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Kos, the birthplace of Hypocrates, father of Medical science, is one of the most popular recreation and rest destinations.

Enjoy its beautiful landscapes, ancient history, rich archaeological finds, mild climate, wide clean beaches and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Its climate is pleasant all year round, its soil is especially fertile and generally the island is not mountainous, except for few exceptions.

Enjoy the bright sun, the green slopes of hills, traditional settlements, sights, the special flavours of the Mediterranean diet, and a large variety of cultural events. It is an island with many forests; pine, cypress and other trees, many springs, and among them, a number of mineral springs.

Kos is the ideal destination for families and yearly attracts many visitors from northern Europe. It is the third largest island of the Dodecanese, with an area of 290 square kilometres and a coastline of 112 kilometres.

According to mythology, it was the birthplace of Europe, the mythical nymph that gave its name to the old continent. Moreover, Hypocrates was born on the island, lived there during the 4th century BC, discovered the basic principles of medicine, and developed the ethical code of the medical profession, with the medical Oath, which determined the mission and duties of doctors. Today all the doctors of the world, before assuming their duties, swear the oath written by the ancient Greek, Hypocrates. Following his death, his countrymen founded in his memory the Asclepion, which was named after Asclepius, the ancient god of healing.

Hypocrates’s plane tree is located in Kos the capital and main port of the island. It is a huge tree. The perimeter of its trunk is a stunning 12 meters long. According to mythology, it was planted by Hypocrates, who taught the science of medicine to his students in the pleasant shade of its foliage. This unique tree is considered the oldest tree in all Europe. Bicycle is the main means of transportation in the city of Kos.

You may combine your holidays on the island of Hypocrates with trips to nearby destinations. You can easily travel to Rhodes, the island of the Sun; Symi, a picturesque island with the Panormitis Monastery; Patmos, where Saint John envisioned and wrote the last book of the New Testament, the Apocalypse; Kalymnos, with its traditional sponge trade and the Church of Saint Savvas; Nisyros, the island of the Volcano, where you can literary stand inside the Volcano crater; Leros; Karpathos and even Samos…

Olympic Airways and Aegean Airlines have daily flights to Kos from the Eleftherios Venizelos airport of Athens. Moreover there is a daily boat service from Piraeus (which is 200 nautical miles away) and Rhodes.