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The island of Kos not only has a charming coastline, fertile lands and picturesque scenery, but also a history stretching back to antiquity: Kos was the birth place of Hippocrates the 'father of modern medicine' and here you'll find the ruins of the Asklepion, an ancient curative centre and temple.

The town of Kos is home to an archaeological museum, remains of the ancient city and, believe it or not, a plane tree allegedly planted by Hippocrates. Meanwhile, around the coast, the island's beaches are dotted with hidden coves and sheltered bays.

The quiet resort of Marmari, which lies on the north-east coast, is well-placed for either relaxing or exploring the island. Perhaps browse the local shops and tavernas, sampling some local dishes, or hop on a local bus to Kos town.

Alternatively, step aboard a ferry to the small volcanic island of Nissiros, or Bodrum in Turkey – home of the ancient Greek historian Herodotus.


Flying insects and mosquitoes are common in many areas and you may find it helpful to wear long-sleeved tops and trousers and to use mosquito repellents on exposed areas of skin.

Those in which DEET is an active ingredient are thought to be the most effective. Tap water is generally safe to drink. As it is sometimes heavily chlorinated, you may prefer to buy bottled mineral water.

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad.