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Kos has a good bus service connecting the main town with all the major places of interest around the island. You can also make use of the excursion boats which line the southern side of the harbour waiting to transport holidaymakers to various beaches around the coastline. If you prefer the freedom of your own set of wheels you'll find plenty of car hire firms along with motorbikes, scooters and bicycles for rent in Kos Town and the main resort areas. Cycling is a popular way of getting around as the island is relatively flat and, unusually for Greece, has cycle paths extending a good way beyond the town.

If you're planning to rent a motorbike be aware that the Greek law stipulating that motorcyclists must hold a proper motorbike licence is more rigidly enforced here than on most of the islands. Rental firms elsewhere generally pay scant regard to this law and are normally satisfied with a national or European driving licence.

If you're renting a bicycle you can follow the cycle paths which lead south east from the town as far as Cape Psalidhi or north east to the popular beach of Lambi at Cape Skandhari. There's a quiet road, between the main road and the coast, which makes for a pleasant ride out through agricultural land as far as the seaside resort of Marmari on the north coast. The trip out to Asklipion four kilometres west of Kos Town is another enjoyable and effortless cycle ride. The ancient ruins of the religious sanctuary and healing centre, built after the death of Hippocrates, are the island's star attraction and rank as one of the most important classical sites in the whole of Greece. Take a picnic or stop for lunch at the village of Platani, half way between Kos Town and the Asklipion site. The village's strong Turkish community means you can be sure of some tasty kebabs or Turkish style mezedes in one of the excellent local tavernas.

The main road out from Kos Town runs the full length of the island with turn offs for the picturesque Asfendiou villages, on the wooded northern slopes of Mount Dikeos, and for the main beach resorts on the south and north coasts. A drive through the pretty villages of Zia, Lagoudi and Amaniou takes you to the deserted Byzantine town of Paleo Pyli where a castle containing a church with 14th century frescoes perches precariously on a cliff top.

Antimahia, 25 kilometres south west of Kos Town, is the island's main crossroads drive south from here to the frantic package holiday resort of Kardamena if you want Brit bars, fish and chip shops and every watersport imaginable. One kilometre before Antimahia there's the well preserved Castle of the Knights built as a prison in the 14th century.

Drive further west to the Gulf of Kefalos which boasts six beautiful beaches or follow the main road out to the south west tip of Kos where you'll find the island's most wild and rugged scenery. Restaurant Agios Theologos alongside the beach of the same name is a wonderful spot to watch the sun go down while you enjoy a dinner of fresh fish, homemade goat's cheese and home baked bread

Head north from Kefalos and you'll come to Limnionas which is a little fishing harbour with two sandy beaches which rarely get crowded even in high season.