Friday, February 8, 2013

A Touch of Greece - Kos, Greece

The hydrofoil that swifts us to Kos
Greece is known to be a beautiful country and to write on Kos alone of course would not be a representative view. But I took the advantage of my presence in Bodrum to extend my trip to Kos, the nearest Dodacanese Islands of Greece. The hydrofoil from the Bodrum harbour transported us to Kos in just 15-20 minutes. We left Bodrum at 9am, arrived in about 20 minutes and leisurely returned to Bodrum by 5pm. While we read about the unrest in Athens, nothing seemed to bother this peaceful small Greek island.

The port in Bodrum in the early morning
Kos is said to be the birth place of the ancient physician, Hippocrates and right in the center of the town is the Plane Tree of Hippocrates and the Hippocratic Museum was built as a dedication to him. The town of Kos is situated at the eastern coast of the Island and populated by approximately 18,000 permanent residents. Modern constructions stand side by side with the restored historic buildings. It was reported that the town was established in 366 BC and it flourished during the Hellenistic and Roman periods. There are 2 mosques in the center of the town which reminds us of the Ottoman rule that lasted for 4 centuries, from 1523 to 1912, Although, the mosques (built in the 18th century) in the center is now not functioning, it remains as historical and architectural landmarks of the past. There is another mosque, Hajji Hasan Mosque with a huge and impressive minaret but we were not able to locate this mosque. Built in 1786, this mosque is located in Lotzia square, behind the plane tree of Hippocrates, and it has two floors. 

Mosque (converted into cafe)  in Elftherias Square
 Many boats and yachts are berthing in the Marina and it has a capacity of accommodating about 250 vessels. Hence, there are stores in the island which sells marine equipment and they provide repairing services for the vessels. We saw a number of booths selling island hopping packages since from Kos we can actually do islands hopping but we need at least to put up a night in Kos. There are many other Dodacanese Islands around Kos but we just don't have the time to do it. Getting around the island is fairly easy. There is a bus in the town that can get you to other parts of the island. First, we walked all over the town center and then we took the open train bus for €2.90 to tour the town thoroughly.

The Marina of Kos

Nice to sleep on a cold autumn afternoon
It was late Autumn and the weather was pretty cold. Kos was a bit quiet, the beach was empty unlike Summer when the British holiday makers would flood the island. In fact the cheap airlines Easyjet has a direct flight from London Gatwick to this island. The only exciting part that could kill our time is to ramble through the bazaar full of souvenirs shops and cafe. Things are quite expensive but this is expected in any island.

The interior of the hydrofoil
Elftherias Square

Alook at Bodrum castle before we left

Shopping Bazaar


Colorful bracelets

Rental apartments lined the streets of Kos

Flowers contrasting the white wash buildings

Beautiful cafe

Men busy repairing their net

Quiet road side cafe

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