Here on the island, tradition is really prominent on the locals’ everyday lives as well as in special occasions. On the various Saints celebration days grand fairs are organised, with lots of dancing and local delicacies. During the “Hippokratia”, a summer fair celebrating Hippocrates, there are many exhibitions and dancing events, while every Sunday, during the summer, at Asklepieion you can see the enacting of the Oath of Hippocrates.
The Greek version of Helloween, “Apokries” during February, is also celebrated in a very lively and playful manner.
On August 15, the day of the Dormition of Mother of Christ, on July the 13th, the day celebrating Saint Paraskevi as well as on St John’s celebration days local fairs take place, with dancing and music while traditional goat stew and rice is served to the pilgrims.
Kos is famous for its large and modern network of cycle routes, which pass from its center, as well as for the strong winds that make it a “paradise” for surfers from around the world. Depending on the beach that you will choose, you can enjoy wind or kite surfing, as well as any other type of water sports.
At Mastihari of Kos you can visit the “Garden of Hippocrates”, a philosophical and cultural center dedicated to Hippocrates, where during the summer many events and seminars (mosaic, painting, ceramics) take place.
The lagoon at Alyki is another very interesting destination, a unique habitat that is home for rare birds and fish, and their wetland in Psalidi, a passage of many beautiful species of migratory birds on their journey to the South.
In the summer you can attend various cultural events on the island, such as the Hippocrateia, the Irakleia and the Dikaia events, in the respective municipalities of the islands, events that include reciting of the Oath of Hippocrates, classical music concerts, theatrical performances, ancient tragedies, folklore material exhibitions, special educational-entertaining events for children, and sailing competitions.
FAITH AND DEVOUTNESS
Those of you who want to make a pilgrimage to the many churches of the island can light a candle in the Church of Saint John the Baptist or Seven Steps, in the catholic church Agnus Dei, and visit the multitude of early Christian basilicas that adorn the island, such as the three-aisles basilica of Saint Stephen with the wonderful view to the clear blue waters of the Aegean Sea.
For the lovers of traditional flavors, apart from fresh fish and seafood at the seaside restaurants, there are also the villages of Asomatos, Pyli, and Zia, where you can east local delicacies, such as oatmeal with meat, walk in the whitewashed alleys, and admire a beautiful sunset in the turquoise waters that lie at your feet.
If you want to try another type of dish of the island’s cuisine, you can head to the “Turkish” district, near the center of the city, and try traditional oriental delicacies, the best of which is lachmatzoun. It is worth trying the very special “possa” cheese (goat cheese made in red wine), as well as the tomato sweet and baklava with local honey, kanellada and soumada, which comes from neighboring Nisyros.