Sep 23

KOS – TURQUOISE WATERS AND ANCIENT HISTORY (ΚΩΣ)

The island of Kos is part of the Dodecanese group of islands, is the second most popular island after Rhodes and the third largest. Kos is the birthplace of Hippocrates, the founding father of medicine. Here you can visit the ruins of the ancient city and the castle. The view that unfolds in front of your eyes from the highest point of the old city is beyond magnificent.

Kos is only four kilometers away from the coast of Bodrum in Turkey, from where you can arrive by ferry. In summer (between May and October), there is a one way ferry ride departing towards Kos at 9 a.m. (the ticket costs 25 Euros per person for a single road), and a slow ferry ride for 50 Euros per person. You can reach the island by ferry from Kos within any other Greek islands. Travelling by ferry from Rhodes to Kos lasts between 2 and 8 hours and the ticket prices start from 30 Euros per person on the fast ferry, with special seats like those of an aircraft. The ferry from Santorini to Kos can make about 4 hours and 15 minutes and the ticket costs 28.50 euro per person for one trip at economic class.

There are flights from Athens to Kos. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour, and a ticket at the Aegean Airlines company starts from 126 Euros one way. In summer, there are direct flights from many European cities straight to Kos; for instance, TUIfly flies from Cologne, Basel, Hanover, Stuttgart, Bremen, Nuremberg, Munich, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf.

The climate of Kos

Summers are hot and dry, while winters are mild, which means that the island enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate. The average temperature in July and August is around 28ºC during the day and 22ºC at night. Summers are dry and rain is missing.

What to do in Kos

The main port, Kos, is the cultural and tourist center of the island. The whitewashed buildings are hotels, restaurants and several nightclubs; enough to ensure delightful spending a night on the town.

One of the attractions on the island is a fortress dating from the 14th century, located at the harbor entrance. History says that here is the birthplace of Hippocrates. In the center of it is there is an old plan-tree that is known as Hippocrates’ plane-tree Hippocrates. It is said that he used to teach the art of medicine under this tree. You can also visit the ruins of Asklepion, a temple dedicated to healing the sufferings.

The beaches of Kos

Kos is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the Dodecanese islands:

Psalidi – has numerous beach bars, is located only 3 kilometers from Kos.

Kardamena Beach – 30 kilometers west of the city of Kos, very popular among tourists and well organized.

Marmari Limnaria – 20 kilometers from the city of Kos, is designed for practicing windsurfing beach.

Tigaki – 11 kilometers from Kos, with crystal water and shallow.

Kamari – is 45 kilometers from Kos town, is surrounded by high rocky peaks; part of this beach is not landscaped and is quite isolated.

Mastichari Beach – situated 27 kilometers from the city of Kos, is an exotic beach with white sand and emerald water; here you can practice windsurfing.

Lambi – only 3 kilometers from the city of Kos, well organized; rents umbrellas and sun beds.

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Sep 13

RHODES – SOME SAY IT’S THE BEST OF GREECE (ΡΌΔΟΣ)

Nicknamed the “Island of the Sun”, Rhodes is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece and the most popular of the islands that make up the Dodecaneselor archipelago. Experience the natural beauty of the island, exploring its ancient history, enjoy the nightlife or simply enjoy the famous Greek food and wine. Rhodes offers you everything that your can wish for.

Situated at a distance of 18 kilometers west of Turkey, right between Greece and Cyprus, Rhodes is the largest island in the Dodecanese group.

How to get to Rhodes

You can get there by air from Athens and arrive on the local airport in 45 minutes. Other domestic flights link Rhodes to Crete, Mykonos, Karpathos, Santorini, Kastellorizo and Thessaloniki. Another alternative is to reach it through the water, using the ferry that connects the most important Greek ports to Rhodes – Piraeus, Crete and other islands in the Aegean – and the ports in Turkey and Israel.

Weather

Probably the most beautiful island in Greece (but then again, who can properly decide?!) and the perfect choice for honeymoon, Rhodes has a mild Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot and sunny, and winters are mild and wet. During July and August, the wind turns Rhodes into the perfect place to practice windsurfing. The average temperature reaches 29º Celsius in the summer months, so it is not unbearably hot, regardless of the island’s position, down south in the Mediterranean Sea.

Colossus of Rhodes

Colossus of Rhodes is one of the 7 wonders of the world. It is a giant statue of the god Helios, situated at the entrance to the Port of Rhodes. The statue was built by Chares of Lindos between year 292 and 280 B.C. Ancient texts describe that structure was built around several stone towers, placed on a pedestal of marble near the entrance of Mandraki port, then beams of iron were placed on towers of stone and tiles of bronze attached girders to give shape of the human body. Colossus of Rhodes lasted only 56 years, but discutions regarding its reconstruction continue until today.

The Beautiful Beaches of Rhodes

Since the island has a very long coastline, there are many places where you can swim and sunbathe. Faliraki is the most famous beach, located only 14 kilometers from the capital city of Rhodes. Kalithea is also a beach that is well-known mainly for its medicinal hot water springs. Other beaches worth visiting are: Prassonissi, Traganou, Kalathos, Tsabika, Saint Paul and Afandou.

What can you do in Rhodes

“Old Town” or Medieval City is one of the most beautiful symbols of the island and has been included in UNESCO World Heritage. Here, visitors can admire Pili Elefterias, Byzantine Museum, Panagia tou Kastrou, the Mosque of Suleiman, Simis Square, Ippokratous Square, Grand Masters Palace, the Minaret in the old city and the Great Hamam, Archeological Museum, the Clock Tower and the famous Street of the Kings – Ippoton.

If you like nature and want to admire some superb specimens of butterflies, then spend a day in the woods and do not miss the Butterfly Valley. But for that you have to visit Rhodes between late May and September, so that you can really enjoy this unique place.

If you’re tired of sightseeing and sunbathing, you can practice water sports, play tennis, golf, or go horse riding. For those passionate about gambling in a casino there is such a place in Afandou.

Traditional Greek villages are truly picturesque. When visiting Rhodes, do not miss Filermios, Kritinia and Lindos, three of the most beautiful traditional villages of the island. White houses, narrow stones and ancient history creates an faqscinating and romantic atmosphere, just perfect for a holiday in two.

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