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Stadium, Port Baths and northern sites
(These sites are of secondary interest, but give a sense of the extent of the ancient settlement.)


Steps and a pathway up the south side of the foricae building, followed by a left-turn into Makari­ou Street, lead past the remains of houses of the Roman period on Galias Street, between Makari­ou and Tsaldari Streets, and further north to an area surrounded by apartment blocks, where there are vestiges of other public thermae. The collapsed vaults on the ground, constructed of cemented rubble core, suggest a date after the 2nd century earthquake. The low walls nearby which haphazardly combine earlier, dressed Hellenistic masonry with rough in-fill, would appear to have been hastily erected even later—perhaps after the earthquake of 469 ad. Further to the north of here, in a plot between the harbour front and Irodotou Street, are more thermae, referred to as the Port Baths, which again incorporate much earlier material in their construction. Part of the harbour walls are visible in the north corner of this area. Two blocks inland to the west of here (between Omi­rou and Megalou Alexandrou Streets), has been located a temple to Demeter which, though still in use in Roman times, had a Mycenaean predecessor on the same site. It has been identified by the terracotta figurines found in the vicinity.
   In the declivity which occupies the entirety of two blocks across the street between Megalou Alexandrou and Tsaldari streets is the site of the 2nd century ad ancient stadium. This was rectangular in shape (180 x 30m) and did not possess the usual semicircular sphendone at one end. The marble starting block can be seen beside the church of Aghia Anna at the north end, and some of the stone seating at the southern end.


Kos Island is part of the Dodecanese Island group
Ancient Cos. Stadium, Port Baths and northern sites.


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access

Kos Island, Greece.

By air: Kos has an international airport in the centre of the island at a distance of 23 km from Kos Town, with twice daily connections from Athens by both Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines, and charter arrivals from many destinations in Northern Europe. There are also local (Olympic)flights three times weekly to Astypalaia, Leros and Rhodes.
   By boat: There are daily services by catamaran (Dodecanese Express), and four times weekly by car ferry (F/B Nisos Kalymnos), plying the route between Rhodes, Kos, Kalymnos, Leros, Patmos (& Samos – ferry only): to Piraeus and Rhodes, Blue Star Ferries run four times weekly ferries, and GA Ferries (who include Nisyros, Tilos and Symi en route) three times weekly. The faster Flying Dolphin services link Kos also with the smaller Dodecanese Islands between Samos in the north and Rhodes in the south, and run daily in summer. From Kardamaina on the southeast coast there is a daily connection with Nisyros throughout the year, weather permitting.

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eating

Kos Island, Greece.

In the town centre, for inexpensive and genuine fare, with good fresh, local wine, the small taverna Kriti (just below the steps northwest of the central church of Aghia Paraskevì) on Ypsilantou Street is reliable and convivial: while, nearby, the Kafeneion Aenaos in front of the Deftedar Mosque, opposite the Central Market building, makes a proper Greek coffee. Many of the most interesting and enjoyable places to eat, however, are a little out of the centre; for a delightful rural, courtyard setting, the Taverna Ambavris (in Ambavris, 1 km along the road south (left) from just beyond the Casa Romana /Roman House as you approach it from the centre of town) is to be recommended; while at the crossroads in Platani, (1.7 km from the port along the road to the Asklepieion), Ali"s is a Turkish restaurant with some good quasi-Turkish dishes, very popular with locals for Sunday lunch. To Palaio Pyli, 1 km below Palaio Pyli, has good fish, hospitable welcome and a good sunset view. With comparable sunset view, home-grown wine and home-made traditional dishes, the quiet and friendly -Taverna Panorama (2.5 km up the Asfendiou road from Zipari) in a family house and garden, is highly recommended. It is perhaps the most genuine place on the island to eat.

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further reading

Kos Island, Greece.

Susan Sherwin-White’s Ancient Cos – an Historical Study etc. (the most authoritative and detailed study of the island in Antiquity); Vassilis Colonas, Italian Architecture in the Dodecanese Islands (Olkos Press, Athens, 2002), for the buildings and architectural ideas of the Italian occupation; the Hippocratic Corpus, selected and translated as The Medical Works of Hippocrates, by Chadwick and Mann (Oxford, Blackwell).

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lodging

Kos Island, Greece.

Outside of the tourist complexes, the most comfortable place to stay in Kos is at the Kos Aktis Hotel (T.22420 47200; www.kosaktis.gr) which is stylish and modern, and has a good restaurant; it is conveniently and centrally placed near the castle, and all its rooms have balconies overlooking the shore towards the Turkish coast. The price is moderate to expensive. For the hospitality, friendliness and helpfulness of the owner, the family-run Hotel Afendoulis (T.22420 25321, fax 25797), just in from the shore to the south of the centre on Evripidou Street, is a pleasant guest-house, but with basic rooms (inexpensive).

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practical info

Kos Island, Greece.

85 300 Kos: area 287sq km; perimeter 112km; resident population 26,379; maximum altitude 843m.
Port Authority: T. 22420 26594–7 & 24185.
Travel and information: Panos Tours, T. 22420 23078, fax 28068.

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