On this page visitors will find a full list of all tourist sights on the Island of Kos in Greece. Kos is famous for its ancient Greek ruins, its fortresses, historic buildings, museums etc. We have selected the most important tourist sights of Kos so that you can spend less time planning your visit and more time enjoying what Kos has to offer.
The Castle of Kos is the main fortification in the town of Kos normally referred to as the Castle of Nerantzia. In the 15th century many sour orange trees (narantzia) were planted in Kos, so many that the whole town got to be called by this name. This fortress is the most important fortification constructed on the island of Kos during the rule of the Knights Templar in the 15th century.
The castle of Antimachia is an incredible medieval castle built in the 14th century by the Knights Templar. Apart from the archeological importance, this castle is a sight that tends to be memorable for quite some time for several reasons. On your way to the castle it oft happens that a large flock of goats that freely roams around the castle crosses your path and leaves you with no option but to wait and enjoy their and the sound of their bells while taking a closer look at the castle in the distance and wondering if anything has changed in such a long period since the castle has been constructed.
The Roman Villa in the Kos Town or Casa Romana, is nowadays a museum where visitors can get an idea how the well-off people used to live in ancient Rome. In 1933, a devastating earthquake hit the island of Kos in which most of the buildings were demolished. The Italians who occupied the island at the time, seized this opportunity to organize vast archeological excavations, since underneath the quarters of Kos of today, an ancient city lay there untouched for centuries.
Kos Municipal market also called Mercato delle Erbe is perhaps one of the best places on the island of Kos to experience local flavors and tastes. It is located in the historic center of the Kos town therefore accessible to all the tourists who come to visit the town.
Towards the eastern part of the island there is a pine forest Plaka where visitors can see a very large number of peacocks. It definitely is an amazing attraction of the island, since you can spend a few hours with these beautiful birds observing the peacock dance and their calls while enjoying the shade and the fragrance of the pine forest.