A trip to Kos wouldn’t be complete without hiking or trekking through the island’s mesmerizing landscapes. The hiking trails on the island are easily accessible to all travelers in the mood for some physical exercise. Here are two of the most popular hiking trails you should check out:
One of the most famous hiking trails in Kos island is the one in Palio Pyli. This trail is located 3 kilometers southeast of the modern village of Pyli, off the road and into the forest. The hiking path from there leads to the ruins of the abandoned village of Palio (old) Pyli, a medieval fortified Byzantine settlement, built approximately 1150 meters above sea level. Palio Pyli is actually one of the most significant archaeological sites on Kos island, the origins of which date back to the 11th century. Therefore, here is one path that offers both nature and hiking enthusiasts an experience to be cherished.
The trail itself is a short 20 minute walk uphill and another 20 minutes downhill, making it is easily walkable even during peak summer months.
Mount Dikaios is another great hiking trail found on the island of Kos. It is the highest mountain on the island with an altitude of 846 meters. Its starting point is in Zia, marked with dozens of signs pointing the way, it is one of the best shaped trails on Kos. As soon as you reach the top, you’ll see a magnificent cross and a small scenic chapel, dedicated to Christ. In fact, this hiking trail is part of a long-standing local tradition – on August 5th, typically dozens of faithfuls hike this trail and even stay overnight as a way of honouring the chapel’s celebration which is on the 6th of August.
The hike takes about an hour, 45 minutes on the trail and 15 minutes on a forest road. During summer, we suggest doing this route during afternoon hours to avoid the heat and in order to catch the astonishing sunset.