Greek Orthodox Village Chapel
Amazing aerial view
Remnants of a house
St Dimitrios water fountain
The guests will undertake a mountain walking tour through a local small-tree forest and an area with farms and prairies, leading to 3 local amazing Christian chapels which they will explore and learn about. They will also reach a remote local village with barely standing stone houses, and will visit the local church while having a chance to taste a number of local treats
WHAT you will LEARN:
The archaeological and religious significance of local chapels
The little known architectural style of old traditional villages
The local rural natural landscape, delis and recipes
Efprepios – Kos, local mountain chapels, villages, landscape, and delis
Itinerary: how we'll spend the day and what we'll do together
Starting off at the Messaria Dam, guests will take the pathway leading to the chapel of St Marina, well hidden within an area full of olive trees. Not far away, guest will discover the chapel of St Merkourios that is of significant religious interest, from where they can observe the magnificent beauty towards the NE part of the island and appreciate the devine grace in this “gone but not forgotten” land
Another 30 minutes walk will bring the guests to the uninhabited village of Chaihoutes with barely standing stone houses that still convey the aesthetics of the old architectural style. The beautiful St Dimitrios chapel overlooks the area and the view is amazing. Guests will discover cultural elements relating to life in the village during times when the village was still inhabited
Not far away from the area, they will visit the village water fountain and, then, the local traditional café where they will taste delicious local treats. Then, taking their way back, they will walk through a small-tree forest area and reach the St Georgios chapel which exhibits a picturesque yard and is still well looked after. The final part of the trip leads back to the Messaria Dam
Place of ORIGIN: Kos
LIVES in: Kos
LOVES: taking long walks into nature, cycling, swimming, exploring local hidden traditions
Has TRAVELLED to: USA, Australia, Singapore, Turkey, Cyprus, UK, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden
Personal TRAITS: very kind, mild-mannered, polite and hospitable
Efprepios Katsamakis is your Host
Efprepios was born and raised in Kos, and has spent his entire life on the island, which he truly loves. He was a jeweler by professions and is, currently, involved in advertising and internet services, while also actively participating in travel and tourism activities that convey the hidden beauty of his homeland
Place: city of Kos
Meeting Point: central Dolphins square
Price: 79 euros per person (delicatessen, and transportation are included)
Availability: 1 May – 31 July
Group size: 4 persons max
What’s SPECIAL about this experience: this is a chance to explore little-known areas and hotspots that one cannot explore on his own or are not included in mainstream travel tours
Kos - Where the Experience will take place
What wikipedia says
Kos or Cos is a Greek island, part of the Dodecanese island chain in the southeastern Aegean Sea, off the Anatolian coast of Turkey. Kos is the third largest of the Dodecanese by area, after Rhodes and Karpathos; it has a population of 33,388 (2011 census), making it the second most populous of the Dodecanese, after Rhodes. In addition to the main town and port, also called Kos, the main villages of Kos island are Kardamena, Kefalos, Tingaki, Antimachia, Mastihari, Marmari and Pyli. Smaller ones are Zia, Zipari, Platani, Lagoudi and Asfendiou.
Tourism is the main industry in Kos, the island's beaches being the primary attraction. The main port and population centre on the island, Kos town, is also the tourist and cultural centre, with whitewashed buildings including many hotels, restaurants and a number of nightclubs forming the Kos town "barstreet". The seaside village of Kardamena is a popular resort for young holidaymakers (primarily from the United Kingdom and Scandinavia) and has a large number of bars and nightclubs. Farming is the second principal occupation, with the main crops being grapes, almonds, figs, olives, and tomatoes, along with wheat and corn.
In Homer's Iliad, a contingent of Koans fought for the Greeks in the Trojan War. In classical mythology, the island was visited by Heracles. The island was originally colonised by the Carians. The Dorians invaded it in the 11th century BC, establishing a Dorian colony with a large contingent of settlers from Epidaurus, whose Asclepius cult made their new home famous for its sanatoria. The other chief sources of the island's wealth lay in its wines and, in later days, in its silk manufacture.
The island has a 14th-century fortress at the entrance to its harbour, erected in 1315 by the Knights Hospitaller, and another from the Byzantine period in Antimachia. The ancient market place of Kos was considered one of the biggest in the ancient world. It was the commercial and commanding centre at the heart of the ancient city. It was organized around a spacious rectangular yard 50 metres (160 ft) wide and 300 metres (980 ft) long. It began in the Northern area and ended up south on the central road (Decumanus) which went through the city.
The ancient physician Hippocrates is thought to have been born on Kos, and in the center of the town is the Plane Tree of Hippocrates, a dream temple where the physician is traditionally supposed to have taught. The limbs of the now elderly tree are supported by scaffolding. The small city is also home to the International Hippocratic Institute and the Hippocratic Museum dedicated to him. Near the Institute are the ruins of Asklepieion, where Herodicus taught Hippocrates medicine.