Kos Island, one of the largest islands of the Dodecanese, is also known as "Astypalea". Located 11 nautical miles from Bodrum, Kos contains many historical artifacts from the Ottoman and Byzantine periods. The island, which hosts hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world every year, has a resident population of around 50,000.
Kos was ruled by the Ottomans until 1912, by the Italians until 1948, and under Greek sovereignty after World War II. Turks generally reside in the Platani (Germe) region of the island, which is famous for its Turkish restaurants. Many mosques, libraries, and baths from the Ottoman era can still be visited on the island.
The Defterdar Mosque, which can be seen in the main square of Kos Island, is the largest mosque on the island and greets visitors. Kos, known as the "birthplace of modern medicine" of Hippocrates, attracts intense tourist interest with the Asklepion Health Center and the Hippocrates Tree, located in the city center. The KNIGHTS' CASTLE, built by the Knights of Rhodes in 1315 and a replica of Bodrum Castle, is also an important work that welcomes you in the harbor. The Archaeological Museum, where artifacts from Greek and Roman civilizations are exhibited, is located next to the Defterdar Mosque in Eleftherias Square, adjacent to the historic Agora (marketplace).
If you want to spend a pleasant day on the beach, Tigaki, Marmari, Kardamena, Kamari, and Kefalos are areas of Kos Island that stand out for their beautiful beaches. "Paradise Beach," famous for its bright white sands and frequented by tourists, should be kept in mind as a must-see beach. Another area of the island that you must visit is ZIA. Zia Village, located at the foot of Mount Dikaios, is the best place in Kos to watch the scenery. You can enjoy the unique scenery while witnessing the fascinating colors of the Aegean Sea, overlooking the Kos shores, Bodrum coasts, Kalymnos, and Pserimos islands at the same time, while enjoying the sunset views that Zia is famous for.
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