…And Exploring The Old Town…
18th/19th July 2016
So, we are holed up again in a Harbour. Once more avoiding the Greek Meltemis which are forecast to peak at 40 knots over the next couple of days. There are many nationalities to observe whilst here in the preparation of ” battening down the hatches”. And our stay so far has been most interesting and puts Symis parking performances to shame.
Our aim today is to explore the castle and the Old Town of Kos. Our friends from around the other side of the island, John and Tess are driving over for the day for some sight seeing, so first I’m off to the tourist information to get hold of some colour coded route maps which indicate different tours of the town you can take.
That morning, before we went to get a map for these routes, we met a few lovely Australian folk who have the same boat as ours and spent the morning comparing extras and gadgets and swapping hints about the Oceanis 45’s layout. Anthea, who is the skipper, Ian’s wife writes a blog too, just to keep her family informed about what they are up to over here….I’ll post a link at the end if you want to see details of the same islands we have been/ are going to from another perspective.
Incidentally, I haven’t really shown you around the boat, have I? I’ ll do some pics and show you around my floating home in the next day or so.
When finally Geoff and I got round to going to the tourism information, all there was get was a town map. When we came back to the boat, John and Tess were sitting in the cockpit talking with Mum. After a while chatting we finally left the dogs on the boat and we all went on a long walk through the old town of Kos.
Geoff and John left after lunch to go and check on the dogs whilst Tess, mum and I went to visit more fascinating archeological sites…
WHAT TO DO BITS
Much of the islands history comes from the Times of Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans and Knights of St John and of course, Greeks. For example, the large castle that is next to the harbour, was built during the the time of the Knights of St John.
On the outskirts of the main town there are the remains of a Roman gymnasium, Roman baths, a Roman odium-(ampiethertre)-, and the most restored Roman part, “Casa Romana, which is a fully resorted roman house, complete with pillars, statues, coins, and many more artefacts discovered during excavation and restoration.
Ottomans participation to Kos’s history, are the many old mosques that line almost each street. When looking from the castles walls, it seemed that the tall, thin minarets are clashing with the blue domes of the orthodox monastery’s and cathedrals!
The island is most famous for the founder of classifying medication. HIppocrates, was born in the old capital, Astypalea, in 460 BC. After traveling all around Greece and Macedonia, HIppocrates then came back to Kos and started medical school. It is said that his knowledge, and diagnosis were incredible for the time, but what really made his contribution to modern medicine was the Oath of HIppocrates. This oath, is still used by doctors and nurses today.
We didn’t even have close to enough time to see all of the archaeological sites today, let alone venture into the castle, so with a resolution to tackle the castle and the other bits which we had missed in the morning, our historic sight seeing was over for the day and we slept until the morning and a hike around the castle of Kos.
The castle is a fine and the largest example of Roman/ Greek archaeological interest in Kos. That said, boasting fine remains and great views the REAL must see out of all Kos has to offer, I think is the Casa Romana.
The aercheological Walk
Ancient Greek and Roman City
Check, check, check and double check! Very many things to see in bustling Kos, these sights take you out of the main town centre and away from the bustling shopping streets. Not too many tourists or travellers beating the historic scene, and what a relief that is too!
Kos has been, really, the ONLY busy island we have visited. There are a fair share of tourists here, but locals still insist that visitor numbers are still way down. There has been a slight influx from Bodrum which is 2.5 miles across the water lately, I can’t think why!?
Coup, Erdogan, Ankara……………… Here’s to all my Turkish Friends who I am missing. I hope you are all OK!