Here (left) is the lovely beach of Antimacheia on the southern shore of Kos. And right, wind surfers taking a break at Aghios Theologos.
In Kos Town, avoid the waterfront at all costs–it will cost a lot and for sub-standard food, too. Anywhere a tout tries to get you to eat is a bad sign. The best restaurant in town is by the Western Excavations at 3 Diagora Sq. Also good is The Anatolia Hamam, Tel: 28323, located in a restored Turkish bath and with a garden. The food is slightly eastern but excellent.
By the beach try Miramare for decent food at normal prices. Kouros on George Papandreaou St. is fancy with a low-light garden setting. For a place where the Greeks eat try Antonis on Koutarys St. Behind the Hotel try Anna on Meg. Alexandros St.
Kos is touristy everywhere and Platani is no exception but Taverna Arap is an exception with great food. Also in Platani, a good taverna with a peaceful setting may be found down the hill on the way to Psalidi near the Ramira Beach Hotel: Syntrivani. Turkish food is similar to Greek food but Turkish table service far superior.
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Ancestral memories and vague myths about Apocalyptic clashes between Giants and Titans hint about the great upheavals of Kos. The history of Kos goes back more than 3,500 years. Fossils found on Kos show that at one time the island was part of a vast mainland, The Aegean Continent. In prehistoric times the Phoenicians, Cretans, Leleges, Kareans etc. inhabited Kos island. In the 15th century B.C. the Achaeans, after establishing themselves on the mainland, spread out to the Aegean islands including Kos.
According to some historians the present name Kos is taken either from Koon, the name of the daughter of the King Triopa, or, according to other scholars from the shape of the crab depicted on one side of the ancient coins of Kos. In antiquity the island had several different names: Kynnis, after the Giant Kynnas, Meropis after Meropas the pre-historic King of Kos. Karis, which means shrimp from the shape of the island, the island of Macars which means Isle of Blissful Men, due to the happiness and prosperity of the islanders.