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Kardamena

 

Kardamena is a beautiful coastal village about 30km from the city of Kos and just 6 km from the airport.
Ancient Alassarna, one of the six ancient cities of the island, was an important religious center of the times, as testified by the ruins of temple of Apollo and other, smaller temples of the ancient and Byzantine periods. For the past 30 years or so, every summer systematic excavations by the University of Athens take place. Neolithic, geometric and classic era remnants indicate, consistent habitation of the area which flourished during the Hellenistic period and retained it’s vigor in the Roman and early Christian eras. The settlement, the cemetery and the four basilicas of the early Christian centuries, combined with the rich findings, indicate a thriving city with workshops, industrial facilities and lively commercial activity. Later residents moved to present location the village is now, in 1865, making modern Kardamena is the youngest settlement of the island.
Kardamena, a traditional fishing village, has now evolved into a cosmopolitan resort. It attracts thousands of tourists of all nationalities and can satisfy all kinds of needs.
The scenery is composed from green crops and trees on one side and 6 km of beautiful coastline with crystal clear waters and sandy beach on the other. All along the coast, there are organized beaches with deep, icy waters and pebbles or shallow warm waters with sandy coasts. In several of the organized beaches there are beach volley facilities and a range of water sports including scuba diving and fishing.
The rich market has everything, from traditional products to more modern options. In the same manner the choices for entertainment range from traditional coffee and ouzo restaurants with flavors from Greece and around the world to modern cafes , bars  and nightclubs for all musical tastes.
Taking a walk on the main coastal road of Kardamena, you must definitely visit the two permanent exhibitions housed in the Town Hall, preserving its folklore and naval history.
During the summer months, "Alasarnia" include many cultural events, such as theatrical performances, art exhibitions, musical events, Sport etc. and towards the end of summer, on 8 September, the birthday of the Virgin Mary is celebrated with a bright festival.
From the port of Kardamena one can visit on a daily basis, the neighboring picturesque Nisyros with its famous volcano or organize trips to the beach of Agia Irini and other nearby destinations.


Smaller sights in the region:

Basilica of Holy Deity: Found after excavations in 1900.It is considered one of the earliest Christian buildings that was found on the island of Kos, since it is dated back in 5th century AD. However it is not well maintained. According to archaeologists it was built with materials found at the temple of Apollon, also located in Kardamena, at the zone of the Holy Divinity.

 
 
 
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