The Greek Islands are full of surprises! Mostly known for their sandy beaches, lovely Mediterranean weather and ancient Greek and Roman landmarks, with a visit to the Greek Islands, you’ll soon realise that there is plenty to explore. Kos in particular offers all of these highlights and so much more. In fact, we’ve got 10 surprising facts about the island to entice you… if you weren’t tempted already that is.
It’s the core of numerous historical eras
Kos is home to bucket loads of history and culture which doesn’t go unseen. Kos’ history dates all the way back to the Neolithic Era, made evident with the pieces found in areas like the Aspripetra Cave. The Mycenaean settlement could also be found in Kos, meaning the island saw many eras come and go. As a result, a visit to Kos could see you exploring several archaeological excavations.
It’s the birthplace of Hippocrates
Hippocrates, also known as the ‘Father of Medicine’ was a Greek physician who passed his teachings down in Kos. Hippocrates founded a school of medicine which transformed the topic within ancient Greece. Whilst in Kos, visit the Tree of Hippocrates which is thought to have served as a classroom space where he taught several of his students.
It’s home to a lively port
Kos’ port is simply stunning. Filled with yachts, boats and great places to eat and drink, what more could you ask for? An exciting area to hang out during the summer, you’ll see loads of tourists and locals alike visiting the port for its bars, restaurants and views.
It’s a family friendly island
Quite a few of the Greek Islands have a reputation or are known for being party hotspots, Kos included. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s not a great destination for a family holiday. In fact, Kos is a fantastic choice. With water parks and beaches, there is plenty around in Kos to break up seeing the ancient sights.
It’s great for boat excursions
If you fancy heading out to sea, you can definitely do that on a Kos holiday. Boat excursions on the island are kind to your pocket and provide you with lovely tranquil trips to lovely sights. For example, head to Nisyros where you can witness an active volcano, or the beautiful island of Symi and even Rhodes.
It’s fantastic for avid cyclists
Are you a cyclist? Well, don’t stop cycling whilst on a Kos holiday. It’s one of the best ways to locate and visit all of the sights, and with various cycling trails around the island, it’s easy to get around. There are loads of bike rentals across the island too, meaning its simple and cheap to grab your ride.
It boasts unspoiled beaches
Kos is a top choice for a beach holiday thanks to its fine sand beaches and tranquil crystal clear waters. There are so many to choose from, you could probably list beach hopping on your schedule during a holiday to Kos. Enjoy the great weather as you sunbathe or cool off in the sea instead. If you love a beach, you’ll love Kos.
It has direct flights and great accommodation
Okay, this might not be a particularly surprising fact about Kos, but it sure is one you’d like to hear no doubt, as it means booking your Kos holiday is easy peasy. The island has accessibility at its core, unlike some other Greek Islands. With direct flights from London, Newcastle and Birmingham among other cities, you don’t have to worry about connecting flights. However, Kos does have many ports which offer great transport connections to other Greek Islands which is always handy as well. In terms of accommodation, there is a wide range to choose from on loveholidays. So, you’re bound to find something that’s fit for your taste and budget.