Things to do
Kos is flatter than many other Greek islands, which makes this the ideal place for cycling. You’ll find lots of bike hire outlets, and there are cyclist-only roads too.
Beyond the standard tourist fare of the shops along the beachfronts, you’ll find more traditional boutiques inland. Thyme flavoured honey and olive oil are local delicacies that make great gifts or souvenirs.
Kos was the birthplace of the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates – and you can sit in the shade of the plane tree where he is reputed to have taught his students. The island has also been an important trade centre, and you’ll find fascinating archaeological evidence of settlements from the 7th century BC onwards.