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Kos - Zipari and Tingaki

ZIPARI AND TINGAKI
Six and a half kilometres west of Kos, along the island’s main road, is the village of Zipari, an important centre of population in Early Christian times with remains today of two basilicas from that period.
   First, Aghios Pavlos. (500m before the central junction in Zipari, and just before an ‘Argos’ filling-station (right), a track south leads back and down through fields to the site.) The most impressive part of this late 5th century basilica, is the square baptistery which still stands to the original height of the pendentives (c. 7m) which once supported its cupola. The building had a marble floor with sunken font, and decorated walls: but the growth of vegetation makes this, and the patches of mosaic which adorned the floor of the basilica, hard to see without concerted clearing.
   Second, Kapamas. On the edge of Zipari is a second basilica, referred to as ‘Kapamas’ from the name of the area where it is found. (In the centre of the village, a road south (left) leads to the cemetery and turns sharp right past a football pitch: the ruins are in front and below.) The three-aisled plan of the church is clear, with a well-pre served, 5th century baptistery standing to the southeast. In the centre of the circular interior is a cruciform font, with two smaller ones in the two corners of the west side.
   A kilometre beyond Zipari, a right turn leads to the north coast resort of Tingaki. The road west along the shore from here finishes at a small brackish lagoon, exploited throughout history as a source of salt. This is an atmospheric place at any time, but is at its most beautiful when dotted with the colourful greater flamingo who winter on the waters here. The surrounding wetlands are a refuge for the Fan-tailed warbler and Stone-curlew, with the much rarer Slender-billed curlew and Red breasted geese present also as occasional visitors. The area of Tingaki is also home to the island’s Gypsy community.
   Two kilometres west from Zipari, the main island road splits into two carriageways for a short distance, so as to accommodate the ruined arches of a Roman aqueduct in the space in between.


Kos Island is part of the Dodecanese Island group
Zipari and Tingaki.


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Asklepieion. Middle terrace

 

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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