much more than just the sea and sun to offer.

Other than the imposing Castle and the charm of the old town, a visitor arriving in Kos for the first time will certainly be impressed by the archaeological sites scattered inside the town.

The castle of the Knights of the Order of Saint John is situated at the entrance of Kos harbor on what used to be an island in antiquity, communicating with the inland through a bridge that one can still see even today namely the bridge of "Phoinikon" (Palm Trees) Avenue. The castle consists of two defensive precincts. The interior one has four circular towers in the corners; the south-eastern tower forms part of the exterior precinct, which is the larger one of the two, with massive bastions on the four corners, battlements and gun ports. The two precincts are separated by a large moat and communicate with a drawbridge.

Hippocrates Tree: You'll find the Hippocrates Tree next to the entrance of the castle. Inancient Greek times the great physician Hippocrates lectured students in the shade of the tree.


Kos is a paradise for windsurfing and coming to Kos you expect the best beaches in the Mediterranean. Well if sandy beaches is what you are looking for you came to the right place!

The archaeological museum of Kos stands on Eleftherios Square, in the heart of Kos Town. It houses various exhibits dating mainly from the archaic, Hellenistic and Roman times.

The harbor area at Kos Town is packed with ferry agents and travel offices with offers of scheduled services, boat trips and excursions. There are daily boats to Bodrum (45mins) in Turkey leaving around 0830 and returning 1600. Check the offers in the local port. Excursion boats go to many island beaches as well as outlying islets such as Pserimos, Plati, Nisyros and Giali.

Renting a bike: Kos is mostly flat and ideal for cycles. It is also one of the few, if not the only island to have dedicated cycle lanes over much of the island.

Nearby Places:

Asklepion: 3.5 km west of Kos, nestling in wooded foothills, stand the impressive ruins of the Asklepion, a hospital from classical times. The site is divided into three huge terraces, linked bystone staircases. The upper and lower terraces contained patient wards, and the middleterrace boasted a series of temples.

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Shopping and Food:

Greek cafè (coffee) it is ground very fine and then heated in small saucepan (a Briki) with one or several coffee cups of water. Sugar is added during cooking. You can therefore ask for it very sweet (gliko), with a little sugar (metrio) or without sugar (sketo). It is always served with a glass of cold water. Be careful not to stir it, always wait for the grounds to settle in the bottom of the glass.



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Opening Hours and Holidays:

Shopping hours are a somewhat complicated matter in Greece as they vary according to the type of business. The list below covers the main areas but bear in mind that this is subject to sudden arbitrary and often incomprehensible changes in the law.

Generally the hours between 2.00pm and 5.30pm are dedicated to lunch and the sacred afternoon siesta, especially in the hot summer.

Tourist shops may stay open, so do many kiosks, all the supermarkets, main post-offices and telephone offices.

Apart from kiosks, sweet shops, florists and many tourist shops everything is closed on Sundays. Supermarkets Open at 8.00 am and close at 8.00 pm in winter and 9.00 pm from April to end of October. Saturday they close at 6.00 pm and are closed on Sundays and holidays.

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