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AEGEAN ISLANDS

The traditional settlement of Asfendi

Just 14km southwest of the town of Kos, you will find the most picturesque ensemble of settlements of the island perched along the northern slope of Mount Dikaios and surrounded by lush vegetation. It includes five villages: Lagoudi in the west, Evangelistria (or Pera Geitonia) and Asomatos in the middle, Agios Dimitrios (or Haihoutes) in the southeast of Asomatos and Zia, which is located higher up the mountain near its springs, in the south. The name of the settlement is probably a nickname related to the byzantine Monastery of Spondes that was in its prime at that time and controlled many fields in the area. The community of Asfendi was very vivid and quite densely populated until the 1960s when the internal and external migration started. 
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Kardamena

  Kardamena is a coastal settlement 29km southwest of the capital of the island. The beach of the settlement is famous for its white sand and is filled with grand hotels, beach bars, tavernas and nightclubs; all proof that this particular resort never sleeps. You should pay a visit to the restored building housing the rural medical center and to the churches of Panagia, Agioi Anargyroi and Agia Barbara at the village. There is a local boat service from the small picturesque port of the village to the neighboring island of Nisyros. The archaeological site of Alasarna is very close to Kardamena.  
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Kefalos

Kefalos is famous for its excellent climate. The village that stretches over a small hill at the westernmost point of the island is picturesque with old houses, narrow streets and a bird’s eye view of the Kefalos bay with the islet of Kastri in the middle of it. It is the most remote village of the island at a distance of 42km from the town of Kos. You can visit the ruins of the Knights’ castle of Kefalos on the hill and the traditional house in the village that contains exhibits from the rural life on the island. The location where Astypalaia, the ancient capital of the island, was situated is only 3km away from Kefalos, at the Palatia area. You will find the ruins of three ancient temples there. The first one used to be the temple of Asclepius, the second one of Demeter and the third one is a Doric order temple, but it is still unknown which god was worshipped in it. There are also parts of seats from a theatre of the Hellenistic period.
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Antimachia

  The traditional settlement of Antimachia, located at the central part of the island, is 25km away from the town of Kos. The village still maintains its rural character and many of its residents are poets and musicians, which makes them avid dancers and singers as well. The castle that the Knights Hospitaller built at a strategic location is the most important tourist attraction of the village. At the settlement you can visit a place of great folklife significance: a traditional house of Antimachia with its old furniture, utensils and farming tools.   Info The coastal settlement of Mastihari serves as the seaport of Antimachia. Mastihari is favored by tourists more, has a nice beach and a daily seaport connection with Kalymnos. The tavernas of the settlement are famous for their fresh fish.  
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Pyli-Marmari

  This one is a picturesque village with stone houses at the foot of Mount Dikaios, in a landscape filled with olive groves and vegetable gardens that flourish due to the abundance of streams in the area. Pay a visit to the fountain with the six spouts, the Hellenistic tomb monument of Harmylos located under the church of the Holy Cross and the semi-dilapidated settlement of Palaio Pyli 4km southeast of there. The cosmopolitan Marmari is the seaport of Pyli and has a high level of tourism infrastructure all along its big beach. Close to the tourist resort there are natural salt marshes that are considered to be among the biggest in the Mediterranean and are the habitat of rare avifauna.   
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